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RED DOG (v1)


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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1987-REDDOG-01

Series: Six (1987)

Red Dog was first released as part of the sixth series (1987) in a special Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades three-pack along with Mercer and Taurus. The set was also available in 1988 and was discontinued in 1989.

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Red Dog came with a brown backpack and a dark gray .45 caliber pistol.

Packaging Information

Filecard Information

File Name: Taputapu, David
SN: 425-80-2173
Birthplace: Pago Pago, Samoa
Primary Specialty: Infantry

Pay Grade: E-5 (equivalent)

The Renegades have no official status. Their movements and activities are virtually unrestricted. They don't get any credit when they succeed and everybody denies knowing anything about them when they fall.

Red Dog could have had a pro football career as a barefoot placekicker if a defensive lineman hadn't ground his cleats into the big Samoan's obtruding toe. The lineman ended up with a broken helmet and a concussion. Red Dog was suspended for excessive roughness. He later worked briefly as a stuntman in "B" movies until he was recruited by G.I.Joe Command.

"The other Renegades think that Red Dog is a handy gun to have along on missions. If they encounter an obstacle of any kind; barricade, tank-trap or phalanx of armed guards, they simply point Red Dog in the appropriate direction, let him go, and wait for the dust to settle."


No variations of Red Dog (v1) are known to exist.

Featured In

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

Body Construction

Red Dog's body is completely original - all new body parts.

International Releases

Red Dog was released in the United Kingdom and Europe individually carded.

Red Dog was later individually released in India in 2001. This version of Red Dog lacks the "1" on his jersey and features different colors and accessories.

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 Red Dog (v1).

Original Retail: $7.30
Product Number: 6153
Lee's Guide: GIJ-87203
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 87 (1st Ed.), Pg. 140 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #149
Tomart's Guide: #GI5766c
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a