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Backblast



File Name: Edward J. Menninger of New York City, New York.
Grade: Army E-5 (1989-2005)
multiple SNs: 000-6648-YO11; 900L-66-2311; 900-66-EJ11
Notes: New York City occupies the southeast corner of the state's mainland and nearby islands. Big Brawler, Rampart, and Zap are also said to be from NYC with no further specification. Also from various parts of the city are Bushido, Crossfire, Heavy Metal, Nunchuk, and Tunnel Rat.



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Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
None238 seconds00

DiC's Backblast wore his 1989 outfit with a black knife on his arm, and his launcher and missiles were dark grey.

 

Operation Dragonfire Opening1 second
Operation Dragonfire: Day 537 seconds

Headcanon

Born February 5, 1955. Backblast joined the Joe Team in March 1986, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 3 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1989
2. 1993 (Battle Corps)
3. 2004 (Neutralizer)
4. 2005 (Winter Operations)
 
Version 1: 1989 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0209: Anti-Aircraft SoldierMOS 1: Air Defense Artillery [14M]
MOS 2: Signal Corps [25]
  • head: Backblast (89, 93)
  • arms: Backblast (89)
  • torso: Backblast (89, 93)
  • waist: Backblast (89, 93)
  • legs: Backblast (89, 93)
Accessories: yellow bandolier (new, elliptical); green missile launcher (new, three tubes) with detachable handle; three red missiles (new, tapered with fins at front); light grey knife (new, serrated with jagged handle); black monocular (new, ridged with strap)
BACKBLAST grew up in a house next to one of the busiest airports in the world. His bedroom was directly under the landing path of incoming jets. At night, the landing lights from descending jumbo-jets would shine through his window and the vibrations would shake the pocket-change off his dresser. When asked his job preferences upon his enlistment, he answered, "Where can I go to shoot airplanes out of the sky?"
"You get your best shot at a ground attack aircraft when it's coming straight at you. Unfortunately, it usually fires everything it has in your direction. It's the job of the air-defense specialist to standing the open with his launcher aimed at the incoming aircraft and wait for the lock-on signal before he can fire. I'm glad it is his job and not mine!"
Toy Notes: Item #6543. The prototype shown in the 1989 insert catalog had no bandolier, a different font on his shirt, and green missiles.
Re-releases: A slightly different version was released in Brazil as Leontor.
Version 2: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 2 carded assortment, #22
Fig. #0381: Anti-Aircraft TrooperMOS 1: Air Defense Artillery [14M]
MOS 2: Signal Corps [25]
  • head: Backblast (89, 93)
  • arms: Topside (90), Backblast (93)
  • torso: Backblast (89, 93)
  • waist: Backblast (89, 93)
  • legs: Backblast (89, 93)
Accessories: black submachine gun (91 Cloudburst's MP5); black plasma rifle (91 Flint's); black spring missile launcher (shared with Keel-Haul, with wrist guard, long scope, and black trigger); two black missiles (shared with Keel-Haul; segmented tip with no fins); black knife (93 Beach-Head's); black figure stand
BACKBLAST grew up to one of the busiest airports in the world. Airplane lights would keep him awake at night and the descending jumbo-jets would shake the house with the force of an earthquake. When asked his job preference upon enlistment, he answered, "Where can I go to shoot airplanes out of the sky?" He went through basic training at Fort Benning and became the top obstacle course/endurance runner in his class. His athletic ability led him to compete in marathons across the globe. Today, if the Joes need a 60-mile recon patrol squad leader, or someone for an extended jungle combat tour, Backblast is their main man!
Motto: "Whether it be a covert mission or a full-scale attack, there's no one tougher than G.I. Joe!"
Variations: The Army emblem on Backblast's chest could be small or large.
Toy Notes: Item #6543. The prototype shown in the 1989 insert catalog had no bandolier, a different font on his shirt, and green missiles.
Re-releases: Also bagged without accessories at a 1997 convention.
Version 3: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 3 carded Neutralizer vehicle
Fig. #0858: Anti-Aircraft SpecialistMOS 1: Air Defense Artillery [14M]
MOS 2: Signal Corps [25]
  • head: Backblast (04)
  • arms: Backblast (04)
  • torso: Backblast (04)
  • waist: Backblast (04)
  • legs: Backblast (04)
Accessories: grey helmet (new, soft plastic with raised orange goggles)
BACKBLAST is thoroughly familiar with the mechanics, tracking systems, and warhead capabilities of all known shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles. He is also capable of solving complex trigonometric problems in his head. He has been known to knock flies out of the air with spitballs. If an enemy ground attack plane is moving away from you, there's no need to do anything about it. If it's coming toward you, you need to neutralize the threat before it neutralizes you. It takes a special kind of soldier to stand his ground and wait for the lock-on tone from his anti-aircraft missile while a COBRA attack plane has got him in its sights for a strafing run. Either on the ground or in the NEUTRALIZER vehicle, BACKBLAST is just that special soldier for the job.
"If they don't want me to shoot 'em down, they shouldn't try to drop bombs on me."
Toy Notes: Item #60185.
Version 4: 2005 Winter Operations carded set
Fig. #1063: Anti-Aircraft SpecialistMOS 1: Air Defense Artillery [14M]
MOS 2: Signal Corps [25]
  • 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: two black ice shoes (88 Blizzard's); black backpack (92 Gung-Ho); black pistol (88 Shockwave's); black machine gun (92 Shockwave's M-33); black carbine/shotgun (02 Ripper's M4 with shotgun barrel)
BACKBLAST is thoroughly familiar with the mechanics, tracking systems, and warhead capabilities of all known shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles. He is also capable of solving complex trigonometric problems in his head, enabling him to calculate lead trajectories by sight. During briefing sessions he has been known to knock flies out of the air with spitballs. If an enemy ground attack plane is moving away from you, there's no need to do anything about it. If it's coming toward you, you need to neutralize the threat before it neutralizes you. It takes a special kind of soldier to stand his ground and wait for the lock-on tone from his anti-aircraft missile while a COBRA attack plane has got him in its sights for a strafing run. Either on the ground or in a G.I. JOE vehicle, BACKBLAST is just that special soldier for the job.
"If they don't want me to shoot 'em down, they shouldn't try to drop bombs on me."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Frostbite (05/II), Mirage (05), Short Fuze (05/II), Snake Eyes (05/V), and Sgt. Stalker (05/II). Item #07253.