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Crankcase



File Name: Elwood G. Indiana of Lawrence, Kansas.
Grade: Army E-4 (1985-2008)
SNs: 451-61-5102; 451-61-EG51
Notes: Lawrence is in the northeast part of the state, midway between Topeka and Kansas City, and is home to the University of Kansas. Crankcase was also the name of a Decepticon released in 1988 as part of the Triggercons team.



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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
None412 seconds00

Sunbow's Crankcase wore his 1985 outfit, though with grey gloves on at least one occasion. Though barely utilized in the series, he did appear animated in an ad for the AWE Striker.

 

The Germ2 seconds (silent)in Flint's convoy (19:38-39)
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World2 seconds (silent)with HAVOCs when Dial-Tone modifies guidance systems (6:19-20)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 45 seconds (silent)in AWE Striker during lab battle
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 53 seconds (silent)at ice dome entrance; charging toward palace

Headcanon

Born July 6, 1954. Crankcase joined the Joe Team in March 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. 1985 (AWE Striker) 2. 2008 (25th AWE Striker)  
Version 1: 1985 boxed AWE Striker vehicle
Fig. #0072: AWE Striker DriverMOS 1: Motor Vehicle Driver [88M]
MOS 2: Armor [19K]
  • head: Crankcase (85)
  • arms: Crankcase (85)
  • torso: Crankcase (85)
  • waist: Crankcase (85)
  • legs: Crankcase (85), Maj. Storm (90, 03)
Accessories: grey helmet (new, with flared brim); black assault rifle (new, oversized FN FNC)
There are several ways to get from one place to another in Kansas and driving fast is most of them. Crankcase was racing street machines when he was sixteen. This was no great feat since he had been building them from the time he was thirteen. He worked the stock car circuit for years until the boredom hit him like a brick wall. A recruiting sergeant with a crooked smile signed him up for a burst of four with promises of speed and glory. Crankcase graduated Ranger School and Desert Warfare School and attended the Special Air Service Tactical Driving School under the NATO Exchange program. Qualified expert: M-16, M1911A1, M-60 and TOW.
"Ever get irritable when you're standing in a line that just doesn't seem to be moving at all? Well, the whole [world] seems to be moving in slow motion to Crankcase - all the time! That's why he's constantly ticked-off. He's just not happy unless he has a wheel in one hand, a shifter in the other and the wind in his face."
Toy Notes: Item #6053.
Re-releases: Also available as part of a vehicle drivers set by mail in 1988 through the offers Is This the End of Sergeant Slaughter? and Capture the Excitement, and in 1992 through the offer Mission Rescue: Code Blue.
Version 2: 2008 Target-exclusive boxed AWE Striker vehicle
Fig. #1251: G. I. JOE Vehicle DriverMOS 1: Vehicle Driver [88M]
MOS 2: Armor [19K]
  • head: Breaker (08/I, 08/II), Crankcase (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I)
  • arms to wrist: Shipwreck (07/II, 08, 09), Crankcase (08), Spirit Iron-Knife (08), Dataframe (08)
  • hands: Shipwreck (07/II, 08), Crankcase (08)
  • body: Shipwreck (07/II, 08, 09), Crankcase (08), Spirit Iron-Knife (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08), Dataframe (08), Tunnel Rat (09)
  • upper left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • upper right leg: obra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Outback (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower left leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09) - new knee: Outback (09)
Accessories: green helmet (08 Breaker's); black webbing (07 Cobra Officer's, with brown straps), black knife (07 Cobra Officer's, with silver blade)
There are several ways to get from one place to another in Kansas and driving fast is most of them. Crankcase was racing street machines when he was sixteen. This was no great feat since he had been building them from the time he was thirteen. He worked the stock car circuit for years until the boredom hit him like a brick wall. A recruiting sergeant with a crooked smile signed him up for a burst of four with promises of speed and glory. Crankcase graduated Ranger School and Desert Warfare School and attended the Special Air Service Tactical Driving School under the NATO Exchange program. Qualified expert: M-16, M1911A1, M-60 and TOW.
"Ever get irritable when you're standing in a line that just doesn't seem to be moving at all? Well, the whole world seems to be moving in slow motion to Crankcase, all the time! That's why he's constantly ticked off. He's just not happy unless he has a wheel in one hand, a shifter in the other and the wind in his face."
Toy Notes: Boxed with the Target-exclusive green AWE Striker, which was retooled for 25th-Anniversary figures. Item #30788. (A tan AWE Striker had a more general release later in the year and included the figure Leatherneck.)