Series: Five (1986)
Zandar was released carded as part of the fifth series (1986). He was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.
Zandar came with a black rifle and a blue backpack.
Zandar is a master of camouflage and covert movement. In other words, he's good at hiding and sneaking up on people. Needless to say, he doesn't sneak up on people to do them any good. Zandar is an expert with silent weapons and is capable of remaining motionless for long periods of time. Like his brother Zartan, he has the ability to change skin color.
"Zandar was the kid who never got noticed. Teachers forgot he was there and never called on him. Nobody that has ever met him can remember what his voice sounds like. His anonymity was no accident. He worked at it all through his formative years and after he grew up...he got even better at it!"
There is a variation with Zandar's filecard - later versions featured slightly different character art. Most noticeably, Zandar's hair does not cover as much of the bandana as the earlier artwork. Additionally, some of the face paint has been removed.
Zandar's upper arms and shoulder pieces, just above the swivel arm point, are also shared with Zartan (1984) and Zarana (1986). The rest of Zandar's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Zandar's skin was made of thermal sensitive material that would change color in sunlight and heat. When Zandar's chest and arms were placed in direct sunlight, they turned blue. After removing him from sunlight, the color faded and returned back to its normal skintone. This same kind of material was used with Zartan (1984) and Zarana (1986).
An unusual side effect of the color changing torso is that Zandar's torso is molded into one piece instead of two halves. Ordinarily, the two halves of a G.I.Joe figure's torso is held together by a screw in the figure's back. However, the two halves of Zandar's torso are molded together. Removing the screw has no affect on the figure.
In India in 1990, Zandar was released in slightly different colors and with differently colored accessories.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Zandar (v1).
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Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #109
Tomart's Guide: #GI5535
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