Series: Four (1985)
Keel-Haul was released as part of the fourth series (1985), packaged exclusively with the U.S.S. Flagg aircraft carrier. He was also sold in 1986, then was discontinued domestically in 1987.
In 1989, he was available mail-order as part of the "Special Missions Drivers" set with Ace, Thunder, Lampreys, Strato-Viper, and Motor Viper.
Left-over bagged Keel-Haul figures were eventually released through some strange channels and ended up as prizes at Chuck E. Cheese pizza/arcades and carnivals around the country as "Skeeball" prizes in 1993.
This action figure is often referred to as "Admiral Keel-Haul."
Keel-Haul came with a silver pistol. Some later editions of Keel-Haul did not come with the pistol.
The same pistol was recolored black and packaged with Hawk (v2).
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia
Primary Specialty: Command
Secondary Specialty: Pilot
Command: U.S.S. FLAGG
Graduated Annapolis and Navy Flight school. Flew Phantom F-4's off the Intrepid in late 60's. Attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and the Armed Forces Staff College. Holder of the Navy Cross, DFC and Air Medal. Keel-Haul is a respected military historian, a nationally rated chess player and possibly the world's worst clarinet player.
"Keel-Haul was always cool. He could set an F-4 down on a carrier deck at night with half his instruments out and walk away whistling. You know what it's like to land on a carrier at night? Try jumping on a moving skate board while blind folded!"
There are two versions of Keel-Haul - with and without the patch on his right arm. The 1985 edition of Keel-Haul came with the patch, but the 1989 mail-in version did not. However, later versions of the mail-in Keel-Haul had the patch again. In addition to missing the patch, the variant Keel-Hauls do not have the stars painted on the figure's collar.
Also, early versions will have Made In Hong Kong on the waist piece, while later versions will say Made In China. Some of the later mail-in versions of Keel-Haul did not come with the pistol.
Keel-Haul's body mold is entirely original and not made up from previous molds.
The mold was re-used in 1993 to create the figure Keel-Haul (v2). The waistpiece was re-used in 1991 to create Major Altitude.
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.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Keel-Haul (v1).
Original Retail: $89.99
Product Number: 6001
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85053
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 49 (1st Ed.), Pg. 80 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #89
Tomart's Guide: #GI5441b
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a