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Dusty



File Name: Ronald W. Tadur of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Grades: Army E-4 (1985-1988); E-5 (1991); E-4 (2000-2008)
various SNs: 371-11-4605; 371-1146-RT05; 371-11-RT05
Notes: The name Tadur is the reverse of Hasbro artist Ron Rudat's last name. Las Vegas is near the state's southern point, in the Mojave Desert in a basin surrounded by mountains. Thunderwing is also from Las Vegas. The 2002/I filecard identifies Dusty as Jerry Paquette of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.


Previous character: Quick Kick
Next character: Alpine

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Neil Ross332,546 seconds2521,945
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
???7801 seconds103815
Reel FX VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Alessandro Juliani (Spy Troops)
Andrew Toth (Valor vs. Venom)
3395 seconds29165

Sunbow's Dusty wore his 1985 outfit, but with green camo spots. His hair was sometimes black (Lights! Camera! Cobra!) and sometimes reddish brown (The Traitor). His 1988 outfit was animated for the Tiger Force ad. Dialogue in The Traitor gave Dusty's full name as Specialist Ronald W. Rudat, though his mother still called him Dusty. The DiC series used Dusty's 1991 outfit as well as that version's red hair. The model used in the Reel FX films was most similar to the 2002 Sand Razor version in paler shades but had brown spots like the 1985 outfit, which were revealed to be only dirt at the end of Valor vs. Venom.

 

Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)7 seconds (silent)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 143 seconds2 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 2189 seconds22 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 314 seconds2 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 44 seconds (silent)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 542 seconds3 lines
Lights! Camera! Cobra!89 seconds8 lines
Satellite Down216 seconds28 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 218 seconds (silent)
The Greenhouse Effect21 seconds (silent)
The Viper Is Coming4 seconds (silent)
The Funhouse134 seconds8 lines
Lasers in the Night15 seconds (silent)
The Germ67 seconds11 lines
Captives of Cobra, Part 128 seconds5 lines
Captives of Cobra, Part 246 seconds7 lines
The Traitor, Part 1433 seconds35 lines
The Traitor, Part 2468 seconds35 lines
Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town115 seconds9 lines
An Eye for an Eye9 seconds (silent)
Hearts and Cannons303 seconds47 lines
The Invaders147 seconds15 lines
Cold Slither6 seconds1 line
The Great Alaskan Land Rush16 seconds (silent)
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)1 second (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 250 seconds10 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 32 seconds (silent)
Once Upon a Joe2 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece8 seconds (silent)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs17 seconds4 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 115 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 25 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 312 seconds (silent)
General Confusion231 seconds38 lines
I Found You...Evy197 seconds22 lines
The Greatest Evil Part I2 seconds (silent)
Shadow of a Doubt21 seconds (silent)
Cobra World332 seconds43 lines
Basic Training4 seconds (silent)
The Legend of Metal-Head14 seconds (silent)
Spy Troops: The Movie117 seconds3 lines
Valor vs. Venom271 seconds26 lines
Ninja Battles7 seconds (silent)

 

Dusty's coyote Sandstorm made 4 appearances in the Sunbow series, with a total of 309 seconds on screen. He seemed to have multiple designs and colors (all in the brown-to-grey range), even within the same scene. It often appears the animators had no idea what a coyote is supposed to look like.

 

Season 1 Opening (DiC)1 second
General Confusion188 seconds
I Found You...Evy119 seconds
Season 2 Opening (DiC)1 second

