Series: Seven (1988)
Budo was released carded as part of the seventh series (1988). He was also sold in 1989 and discontinued domestically in 1990.
Budo came with red and silver samurai head gear, a brown backpack, a crimson sword, a silver ornamental sword, and a silver sai.
The silver ornamental piece on top of Budo's helmet can be removed with some effort, but is not intended to be removable.
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Hand-to-hand combat instructor
Budo's father was an orthodontist on Oakland, his grandfather was a farmer in Fresno, his great-grandfather was a track-worker on the Rocky Mountain Line, and his great-great-grandfather was a fencing master in one of the last great samurai warrior families of Japan. On his eighteenth birthday he was given the family swords and a haiku written by his ancestor;
"The man has a fifth-degree black belt in Iaido, (the art of the live blade) and similar rank in three other martial arts. He could have even higher rankings if he didn't spend so much time working on his chopped, pan-head Harley and listening to heavy metal."
The copyright stamp on the figure states either "Made in Hong Kong" or "Made in China."
Budo's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Budo's entire mold was re-used and re-colored to create Budo (v2) (1993).
Note that there is a silver hook on Budo's waist. The hook supports Budo's sword.
In India, Budo was released in slightly different colors - with light green pants and an all-silver helmet.
Versions of Budo
A version of Budo was supposed to be released in 1995 as part of the Ninja Commandos but was never released. However, the mold was re-used in 1996 to create the Mortal Kombat Movie Edition of Shang Tsung.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Budo (v1).
Original Retail: $2.55
Hasbro Product: 6517
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-88017
Desimone Guide: #191
Tomart's Guide: #GI5877
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 106 (1st Ed.), Pg. 160 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a