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Dial-Tone

(aka Dial Tone)

File Name: Jack S. Morelli of Eugene, Oregon.
Grades: Army E-4 (1986-2000); E-6 (2002-2003)
various SNs: RA 428-71-3360; 428-7133-BA60; 428-713-BA60; 858-9142-92KH; 858-91-KH92
Notes: Eugene is in the west central part of the state, about 65 miles south of Salem.




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Next character: Zarana

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Hank Garrett292,054 seconds1941,714

Sunbow's Dial-Tone wore his first 1986 outfit, with a plain black beret, a brighter yellow shirt, and green pants with black boots and kneepads.

 

Arise Serpentor Arise Part 136 seconds2 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 276 seconds3 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 32 seconds1 line
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 410 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 58 seconds (silent)
Last Hour to Doomsday6 seconds1 line
Let's Play Soldier42 seconds1 line
Cobrathon138 seconds13 lines
The Million Dollar Medic22 seconds (silent)
The Rotten Egg20 seconds2 lines
Once Upon a Joe27 seconds2 lines
Glamour Girls191 seconds17 lines
Iceberg Goes South34 seconds7 lines
The Spy Who Rooked Me183 seconds12 lines
Grey Hairs and Growing Pains252 seconds14 lines
My Brother's Keeper54 seconds4 lines
My Favorite Things63 seconds9 lines
G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece0 seconds1 line
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World152 seconds17 lines
Nightmare Assault95 seconds7 lines
Joe's Night Out277 seconds36 lines
Not a Ghost of a Chance1 second2 lines
Sins of Our Fathers258 seconds27 lines
In the Presence of Mine Enemies8 seconds2 lines
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep6 seconds2 lines
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs18 seconds4 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 149 seconds6 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 414 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 512 seconds1 line