Headcanon

Born February 21, 1956. Dusty joined the Joe Team in March 1982, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in late 1986. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 8 appearance, changing to Version 10 in 1993.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1985
2. 1988 (Tiger Force)
3. 1991 (w/ Sandstorm)
4. 2000 (RAH Collection)
5. 2002/I (Night Rhino)
6. 2002/II (Convention)
7. 2002/III (JvC Wave 2)
8. 2002/IV (Sand Razor)
9. 2002/V (JvC Wave 4)
10. 2004/I (Valor vs. Venom)
11. 2004/II (Desert Patrol)
12. 2008 (DVD)
Version 1: 1985 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0061: Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and air-conditioning maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (85, 88)
  • arms: Dusty (85, 88)
  • torso: Dusty (85, 88)
  • waist: Dusty (85, 88)
  • legs: Dusty (85, 88), Claymore (86)
Accessories: tan backpack (new, with two canteens); black assault rifle (new, FAMAS F-1) with bipod
Dusty loves the desert. It is clean, pure, and unforgiving. Unlike Vegas which is always willing to give you a second chance, Dusty was working as a refrigerator repairman and studying desert ecology at night when his pre-enlistment application for the G.I. Joe Team was approved. He took Basic at Fort Bliss, TX and loved every minute of it.
Qualified expert: M-16, M-14, M-1911A1, M-60.
"It's not enough nowadays to have a rapid-reaction force responsive instantaneously to explosive situations in far flung corners of the globe. That force must be capable of surviving in a diverse array of hostile environments to accomplish its objectives. If that means having one expert for every type of environment on every team to take on survival responsibilities on that terrain, then so be it."
Toy Notes: Item #6442. The prototype in the commercials had much darker brown camo spots and raccoon-like face paint.
Version 2: 1988 Tiger Force carded assortment
Fig. #0190: Tiger Force Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and air-conditioning maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (85, 88)
  • arms: Dusty (85, 88)
  • torso: Dusty (85, 88)
  • waist: Dusty (85, 88)
  • legs: Dusty (85, 88), Claymore (86)
Accessories: light green backpack (85 Dusty's); black submachine gun (85 Dusty's FAMAS) with bipod
DUSTY loves the desert. It is clean, pure, unforgiving, and always full of challenges. Dusty was working as a refrigerator repairman and studying desert ecology at night when his pre-enlistment application for the G.I. Joe Team was approved. He took Basic at Fort Bliss in Texas and loved every minute of it. When Tiger Force was in need of a desert combat specialist, Dusty wasted no time in signing up for it!
"It's not enough nowadays to have a rapid-reaction force able to respond instantaneously to explosive situations in far flung corners of the globe. That force must be capable of surviving in a diverse array of hostile environments to accomplish its objectives. If the Tiger Force team was confronted by a numerically superior Cobra battalion, Dusty would hop on the Tiger Paw and automatically take the point to spearhead the counterattack!"
Toy Notes: Item #6697-3.
Re-releases: A slightly different version of Tiger Force Dusty was released in Brazil as Felino.
Version 3: 1991 Wave 1 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0279: Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • upper arms: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II), Guile (93/I, 93/II), Storm Shadow (05/III)
  • lower arms: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II), Guile (93/I, 93/II)
  • torso: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II)
  • waist: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • legs: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
Accessories: brown backpack (new, with roll, canteen, and grenades); brown pistol (new, 9mm with prominent hammer); brown submachine gun (new, MAT-49) with removable sliding stock; grey coyote "Sandstorm" (new)
DUSTY knows that the very thought of desert training induces terminal belly aching in even the most seasoned troopers. The blistering heat during the day, freezing cold at night, snakes, scorpions, sheet lightning, dust storms, and dry, gritty sand - none of these things faze Dusty and his coyote Sandstorm because they are the natural trappings of what they consider to be their home. Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, Dusty is also conversant in Kazahk and Khalkha (Eastern Mongolian). [Languages spoken in the great desert regions of the world. (Yes, we know that Australia has a desert to dwarf most, but most Australians speak English.)]
