Series: Four (1985)
Dusty was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
It was common practice for Hasbro to name and/or sculpt G.I.Joe characters after real-life individuals. The character of Dusty was given the real name "Ronald Tadur" - an anagram for Ron Rudat, a Hasbro artist who helped design much of G.I.Joe's early look.
Dusty came with a tan backpack and a black FAMAS submachine gun with a black W-Bi Pod.
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Refrigeration and air-conditioning maintenance
Dusty loves the desert. It is clean, pure and unforgiving. Unlike Vegas which is always willing to give you a second chance. Dusty was working as a refrigerator repairman and studying desert ecology at night when his pre-enlistment application for the G.I. Joe Team was approved. He took Basic at Fort Bliss, TX and loved every minute of it.
Qualified expert: M-16, M-14, M-1911A1, M-60.
"It's not enough nowadays to have a rapid-reaction force responsive instantaneously to explosive situations in far flung corners of the globe. That force must be capable of surviving in a diverse array of hostile environments to accomplish its objectives. If that means having one expert for every type of environment on every team to take on survival responsibilities on that terrain, so be it."
No variations of Dusty (v1) are known to exist.
Dusty's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Dusty's entire body and mold were re-used for the 1988 "Tiger Force" Dusty. Dusty's legs were also re-used to create Claymore (1986).
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.
Versions of Dusty
Note that version Thirteen came out after version Fourteen. Version Thirteen was intended to be released prior to version Fourteen, and was indeed available in Canada in the proper order. For reasons not officially known, the release of version Thirteen was delayed in the United States until the following year. We have opted to retain the originally-intended release numbers.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Dusty (v1).
Original Retail: $2.29
Product Number: 6442
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85004
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 47 (1st Ed.), Pg. 78 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #73
Tomart's Guide: #GI5373
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a