Series: 1.5 (1983)
A swivel-arm version was available with the Motorized Battle Tank (MOBAT) as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm version of of Steeler was also available in 1984 with the MOBAT. Steeler and the MOBAT were discontinued domestically in 1985.
At some point afterwards - between 1986 and 1990 - Steeler was available sealed in bags from Hasbro Direct.
Leftover Hasbro stock of this figure was packaged with different accessories and a new filecard and sold at the 1994 G.I.Joe Convention.
Steeler came with a light green helmet, a black binocular headset, and a black Uzi submachine gun. Certain mail-in Steelers came with other accessories; see Variations below.
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Primary Specialty: Armor
Secondary Specialty: Artillery, Transportation
Steeler comes from a blue collar middle-class background. He put himself through college on an ROTC scholarship and work as a heavy equipment operator. Familiar and proficient with all NATO and Warsaw Pact AFV's. Graduated Armor School, top of class. Special Training: Cadre-XAFV Project; Artillery School; AFV Desert Exercise; Covert Ops School. Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1911A1; MAX-10; Uzi.
"Young, reckless, often clashes with authority (superior officers), but he's one tough soldier!"
When Steeler 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.
Some mail-in Steelers came with black binoculars (the ones that came with Duke) instead of the binocular/visor that Steeler ordinarily came with.
In addition, some mail-in Steelers came with a slightly different Uzi submachine gun.
Also, the 1994 Convention Exclusive Steeler Steeler came packaged with the green helmet, the black visor, and a special "command ring."
Steeler's gold scratches away extremely easily, especially the stripes on his arms. If you see a Steeler without the stripes, the gold has most likely worn off.
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 Steeler was re-used with Flash, Hawk, and Short-fuze. Steeler's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Steeler's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Short-fuze, Stalker, Zap, Tan Grunt (v2), and in 1984 Tan Clutch (v2). Steeler's arms were later used with Wild Bill (1983).
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).
In the United Kingdom and Europe, Steeler was given red and black highlights and released with the Battle Tank.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Steeler (v1.5).
Original Retail: $14.99
Product Number: 6000
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83054
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 20 (1st Ed.), Pg. 29 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #15
Tomart's Guide: #GI5200b (swivel arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a