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BUDO (v1)


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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1988-BUDO-01

Series: Seven (1988)

Budo was released carded as part of the seventh series (1988). He was also sold in 1989 and discontinued domestically in 1990.

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Budo came with red and silver samurai head gear, a brown backpack, a crimson sword, a silver ornamental sword, and a silver sai.

The silver ornamental piece on top of Budo's helmet can be removed with some effort, but is not intended to be removable.

Filecard Information

File Name: Jesso, Kyle A.
SN: 083-48-1009
Grade: E-5
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Hand-to-hand combat instructor

Budo's father was an orthodontist on Oakland, his grandfather was a farmer in Fresno, his great-grandfather was a track-worker on the Rocky Mountain Line, and his great-great-grandfather was a fencing master in one of the last great samurai warrior families of Japan. On his eighteenth birthday he was given the family swords and a haiku written by his ancestor;
The great sword sheathed
Glitters brightly in the dark
Unseen and at rest

"The man has a fifth-degree black belt in Iaido, (the art of the live blade) and similar rank in three other martial arts. He could have even higher rankings if he didn't spend so much time working on his chopped, pan-head Harley and listening to heavy metal."


The copyright stamp on the figure states either "Made in Hong Kong" or "Made in China."

Featured In

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

Body Construction

Budo's body is completely original - all new body parts.

Budo's entire mold was re-used and re-colored to create Budo (v2) (1993).

Note that there is a silver hook on Budo's waist. The hook supports Budo's sword.

International Releases

In India, Budo was released in slightly different colors - with light green pants and an all-silver helmet.

Versions of Budo

A version of Budo was supposed to be released in 1995 as part of the Ninja Commandos but was never released. However, the mold was re-used in 1996 to create the Mortal Kombat Movie Edition of Shang Tsung.

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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 Budo (v1).

Original Retail: $2.55
Product Number: 6517
Lee's Guide: GIJ-88017
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 106 (1st Ed.), Pg. 160 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #191
Tomart's Guide: #GI5877
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a