Series: Six (1987)
Taurus was first released as part of the sixth series (1987) in a special Sgt. Slaughter's Renegades three-pack along with Mercer and Red Dog. The set was also available in 1988 and was discontinued in 1989.
Taurus came with a brown backpack and a silver pistol with stock.
Primary Specialty: Demolitions
Pay Grade: E-5 (equivalent)
The Renegades aren't carried on the rosters of any existing military unit. There is no computer access to their dossiers and they are paid through a special fund earmarked for "Pentagon Pest Control". This gives the Renegades a freedom of operation that the Joes can't match. It also means that the government can deny everything if they're caught.
Taurus was a circus acrobat in Europe who did occasional undercover work for INTERPOL. His circus act involved breaking two-by-fours on his own face, a feat which so impressed the G.I.Joe top brass, he was recruited on the spot. Taurus has been cross-trained in explosive and mountaineering and is fluent in a dozen languages.
"He's an animal. He stops hockey-pucks with his forehead and opens bottles with his nostrils. Lucky for us, he does everything G.I.Joe HQ tells him!"
No variations of Taurus (v1) are known to exist.
Taurus's body is completely original - all new body parts.
In France and Europe, Taurus was released individually carded.
Versions of Taurus
In 2011, Taurus was renamed "Bull." So while there are multiple names, they are all based on the character "Taurus."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Taurus (v1).
Original Retail: $7.30
Product Number: 6153
Lee's Guide: GIJ-87202
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 87 (1st Ed.), Pg. 140 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #150
Tomart's Guide: #GI5766b
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a