Series: Four (1985)
Barbecue was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
Barbecue came with a gray tank bracket, orange foam tanks, a gray nozzle gun, a silver and gray fire axe, and a black hose which attached the foam tanks to the nozzle gun.
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Primary Specialty: Fireman
Secondary Specialty: Infantry
If Kelly hadn't joined the G.I. Joe team, he would have been the seventh Kelly in his direct line in the Boston Fire department. His love for the job is not based on family loyalty or even a more general sense of duty; he simply likes riding on the back of the truck with the wind in his face and sirens wailing, lights flashing and the bells clanging. Being allowed to knock down doors and smash windows with his axe is just frosting on the cake.
"Barbecue is what you call your basic party animal. He can open bottles with his teeth, pick up quarters with his ears and wrap his lips completely around the bottom of a quart Coke bottle. You may well ask how all this affects his function as the G.I. Joe Firefighter... It doesn't. It simply makes him a more interesting fellow to have around."
A red backed "Hasbro Direct" variant of Barbecue's filecard exists.
Barbecue's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Barbecue's entire body and mold were re-used for the 1989 "Slaughter's Marauders" Barbecue.
Starting with this series (Series Four, 1985), the head joint on G.I.Joe figures was changed into a head "ball." This ball allowed the head to look up and down, in addition to left and right.
In India, Barbecue was released with blue highlights instead of gray. His helmet has been found with tan or yellow paint.
Barbecue was released in Brazil as Fogueira.
Takara released Barbecue in Japan as a mail-in figure.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Barbecue (v1).
Original Retail: $2.29
Product Number: 6445
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85001
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 47 (1st Ed.), Pg. 77 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #75
Tomart's Guide: #GI5363
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a