Series: Four (1985)
Shipwreck was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
Shipwreck came with a silver percussion pistol, silver boarding hooks with ⅜ inch line (black string) and handle, and a green and yellow parrot "Polly."
Birthplace: Chula Vista, CA
Primary Specialty: Gunners Mate
Secondary Specialty: Machinist
Shipwreck grew up in the shadow of the Navy, specifically the shadow of the sprawling San Diego Navy Yards. He enlisted at the youngest possible age with his parents' permission and proceeded to serve with distinction in the Mekong Delta where hand to hand fighting with river pirates, smugglers and insurgents was the order of the day. Put in time at "Gitmo" and Yokosuka and was on hand at certain carrier-initiated operations in the Middle East.
Graduated Naval Gunnery School Great Lakes. Qualified expert: M-16, M-14, Browning .50 cal, 20mm Oerliken AA gun, M1911A1.
"Shipwreck is your quintessential sailor. He can splice a line, fry powdered eggs in the tooth of a gale and eat them, tell taller tales than a Senate Appropriations committee and take a three day liberty in Thule, Greenland and come back smiling."
No variations of Shipwreck (v1) are known to exist.
Shipwreck's body is completely original - all new body parts. None of his parts were ever re-used to build other action figures.
Starting with this series (Series Four, 1985), the head joint on G.I.Joe figures was changed into a head "ball." This ball allowed the head to look up and down, in addition to left and right.
In Brazil, Shipwreck was recolored in Tiger Force colors and released as Tigre Guarda-Costeira - Marujo.
In India in 1993, Shipwreck was released with slight paint differences and with differently colored accessories.
Takara released Shipwreck in Japan in 1986.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Shipwreck (v1).
Original Retail: $2.29
Hasbro Product: 6446
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85003
Desimone Guide: #70
Tomart's Guide: #GI5367
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 50 (1st Ed.), Pg. 82 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a