CRIMSON GUARD COMMANDER
Series: Four (1985)
Tomax was released in the fourth series (1985) packaged in a two-pack with Xamot. The pack was also sold in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987. For a short time in 1990, Tomax and Xamot were available as a set via mail-order from Hasbro Direct. Note that Tomax has the silver shoulder guard on his right, as opposed to Xamot who has his on his left.
Tomax came with a black laser pistol. He also shared the gray skyhook and string with Xamot.
Birthplace: Island in the Mediterranean
Primary Specialty: Infiltration, espionage, sabotage, propaganda and corporate law
Spell on the name TOMAX in capitals and and hold it up to a mirror. It reads XAMOT. The same holds true for the actual brothers. Each is the mirror image of the other except for a scar on Xamot's face. Both twins served with the Foreign Legion paras in Algeria before the officers Putsch. They honed their mercenary skills in the bush wars of Africa and South America. They were too smart to be soldiers forever. Went to Zurich and became bankers.
They quickly found the ins and outs of international finance to be too haphazard for their tastes. They preferred a situation they could control. COBRA was willing to give them access to that control. Now they command legions. But their legions wear three-piece suits and fight their battles in executive board rooms. These then are the most fearsome of the COBRA adversaries. They don't fight with steel and claw, backed with muscle and honest sweat...The chase you with paper, wound you with your own laws and kill you with the money you loaned them.
No variations of Tomax (v1) are known to exist.
Tomax's body is completely original - all new body parts. The entire mold was re-used in 2002 to create Tomax (v2).
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.
Versions of Tomax
In 2009, Tomax was renamed "Crimson Twin." So while there are multiple names, they are all based on the same character.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Tomax (v1).
Original Retail: n/a
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RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #84
Tomart's Guide: #GI5389 (two-pack), #GI5389a (himself)
The Ultimate Guide: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a