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Claymore

(not to be confused with the Cobra character Lt. Clay Moore)

File Name: John Zullo of Manchester, Vermont.
Grade: Army O-3 (1986)
SN: MH 009-40-3277
Notes: Manchester is in the southwest part of the state, inside the Green Mountain National Forest and about 30 miles south of Snow Job's hometown of Rutland.



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Animated Appearances

Claymore was one of four characters never depicted in the Sunbow series despite having figures released before 1987, the others being Grand Slam, Stinger Driver, and Keel-Haul.

Headcanon

Born April 10, 1951. Claymore joined the Joe Team in September 1983, 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. 1986 (Special Mission Brazil)    
Version 1: 1986 Special Mission: Brazil boxed set
Fig. #0097: G.I. Joe Covert OperationsMOS 1: Anti-Terrorist Specialist
MOS 2: Martial Arts
  • head: Footloose (85, 89), Claymore (86), Rumbler (87)
  • upper arms: Flint (85, 88, 04/I, 05), Claymore (86), Starduster (87)
  • lower arms: Flint (85, 88), Claymore (86), Starduster (87)
  • torso: Tele-Viper (85, 89), Claymore (86)
  • waist: Flint (85, 88, 04/I, 05), Claymore (86)
  • legs: Dusty (85, 88), Claymore (86)
Accessories: lt green helmet (85 Footloose's); black pistol (82 Snake Eyes's Uzi)
Claymore was born to the son of an immigrant who came to this country to work in the marble quarries of Vermont. A graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Claymore finished at the top of his class with a major in Eastern Philosophy. He's a master at Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Portuguese languages.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three hitches back to back somewhere in South East Asia. His work there was, and still is, classified. Attended Airborne and Ranger school. Qualified expert in all NATO small arm and long range sniper rifles as well as all NATO and Warsaw Pact explosive devices. Proficient in all forms of Martial Arts.
Joined the Joe Team at the insistence of Hawk. His only stipulation was that he be called in on special assignments only. Hawk agreed. Claymore is respected by all branches of the armed services and his reputation as a soldier is known far and wide. Very few men have ever seen Claymore - but those who have served under him have not and will not ever forget him.
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Dial-Tone (86/I), Leatherneck (86/II), Mainframe (86/II), Wet-Suit (86/II), and an audio cassette. Item #6691. The figure pictured is missing the brown paint on the vest pockets, but as there are no other known examples of this, it is regarded as a production error and not a legitimate variation.