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Barbecue



File Name: Gabriel A. Kelly of Boston, Massachusetts.
Grade: Army E-4 (1985-2008)
various SNs: 321-61-4231; 9902-4896-BB41; 321-61-GK31
Notes: Boston is on the Atlantic coast and is the state's largest city. The other Joes from Boston are Blocker and Col. Courage. Also from the larger metro area are Cross Hair, Side Track, Space Shot, and Wide Scope.


chronological: Footloose<< Barbecue >>Shipwreck
alphabetical: Banzai<< Barbecue >>Baroness

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Loren Lester271,425 seconds108730
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
None547 seconds00

Sunbow's Barbecue wore his 1985 outfit in a truer red and was often seen without his helmet, with curly red hair. Barbecue's file name was mentioned in the episode Captives of Cobra, Part 1. His appearance in the DiC series was only loosely based on his 1989 outfit, with a redesigned helmet, brown short-sleeved shirt with black elbow-length gloves, and green camo pants.

 

Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)5 seconds(silent)on foot as Joes deploy from HQ, in final pose
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 18 seconds(silent)at HQ during satellite attack, putting out fires at HQ
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 515 seconds(silent)at Joe HQ, attacking Cobra base, erroneously seen on space station
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 22 seconds(silent)on left end of risers at reinstatement (21:19-20)
Twenty Questions1 second(silent)on obstacle course (4:54)
The Gamesmaster4 seconds(silent)present after island battle
The Greenhouse Effect126 seconds10 lineschasing CG, fighting vegetables at fair and in Chicago
The Viper Is Coming222 seconds36 lineshosting party, at R&R base, West Point, and Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Captives of Cobra, Part 199 seconds11 lineswith father in Boston, in Silver Mirage to escort crystals
Captives of Cobra, Part 2142 seconds5 linesin Silver Mirage, diverting family from crystals, assaulting Cobra base
The Traitor, Part 24 seconds(silent)celebrating at chemical plant
Cobra Quake2 seconds(silent)in remote command center during bomb hunt (17:24-25)
Worlds Without End Part I180 seconds9 linesin W.H.A.L.E.; sent to alt-Earth; in A.P.C.; captured by Dreadnoks
Worlds Without End Part II153 seconds9 linesescaping Dreadnoks; captured by Destro; returning home
Flint's Vacation61 seconds4 linesat HQ during broadcast; on Flagg and in Killer W.H.A.L.E.; in undersea base
The Gods Below174 seconds8 lineslured into pyramid; disguised as Crimson Guard; endures gods' trial
The Wrong Stuff13 seconds(silent)doing push-ups during space training
The Invaders137 seconds6 linesdriving Silver Mirage; at Oktober Guard HQ; on Brekhov's team; defending Kremlin
Cold Slither5 seconds1 linegrilling burgers at Joe HQ
Skeletons in the Closet25 seconds4 linesflying Falcon Glider to manor house; leading greenshirts; discovering holoprojector
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 12 seconds(silent)escaping sinking Flagg in false flashback (11:04-05)
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)3 second(silent)in Silver Mirage, in final pose
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 12 seconds(silent)on airfield after B.A.T. attack (6:24-25)
Sink the Montana14 seconds(silent)volunteering to steal U.S.S. Constitution; opening Constitution's sails
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs18 seconds5 lineshelping children escape a house on fire
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening2 seconds(silent)running with Recondo's team (1:24-25)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 56 seconds(silent)charging toward palace; running during ice dome retreat
Operation Dragonfire Opening2 seconds(silent)in footage from Operation Dragonfire (0:50-0:51)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 118 seconds(silent)at village; in Raider to defend monastery; putting out fire; watching Dragonfire activate
Operation Dragonfire: Day 24 seconds(silent)running from exploding Armadillo
Operation Dragonfire: Day 414 seconds(silent)outside Lost City, fleeing ape warriors, extracted by X-19
Operation Dragonfire: Day 59 seconds(silent)in final photo

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1985
2. 1989 (Slaughter's Marauders)
3. 1992 (Eco-Warriors)
4. 2008 (post-25th Wave 9)
 
