Series: Nine (1990)
Dial-Tone (v3) was first released carded as part of the ninth series (1990) as part of the Sonic Fighters. He was discontinued domestically in 1991.
Dial-Tone came with a black machine gun, a black laser pistol, a black grenade launcher (with removable chamber), a black laser gun, and a large black backpack with buttons that made four different electronic battle sounds.
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Primary Specialty: Radio Telecommunications
Secondary Specialty: Infantry
DIAL-TONE's been fixing and building communication systems since he was knee high to a Thyratron. Ten years experience and advanced forces training has also made him an expert in the field of laser technology. To Dial-Tone, bouncing a message off a satellite halfway around the globe, and firing a high-intensity laser burst at a moving target are essentially the same thing. So when he heard the high command was looking for seasoned troopers with specialized skills, Dial-Tone said, "Hold my calls!" Dial-Tone is also the unofficial electronics repairman for the team.
"Out in the field, Dial-Tone used to be the guy caught in a fire fight, huddled in the mud somewhere, screaming at headquarters for reinforcement. Now, he's the reinforcement, and the only message this guy sends is, 'Duck!'"
Assigned Armaments: Multi-Burst Laser Pistol, XML-3000 Laser Rifle, 40mm XML-2000 Grenade Launcher, and 5.56mm Submachine Gun.
Weapons Qualification: Sharpshooter
*Dial-Tone's Security Number has been specially modified to prevent breaches in G.I. Joe Security.
No variations of Dial-Tone (v3) are known to exist.
The entire body of Dial-Tone (v3) was originally used to create the original Dial-Tone. The mold was also used in 1986 to create the Special Mission Brazil Dial-Tone (v2), in 2000 to create Dial Tone (v5), in 2002 to create Dial Tone (v6), and in 2003 to create Dial Tone (v7 - Tiger Force).
The legs and waist were used in 2001 to create Crossfire. The chest and arms were used in 2002 to create Dusty (v5).
Versions of Dial-Tone
Note that there is a male Dial Tone character with the filename of "Jack S. Morelli" and a female Dialtone character with the filename of "Jill S. Morelli." The G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra video game establishes them as siblings.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Dial-Tone (v3).
Original Retail: $4.99
Product Number: 6313
Lee's Guide: n/a
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 164 (1st Ed.), Pg. 220 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #268
Tomart's Guide: #GI6425
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a