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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1997-SHORTFUS-02

Series: Fourteen (1997)

Short-Fuse (version 2) was released as part of the fourteenth series (1997) in the Stars and Stripes Forever boxed set with Breaker, Grunt, Rock N Roll, Scarlett, Sgt Zap, Snake Eyes, and Stalker.

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Short-Fuse (v2) came with a black mortar, a black mortar stand, a green backpack, a green bazooka, a green helmet, and a clear visor.

Filecard Information

File Name: Freistadt, Eric W.
SN: RA 380-22-5432
Grade: E-5
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Primary Specialty: Artillery
Secondary Specialty: Infantry Engineer
Motto: "Make me mad, and I'll get more than even."

Short-fuse was chosen from the top of his class, to join the G.I. Joe team at its inception. He comes from a traditional military family - all career soldiers. His artillery experience and expertise helped the JOES win many battles. He can actually plot artillery azimuths and triangulations in his head. His love for abstract mathematics make him somewhat of a nerd, however, no one would dare tease him. It seems he's quite sensitive about it and can lose his temper very quickly, hence his code name... Short-fuse continued his regular military service until he received word about the original G.I. Joe team re-organizing its members; he returned with full support.

After the Team's first encounter with COBRA Forces, they found a suitable location and in the tradition of the men and women who served their country before them, raised the flag in their honor, and declared - STARS and STRIPES FOREVER!

FROM GENERAL HAWK'S FILES: "In all my days, I've never see a guy remember the information he does. Short-fuse can plot artillery triangulations in his head, faster than someone with a compass. He pinpoints targets with over ninety-five percent accuracy and provides the team with a huge advantage. The one thing you don't want to do around him is mock his gift of intelligence. The guy's temper flares up mighty quick, and everyone best stand back to let him cool down. He loves his job and can be counted on to lend the support we need."


Early Short-Fuse figures came with a heavy brown spray on the pant legs, while later versions had significantly less amounts.

Some versions of Short-Fuse came with the backpack pictured below. It is the same mold as the other backpack. However, this backpack is black with green painted missiles, as opposed to green with black painted missiles. This variation is much more common.

Body Construction

Short-Fuse (version 2) is a complete repaint made from the original Short-Fuse (1982).

Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down.

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