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ZAP (v1.5)



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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1983-ZAP-1.5

Series: 1.5 (1983)

This swivel-arm version was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Zap was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.

In 1986 and 1987, Hasbro Direct offered Zap 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.

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Zap came with a light green helmet, a light green ammo pack, and a light green bazooka.

See Variations below.

Filecard Information

File Name: Melendez, Rafael J.
SN: RA633980744
Grade: E-4
Birthplace: New York City
Primary Specialty: Engineer
Secondary Specialty: Infantry Artillery

Zap is the team specialist in armor-piercing and anti-tank weapons but also functions as demolitions man. Specialized Education: Engineer School; Ordinance School; Advanced Infantry Training. Qualified Expert: M-14; M-16; M-1911A1; M-79 (Grenade Launcher); M-72 (LAW Rocket); XM-71A (TOW Missile); XM-47 (Dragon Missile).

"Zap is the fun loving type...he's cool under fire. The stuff he works on could blow up at anytime."


When Zap 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.

There are three versions of Zap's bazooka. The earliest bazooka had two handles, but this broke too many thumbs off of the straight-arm figures. It was quickly replaced with a bazooka that had a single, thin handle. This bazooka is the most common to find. By the time of Zap (v1.5)'s release, the bazooka featured a single, thick handle and was cast in a slightly warmer shade of green.

The backpacks of Zap and Zap (v1.5) feature different backpack pegs - the backpacks of straight-arm figures will fit loosely in the backs of swivel-arm figures.

Lastly, there are two versions of Zap's filecard. The filecard with the Zap available from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the filecard that came with Zap did not. Zaps included with the Sears or JCPenney's exclusive gift packs also had the red backing.

Featured In

Zap was featured in several of the various media of GI Joe through the years, including Trading Cards, Comic Books, Cartoons and Commercials.

Body Construction

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 Zap was re-used for Grand Slam, Grunt, Grand Slam (v2), and Tan Grunt. Zap's arms were shared with Grunt, Hawk, Short-fuze, Snake Eyes, Stalker and Tan Grunt (v2). The upper arms only were shared with Snow Job. Zap's torso was shared with Short-fuze. Zap's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Zap's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Short-fuze, Stalker, Steeler, Tan Grunt (v2), and in 1984 Tan Clutch (v2).

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).

International Releases

In the United Kingdom and Europe, the swivel-arm version of Zap was recolored in gray and released with the Sealion vehicle as Dolphin.

In Australia, Toltoya released Zap on Action Man cards.

In India, Zap was recolored in bright green. Another version of Zap in India used his body in dark green. Still another version features a dark green Zap with a recolored Short-Fuze head.

Reference Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Zap (v1.5).

Original Retail: $2.25
Product Number: 6405
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83009
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 21 (1st Ed.), Pg. 30 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #7
Tomart's Guide: #GI5113 (swivel arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a