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Dodger



File Name: Richard Renwick of South Bend, Indiana.
Grade: Army E-7 (1987-1991)
SNs: 439-67-9256; 439-6792-QS56
Notes: South Bend is in the north central part of the state, near the border with Michigan about 65 miles east of Gary.




Previous character: Maverick
Next character: Knockdown

 

Animated Appearances

Dodger was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born December 10, 1958. Dodger joined the Joe Team in March 1985, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 2 in late 1986. 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. 1987 (Battle Force 2000) 2. 1991 (Sonic Fighters)  
Version 1: 1987 Battle Force 2000 carded assortment
Fig. #0151: Marauder Motorcycle DriverMOS 1: Armored Vehicle Maintenance
MOS 2: Electronics Maintenance [prob. 94W]
  • head: Dodger (87, 91)
  • arms: Dodger (87, 91)
  • torso: Dodger (87, 91)
  • waist: Dodger (87, 91)
  • legs: Dodger (87, 91)
Accessories: silver mic (new, large); silver rifle (new, ultra-sonic photon rifle)
The modern armored, fighting vehicle operator has access to a varied array of high tech driving aids and Dodger is well versed in the use of all of them, including the holographic night-vision goggles (holographic lens system combined with phosphorus image intensifying tube), thermal-imaging range finders, noncoherent pulse Doppler radars, and computer-driven, multimode situation displays.
"This guy was driving tracked vehicles before they had any of these fancy new gadgets. If he has to, he unbuttons the hatch, sticks his face in the wind, and steers by instinct and guts. Sure, he's an expert with all the new hardware, but who knows if it's all going to work when the chips are down? Dodger isn't dependent on them, and that makes him somebody you can depend on . . . "
Variations: Dodger's rifle comes with one of two variant handles.
Toy Notes: Saw a brief limited release on a single card in time for the 1987 Christmas season.
Re-releases: Also carded for more general release in a two-pack with Knockdown (87) in 1988, at about the time the BF2000 vehicles were released. Item #6524. A recolored version was released in India.
Version 2: 1991 Sonic Fighters premium carded assortment
Fig. #0274: Heavy Ordnance OperatorMOS 1: Laser Demolitions
MOS 2: Electronics Maintenance [prob. 94W]
  • head: Dodger (87, 91)
  • arms: Dodger (87, 91)
  • torso: Dodger (87, 91)
  • waist: Dodger (87, 91)
  • legs: Dodger (87, 91)
Accessories: large blue-green Sonic backpack (new) with detachable antenna; black photon rifle (87 Dodger's); black submachine gun (88 Voltar's modified Uzi); black laser rifle (89 Dee-Jay's); black speargun (89 Deep Six's)
DODGER's been fascinated with lasers ever since he went to a local science fair and watched a one inch laser beam slice through six feet of concrete like it was Swiss cheese. It was just a matter of time before he was using thermal imaging range finders, noncoherent pulse Doppler radars, computer driven, multi-mode situational displays, and a host of equally sophisticated high-tech equipment. With his invaluable field experience using laser-guided weapons, Dodger is now part of the Sonic Fighters.
"Once Dodger sets his laser targeting sight on an advancing front line, he's got about thirty seconds to lock in, fire the round, and hit the dirt. And when that blast impacts, he's got about three seconds before it starts raining shrapnel. Why else would they call him 'Dodger'?"
Assigned Armaments: M-A2 SAW [Squad Automatic Weapon] 5.566mm Machine Gun, 9m m Beretta Auto Pistol, Long Range Thermal Intensifying GPLW [General Purpose Laser Weapon], Short Burst Laser Pistol
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 #6314. The prototype shown in the 1991 insert catalog had a black recolor of version 1's headset.