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YoJoe ID: 118-HVH-1984-SLUGGER-01

Series: Three (1984)
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The Slugger [Self Propelled Cannon] was first released boxed in U.S. toy stores in 1984. It included the driver, Thunder. The Slugger was also sold in 1985 and was discontinued in 1986.

The Slugger (without driver) was later available in 1987-1991 as a Mail-In Premium Offer. Around 1991, the mail-order Slugger started appearing without the camouflage paint pattern.

With 175mm Howitzer and 30cal. Machine Gun
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Driver/Pilot: THUNDER (v1)

Thunder was released as part of the third series (1984), packaged exclusively with the Self Propelled Cannon (Slugger) tank. He was also sold in 1985, then was discontinued domestically in 1986.

In 1987, Thunder was available mail-order from Hasbro Direct as part of a six figure vehicle drivers set that included Copperhead, HISS Driver, Stinger Driver, Crankcase, and Frostbite. He was later available as part of the "Special Missions Drivers" set with Ace, Admiral Keel-Haul, Lampreys, Strato-Viper, and Motor Viper.

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Easily Broken/Lost Pieces

The machine gun is small and easily lost.

Featured In

The Slugger [Self-Propelled Cannon] was featured in several of the various media of GI Joe through the years, including Trading Cards, Comic Books, Cartoons and Commercials.


The retail version of the Slugger featured a darker green camouflage paint pattern. The mail-order version was all-green and did not have the paint pattern. Additionally, the mail-in instructions contains an extra blurb about Thunder.

Vehicle Construction

The vehicle mold was repainted or retooled for the following vehicles:

Slugger (1984)
Slugger (1991)
Slugger (1997)

International Releases

In Brazil, the Slugger was sold without Thunder as the Artilharia Pesada.

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 Slugger.

Original Retail: $6.49
Product Number: 6056
Lee's Guide: GIJ-84053v
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 45 (1st Ed.), Pg. 71 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: n/a
Tomart's Guide: #GI5303
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a