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Blowtorch



File Name: Timothy P. Hanrahan of Tampa, Florida.
Grades: Army E-4 (1984); E-6 (2002-2003); E-4 (2009)
SNs: RA527341209; 527-34-RA09
Notes: Tampa is on the state's west coast, about 85 miles southwest of Orlando.




Previous character: Recondo
Next character: Baroness

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Michael Bell18469 seconds27258

Sunbow's Blowtorch wore his 1984 outfit, but with darker red padding and a black breath mask like Rip Cord's. His helmet had a black band around it that sometimes lacked the breath mask, and the visor could be clear, tinted, or opaque. He used a grey flamethrower with a black backpack. Blowtorch's file name was mentioned in the episode Worlds Without End, Part 1.

 

The Revenge of Cobra Opening5 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 210 seconds1 line
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 311 seconds (silent)
Operation Mind Menace63 seconds7 lines
Lights! Camera! Cobra!122 seconds4 lines
Red Rocket's Glare69 seconds5 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 17 seconds1 line
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 25 seconds (silent)
Twenty Questions9 seconds (silent)
Lasers in the Night11 seconds (silent)
The Traitor, Part 111 seconds (silent)
The Traitor, Part 28 seconds1 line
Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town104 seconds2 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 11 second (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 56 seconds (silent)
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World2 seconds (silent)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs18 seconds6 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 57 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born August 26, 1956. Blowtorch joined the Joe Team in September 1981, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 2 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1984
2. 2002 (Joe vs. Cobra)
3. 2003 (Built to Rule)
4. 2009 (post-25th Wave 13)
 
Version 1: 1984 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0038: FlamethrowerMOS 1: Infantry Special Weapons [11B]
MOS 2: Small-Arms Armorer [45B]
  • head: Blowtorch (84)
  • arms: Blowtorch (84)
  • torso: Blowtorch (84)
  • waist: Blowtorch (84)
  • legs: Blowtorch (84)
Accessories: yellow helmet (new, with lights on sides); yellow breath mask (new, with cord); yellow backpack (new, fuel tanks with cord hole); olive green flamethrower (new, M-7 with cord)
Blowtorch is thoroughly familiar with all military incendiary devices and flame projection equipment. To Blowtorch, the use of fire in warfare is a science that predates the bow and arrow. Qualified expert: M-7 Flamethrower; M-16; M-1911A1 Auto Pistol.
"Blowtorch can't sleep unless he's near a smoke detector. Cigarette smoke drives him bananas! He always sits near the exit in movietheaters and refuses to live anywhere where he can't safely jump out the windows. This is not irrational to him. These are actions based on intimate knowledge."
Variations: Had either black or red eyes and eyebrows, and the hardness of the flamethrower's plastic varies. Some helmets had visor holes.
Toy Notes: Featured in 1984's "new Joes" commercial, manning the Mountain Howitzer. Item #6421. The figure appearing in the 1984 insert catalog and commercials had open goggles and a black hose attaching to his mask.
Re-releases: Recolored versions were released in Argentina as Antorcha, Back-Stop, and T.N.T.
Version 2: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 3 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0655: FlamethrowerMOS 1: Infantry Special Weapons [11B]
MOS 2: Combat Engineer [21B]
  • head: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • upper arms: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • lower arms: Blowtorch (02)
  • torso: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • waist: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • upper legs: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • lower legs: Blowtorch (02)
Accessories: brown helmet (new, with red goggles and black air hose); red backpack (new, small with airtanks and Sound Attack tab); black pistol (91 Dusty's 9mm); black assault rifle (86 Dial-Tone's HK 53); red flamethrower (new, L-shaped nozzle); black hose (medium standard)
A qualified expert with all known military flame-throwers, pyrotechnics, and heat-projection devices, BLOWTORCH is also extremely proficient in defending against them. He is currently studying for advanced degrees in both structural and chemical engineering because he feels that he can't ever know too much about the weapons he uses and has used against him, and about the structures he might be called upon to attack or protect. Harsh arctic weather conditions reduce the effectiveness of flame weapons, which is why BLOWTORCH has a personal bone to pick with COBRA SNOW SERPENTS.
Aside from his rather annoying habit of pushing the "test" button on every smoke detector he comes across, BLOWTORCH is fairly realistic and practical. Unlike a pyromaniac, he would much rather see a flame extinguished than ignited. Why would somebody who thinks like that want to work with flame weapons? Because he wants the fire to be under control, and he thinks he's the best one to do it.
"Fire is supposed to be our friend, but when we get careless with it, we find out just how ferocious an enemy it can be."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Snow Serpent (02). Item #53207.
Version 3: 2003 Built-to-Rule boxed Raging Typhoon vehicle
Fig. #0773: FlamethrowerMOS 1: Infantry Special Weapons [11B]
MOS 2: Combat Engineer [21B]
  • head: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • upper arms: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • lower arms: Blowtorch (03)
  • torso: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • waist: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • upper legs: Blowtorch (02, 03)
  • lower legs: Blowtorch (03)
Accessories: yellow helmet (02 Blowtorch's, with silver goggles and red trim)
A qualified expert with all known military flame-throwers, pyrotechnics, and heat-projection devices, BLOWTORCH is also extremely proficient in defending against them. He is currently studying for advanced degrees in both structural and chemical engineering because he feels that he can't ever know too much about the weapons he uses and has used against him, and about the structures he might be called upon to attack or protect. Harsh arctic weather conditions reduce the effectiveness of flame weapons, which is why BLOWTORCH has a personal bone to pick with COBRA SNOW SERPENTS. Aside from his rather annoying habit of pushing the "test" button on every smoke detector he comes across, BLOWTORCH is fairly realistic and practical.
The new RAGING TYPHOON vehicles gives the G.I. JOE team some much-needed firepower. With its SPY TROOPS modes, it can be reconfigured for land, sea, or air combat - a perfect vehicle to match the interest BLOWTORCH has in structural engineering!
"Understanding how fire and firepower are related leads to weapons advancement, and we need all the advantages we [can] muster against COBRA forces."
Toy Notes: Item #6542.
Version 4: 2009 post-25th Anniversary Wave 13 carded assortment
Fig. #1401: FlamethrowerMOS 1: Infantry Special Weapons [11B]
MOS 2: Small-Arms Armorer [45B]
  • head: Blowtorch (09)
  • arms: Blowtorch (09)
  • body: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Blowtorch (09), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • upper legs: Snake Eyes (08/VI), Snow Serpent (08/I, 08/II), Snow Serpent Officer (08), Tele-Viper (08/II), Blowtorch (09), Arctic HISS Driver (09)
  • lower legs: Blowtorch (09)
Accessories: yellow helmet (new, featureless); yellow air mask (new, with blue goggles and red-tinged air hose); red padded vest (new, with yelow colar and strap); yellow backpack (new, based on 84 Blowtorch's) with removable panel; green flamethrower (84 Blowtorch's M7); black Joe figure stand
BLOWTORCH is thoroughly familiar with all military incendiary devices and flame projection equipment. To BLOWTORCH, the use of fire in combat is a science that predates the bow and arrow. He's a qualified expert in the M-7 flamethrower, M-16 rifle, and M-1911A1 auto pistol. He also has an annoying habit of checking every smoke detector he sees.
"He can't sleep unless he's near a smoke detector. Cigarette smoke drives him bananas. He always sits near the exit in movie theaters and refuses to live anywhere where he can't safely jump out the windows. This is not irrational to him. These are actions based on intimate knowledge."
Toy Notes: Item #37104.