LASER RIFLE TROOPER
Series: 1.5 (1983)
This swivel-arm version was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Flash was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.
In 1986 and 1987, Hasbro Direct offered Flash as part of the "Original Adventure Team" mail-in set. He came packaged in a plastic bag and came with nine other figures in a carrying case.
Flash came with a dark green helmet, a clear visor that attached to the helmet, a dark green power pack, and a black XMLR-1A Shoulder-Fired Laser Rifle with a long strand that fit into the backpack.
Beware of a gray rifle, a tan backpack, and any helmet that is not dark green. These are accessories that came with the G.I.Joe Battle Gear Accessory Packs, and are not the original accessories that came with Flash.
Birthplace: Lodi, California
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Electronics CBR
Flash is highly skilled in many aspects of electronic technology and is capable of equipment repair in the field. Specialized Education: Electronics School; Chemical School; Covert Electronics. Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1911A; XMLR-1A (Shoulder-Fired Laser Rifle).
"Flash is methodical and persistent. Has an innate and unshakable faith in the order of the universe. He's working on his Master's degree in electronic engineering (nights)."
When Flash was re-released in 1983, two major changes were made to his construction. The straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep, and his bulky waist-piece was replaced by a slimmer one with the buckle resculpted into the shape of Hasbro's logo at the time. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83." While the changes are substantial enough for some to consider this a new version, it is still technically just a variation. Because of this, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2.
The backpacks of Flash and Flash (v1.5) feature different backpack pegs - the backpacks of straight-arm figures will fit loosely in the backs of swivel-arm figures.
There are two versions of Flash's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the carded Flash does not. Flashs included with the Sears or JCPenney's exclusive gift packs also had the red backing.
Most of the 1982 series figures and their swivel-arm counterparts re-used molds from each other, repainted slightly to make them seem more original.
The head of Flash was re-used with Hawk, Short-fuze, and Steeler. Flash's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Flash's arms, torso, and legs were shared with Grand Slam and Grand Slam v2 (silver pads).
Flash's arms were re-colored and re-used in 1987 in some versions of Steel Brigade.
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
Versions of Flash
In 2007, Flash was renamed "Sgt. Flash." So while there are several names, they are all based on the character "Flash."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Flash (v1.5).
Original Retail: $2.25
Product Number: 6406
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83006
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 19 (1st Ed.), Pg. 27 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #9
Tomart's Guide: #GI5117 (swivel arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a