"Dusty can track like a hungry wolf, go to ground like a spooked prairie dog and fight like a wounded bobcat. He's got the patience of a Diamondback rattler, the social graces of a gila monster, and the taste buds of a coyote. In short, he's not much use for anything except sneaking up behind bad guys in the desert, and popping a can of firefight."
Qualified Expert: M-16A2 5.56mm rifle, M1911A1 .45 automatic pistol, M-203 40mm grenade launcher. Familiar with all NATO and friendly forces small arms.
Licensed to operate: Locust, Hammer, Retaliator.
Toy Notes: Item #6580.
Re-releases: Some parts were used to create a China-exclusive Tiger Force Flint.
Version 4: 2000 Real American Hero Collection Wave 1 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0538: Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and air-conditioning maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • upper arms: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II), Guile (93/I, 93/II), Storm Shadow (05/III)
  • lower arms: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II), Guile (93/I, 93/II)
  • torso: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II)
  • waist: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • legs: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Dusty's); black pistol (91 Dusty's 9mm); black figure stand
Dusty loves the desert. It is clean, pure, and unforgiving. Unlike Vegas which is always willing to give you a second chance. Dusty was working as a refrigerator repairman and studying desert ecology at night when his pre-enlistment application for the G.I. Joe Team was approved. He took Basic at Fort Bliss, Texas and loved every minute of it.
It's not enough nowadays to have a rapid-reaction force respond instantaneously to explosive situations in far flung corners of the globe. That force must be capable of surviving in a diverse array of hostile environments to accomplish its objectives. If that means having one expert for every type of environment on every team to take on survival responsibilities on that terrain, then so be it. Qualified expert: M-16, M-14, M-60.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Law (00). Item #57729.
Re-releases: A slightly different version was released in India.
Version 5: 2002 Real American Hero Wave 5 boxed Night Rhino vehicle (02/I)
Fig. #0603: Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • 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: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • legs: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
Accessories: none
DUSTY loves the desert. It is clean, pure, and unforgiving - and always full of challenges. DUSTY was working as a refrigerator repairman and studying desert ecology at night when his pre-enlistment application for the G.I. Joe team was approved. The blistering heat during the day, the freezing cold at night, snakes, scorpions, sheet lightning, dust storms, and gritty sand - none of these things bother DUSTY. That's because, to him, the desert is his home - every hot and sandy bit of it. He is fluent in the languages spoken in the desert regions around the world. He took Basic at Fort Bliss in Texas and loved every minute of it.
"If the enemy thinks they can hide in the desert, are they wrong! I can track them silently, then sneak up on them at the right time and pop a can of firefight!"
Toy Notes: Boxed with the Toys 'R Us Night Rhino vehicle. Item #53094. Though naturally regarded as part of Night Force, neither figure nor vehicle is officially designated as such.
Version 6: 2002 Legacy of Valor special release (02/II)
Fig. #0628: Desert Paratrooper
  • head: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • upper arms: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II), Guile (93/I, 93/II), Storm Shadow (05/III)
  • lower arms: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II), Guile (93/I, 93/II)
  • torso: Dusty (91, 00, 02/II)
  • waist: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
  • legs: Dusty (91, 00, 02/I, 02/II)
Accessories: dk green backpack (87 Jinx's), with silver parachute
[This is one of the few figures released without a filecard. The others are 93 Nitro-Viper and 05/II Roadblock.]
Toy Notes: Bagged as an exclusive at the summer convention.
Version 7: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 2 two-pack assortment (02/III)
Fig. #0633: Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • arms: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • torso: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • waist: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • legs: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
