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T.A.R.G.A.T. (v1)

TRANS ATMOSPHERIC RAPID GLOBAL ASSAULT TROOPER 

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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1989-TARGAT-01

Series: Eight (1989)

T.A.R.G.A.T. was first released carded as part of the eighth series (1989). He was also sold in 1990, then was discontinued domestically in 1991.

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Accessories

T.A.R.G.A.T. came with a blue face shield, a gray jetpack shell, a gold laser gun, a gray joystick, and a black hose.

The wings on the jetpack could sweep forward and back.

Filecard Information


Always in the forefront of technology, Destro's technicians have developed a method for inserting troops into totally inaccessible locations. Trans Atmospheric Rapid Global Assault Troopers are deployed into orbit from a shuttle, wearing armored self-contained, bio-system suits and ceramic composite heat shields that double as hang gliders and weapons platforms. Their re-entry over their target could easily be mistaken for a meteor shower - until they start shooting!

"T.A.R.G.A.T.s are quite formidable as assault troopers, but their psychological impact on defending troops is even greater! Who wants to have to fight a person who's crazy enough to turn himself into a human meteor?"

Variations

The copyright stamp on the figure states either "Made in Hong Kong" or "Made in China."

There are three versions of the gold handgun known to exist. The first features rigid plastic that does not allow the clip to bend. The second features a softer plastic, and the third, also a softer plastic, has a more open clip on the end.

Featured In

T.A.R.G.A.T. was featured in several of the various media of GI Joe through the years, including Trading Cards, Comic Books, Cartoons and Commercials.

Body Construction

T.A.R.G.A.T.'s body is completely original - all new body parts.

T.A.R.G.A.T.'s entire body was later re-used to create T.A.R.G.A.T. (v2). The chest, arms, waist, and legs were later recolored and used in 1993 to create the Name Your Own Cobra figure.

International Releases

In Canada, T.A.R.G.A.T. was released in dual-language packaging.

In India, T.A.R.G.A.T. head and arms were used to make the second version of Street Hawk. T.A.R.G.A.T.'s entire mold was used for the third version of Street Hawk.

T.A.R.G.A.T. was also released in South Korea.

Reference Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to T.A.R.G.A.T. (v1).

Original Retail: $2.55
Product Number: 6530
Lee's Guide: GIJ-89011
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 140 (1st Ed.), Pg. 196 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #246
Tomart's Guide: #GI6111
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a
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