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Dee-Jay



File Name: Thomas R. Rossi III of Providence, Rhode Island.
Grade: Army Sp-4 (1989)
SN: 553-0935-GA56
Notes: Providence, the state capital, is located at the mouth of the Providence River. Ace, Bullhorn, Dogfight, Ice Cream Soldier, Skystriker, and Major Storm also come from Providence. Hasbro's headquarters is in nearby Pawtucket, which is why so many Joes come from this state.



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Animated Appearances

Dee-Jay was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born April 3, 1958. Dee-Jay joined the Joe Team in March 1986, 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. 1989 (Battle Force 2000) 2. 1993 (Arctic Commandos)  
Version 1: 1989 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0204: Battle Force 2000 Comm-Tech TrooperMOS 1: Radio Telephone Operator [25C]
MOS 2: Infantry (all the way) [11B]
  • head: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • arms: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • torso: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • waist: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • legs: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
Accessories: white antenna (new, attaches to helmet); blue backpack (new, tall comm-tech pack); dark red laser rifle (new, with futuristic design); black hose (short standard) with white hose caps
DEE-JAY was the baddest, hottest disc jockey in Boston before he signed up for the Battle Force 2000 team. Complicated sound equipment was no problem for him. If it is loaded with transistors, portable, and transmits or receives radio waves, Dee-Jay can make it work, fix it, and coax strange sounds out of it with an infectious beat.
"Simulated ground-wave transmitters and ultra-fast burst encoders are complicated pieces of electronic hardware. If you're pinned down in the bush and need a medivac extraction or old-fashioned air support, you're just whistling in the wind if your radio is down for the count. His teammates can count on Dee-Jay to get the message out, even if he has to rebuild a transmitter from parts. Once he's on the air, it's his chatter that they can do without."
Toy Notes: Item #6531. The prototype shown in the 1989 insert catalog has a segmented white hose instead of a smooth black one.
Re-releases: A recolored version was released in Brazil as Corrosao. Some parts were used to create the Brazil-exclusive figure Abutre Negro.
Version 1: 1993 mail-order Arctic Commandos
Fig. #0428[joint filecard for all 4 figures; no MOS listed]
  • head: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • arms: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • torso: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • waist: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
  • legs: Dee-Jay (89, 93)
Accessories: white antenna (89 Dee-Jay's); gold submachine gun (91 Tracker's MP5K); black figure stand
Cobra has recently developed a weapon so dangerous that it threatens the safety of our entire planet! Perched high upon Mt. Everest, what is believed to be a giant thermal conversion laser cannon stands ready to strike targets at strategic military base camps and heavily populated world cities. The laser cannon must be destroyed to prevent global devastation, a task perfectly suited for G. I. Joe's elite Arctic Attack Force. With SUB-ZERO—a winter operations specialist—leading the mission, he's assigned DEE-JAY to climb Everest and plant explosives at the base of the laser cannon. For them to succeed it will be up to STALKER and Sub-Zero to fight off platoons of SNOW SERPENTS, Cobra's polar assault troopers who specialize in Arctic warfare and have adapted to Mt. Everest's freezing winter temperatures. The mission is risky, but the job has to be done . . . FAST!
Toy Notes: Sold in a bagged set with Stalker (93), Sub-Zero (93), and Snow Serpent (93) in 1993 through the Terrifying Lasers of Destruction 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. Unlike the other three Arctic Commandos, Dee-Jay was made in Brazil and bagged separately (with a "Made in Brazil") sticker since the figure's mold was located there.