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Bazooka

(aka Sergeant Bazooka)

File Name: David L. Katzenbogen of Hibbing, Minnesota.
Grades: Army E-5 (1985-2008)
various SNs: 112-40-0577; 112-40-507; 112-40-DL57
Notes: Hibbing is an iron mining town in the northeast part of the state, about 75 miles northwest of Duluth. It is also the hometown of Tripwire.




Previous character: Flint
Next character: Airtight

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
John Hostetter392,072 seconds170445

Sunbow's Bazooka wore his 1985 outfit with tan pants and helmet, and brown wristbands. He was usually paired with Alpine. Despite the filecard description, the series placed Bazooka in the mythic role of "loveable goof," and he rarely spoke in complete sentences. Bazooka's file name was mentioned in the episode Worlds Without End, Part 1.

 

Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)13 seconds (silent)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 124 seconds3 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 222 seconds2 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 3112 seconds11 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 4130 seconds12 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 591 seconds3 lines
Lights! Camera! Cobra!1 second (silent)
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 21 second (silent)
Spell of the Siren2 seconds (silent)
The Greenhouse Effect139 seconds12 lines
The Funhouse214 seconds13 lines
Where the Reptiles Roam193 seconds16 lines
Lasers in the Night43 seconds3 lines
The Germ1 second (silent)
Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent188 seconds20 lines
Cobra Quake301 seconds40 lines
Excalibur4 seconds (silent)
An Eye for an Eye70 seconds6 lines
Flint's Vacation16 seconds3 lines
The Gods Below222 seconds15 lines
The Wrong Stuff19 seconds (silent)
The Pit of Vipers71 seconds7 lines
Cold Slither42 seconds3 lines
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 11 second (silent)
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)5 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 117 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 26 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 316 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 523 seconds (silent)
Sink the Montana18 seconds (silent)
Once Upon a Joe3 seconds (silent)
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World25 seconds (silent)
Ninja Holiday2 seconds (silent)
Sins of Our Fathers2 seconds (silent)
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep7 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening1 second (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 12 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 223 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 52 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born January 15, 1955. Bazooka joined the Joe Team in March 1982, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in late 1986. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 5 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1985
2. 1988 (Tiger Force)
3. 1993 (Battle Corps)
4. 2004 (Quick Strike)
5. 2005 (Valor vs. Venom Wave 5)
6. 2008 (post-25th Wave 10)
Version 1: 1985 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0057: Missile SpecialistMOS 1: Armor Defeating Weapons Systems
MOS 2: Tank Driver [19B]
  • head: Bazooka (85, 88)
  • arms: Bazooka (85, 88)
  • torso: Bazooka (85, 88)
  • waist: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
  • legs: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
Accessories: light green helmet (new, with brim strap); light green backpack (new, with canteen and missiles); black missile launcher (new, M72 LAW with sling and pointed tip)
Bazooka was driving an Abrams tank in the "Third Horde" (Third Armored Div.) when he came to the realization that an illiterate farmer armed with a $200 disposable rocket launcher could knock out a million dollar tank with less than two weeks training. He put in for a transfer immediately.
Training: Advanced Infantry School, Fort Benning; Armor School, Fort Knox. Qualified expert: Dragon Anti-Tank Missile, Milan System, LAW rocket, Recoilless rifle, LAW System and all Warsaw Pact RPG systems. Subject is also EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) qualifiedup to the tac-op category.
Subject is a decisive fast-thinker with all the instincts of a natural survivor.
Variations: Early figures (most or all of 1985) had a thicker, less detailed LAW missile launcher that also came with Footloose. Bazooka's belt could be either cream-colored or a bluish green.
Toy Notes: Item #6438.
Re-releases: Also available by mail through several offers between 1988 and 1990, and through the 1992 offer Rescue: Code Blue.
Version 2: 1988 Tiger Force carded assortment
Fig. #0192: Tiger Force Missile SpecialistMOS 1: Armor Defeating Weapons Systems [11B]
MOS 2: Tiger Shark Driver [88K]
  • head: Bazooka (85, 88)
  • arms: Bazooka (85, 88)
  • torso: Bazooka (85, 88)
  • waist: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
  • legs: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
Accessories: reddish brown helmet (85 Bazooka's); dark green backpack (85 Bazooka's); black missile launcher (85 Bazooka's M72 LAW)
BAZOOKA was driving an Abrams tank in the "Third Horde" (Third Armored Div.) when he came to the realization that an illiterate farmer armed with a $200 disposable rocket launcher could knock out a million dollar tank with less than two weeks training. With that in mind, he put in for an immediate transfer to Tiger Force. Since that time, Bazooka has become a true specialist in the use of tactical assault missiles. Now, he can fire a surface-to-surface missile at a T-52 tank positioned over 2 miles away and blow off its gun barrel cleaner than knife through butter!
"Bazooka can tell you everything you need to know about missile attack systems, and then some! He'd talk your ear off if he wasn't always on the missile range target shooting. He never lets his missile launcher out of his sight, even when he goes for a joy ride in the Tiger Shark through Cobra infested waters. He really lives by the words, 'Be prepared for anything!'"