Version 1: spring 1985 regular carded figure assortment
FirefighterMOS 1: Fireman [21M]
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • arms: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • torso: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • waist: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • legs: Barbecue (85, 89)
Accessories: dark grey extinguisher pistol with hose peg and notch on side (new), dark grey fire axe with smooth, grooved handle and silver edge (new), dark grey frame backpack with clips on side for tanks (new), red-orange foam tanks with peg for hose (new), long black hose (common).
If Kelly hadn't joined the G.I. Joe Team he would have been the seventh Kelly in his direct line in the Boston Fire department. His love for the job is not based on family loyalty or even a more general sense of duty; he simply likes riding on the back of the truck with the wind in his face and sirens wailing, lights flashing and the bells clanging. Being allowed to knock down doors and smash windows with his axe is just frosting on the cake.
"Barbecue is what you call your basic party animal. He can open bottles with his teeth, pick up quarters with his ears, and wrap his lips completely around the bottom of a quart Coke bottle. You may well ask how all this affects his function as the G.I. Joe Firefighter... It doesn't. It simply makes him a more interesting fellow to have around."
Toy Notes: Item #6445. Featured in 1985's A.W.E. Striker commercial.
Re-releases: At some point Barbecue may have been available by mail. (Red-backed filecards exist.) A recolored version was released in India.
Version 2: spring 1989 Slaughter's Marauders carded figure assortment
FirefighterMOS 1: Firefighter [21M]
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • arms: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • torso: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • waist: Barbecue (85, 89)
  • legs: Barbecue (85, 89)
Accessories: dark grey extinguisher pistol (85 Barbecue's), all-dark grey axe (85 Barbecue's), dark grey backpack (85 Barbecue's), silver foam tanks (85 Barbecue's), long black hose (common).
If BARBECUE hadn't joined G.I. Joe he would have been the seventh member of his family to become a fireman in the Boston Fire department. His love for the job is not based upon his family loyalty or even a more general sense of duty; he simply likes riding on the back of the truck with the wind in his face, sirens wailing, lights flashing and the bells clanging. Being allowed to knock down doors and smash windows with his axe is just frosting on the cake!
"When he hooked up with Slaughter's Marauders, the rest of the unit knew they were in for a real 'barn-burner'! You see, Barbecue has a knack for keeping things under control. Whenever the Marauders get caught in a firefight, it's Barbecue that keeps the troops as cool as cucumbers. With him there, Slaughter's Marauders aren't going to get 'burned' by Cobra!"
Toy Notes: Item #6560-5. The prototype pictured in the catalog has light green instead of dark green on his lower legs.
Version 3: summer 1992 Eco-Warriors premium carded figure assortment
FirefighterMOS 1: Firefighter [21M]
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
Accessories: yellow water cannon (91 Flint's), yellow backpack with red water bulb (91 Flint's), black figure stand (common).
Already pre-trained and well-experienced in wearing cumbersome protective suits under fire in hostile environments, BARBECUE is the perfect addition to the Eco-Warriors! As well as being fireproof and solvent-resistant, Barbecue's new protective suit is air-conditioned, and contains a closed-system breathing apparatus with a one hour oxygen supply. It's the ideal thing to wear to the next burning oil well or toxic chemical leak. His helmet is equipped with a handy snap-off visor so that he can still open a bottle with his teeth!
Motto: "Makes no difference to me if it's a four-alarm fire or a warehouse full of oozing toxic sludge, as long as I get a chance to knock down doors with my axe, you can count me in."
Toy Notes: Features a temperature-based color change. Item #6822. In the 1992 insert catalog, concept art appears instead of the actual figure.
Version 4: August 2008 post-25th Anniversary Wave 9 carded figure assortment
FirefighterMOS 1: Fireman [21M]
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Barbecue (08)
  • arms: Barbecue (08), Cobra Trooper (08/V)
  • body: Barbecue (08), Cobra Trooper (08/V)
  • legs: Barbecue (08), Cobra Trooper (08/V)
Accessories: dark grey extinguisher pistol with hose peg and textured grip, no notch on side (new), dark grey fire axe with textured handle and silver edge (new), dark grey armored mantle protecting collar and shoulders (new), dark grey frame backpack with clips on side for tanks (new), red foam tanks with peg for hose (new), medium-length black hose (common), black Joe figure stand.
If Kelly hadn't joined the G.I. JOE Team he would have been the seventh Kelly in his direct line in the Boston Fire department. His love for the job is not based on family loyalty or even a more general sense of duty. He simply likes riding on the back of the truck with the wind in his face and sirens wailing, lights flashing and bells clanging. Being allowed to knock down doors and smash windows with his axe is just frosting on the cake.
"BARBECUE is what you call your basic party animal. He can open bottles with his teeth, pick up quarters with his ears, and wrap his lips completely around the bottom of a quart soft drink bottle. You may well ask how all this affects his function as the G.I. JOE team's firefighter. It doesn't. It simply makes him a more interesting fellow to have around."
Toy Notes: Item #32491.