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Avalanche



File Name: Ian M. Costello of Madawaska, Maine.
Grade: Army E-5 (1987)
SN: 512-89-8788
Notes: Madawaska (misspelled Madawask on the filecard) is a predominantly French-speaking town just across the St. John River from the Canadian town of Edmundston, and is the northernmost whole town in the 48 contiguous states.



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Next character: Blaster

 

Animated Appearances

Avalanche was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born April 23, 1958. Avalanche joined the Joe Team in March 1985, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was with the team until it was disbanded in December 1989 but was not recalled when the Joes were reactivated in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987 (Battle Force 2000)    
Version 1: 1987 Battle Force 2000 carded assortment
Fig. #0147: Dominator Snow Vehicle DriverMOS 1: Armored Vehicle Driver [19K]
MOS 2: Cold Weather Survival Driver
  • head: Avalanche (87), Backblast (05)
  • arms: Avalanche (87), Backblast (05), Skull Squad Trooper (06)
  • torso: Avalanche (87), Backblast (05), Skull Squad Trooper (06)
  • waist: Avalanche (87), Backblast (05), Skull Squad Trooper (06)
  • legs: Avalanche (87), Backblast (05), Skull Squad Trooper (06)
Accessories: silver mic (new, squarish); silver rifle (new, P-480 Sub-Zero stun gun)
When Avalanche came of age, he declined joining his family's business (poaching, smuggling, legging) and opted for the U.S. Army instead. Having spent most of his youth in the woods with a rifle, he was quite well prepared for certain rigors of military life and totally unprepared for the discipline.
"As part of a survival exercise, Avalanche and twenty other trainees were left in the wilds with a knife and a compass apiece. Most of the others staggered in haggard and worn after a week. They found Avalanche a month later and two hundred miles away, lounging in a motel and spending the money he had made from the furs he brought in . . . "
Variations: Some copies had a grey knife on the leg, while others had silver.
Toy Notes: Saw a brief limited release on a single card in time for the 1987 Christmas season.
Re-releases: Also carded for more general release in a two-pack with Blaster (87) in 1988, at about the time the BF2000 vehicles were released. Item #6522.