DUSTY & SANDSTORM (v3)
DESERT TROOPER & COYOTE
Series: Ten (1991)
Dusty and Sandstorm (the third figure release with the name "Dusty") was first released carded as part of the tenth series (1991). He was discontinued domestically in 1992.
Dusty came with a brown submachine gun with a removable brown sliding stock, a brown pistol, a brown backpack, and a gray coyote named "Sandstorm."
Grade: E-5 (Sergeant)
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Maintenance
Qualified Expert: M-16A2 5.56mm rifle, M1911A1 .45 automatic pistol, M-203 40mm grenade launcher. Familiar with all NATO and friendly forces small arms.
Licensed to operate: Locust, Hammer, Retaliator.
DUSTY knows that the very thought of desert training induces terminal belly aching in even the most seasoned troopers. The blistering heat during the day, freezing cold at night, snakes, scorpions, sheet lightning, dust storms and dry, gritty sand - none of these things faze Dusty and his Coyote Sandstorm because they are the natural trappings of what they consider to be their home. Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, Dusty is also conversant in Kazakh and Khalkha (Eastern Mongolian).**
"Dusty can track like a hungry wolf, go to ground like a spooked prairie dog and fight like a wounded bobcat. He's got the patience of a Diamondback rattler, the social graces of a gila monster, and the taste buds of a coyote. In short, he's not much use for anything, except sneaking up behind guys in the desert and popping a can of firefight."
*Dusty's Security Number has been specially modified to prevent breaches in G.I. Joe security.
**Languages spoken in the great desert regions of the world. (Yes, we know that Australia has a desert to dwarf most, but most native Australians speak English).
No variations of Dusty & Sandstorm (v3) are known to exist.
Dusty's body is entirely original - no parts were taken from other figures.
The entire mold was re-used in 2000 to create Dusty (v4) and the 2002 Convention Exclusive Paratrooper Dusty (v6). The head, waist, and legs were re-used in 2002 to create Dusty (v5).
Versions of Dusty
Note that version Thirteen came out after version Fourteen. Version Thirteen was intended to be released prior to version Fourteen, and was indeed available in Canada in the proper order. For reasons not officially known, the release of version Thirteen was delayed in the United States until the following year. We have opted to retain the originally-intended release numbers.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Dusty & Sandstorm (v3).
Original Retail: $2.97
Product Number: 6580
Lee's Guide: n/a
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 176 (1st Ed.), Pg. 230 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #287
Tomart's Guide: #GI6501
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a