Toy Notes: Item #6697-5.
Version 3: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 1 carded assortment, #1
Fig. #0349: Missile SpecialistMOS 1: Heavy Weapons Specialist [11B]
MOS 2: Blockbuster Driver [88M]
  • head: Bazooka (93)
  • arms: Bazooka (93)
  • torso: Bazooka (93)
  • waist: Bullhorn (90), Bazooka (93)
  • legs: Bullhorn (90), Bazooka (93)
Accessories: bright green submachine gun (88 Hit & Run's Colt 635); bright green assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); bright green machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240); blue-green spring missile launcher (shared with Outback; with shoulder rest, long handle, and bright green trigger); two bright green missiles (common for 93 Joes; no fins); bright green figure stand
BAZOOKA has been all over the world driving an Abrams tank with the "Third Hord" [sic] (Third Armored Div.) against Cobra forces. Extensive travelling made Bazooka homesick and long for his favorite hobby: fishing. Whenever he has to fight, the memory of home sends him raging into battle . . . and that's no fish story because he's one angry dude you DEFINITELY want on your side when the action heats up! Bazooka has trained at the Advanced Infantry School at Fort Benning and the Wildman Fishing Academy back in Minnesota.
Motto: "When I explode into battle against those puny Cobra Vipers, it's like shooting fish in a barrel!"
Toy Notes: Item #6861. This and other figures from the first wave of Battle Corps were available in most stores by Thanksgiving 1992. The Blockbuster was not released until 1994.
Version 4: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 3 boxed Quick Strike vehicle
Fig. #0902: Anti-Armor Missile Specialist
Sergeant Bazooka
MOS 1: Infantry Heavy Weapons [11B]
MOS 2: QUICK STRIKE Driver [88M]
  • head: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • arms: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • torso: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • waist: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • legs: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
Accessories: green helmet (new, squat with black goggles)
A trained tank-driver himself, SGT. BAZOOKA knows exactly what the COBRA armored vehicle drivers are thinking as they jink and weave to avoid getting hit by his missiles. Knowing what the best evasive maneuvers are helps him to second-guess the moves of COBRA vehicles and keep them targeted in his sights. He knows that having the skill and knowledge to aim and fire his missiles is only half the job; the weapons have to be hand-carried to the firefight and missile systems, even supposedly hand-portable ones, are bulky and heavy. This means extra physical training, a ten-mile run every morning, and a strict schedule of weight training to maintain his strength and stamina at peak levels.
"A wire-guided missile and a night-tracker weigh 46 pounds. A reload weighs 26 pounds. Do I mind having to work out an extra hour a day to stay in shape to carry a reload in case my first shot misses? Negative!"
Toy Notes: Item #55475.
Version 5: 2005 Valor vs. Venom Wave 6 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0980: Anti-Armor Missile Specialist
Sergeant Bazooka
MOS 1: Infantry Heavy Weapons [11B]
MOS 2: QUICK STRIKE Driver [88M]
  • head: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • arms: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • torso: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • waist: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
  • legs: Sgt. Bazooka (04, 05), Grand Slam (06)
Accessories: green helmet (04 Sgt. Bazooka's, with black strap); grey revolver (new); grey spring missile launcher (new, large and bazooka-shaped) with detachable sight; grey missile (new, with medium-sized cylindrical tip)
A trained tank-driver himself, SGT. BAZOOKA knows exactly what the COBRA armored vehicle drivers are thinking as they maneuver to avoid getting hit by his missiles. He knows the best evasive moves; this helps him to second-guess COBRA vehicles and keep them targeted in his sights. SGT. BAZOOKA knows that having the skill and knowledge to aim and fire his missiles is only half the job; the weapons have to be hand-carried to the firefight and missile systems, even supposedly hand-portable ones, are bulky and heavy. This means extra physical training, a ten-mile run every morning, and a strict schedule of weight training to maintain his strength and stamina at peak levels.
"A wire-guided missile and a night-tracker weigh 46 pounds. A reload weighs 26 pounds. Do I mind having to work out an extra hour a day to stay in shape to carry a reload in case my first shot misses? Negative!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Dreadnok Torch (05). Item #00279.
Version 6: 2008 post-25th Anniversary Wave 9 carded assortment
Fig. #1299: Missile Specialist
Sergeant Bazooka
MOS 1: Armor-Defeating Weapon Systems [11B]
MOS 2: Tank Driver [19B]
  • head: Sgt. Bazooka (08)
  • arms: Sgt. Bazooka (08)
  • body: Sgt. Bazooka (08)
  • legs: Sgt. Bazooka (08)
Accessories: light green helmet (new, with grey brim and chinstrap); green backpack (new, large with four slots for missiles); black missile launcher (new, large LAW with wavy tan strap); four silver missiles (new, with cylindrical backs); black Joe figure stand
SGT. BAZOOKA was driving an Abrams tank in the "Third Horde" (Third Armored Division) when he came to the realization that an illiterate farmer armed with a $200 disposable rocket launcher could knock out a million dollar tank with less than two weeks training. He put in for a transfer immediately.
Training: Advanced Infantry School, Fort Benning; Armor School, Fort Knox. Qualified expert: Dragon anti-tank missile, Milan anti-tank missile system, LAW rocket, recoilless rifle, LAW system and all Warsaw Pact RPG systems. He is also EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) qualified up to the tac-op category.
"SGT. BAZOOKA is a decisive fast-thinker with all the instincts of a natural survivor."
Toy Notes: Item #32488.