Series: Five (1986)
Dial-Tone was first released as part of the fifth series (1986). He was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.
Dial-Tone came with a light grey submachine gun and a light grey backpack. With some effort, the comm piece on the backpack can be removed.
SN: RA 428-71-3360
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Primary Specialty: Radio Telecommunications
Secondary Specialty: Infantry
Dial-Tone built his own crystal set when he was ten. By fourteen he was part of a CB net, and had his own ham station by the time he was sixteen. Dial-Tone made all his own equipment, buying parts with quarters earned bagging groceries. He saw the army as a means to furthering his education in his chosen field and quickly found that instead of a stepping stone, it was a goal in itself. Manning a radio in the field wasn't just passing time - it was a job with a purpose.
"One of the scariest things that can happen to you out in the field is to lose contact with your base. That means you are ALONE. No artillery support, no air-strikes, no medvac, no extraction, no NOTHING! The cavalry ain't comin' until the man with the radio tells 'em to."
No variations of Dial-Tone (v1) are known to exist.
Dial-Tone's body is completely original - all new body parts.
His entire body mold was re-used to create the Special Mission Brazil Dial-Tone (v2) (1986), the Sonic Fighters Dial-Tone (v3) (1990), Dial-Tone (v5) (2000), Dial Tone (v6) (2002) and Dial Tone (v7- Tiger Force) (2003).
The legs and waist were used in 2001 to create Crossfire. The chest and arms were used in 2002 to create Dusty (v5).
Versions of Dial-Tone
Note that there is a male Dial Tone character with the filename of "Jack S. Morelli" and a female Dialtone character with the filename of "Jill S. Morelli." The G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra video game establishes them as siblings.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Dial-Tone (v1).
Original Retail: $2.35
Hasbro Product: 6471
Lee's Guide: GIJ-86016
Desimone Guide: #99
Tomart's Guide: #GI5543
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 64 (1st Ed.), Pg. 107 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a