MARINE DRESS BLUES
Series: Six (1987)
Gung-Ho was released carded as part of the sixth series (1987). He was also sold in 1988 and discontinued domestically in 1989.
Leftover Hasbro stock of this figure was packaged with new accessories and sold at an early G.I.Joe Convention.
Gung-Ho came with a gold (Non-Com) Dress Sabre.
Gung-Ho also came with a decal sheet with his stripes and medals. However, these decals are most often found already applied to the action figure. Few collectors consider a loose Gung-Ho incomplete if the decals have already been applied.
SN: MC 564-88-3900
Grade: E-7 (Sergeant)
Birthplace: Fer-de Lance, Louisiana
Primary Specialty: Recondo Instructor
Secondary Specialty: Jungle Warfare Training Instructor
Gung-Ho was born and raised in a swamp, went to boot camp in a swamp and spent most of his Marine Corps career sneaking around in other countries' swamps with a grenade launcher in his hands. He can low-crawl through the nastiest black-water, stinking mud and bubbling slime for a week with half his body covered in leeches and the other half raw with bug bites and still make an 0700 inspection formation with polished brass, spit-shined shoes, razor creases and a mean look in his eye. That's a Marine.
The G.I.Joe Convention release came with a black kris and a black sword.
Gung-Ho's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Note that Gung-Ho's head and his Dress Hat are two separately molded pieces held together with glue. While some hats can be removed from the head, more often than not this results in damage to the head, the hat, or both. For those curious, we have included an image showing Gung-Ho's head with his Dress Hat removed, showing sculpted but unpainted hair.
Gung-Ho's head, chest, waist, and legs were re-used in Brazil to create Marechal Do-Ar.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Gung-Ho (v2).
Original Retail: $2.43
Hasbro Product: 6486
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-87011
Desimone Guide: #147, #384 (Convention)
Tomart's Guide: #GI5735
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 81 (1st Ed.), Pg. 133 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a