TUNNEL RAT (v3)
Series: Nine (1990)
Tunnel Rat (v3) was first released carded as part of the ninth series (1990) as part of the Sonic Fighters. He was discontinued domestically in 1991.
Tunnel Rat came with a black laser pistol, a black futuristic anti-aircraft pistol, a black machine gun, a black missile launcher with removable stand, and a large drab green backpack with buttons that made four different electronic battle sounds.
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Primary Specialty: E.O.D. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Secondary Specialty: Combat Engineer
TUNNEL RAT'S been listed for years as a qualified expert with NATO small arms and all WARSAW PACT explosive devices. His superior hand-to-hand combat fighting ability above and below the ground made him an ideal recruit for the Sonic Fighters' detachment. And after five years of using standard issue weapons in makeshift combat situations, Tunnel Rat jumped at the chance to work with a crack unit of veteran soldiers armed with some of the most sophisticated and highly advanced weaponry available.
"When Tunnel Rat heard about the Sonic Fighters, he came out of the tunnel so fast, the backdraft caused a cave-in. I guess he couldn't wait to see the look on the enemy's face when he started unloading 1000 rounds a minute, six feet underground."
Assigned Armaments: FIM 92-A Surface-To-Air Rocket Launcher, 7.62mm M60 GPMG**, Pulse Beam Laser Pistol and modified 9mm pistol.
Weapons Qualification: Expert
*Tunnel Rat's Security Number has been specially modified to prevent breaches in G.I. Joe Security.
**General Purpose Machine Gun
Tunnel Rat's backpack can be found with or without rings around the buttons.
The entire body of Tunnel Rat (v3) was originally used to create the original Tunnel Rat (1987). The mold was also used in 1988 to create the Night Force Tunnel Rat (v2) and in 2004 for another Night Force Tunnel Rat (v5).
Funskool released Tunnel Rat in 1998 with slightly different colors and different accessories.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Tunnel Rat (v3).
Original Retail: $4.99
Hasbro Product: 6311
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #266
Tomart's Guide: #GI6421
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 165 (1st Ed.), Pg. 221 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a