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Series: Eight (1989)
Scoop was first released carded as part of the eighth series (1989). He was also sold in 1990, then was discontinued domestically in 1991.
It was common practice for Hasbro to name and sculpt G.I.Joe characters after real-life individuals. For Scoop, NBC television news reporter "Mike Leonard" was used to model the figure after. The character of Scoop was even given the real name "Leonard Michaels."
To view the real Mike Leonard's biography, click here.
Scoop came with a green helmet, a green microphone, a gray satellite relay station backpack, a gray hi-tech camera, a black pistol, and a black hose (that attached the camera to the backpack).
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Primary Specialty: Journalist
Secondary Specialty: Microwave Transmission Specialist
It takes a special kind of guy to step out from behind cover during a firefight and keep his finger squeezing the trigger-of his videocam! With an advanced degree in journalism, as well as a masters degree in electrical engineering, SCOOP could have had a secure future with a network news team. Instead, he opted for service on the G.I. Joe Team because he wanted to be on the spot when the news was being made, not reporting the aftermath!
"The other G.I. Joes were a bit put off by Scoop at first. They resented having a 'third wheel' tagging along lugging 60 pounds of video equipment and not much firepower! They changed their minds after he carried a wounded comrade two clicks to an extremely hairy evacuation site for a medivac. All the while his camera captured the whole thing on tape! Now that's called doing your job and then some!"
The copyright stamp on the figure states either "Made in Hong Kong" or "Made in China."
Scoop's body is completely original - all new body parts.
In the United Kingdom in 1992, Scoop was packaged in a three-pack with Low-Light (v2) and Frag-Viper. for Woolworth's. Scoop was also available individually carded throughout Europe.
Estrela released Scoop in Brazil as part of their Forca Electronica line. Scoop's parts were also used for several other figures: his waist was used for Aguia Comando, his legs were used for Escorpiao Voador, and his waist and legs were used for Tigor.
Versions of Scoop
This was the only version of Scoop ever released.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Scoop (v1).
Original Retail: $2.55
Hasbro Product: 6526
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-89010
Desimone Guide: #229
Tomart's Guide: #GI6103
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 134 (1st Ed.), Pg. 189 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a