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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.



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Next character: Shipwreck

 

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)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 18 seconds (silent)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 515 seconds (silent)
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 22 seconds (silent)
Twenty Questions1 second (silent)
The Gamesmaster4 seconds (silent)
The Greenhouse Effect126 seconds10 lines
The Viper Is Coming222 seconds36 lines
Captives of Cobra, Part 199 seconds11 lines
Captives of Cobra, Part 2142 seconds5 lines
The Traitor, Part 24 seconds (silent)
Cobra Quake2 seconds (silent)
Worlds Without End Part I180 seconds9 lines
Worlds Without End Part II153 seconds9 lines
Flint's Vacation61 seconds4 lines
The Gods Below174 seconds8 lines
The Wrong Stuff13 seconds (silent)
The Invaders137 seconds6 lines
Cold Slither5 seconds1 line
Skeletons in the Closet25 seconds4 lines
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 12 seconds (silent)
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)3 second (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 12 seconds (silent)
Sink the Montana14 seconds (silent)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs18 seconds5 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening2 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 56 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire Opening2 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 118 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 24 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 414 seconds (silent)
Operation Dragonfire: Day 59 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born September 5, 1955. Barbecue joined the Joe Team in September 1982, and his appearance is represented by Version 4, changing to Version 3 in late 1986. 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. 1985
2. 1989 (Slaughter's Marauders)
3. 1992 (Eco-Warriors)
4. 2008 (post-25th Wave 9)
 
Version 1: 1985 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0064: 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 backpack (new, with red tanks); dark grey pistol (new, extinguisher); dark grey axe (new, with silver blade); black hose (long standard)
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 AWE 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: 1989 Slaughter's Marauders carded assortment
Fig. #0219: 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 backpack (85 Barbecue's) with silver tanks; dark grey extinguisher pistol (85 Barbecue's); dark grey axe (85 Barbecue's); black hose (long standard)
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: 1992 Eco-Warriors premium carded assortment
Fig. #0341: FirefighterMOS 1: Firefighter [21M]
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
Accessories: yellow backpack (91 Flint's with red water tank); yellow water cannon (91 Flint's); black figure stand
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: 2008 post-25th Anniversary Wave 9 carded assortment
Fig. #1301: 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 backpack (based on 85 Barbecue's, with red tanks); dark grey pistol (85 Barbecue's, extinguisher); dark grey axe (based on 85 Barbecue's, soft with silver edge); black hose (medium standard)
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.