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Battle for the Train of Gold

12th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by David Carren. First aired October 16, 1985.









Previous episode: The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 5
Next episode: Operation Mind Menace

Ready for a possible Cobra attack, the Joes guard the Bureau of Engraving. The attack comes, but only as a distraction while Maj. Bludd steals a videotape with information on the gold depository at Fort Knox. G.I. Joe sends all its forces to protect the installation, over the objections of its commanding officer, Gen. Franks. As the Joes prepare for another battle, Zartan uses a tunnel beneath the repository to kidnap and impersonate the general and order the guards outside.

Noticing the guards' departure, Duke, Scarlett, and Snake Eyes check out the vault and are captured by Zartan, who uses them as hostages as Cobra transports the gold down the tunnel to a waiting train. A battle ensues as Cobra occupies the base and destroys most of the Joe equipment. Eight Joes discover the tunnel and give chase but have no fast way to pursue the departing train. Thunder leads the team to a nearby ranch where they mount horses and use a shortcut to reach Cobra. The hostages break free of their restraints shortly before the Joes get on board. During the fighting, Buzzer's chainsaw cuts into the pressure regulator, causing an explosion that throws the train off the tracks. The Dreadnoks escape but the Joes recover the gold and receive an apology from Gen. Franks.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Duke300 seconds34 linesdisguised as security at Bureau of Engraving; captured at Fort Knox; on train
Scarlett226 seconds22 linesdisguised as worker at Bureau of Engraving; captured at Fort Knox; on train
Gung-Ho213 seconds27 linesin Silver Mirage outside Bureau; at Fort Knox; leading train chase on horseback
Snake Eyes173 seconds disguised as worker at Bureau of Engraving; captured at Fort Knox; on train
Zartan99 seconds13 linesdisguised as Gen. Stack to steal gold from Fort Knox; driving train; stealing Dragonfly
Thunder96 seconds11 linesin Wolverine outside Bureau; in Slugger at Fort Knox; chasing train on horseback
Cover Girl75 seconds5 linesin Wolverine outside Bureau of Engraving; at Fort Knox; chasing train on horseback
Maj. Bludd69 seconds8 linesleading FANGs to Bureau of Engraving, stealing tape; playing tape at Cobra temple
Mutt69 seconds8 linesdisguised as security outside Bureau; at Fort Knox; chasing train
Buzzer68 seconds6 linescapturing Gen. Stack, guarding Joe prisoners, on train
Short-Fuze61 seconds5 linesat Fort Knox; chasing train on horseback
Junkyard58 seconds with Mutt outside Bureau of Engraving and at Fort Knox; seen at horse ranch
Zap56 seconds4 linesat Fort Knox; chasing train on horseback
Ripper49 seconds3 linescapturing Gen. Stack, guarding Joe prisoners, on train
Torch45 seconds1 linecapturing Gen. Stack, guarding Joe prisoners, on train
Stalker38 seconds (silent)at Fort Knox; chasing train and fighting on board
Wild Bill24 seconds9 linesflying Dragonfly at Bureau of Engraving and Fort Knox, and to follow Cobra's train
Cobra Commander20 seconds4 linesat Cobra temple during and after assault on Bureau of Engraving
Destro20 seconds2 linesat Cobra temple during and after assault on Bureau of Engraving
Ace10 seconds3 linesrunning for Skystrikers during the Fort Knox battle
Wild Weasel4 seconds1 lineleading Rattler attack on Fort Knox
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra165 seconds2 linesin FANGs and on foot attacking Bureau of Engraving; fighting at Fort Knox; on train
Greenshirt79 seconds in Silver Mirages outside Bureau; fighting at Fort Knox; chasing train
Cobra Officer15 seconds2 linesstarting assault on Bureau of Engraving; reporting to Zartan as train is loaded
 
Vehicles Appearing
Slugger77 seconds used to defend Fort Knox and blast open door; slowly chasing train
Dragonfly48 seconds used to scout for Cobra at Bureau of Engraving and Fort Knox; stolen by Zartan
APC43 seconds used to defend Fort Knox and chase train; several used as a barricade to stop train
Mauler36 seconds used to defend Fort Knox
VAMP34 seconds used to defend Fort Knox and chase train
Skystriker22 seconds on ground at Fort Knox, destroyed during attack
FANG18 seconds used to assault Bureau of Engraving
Silver Mirage13 seconds used to patrol Bureau of Engraving; briefly seen at Fort Knox and chasing train
Rattler12 seconds used to destroy Skystrikers at Fort Knox
Wolverine7 seconds used to keep watch outside Bureau of Engraving; briefly seen at Fort Knox
FLAK6 seconds used to defend Fort Knox
MOBAT2 seconds used to defend Fort Knox (10:35-36); distinct from generic green tanks
 
Non-Toy Characters: Engraving Bureau tour guide and officer, Army soldiers, Gen. Franks, Joe "blueshirt" pilots, Spencer Murphy
Non-Toy Equipment: various forklifts; Army tanks, jeeps, and trucks; Fort Knox gun emplacements (used by Cobra); Cobra Bullet

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 6, Episode 4).
  • In production order, this is the first episode besides The Pyramid of Darkness to feature Snake Eyes in a grey uniform. The Silver Mirages and Maulers have their finished design (in contrast to their earlier appearance in Cobra's Creatures).