Series: Five (1986)
Zarana was released carded as part of the fifth series (1986). She was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.
Leftover Hasbro stock of this figure was packaged with new accessories and sold at an early G.I.Joe Convention.
Zarana came with a black "razor honed spur cutting weapon" and a red backpack.
The earliest versions of Zarana's head had earrings. At an early point in her release, it was changed to a newer version that did not have earrings.
Other than the completely different heads, the bodies and accessories of both figures are exactly the same. The version with earrings is the more difficult one to find.
An intermediate variation exists between the original with earrings and the later figure without earrings. Like the first version with earrings, this version also had different facial details and lighter red details on the gloves, legs, and belt.
The G.I.Joe Convention release used the head without earrings and came with a gray submachine gun and a black sword.
Zarana's upper arms and shoulder pieces, just above the swivel arm point, are also shared with Zartan (1984) and Zandar (1986). The rest of Zarana's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Zarana's skin was made of thermal sensitive material that would change color in sunlight and heat. When Zarana's chest and arms were placed in direct sunlight, they turned blue. After removing her from sunlight, the color faded and returned back to its normal skintone. This same kind of material was used with Zartan (1984) and Zandar (1986).
In India in 1990, Zarana 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 Zarana (v1).
Original Retail: n/a
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Lee's Guide: n/a
The Ultimate Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #110 (with earrings), #111 (without earrings), #394 (Convention)
Tomart's Guide: #GI5537 (with earrings), #GI5539 (without earrings)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a