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Budo



File Name: Kyle A. Jesso of Sacramento, California.
Grade: Army E-5 (1988-1993)
SNs: 083-48-1009; 083-4810-JK09
Notes: Sacramento is the state's capital, near the center of the state, about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco.




Previous character: Muskrat
Next character: Hardball

 

Animated Appearances

Budo was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born October 21, 1956. Budo joined the Joe Team in September 1984, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. 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. 1988 2. 1993 (International Action Force)  
Version 1: 1988 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0166: Samurai WarriorMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Hand-to-hand Combat Instructor
  • head: Budo (88, 93)
  • arms: Budo (88, 93)
  • torso: Budo (88, 93)
  • waist: Budo (88, 93)
  • legs: Budo (88, 93)
Accessories: red and silver helmet (new, with scarab-like antennae); silver sword (new, with ring on hilt); red sword (new, with angled tip); silver sai (new, with ring on hilt)
Budo's father was an orthodontist in Oakland, his grandfather was a farmer in Fresno, his great-grandfather was a track-worker on the Rocky Mountain Line, and his great-great-grandfather was a fencing master in one of the last great samurai warrior families of Japan. On his eighteenth birthday he was given the family swords and a haiku written by his ancestor: 'The great sword unsheathed / Glitters brightly in the dark / Unseen and at rest.'
"The man has a fifth-degree black belt in Iaido (the art of the live blade), and similar rank in three other martial arts. He could have even higher rankings if he didn't spend so much time working on his chopped, pan-headed Harley and listening to heavy metal."
Toy Notes: Item #6517.
Re-releases: A recolored version was released in India.
Version 2: 1993 mail-order International Action Force
Fig. #0436[joint filecard for all 4 figures; no MOS listed]
  • head: Budo (88, 93)
  • arms: Budo (88, 93)
  • torso: Budo (88, 93)
  • waist: Budo (88, 93)
  • legs: Budo (88, 93)
Accessories: orange and blue helmet (88 Budo's, with silver antennae); silver sword (88 Budo's, with ring); black figure stand
There comes a time when the power of evil becomes so threatening to world peace that global leaders must join together to stop its impending danger; Cobra is just such an evil. An international force of G. I. Joe combat specialists have been called upon to hit Cobra and hit them hard! Russia is represented by BIG BEAR, an anti-armor specialist who loves to blow up Cobra tanks. From England comes BIG BEN, an expert in subversive operations and enemy infiltration. Japan has sent BUDO, one of its greatest samurai warriors who plans on slicing Cobra into tiny pieces of snake meat. SPIRIT, a Native American also joins the team from his home in Arizona, where he was called for duty to track down and eliminate Cobra Dreadnoks. World peace must be upheld and Cobra evil must be stopped . . . TODAY!
Toy Notes: Sold in a bagged set with Big Bear (93), Big Ben (93), and Spirit (93) in 1993 through the Menace in the Wilderness mail offer. Apparently at least some of these figures were intended for inclusion with 1993-94 vehicles and were made available by mail once the vehicles were canceled.