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Unknown - Mystery G.I.Joe Figure

MYSTERY OFFICIALLY SOLVED & CONTEST FINISHED

The False Leads Page


To see the original Yo Joe webpage of this figure. See Here


From Ron Connor:

The False Leads

Years of False Leads:

Solving a mystery such as this wouldn't be easy. But I never factored in how false leads would send me on wild goose chases. There have been approximately 80 different people who have written me over the years. Many were duplicate leads, suggestions, or guesses. Those boiled down to about 20 different answers. The 3 most likely theories were as follows:

a) Prototype 1983 Repaint:
While Hasbro was switching over to the swivel arm battle grip, they might have been toying around with the idea of changing up the colors to boost the number of different looking toys in their arsenal. A logical reason, since repaints happen on a quarterly basis in some toy lines of today... including G.I. Joe!

b) Unreleased Listen 'N' Fun Flash.
I believe there is even a picture of a mock up original 83 Flash circling the net.

c) International Variant:
Since this figure is fully factory painted, this gave reason to think it was released outside the U.S. Many signs pointed to the European Action Force release. Mostly because the Mystery Figure's colors have the same motif as Palitoy's earlier creations. And it just wasn't logical for Mexico, or the South American countries to have a swivel arm version of Flash.

One of most interesting responses was from a person who thought the Mystery Figure was the replacement for Payload on the European Defiant playset. He said the Mystery Figure was pictured in the promo poster of a store chain (Toys R Us?) that was giving away the Defiant as a promotion. That played well with me since it was of a European descent, and being a promotional item, that might have explained why I had never seen another one. But as you can see, it is very hard to track down leads when the person swears by their story, and the info seems plausible.

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