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TORCH (v1)

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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1985-TORCH-01

Series: Four (1985)

Torch was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.

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Accessories

Torch came with silver BP-47 tanks and a silver acetylene torch.

Filecard Information

File Name: Tom Winken
Birthplace: Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Subject was remanded to Borstal* at age fourteen. Escaped and went to sea in the Merchant Marine where he learned the use of the cutting torch. Later rode with the Melbourne Maulers M.C.**

Torch is an illiterate, unrepentant thug whose penchant for sudden and unexpected violence is matched only by the utter depth of his stupidity.

Specialty and M.O.***: Works with Oxy-Acetylene torch as a general cutter mostly on remodeling stolen cars and occasional safe crackings. Scavenges the swamps for fun and profit.
*Reform school
**Motorcycle Club
***Modus Operandi

Variations

There at least are three versions of Torch's filecard. The first filecard, released in 1985, is tan and contains the text, Later rode with the Melbourne Maulers M.C.** and **Motorcycle Club. The second filecard was also released in 1985, but omits the "Motorcycle Club" text. The third filecard, released in 1986, is gray and also omits the "Motorcycle Club" text. It is unclear which - if any - version is more difficult to find.

Body Construction

Torch's body is completely original - all new body parts.

Note that Torch's head only turns left and right - it does not have the head "ball" that allowed a figure's head to swivel back and forth. Other figures from this series had the new head "ball." It's clear that this figure was designed in 1984.

International Releases

In 1985, Auriken released Torch in Mexico as Punch.

In 1986, Estrela released Torch in Brazil as Caveira.

Takara released Torch in Japan in 1986.

Plastirama released Torch in Argentina as Calavera.

Reference Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Torch (v1).

Original Retail: $2.29
Product Number: 6435
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85007
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 53 (1st Ed.), Pg. 87 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #53
Tomart's Guide: #GI5375
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a
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