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A Real American Hero, Part 1
The M.A.S.S. Device

1st of 10 Sunbow episodes before Season 1. Written by Ron Friedman. First aired September 12, 1983.

Preceded by: A Real American Hero Opening Sequence
Next episode: A Real American Hero, Part 2

As the Joes admire their new Skystrikers, a Cobra attack on the airfield alerts Duke to a new enemy plot. Summoned by General Flagg, Duke learns that Cobra may be after the Relay Star satellite. With help from the disguised Baroness, Cobra uses its newly built M.A.S.S. Device to transport troops and equipment directly into the satellite's storage area.

Duke is captured as Cobra transports back to its temple with the satellite, which they launch to increase the M.A.S.S. Device's range. Broadcasting to the world, Cobra uses the device to beam away the Eiffel Tower. Led by Scarlett, the Joe Team locates the machine's designer, Dr. Vandermeer, as a consultant. Meanwhile, Duke is brought to the slave pens and directed by a mind-control device, which Cobra's leaders use to make him fight as a gladiator in their Arena of Sport.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Duke315 seconds24 linesflying Skystriker, meeting with Flagg, captured, fighting in Arena of Sport
Destro201 seconds14 linesdelivering elements, operating M.A.S.S., launching satellite, controlling Duke
Cobra Commander184 seconds16 linessupervising M.A.S.S., worldwide broadcast, controlling Ramar in fight
Scarlett177 seconds13 linesin Skystriker during Bludd's assault, in J.U.M.P. at Flagg's base, at HQ, fighting at farm
Stalker152 seconds6 linesat airfield during assault, on R.A.M. at Flagg's base, at HQ for broadcast, at farm
Snake Eyes148 seconds at airfield during assault, at Flagg's base, at HQ for broadcast, fighting at farm
Maj. Bludd87 seconds6 linesleading fighter attack, stealing Relay Star, disguised as Dr. Vandermeer
Baroness58 seconds10 linesdisguised as Juanita Hooper, informing Duke of his fate as a slave
Breaker56 seconds5 linesat airfield after assault, suggesting Dr. Vandermeer, fighting at farm
Background Characters
Steeler49 seconds1 lineat airfield during Bludd's assault, at HQ for broadcast, fighting at farm
Gung-Ho32 seconds (silent)at airfield during Bludd's assault, fighting at farm
Zap25 seconds (silent)at HQ for broadcast, fighting at farm
Rock 'n Roll21 seconds (silent)on F.L.A.K. during Bludd's assault, at HQ for broadcast, fighting at farm
Flash18 seconds (silent)at airfield during Bludd's assault, fighting at farm
Clutch12 seconds (silent)at airfield during assault, fighting at farm
Short-Fuze11 seconds (silent)in Skystriker during Bludd's assault, at HQ for broadcast, fighting at farm
Airborne9 seconds (silent)at airfield during Maj. Bludd's assault
Tripwire6 seconds (silent)at airfield during Bludd's assault, at HQ for broaccast
Wild Bill6 seconds (silent)at airfield during Bludd's assault, at HQ for broadcast, flying Dragonfly from farm
Troops Appearing
Cobra Officer102 seconds stationed by M.A.S.S., restraining and escorting Duke
Cobra86 seconds at Cobra base, in slave pens, stealing Relay Star, fighting at farm
Vehicles Appearing
Skystriker105 seconds most destroyed by Cobra attack on airfield
H.I.S.S.50 seconds used to steal Relay Star and at Vandermeer's farm
Dragonfly40 seconds flown to and from Dr. Vandermeer's farm
R.A.M.23 seconds driven by Stalker to blast into Flagg's base, one seen in Relay Star battle
F.A.N.G.8 seconds used at Vandermeer's farm
F.L.A.K.6 seconds used to defend airfield
J.U.M.P.5 seconds used by Scarlett to infiltrate Flagg's base
M.O.B.A.T.2 seconds seen in Relay Star battle (12:31-32)
Non-Toy Characters: Army MPs, Gen. Flagg, Dr. Vandermeer, Selena, Ramar
Non-Toy Equipment: Cobra fighter jets, Joe missile launcher (2:49), Army trucks, tanks, and gun station

Misc. Notes

  • This miniseries, originally aired as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, was retitled G.I. Joe: The M.A.S.S. Device for the 2008 DVD figure set and A Real American Hero: The M.A.S.S. Device for the Shout!Factory DVD release.
  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.1 set (Disc 1, Episode 1).
  • First appearances (in order): Stalker, Snake Eyes, Duke, Scarlett, Maj. Bludd, Tripwire, Rock 'n Roll, Steeler, Wild Bill, Short-Fuze, Clutch, Airborne, Flash, Gung-Ho, Breaker, Cobra Commander, Destro, Cobra Officers, Cobra troopers, Baroness, and Zap; the Skystriker, F.L.A.K., J.U.M.P., R.A.M., H.I.S.S., M.O.B.A.T., Dragonfly, and F.A.N.G.
  • The Marvel comic series also included a General Flagg who referred assignments to G.I. Joe as early as Issue #1, and whose son was released in action figure form in 1992. The comic Flagg bears no resemblance to the character in the miniseries.
  • The five DVD figure sets released in 2008 each came with a piece of the M.A.S.S. Device featured in this miniseries, and several of 2008's figures came with element canisters.