HEAVY METAL (v1)
MAULER M.B.T. TANK DRIVER
Series: Four (1985)
Heavy Metal was released as part of the fourth series (1985), packaged exclusively with the Mauler M.B.T. (Manned Battle Tank). He was also sold in 1986, then was discontinued domestically in 1987.
In 1989, Heavy Metal was available as a mail-in offer from Hasbro Direct.
Leftover Hasbro stock of this figure was packaged with new accessories and sold at an early G.I.Joe Convention.
Heavy Metal came with a black submachine gun and a thin brown microphone.
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Primary Specialty: Armor
Secondary Specialty: Finance Clerk
There are sections of Brooklyn that are less accessible to outsiders than the mountains of Transylvania. In Heavy Metal's old neighborhood, a trip to Manhattan (just across the East River) was considered a major expedition. Aspiring to become middle class was daydreaming, pure and simple. Heavy Metal enlisted to go to Finance School, his ultimate goal to become a CPA. But one day at Fort Belvoir, he watched a column of tanks roll by and was never the same again. He put in for a transfer to Armor that same day. Qualified expert: M-16, M-1911A1, M-2 50 cal. MG and M-60 MG.
"Many people find comfort in order and discipline. Mathematics reduces the complexities of the world to manageable sums. Heavy Metal likes tanks. They are immutable statements in iron."
In 1989, Heavy Metal was available mail-order from Hasbro Direct. However, he was no longer referred to as Heavy Metal but as "Rampage."
Rampage is pictured below.
The figure differs from Heavy Metal in several ways. Most noticeably, the face of Rampage lacks the painted face that Heavy Metal has. The "shadow" is painted on Heavy Metal's face, but not on Rampage. Rampage is also made of a very different plastic than Heavy Metal - the colors are much darker. Lastly, while Rampage came with the same submachine gun as Heavy Metal, he did not come with the microphone.
The G.I.Joe Convention release came with a red rifle and a gray submachine gun.
Heavy Metal's body mold is entirely original and not made up from previous molds.
Heavy Metal's arms and chest were later recolored and re-used to create Rumbler (1987).
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 Heavy Metal
In 1989, Heavy Metal was renamed "Rampage," and in 2009, he was renamed to "Speed Metal." So while there all multiple names, they are all based on the character "Heavy Metal." Note that there are multiple versions of Rampage, though the other figures have a file name of "Walter A. McDaniel."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Heavy Metal (v1).
Original Retail: $16.99
Product Number: 6015
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85054
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 48 (1st Ed.), Pg. 79 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #88, #396 (Convention)
Tomart's Guide: #GI5411b
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a