Accessories: grey web belt (new, with dark red grenades); light brown backpack (91 Big Ben's); black assault rifle (86 Leatherneck's M16/M203); black RPG (new, RPG-7 with Sound Attack tab and silver tip)
The U.S. Army must be equipped to fight for American values in any climate. To do that, they have trained a special breed of soldier: desert infantry soldiers who rigorously train in the harshest conditions. They brave blazing sun and freezing cold to carry out their objectives. DUSTY is no stranger to hardship, as danger is everywhere in the desert landscape: snakes, scorpions, dust storms, and the extremes in temperature from day to night. These perils might test the resolve of the common soldier, but as for DUSTY, they only strengthen his determination to hunt down and defeat the evil forces of COBRA. He is especially determined to stop desert-equipped COBRA C.L.A.W.S., nasty troopers whose toughness is exceeded only by DUSTY's ability to find them wherever they may hide.
"Training to be a soldier is the toughest task you'll ever take on, but it's also the greatest."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Desert CLAWS (02). Item #57397.
Re-releases: Also available in early 2003 carded with a Mission Disc (Item #55436), and boxed in 2004 with the K-Mart-exclusive Operation Avalanche set. The Mission Disc filecard lacks sentence about the CLAWS.
Version 8: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 2 boxed Sand Razor vehicle (02/IV)
Fig. #0639: Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • arms: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • torso: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • waist: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • legs: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
Accessories: black web belt (02/II Dusty's, with silver grenades). The Sand Razor also included a green machine gun (92 Gung-Ho's M60), which some may count among Dusty's accessories
The U.S. Army must be equipped to fight for American values in any climate. To do that, they have trained a special breed of soldier: desert infantry soldiers who rigorously train in the harshest conditions. They brave blazing sun and freezing cold to carry out their objectives. DUSTY is no stranger to hardship, as danger is everywhere in the desert landscape: snakes, scorpions, dust storms, and the extremes in temperature from day to night. These perils might test the resolve of the common soldier, but as for DUSTY, they only strengthen his determination to hunt down and defeat the evil forces of COBRA. He is especially determined to stop desert-equipped COBRA forces, nasty troopers whose toughness is exceeded only by DUSTY's ability to find them wherever they may hide.
"Training to be a soldier is the toughest task you'll ever take on, but it's also the greatest."
Toy Notes: Item #54735.
Version 9: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 4 two-pack assortment (02/V)
Fig. #0673: Desert TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • arms: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • torso: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • waist: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
  • legs: Dusty (02/III, 02/IV, 02/V)
Accessories: yellow web belt (02/II Dusty's, with grey grenades); green backpack (91 Big Ben's); black assault rifle (86 Leatherneck's M16/M203); brown RPG (02/II Dusty's, with Sound Attack tab and silver tip)
DUSTY is a special breed of soldier: a desert infantry soldier who rigorously trains in the harshest conditions. He braves blazing sun and freezing cold to carry out his objectives. DUSTY is no stranger to hardship, as danger is everywhere in the desert landscape: snakes, scorpions, dust storms, and the extremes in temperature from day to night. These perils might test the resolve of the common soldier, but for DUSTY, they only strengthen his determination to hunt down and defeat the evil forces of COBRA. He loves the desert, every hot and sandy inch of it. But he does get hot under the collar about the SHOCK VIPERS, fire assault troops who burn up anything that gets in their way.
"If the enemy thinks they can hide, they're wrong! I can sneak up on them at the right time and show them some real heat!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Shock Viper (02/II). Item #57505.
Version 10: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 3 two-pack assortment (04/I)
Fig. #0846: Desert Warfare SpecialistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (04/I)
  • arms: Dusty (04/I)
  • torso: Dusty (04/I)
  • waist: Dusty (04/I)
