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SGT. ZAP (v1)



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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1997-SGTZAP-01

Series: Fourteen (1997)

Zap (version 3) was released as part of the fourteenth series (1997) in the Stars and Stripes Forever boxed set with Breaker, Grunt, Rock N Roll, Scarlett, Short-fuse, Snake Eyes, and Stalker.

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Zap came with a green bazooka, a green and black backpack, and a green helmet. [See VARIATIONS below.]

Filecard Information

File Name: Melendez, Rafael J.
SN: RA 633-39-0744
Grade: E-7 (Staff Sergeant)
Birthplace: New York City, NY
Primary Specialty: Combat Engineer
Secondary Specialty: Infantry
Motto: "I open tanks like they were sardine cans."

Sgt. Zap was chosen among the first to join the G.I. JOE team in its early days. His specialty was in armor-piercing and anti-tank weapon systems. As the team expanded, he moved more towards demolitions. It became his job to teach the new recruits their practical factors to qualify for ranks. It's amazing to watch him work with high-explosives devices and remain composed. His professional attitude gained him a great reputation as an instructor. When the call went out to re-organize the original G.I. JOE team members, he jumped at the chance. Being somewhat old-fashioned, he returned using his favorite hand-held bazooka, not as high-tech as some of the weapons he's used but definitely reliable.

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: "Here's a guy that not only likes blowing things up, we pay him to do it. Sgt. Zap maintains his cool at all times. Setting up explosive devices is nerve racking, but he handles it and keeps coming back for more. A true professional, and well-liked for his abilities and his courage. My advice is to keep your helmet on when he's around, something will be exploding nearby."


Some versions of Zap 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.

It's uncertain if one variant is harder to find than the other.

Body Construction

Zap (version 6) is a complete repaint made from the original Zap (1982).

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

Reference Information

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