Series: Eight (1989)
Payload was first released as part of the eighth series (1989) packaged exclusively with the Crusader Space Shuttle. He was also available in 1990 and was discontinued in 1991.
There is no DeSimone # listed for this figure, because it is not listed in the DeSimone guide.
Payload came with a yellow helmet with an orange helmet with clear face-shield, a gray Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) Backpack, and two gray control arms that attached to the backpack.
Grade: O-6 (Colonel)
Birthplace: Cape Canaveral, Florida
Primary Specialty: Astronaut
Secondary Specialty: Fixed Wing Pilot
PAYLOAD grew up watching the early space shots blasting off through the Florida sky. He stared through the hurricane fence and rode that flaming booster in his dreams. But unlike others, he worked on making that dream a reality by joining the Air Force. He flew F-4 Phantoms over southeast Asia for three tours "just paying his dues" and upon his return stateside, signed up for the astronaut training program.
"Here's a guy who has spent most of his waking hours working on getting himself into space. Sometimes, as he's executing a complicated maneuver in free-fall or when he's cutting in his boosters, he seems to be chanting softly under his breath. If you turn up the volume on the ship-to-ship channel and listen very carefully, you can hear him quite clearly: 'Vroom! Vroom!'"
No variations of Payload (v2) are known to exist.
Payload's entire body and mold were originally used in 1987 to create the original Payload.
The same mold was going to be used for Payload (v3). In fact, the photographs of the figure on the filecard for the 1993 Payload show the same mold. However, the photograph is painted that way. The original mold for Payload was lost somewhere between 1989 and 1993, so the Eco-Warriors Barbecue (v3) mold was used for all further versions of Payload.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Payload (v2).
Original Retail: $24.99
Hasbro Product: 6220
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-89054
Desimone Guide: (NOT PICTURED)
Tomart's Guide: #GI6187c
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 133 (1st Ed.), Pg. 188 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a