  • legs: Dusty (04/I)
Two-Pack Accessories: tan helmet (new, with black goggles and tan plastic neck cloth); tan bandolier (new, with black grenades); copper pistol (03 Black Out's Desert Eagle); copper carbine/shotgun (02 Ripper's M4 with shotgun barrel); copper sniper rifle (03 Tunnel Rat's Accuracy Int'l AWS); black communications gauntlet (common for VvV Joes)
2005 Single-Pack Accessories: tan helmet (same); black backpack (85 Flint's); black pistol (91 Dusty's); black carbine (02 Duke's M4)
DUSTY feels totally at home in the desert, but he also knows that it is an unforgiving environment to those who take it for granted. He trains hard to keep himself in top physical condition, and he is not too proud to ask other more experienced team members for tips in field-craft and combat-readiness. Simply making it through the day in the harshest desert conditions is extremely difficult, especially if you are carrying up to a hundred pounds of weapons, ammo, food, water, and equipment. To DUSTY, it's just a stroll through his back yard. He doesn't fight his environment, he coexists with it.
"ZARTAN might think he's blending in with the desert, but he doesn't spend as much time studying the desert as I do. He's not getting one over on me, not by a long shot."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Zartan (04/I). Item #55945.
Re-releases: Also carded as part of the 2005 wave of single-pack figures (Item #06117), and again without accessories as part of the 2008 wave (Item #35370).
Version 11: 2004 Desert Patrol Squad carded set (04/II)
Fig. #0961: Desert Warfare SpecialistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration & Air conditioning maintenance [52C]
  • head: Stretcher (90), Sgt. Lifeline (04), Dusty (04/II)
  • arms: Stretcher (90), Sideswipe (02), Sgt. Lifeline (04), Dusty (04/II)
  • torso: Stretcher (90), Sideswipe (02), Sgt. Lifeline (04), Dusty (04/II)
  • waist: Stretcher (90), Sideswipe (02), Sgt. Lifeline (04), Dusty (04/II)
  • legs: Stretcher (90), Sideswipe (02), Sgt. Lifeline (04), Dusty (04/II)
Accessories: black sniper rifle (03 Black Out's DSR-1)
DUSTY feels totally at home in the desert, but he also knows that it is an unforgiving environment to those who take it for granted. He trains hard to keep himself in top physical condition, and he is not too proud to ask other more experienced team members for tips in field-craft and combat-readiness. Simply making it through the day in the harshest desert conditions is extremely difficult, especially if you are carrying up to a hundred pounds of weapons, ammo, food, water, and equipment. To DUSTY, it's just a stroll through his back yard. He doesn't fight his environment, he coexists with it.
"ZARTAN might think he's blending in with the desert, but he doesn't spend as much time studying the desert as I do. He's not getting one over on me, not by a long shot."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Ambush (04), Gung Ho (04/IV), Snake Eyes (04/V), Sgt. Stalker (04/III) and Tunnel Rat (04/III). Item #00676.
Version 12: 2008 DVD Battles assortment, #3
Fig. #1352: Desert Warfare SpecialistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Refrigeration & Air conditioning maintenance [52C]
  • head: Dusty (08)
  • arms: Dusty (08)
  • body: Dusty (08)
  • legs: Dusty (08)
Accessories: tan helmet (new, with brown camo spots and black cloth); black goggles (new, with circular lenses); black webbing (new, figure-eight straps); grey belt (new, with tan and brown skirt); black backpack (85 Dusty's, with modified peg); black submachine gun (85 Dusty's FAMAS) with bipod; black laser rifle (83 Snow Job's XMLR-3A); black Joe figure stand
DUSTY feels totally at home in the desert, but he also knows that it is an unforgiving environment to those who take it for granted. Simply making it through the day, subjected to extreme heat and lack of water, is almost impossible. Add a hundred pounds of weapons and battle gear that you have to carry, plus he devious unpredictability of COBRA, and you have a challenge only a G.I. JOE team specialist can handle. His expertise with the desert is why DUSTY is sent to guard the tomb of the Egyptian general Xanoth Amon-Toth, after the G.I. JOE team learns COBRA plans to raid it for their own undoubtedly nefarious reasons.
"Sandstorms, scorpions, searing heat, freezing nights - you can't avoid any of it, but you can learn to adapt to it. That's the only way you'll survive."
Variations: Many early copies were missing the shoulder straps.
Toy Notes: Boxed with BAT (08/II), Serpentor (08/II), Montezuma's Skeleton (08), MASS Device control turret, and Arise Serpentor Arise DVD. Item #33559.