Headcanon

Born June 26, 1960. Dial-Tone joined the Joe Team in March 1983, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 4 in 1988. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 6 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1986/I (Carded)
2. 1986/II (Brazil)
3. 1991 (Sonic Fighters)
4. 1994 (Battle Corps)
5. 2000 (RAH Collection)
6. 2002 (Sound Attack)/AWE Striker 2003
7. 2003 (Tiger Force)
Version 1: 1986 regular carded assortment (86/I)
Fig. #0094: CommunicationsMOS 1: Radio Telecommunications
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I), Sparks (07)
  • torso: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I)
  • waist: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
  • legs: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
Accessories: light grey backpack (new, with curved top) and mouthpiece on swivel; light grey assault rifle (new, HK-53)
Dial-Tone built his own crystal set when he was ten. By fourteen he was part of a CB net, and had his own ham station by the time he was sixteen. Dial-Tone made all his own equipment, buying parts with quarters earned bagging groceries. He saw the army as a means to furthering his education in his chosen field and quickly found that instead of a stepping stone, it was a goal in itself. Manning a radio in the field wasn't just passing time - it was a job with a purpose.
"One of the scariest things that can happen to you out in the field is to lose contact with your base. That means you are ALONE. No artillery support, no air strikes, no medvac, no extraction, no NOTHING! The cavalry ain't comin' until the man with the radio tells 'em to."
Toy Notes: Featured in 1986's Battle Stations commercial, manning the LAW. Item #6471.
Version 2: 1986 Special Mission: Brazil boxed set (86/II)
Fig. #0098: CommunicationsMOS 1: Radio Telecommunications
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I), Sparks (07)
  • torso: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I)
  • waist: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
  • legs: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
Accessories: light grey backpack and mouthpiece (86/I Dial-Tone's); light grey assault rifle (86/I Dial-Tone's HK 53)
Dial-Tone built his own crystal set when he was ten. By fourteen he was part of a CB net, and had his own ham station by the time he was sixteen. Dial-Tone made all his own equipment, buying parts with quarters earned bagging groceries. He saw the army as a means to furthering his education in his chosen field and quickly found that instead of a stepping stone, it was a goal in itself. Manning a radio in the field wasn't just passing time - it was a job with a purpose.
"One of the scariest things that can happen to you out in the field is to lose contact with your base. That means you are ALONE. No artillery support, no air strikes, no medvac, no extraction, no NOTHING! The cavalry ain't comin' until the man with the radio tells 'em to."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Claymore (86), Leatherneck (86/II), Mainframe (86/II), Wet-Suit (86/II), and an audio cassette. Item #6691.
Version 3: 1991 Sonic Fighters premium carded assortment
Fig. #0273: CommunicationsMOS 1: Radio Telecommunications
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I), Sparks (07)
  • torso: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I)
  • waist: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
  • legs: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
Accessories: black Sonic backpack (new, with soft plastic satellite dish); black pistol (87 Blocker's submachine laser); black assault rifle (86 Dial-Tone's HK 53); black grenade launcher (88 Hardball's) with chamber; black flamethrower (88 Charbroil's)
DIAL-TONE's been fixing and building communication systems since he was knee high to a Thyratron. Ten years experience and advanced forces training has also made him an expert in the field of laser technology. To Dial-Tone, bouncing a message off a satellite halfway around the globe, and firing a high- in tensity laser burst at a moving target, are essentially the same thing. So when he heard the high command was looking for seasoned troopers with specialized skills, Dial-Tone said, 'Hold my calls!' Dial-Tone is also the unofficial electronics repairman for the team.
"Out in the field, Dial-Tone used to be the guy caught in the fire fight, huddled in the mud somewhere, screaming at headquarters for reinforcement. Now, he's the reinforcement, and the only message this guy sends is, 'Duck!'"
Assigned Armaments: Multi-Burst Laser Pistol, XML-3000 Laser Rifle, 40mm XML-2000 Grenade Launcher, and 5.56mm Submachine Gun.
Weapons Qualification: Sharpshooter.
Toy Notes: Released before Christmas 1990 in some areas but listed in 1991's catalog and included a 1991-style filecard. Yojoe.com lists this figure as a 1990 release. Item #6313.
Version 4: 1994 Battle Corps Wave 4 carded assortment, #2
Fig. #0457: CommunicationsMOS 1: Radio Telecommunications
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Dial-Tone (94)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (94)
  • torso: Dial-Tone (94)
  • waist: Clean-Sweep (91), Dial-Tone (94)
  • legs: Clean-Sweep (91), Dial-Tone (94)
Accessories: blue helmet (new, soft plastic with attached mic and yellow visor); yellow pistol (87 Psyche-Out's); yellow assault rifle (86 Dial-Tone's HK 53); yellow machine gun (92 Gung-Ho's M60); silver spring missile launcher (new, gun-shaped with yellow trigger); two yellow missiles (93 Backblast's); yellow knife (88 Hit & Run's); yellow figure stand
DIAL-TONE is an electronic communications expert with a thirst for combat. He can tune in on enemy transmitter frequencies, locate their coordinates, then attack with pinpoint accuracy. He's like a walking Tomahawk missile, he just zeros in on enemy locations then blasts into battle with unstoppable firepower. He is also very dedicated to his G.I. Joe team members. He stays in constant radio contact with them to make sure no one gets lost behind enemy lines. Whether they're calling for assistance or asking for an airstrike, Dial-Tone delivers loud and clear.
Motto: "My top 40 hit list doesn't consist of the most popular songs, it consists of the most wanted Cobras!"
Variations: First sold on 1993-style packaging with a normal-sized filecard, then on 1994-style packaging with a baseball card-sized filecard with abbreviated text. Some copies have a blue shirt under the vest instead of a green one.
Toy Notes: Item #81002.
Version 5: 2000 Real American Hero Collection Wave 1 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0541: Communications Expert
Dial Tone
MOS 1: Radio Telecommunications
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I), Sparks (07)
  • torso: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I)
  • waist: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
  • legs: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Dusty's); black submachine gun (91 Dusty's MAT-49) with stock; black walkie-talkie (84 Firefly's); black figure stand
Dial Tone served as a telecommunications expert for years before volunteering for duty with the G.I. Joe team. He can tune in on enemy transmitter frequencies, locate their coordinates, then attack with pinpoint accuracy. An expert electronics repairman, he also holds the record for setting up a mobile satellite transmitter under battlefield conditions in less than three minutes. Dial Tone's main responsibility is to stay in touch with H.Q. and get the team to the correct extraction site. In environments where there is no radio contact, no reinforcements or evacuation, you're just a sitting duck. That's not a problem for Dial Tone, since he always delivers the message loud and clear.
Here's a guy that has to man the radio and be part of a firefight, in a place where you can't see ten feet in front of you. It takes a soldier with keen instinct and ability. Lucky for us - he has both.
Variations: Some copies have brown grenades on the chest instead of silver ones, and most do not have silver details on the belt.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Gen. Tomahawk (00). Item #57730.
Re-releases: A slightly different version was released in India.
Version 6: 2002 Sound Attack boxed set
Fig. #0645: Communications Expert
Dial Tone
MOS 1: Radio Telecommunications
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I), Sparks (07)
  • torso: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I)
  • waist: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
  • legs: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
Accessories: all-silver web belt (02/II Dusty's); black backpack (91 Big Ben's); silver assault rifle (86 Leatherneck's M16/M203); silver RPG (02/II Dusty's, with Sound Attack tab)
DIAL TONE served as a telecommunications expert for years before volunteering for duty with the G.I. JOE team. He can tune in on enemy transmitter frequencies and locate their coordinates, then attack with pinpoint accuracy. An expert electronics repairman, he also holds the record for setting up a mobile satellite transmitter under battlefield conditions in less than three minutes. His main responsibility is to stay in touch with headquarters and get the team to the correct extraction site. Nothing stops him from doing his job - he even finds ways to get his team out even when there is no radio contact.
"I make sure my message gets out loud and clear."
Variations: The AWE Striker release came only with a black Sound Attack version of Firefly's submachine gun.
Toy Notes: Boxed in a B.J.'s-exclusive set with Firefly (02/II), Roadblock (02), Fast Blast Viper (02), Snake Eyes (02/III), Storm Shadow (02/III), Wet-Suit (02/III), and Undertow (02). Item #53227.
Re-releases: Also boxed in early 2003 with a Toys 'R Us-exclusive AWE Striker recolor. A slightly different version was released in India.
Version 7: 2003 Tiger Force carded set
Fig. #0696: Communications Expert
Dial Tone
MOS 1: Radio Telecommunications
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I), Sparks (07)
  • torso: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I)
  • waist: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
  • legs: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
Accessories: black backpack (92 Gung-Ho's); black assault rifle (91 Red Star's AK-103)
DIAL TONE served as a telecommunications expert for years before volunteering for duty with the G.I. JOE team. He can tune in on enemy transmitter frequencies and locate their coordinates, then attack with pinpoint accuracy. And expert electronics repairman, he also holds the record for setting up a mobile satellite transmitter under battlefield conditions in less than three minutes. His main responsibility is to stay in touch with headquarters and get the team to the correct extraction site. Nothing stops DIAL TONE from doing his job - he even finds ways to get his team out even when there is no radio contact.
"I make sure my message gets out loud and clear."
Variations: Early releases of the figure had pale skin rather than the more common pink.
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Big Brawler (03/I), Agent Jinx (03), Sgt. Stalker (03), and Wreckage (03). Item #53263.