Series: 1.5 (1983)
This swivel-arm version was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Grunt was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.
In 1986 and 1987, Hasbro Direct offered Grunt 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.
Grunt came with a dark green helmet, a dark green combat pack, and a black M-16 rifle.
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Small Arms Armoror Artillery Coordinator
Familiar with all NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms as well as domestic civilian arms. Graduated: Advanced Infantry Training. Finished in top ten of his class. Qualified Expert: M-14; M-16; M-1911A1 (Auto Pistol).
"Grunt is a highly motivated, systematic individual. He's a stand-up guy who doesn't blow his cool in a fire-fight."
When Grunt 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 Grunt and Grunt (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 Grunt's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the carded Grunt does not. Grunts 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 Grunt was re-used for Grand Slam, Zap, and in 1983 Grand Slam (v2). Grunt's arms were shared with Hawk, Short-fuze, Snake Eyes, Stalker, and Zap. The upper arms only were shared with Snow Job. Grunt's torso was shared with Breaker, Hawk, Snake Eyes, and Stalker. Grunt's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Grunt's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Short-fuze, Stalker, Steeler, Zap and in 1984 Tan Clutch.
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).
The exact body mold of Grunt v1.5 was re-used for the second version of Tan Grunt (version 2). The same mold of the head, torso, arms, and waist were re-used in 1997 to create Grunt (v4).
In the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, the swivel-arm Grunt was available as a mail-in offer as part of the Action Force toyline, repurposed as a generic Action Force Infantryman. This figure could also be found in randomly packed figure four-packs.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Grunt (v1.5).
Original Retail: $2.25
Product Number: 6409
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83009
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 19 (1st Ed.), Pg. 28 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #1
Tomart's Guide: #GI5101 (swivel arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a