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Big Brawler



File Name: Brian K. Mulholland of New York City, New York.
Grade: Army E-8 (2001-2004)
SNs: 022-97-BF74; 844-75-BK53
Notes: Possibly named for G.I. Joe collector Brian Mulholland. Backblast, 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.



Previous character: Shadow Viper
Next character: CLAWS

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Big Brawler was never animated.

Headcanon

Born November 22, 1964. Big Brawler joined the Joe Team in July 1991 as one of the first additions to the team following the re-emergence of Cobra. His appearance is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2001 (RAH Wave 4)
2. 2003/I (Tiger Force)
3. 2003/II (Gun Station)
4. 2004 (VAMP/TBG)
 
Version 1: 2001 Real American Hero Collection Wave 4 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0574: Jungle Mission SpecialistMOS 1: Counterintelligence and Espionage
MOS 2: Jungle Survival Expert
  • head: Big Brawler (01)
  • arms: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
  • torso: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01) - armor added: Super Trooper (88), Rapid-Fire (91)
  • waist: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
  • legs: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
Accessories: black backpack (92 Big Bear's); black attack rifle (91 Red Star's AK-103); black flashlight (87 Outback's); black figure stand
A master of both psychological warfare and hand-to-hand combat, Big Brawler has engaged in top secret operations against despots and terrorists worldwide. When it became evident that most of the world's terrorist activities were orchestrated by COBRA, Big Brawler transferred from Army Intelligence to the G.I. Joe team. He now takes his battle directly to the snake pits, while acting as liaison to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). He has a natural ability to persevere in the adverse conditions of the world's jungles, in ways that Tarzan himself would be envious of. Big Brawler has refused all officer-level promotions, preferring to remain on the front lines where the real action takes place.
Despite his superior intelligence-gathering and infiltration skills, Big Brawler is quick-tempered and can't resist the urge to pound any COBRA on sight. Since his first mission, when he was only supposed to take photos of a secret spy headquarters but "improvised" and blew up the island instead, he has been regarded as a loose cannon. Good thing he's a G.I. Joe - he's too dangerous to be anything else.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Tripwire (01). Item #53059.
Re-releases: A slightly different version was released in India.
Version 2: 2003 Tiger Force carded set (03/I)
Fig. #0695: Jungle Mission SpecialistMOS 1: Counterintelligence and Espionage
MOS 2: Jungle Survival Expert
  • head: Low-Light (91, 93, 01), Big Brawler (03/I, 04), Ambush (04)
  • arms: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
  • torso: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
  • waist: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
  • legs: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
Accessories: black pistol (85 Tomax/Xamot's); black machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240)
A master of both psychological warfare and hand-to-hand combat, BIG BRAWLER has engaged in top secret operations against despots and criminals worldwide. When it became evident that most of the world's nefarious activities were orchestrated by COBRA, BIG BRAWLER transferred from Army Intelligence to the G.I. JOE team. He now takes his battle directly to the snake pits, while acting as liaison to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). He has a natural ability to persevere in the adverse conditions of the world's jungles. BIG BRAWLER has refused all officer-level promotions, preferring to remain on the front lines where the real action takes place.
"I'll gather the intel as specified in my mission, but while I'm there, I might as well pound some sense into a COBRA or two!"
Variations: Early releases of the figure had red hair like Outback.
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Dial Tone (03), Agent Jinx (03), Sgt. Stalker (03), and Wreckage (03). Item #53263. Prototypes exist with "Survival" printed on the shirt, suggesting that perhaps this figure was intended to be Outback.
Version 3: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 7 carded Gun Station accessory
Fig. #0745: Jungle Mission SpecialistMOS 1: Counterintelligence and Espionage
MOS 2: Survival Expert
  • head: Big Brawler (03/II)
  • arms: Big Brawler (03/II)
  • torso: Big Brawler (03/II)
  • waist: Big Brawler (03/II)
  • legs: Big Brawler (03/II)
Accessories: metallic pistol (91 Dusty's); metallic attack rifle (92 Big Bear's AK-88)
BIG BRAWLER started out in Army Intelligence before he was tapped to join the G.I. JOE team and brought along an impressive catalogue of specialized skills and talents. Equally at home in dense tropical undergrowth as he is in concrete urban badlands, his survival and observation abilities put him on a par with jungle cats and the most feral street criminals. His main annoying trait is his tendency to scarf up junk food when he gets back from long jungle missions and has to work twice as hard to burn it off. Totally proficient in small arms, squad-level infantry weapons and most platoon support weapons, BIG BRAWLER also holds rank in several obscure martial arts disciplines. He has always maintained, however, that his chief weapon is his mind. Trained as a psychologist and having participated in several military psychological operations, he knows that as good as you are with a weapon, you can't win a fight unless you can think three moves ahead of your opponent, and then have a surprise for him!
"Never start a fight you can't finish, never drink water that a purification tablet won't dissolve in, and always brush your teeth when you're in the jungle!"
Toy Notes: Item #57545.
Version 4: 2004 boxed VAMP with Twin Battle Gun vehicle set (04/I)
Fig. #0920: Jungle Mission SpecialistMOS 1: Counterintelligence and Espionage
MOS 2: Survival Expert
  • head: Low-Light (91, 93, 01), Big Brawler (03/I, 04), Ambush (04)
  • arms: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
  • torso: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
  • waist: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
  • legs: Salvo (90), Big Brawler (03/I, 04)
Accessories: shares a metallic grey carbine (02 Duke's M4) with Chief Torpedo (04/I)
BIG BRAWLER started out in Army Intelligence before he was tapped to join the G.I. JOE Team, bringing an impressive catalogue of specialized skills and talents. Equally at home in dense tropical undergrowth as he is in concrete urban badlands, he has survival and observation abilities on a par with jungle cats and feral street criminals. Proficient in small arms, squad-level infantry weapons, and platoon support weapons, BIG BRAWLER also holds rank in several martial arts disciplines. Trained as a psychologist and having participated in several military psychological operations, he knows that as good as you are with a weapon, you can't win a fight unless you can think three moves ahead of your opponent, and hten have a surprise for him!
"Never start a fight you can't finish, never drink water that a purification tablet won't dissolve in, and always brush your teeth when you're in the jungle!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive vehicle set with Pathfinder (01) and Chief Torpedo (04/I) as well as the VAMP with Twin Battle Gun (04). Item #60352.