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Charbroil



File Name: Carl G. Shannon of Blackduck, Minnesota.
Grade: Army E-4 (1988-2004)
multiple SNs: 247-4041-SC09; 247-5540-ZY09; 247-40-CG41
Notes: Blackduck is in the northern part of the state, about 150 miles northwest of Duluth.



chronological: Shockwave<< Charbroil >>Hit & Run
alphabetical: Chameleon<< Charbroil >>Checkpoint

 

Animated Appearances

Charbroil was animated only for commercials, where his helmet appeared to be entirely silver.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1988 2. 1989 (Night Force) 3. 2004 (Anti-Venom)
Version 1: spring 1988 regular carded figure assortment
FlamethrowerMOS 1: Flame Weapons Specialist
MOS 2: Small Arms Armorer [45B]
  • head: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • arms: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • torso: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • waist: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • legs: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
Accessories: silver gun-shaped flamethrower with handle on top and long forward grip (new), silver full-head helmet with red eyepieces (new), silver square backpack with yellow lenticular decal and hole for hose (new), black thick segmented fuel hose (new).
As a childhood chore, CharBroil was made to heat the water pipes in the family basement with a blowtorch to keep them from freezing and bursting in the winter. As a teenager, he worked in the mills on the Great Lakes, feeding coal into blast furnaces. When the recruiting sergeant asked him what type of job he was interested in, he replied, "What have you got with open flames?"
"Flame weapons are scary to the max. Why do you think he wears that asbestos suit? That tank on his back is full of jellied gasoline. Know what happens if a hot tracer round hits that? You wanna be standing next to him? For a flamethrower specialist, he's a pretty nice guy but with that thing on his back, he isn't going to win a popularity contest in the middle of a firefight."
Variations: Charbroil's face had either black or orange eyes.
Toy Notes: Item #6510. The 1988 insert catalog shows a different rifle, backpack, and hose, plus a helmet with unpainted eyes.
Version 2: fall 1989 Night Force figure two-pack assortment
FlamethrowerMOS 1: Flame Weapons Specialist
MOS 2: Small Arms Armorer [45B]
  • head: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • arms: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • torso: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • waist: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • legs: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
Accessories: black flamethrower (88 Charbroil's), dark blue helmet with red eyepieces (88 Charbroil's), black backpack with yellow decal (88 Charbroil's), black hose (88 Charbroil's).
As a childhood chore, CHARBROIL had to heat the water pipes in the family basement with a blowtorch to keep them from freezing and bursting in the winter. As a teenager, he worked in the mills on the Great Lakes, feeding coal into blast furnaces. When the recruiting sergeant asked him what type of job he was interested in, he replied, "What have you got with open flames?"
"Flame weapons are scary to the max. Why do you think he wears that asbestos suit? He's the only one on the Night Force squad who enjoys wearing a full tank of jellied gasoline on his back. Do you know what happens if a hot tracer round hits that? Would you want to be standing next to him? For a flamethrower specialist, he's a pretty nice guy but with that thing on his back, he isn't going to win a popularity contest in the middle of a firefight."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive two-pack with Repeater. Item #6710-1. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 3: August 2004 Anti-Venom Strike Force carded set
Warrant OfficerMOS 1: Flame Weapons Specialist
MOS 2: Small Arms Armorer [45B]
  • head: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • arms: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • torso: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • waist: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
  • legs: Charbroil (88, 89, 04)
Accessories: black flamethrower (88 Charbroil's), black Anti-Venom helmet (04 Barricade's), black backpack with no decal (88 Charbroil's), black hose (88 Charbroil's), black figure stand (common).
As a childhood chore, CHARBROIL was made to heat the water pipes in the family basement with a blowtorch to keep them from freezing in the harsh Minnesota winters. As a teenager, he worked summers in the mills of the Great Lakes, feeding coal into blast furnaces. When the recruiting sergeant asked him what type of job he was interested in, he replied, "What have you got with open flames?" It's not flames that he's throwing as part of the Anti-Venom Force, but instead, CHARBROIL shoots a specially created serum that can change the animal-hybrid victims, created by COBRA COMMANDER and DR. MINDBENDER, back to normal humans again.
"Flames and flame weapons are scary to the max and only highly trained specialists should ever go near them. That said, flamethrowers are a quick way to turn the heat up on the enemy!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Barricade, Sgt. Mutt, Roadblock, Duke, and Sgt. Lifeline. Item #53914. Oddly, this filecard calls him a Warrant Officer though his grade is still E-4.