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Flash

(aka Sergeant Flash; Anthony "Flash" Gambello)

Anthony S. Gambello of Lodi, California.
Grades: Army E-4 (1982-2005); E-5 (2007); E-4 (2008)
SNs: RA607432985; 607-43-AG29
Notes: Lodi (pronounced like "low dye") is in the central part of the state, just north of Stockton.




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Next character: Scarlett

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Frank Welker, but a line spoken by Rob Paulsen in ARAH part 2 was probably intended for Flash.12454 seconds25244

Notes: Flash wore his 1982 outfit, with chest padding divided into six rectangular segments without the silver frame. His visor was tinted blue, and he sometimes carried a flamethrower. His appearance in early ads for Marvel comics had numerous variations in color and other details.

 

A Real American Hero Opening11 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 118 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 295 seconds1 line
A Real American Hero, Part 326 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 411 seconds1 line
A Real American Hero, Part 523 seconds (silent)
Operation Mind Menace190 seconds23 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 261 seconds (silent)
Spell of the Siren5 seconds (silent)
Lasers in the Night10 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening1 second (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 53 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born September 9, 1949. Flash earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy at UCLA before enlisting. He was one of the charter members of the Joe Team, which formed in January 1980 and went active that June. His appearance is represented by Version 4. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 3 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1982
2. 2005 (Comic #8)
3. 2007 (Convention)
4. 2008 (25th Wave 5)
 
Version 1: 1982 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0006: Laser Rifle TrooperMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Electronics [prob. 94Y], CBR [74D]
  • head: Short-Fuze (82, 97), Flash (82), Hawk (82), Steeler (82), Starduster (87)
  • arms: Flash (82), Grand Slam (82, 83), Steel Brigade (87)
  • torso: Flash (82), Grand Slam (82, 83)
  • waist: Stalker (82, 97), Short-Fuze (82, 97, 05/I), Breaker (82), Snake Eyes (82, 97/I, 97/II, 03/I, 03/II, 04/IV, 05/IV), Zap (82, 97), Flash (82), Rock 'n Roll (82), Grunt (82, 83, 97), Hawk (82), Grand Slam (82, 83), Clutch (82, 84), Steeler (82), Lt. Falcon (03), Infantry Division (05/I, 05/II, 05/III, 05/IV, 05/V, 05/VI)
  • upper legs: Flash (82), Grand Slam (82, 83)
  • lower legs: Snake Eyes (82, 97/I, 97/II, 03/I, 03/II, 04/IV, 05/IV), Flash (82), Grand Slam (82, 83), Grunt (97), Cobra Mortal (06)
Accessories: olive green helmet (small standard, with visor holes); clear visor (standard); olive green backpack (tanklike, with cord hole); dark grey laser rifle (new, XMLR-1A with cord)
Flash is highly skilled in many aspects of electronic technology and is capable of equipment repair in the field. Specialized Education: Electronics School; Chemical School; Covert Electronics. Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1911A1; XMLR-1A (Shoulder-Fired Laser Rifle).
"Flash is methodical and persistent. Has an innate and unshakable faith in the order of the universe. He's working on his Master's degree in electronic engineering (nights)."
Variations: Re-tooled in 1983 to accommodate swivel-arm battle grip and a new waistpiece design. Yojoe.com lists swivel-arm Flash as version 1.5. The prototype in the catalog had a black visor and a more intricate facial features.
Toy Notes: Item #6406.
Re-releases: Also boxed in a J.C. Penney-exclusive three-pack with Grunt (82) and Rock 'n Roll (82). Swivel-arm version also available through the mail offer Original Adventure Team in 1986. Some parts were used to create the Brazil-exclusive figure Cobra de Ašo and the India-exclusive Superhero and Zap. A grey recolor with yellow pads was planned for release in Europe as a Bombardier in F-Force, a subset of the Action Force line; the figure's identity was a mystery until 2009 due to the subset's obscurity.
Version 2: 2005 Wave 1 comic three-pack assortment
Fig. #1005: Communications Officer
Anthony "Flash" Gambello
MOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Electronics [prob. 94Y], CBR [74D]
  • head: Flash (05)
  • arms: Action Astronaut (94), Flash (05)
  • torso: Action Astronaut (94), Flash (05)
  • waist: Action Astronaut (94), Flash (05)
  • legs: Action Astronaut (94), Flash (05)
Accessories: white space helmet (94 Action Astronaut's); clear visor (94 Action Astronaut's); black laser rifle (83 Snow Job's XMLR-3A)
When electronic equipment breaks down in the middle of a tense mission, the team needs it up and running fast. That's where FLASH comes in. He's highly skilled in many aspects of electronic technology and is capable of equipment repair in the field. That's no longer as simple as splicing together a couple of wires. Now you need working knowledge of computer technology, advanced circuitry, and both analog and digital electronics. FLASH always had a natural aptitude for understanding the guts of a machine. He brought his expertise to the military, and now he's happy to be where his skills are crucial to the outcome of a mission, instead of simply being the guy you call when your television won't go on or your hosue alarm won't go off.
"Your equipment can make the difference between getting out alive and not getting out at all. I'm here to make sure that the tech stuff won't let you down when you need it the most."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Rock 'n Roll (05), Short-Fuze (05/I), and a reprint of Marvel #8. Item. #60892.
Version 3: 2007 Tanks for the Memories boxed set
Fig. #1187: Laser Rifle Trooper
Sergeant Flash
MOS 1: Laser Weapon Systems [prob. 13B]
MOS 2: Fire Control Repairer [45G]
  • head: Grunt (04/II), Sgt. Flash (07)
  • arms: Duke (94), Sgt. Flash (07), Grand Slam (07)
  • torso: Duke (94), Dragonsky (05), Sgt. Flash (07), Grand Slam (07)
  • waist: Blast-Off (93), Dragonsky (05), Sgt. Flash (07), Grand Slam (07)
  • legs: Downtown (89), Short-Fuze (04), Sgt. Flash (07), Grand Slam (07), Starduster (07)
Accessories: silver backpack (91 Sci-Fi's); silver laser rifle (91 Sci-Fi's); black hose (medium standard); clear figure stand
When electronic equipment breaks down in the middle of a tense mission, the team needs it up and running fast. That's where SGT. FLASH comes in. He's highly skilled in many aspects of electronic technology and is capable of equipment repair on the battlefield. His knowledge of computers, advanced circuitry, and both analog and digital electronics made him a prime candidate for the experimental weapons program. Now he gets to evaluate and design Top Secret portable laser weapons systems for tactical purposes.
The weapon that SGT. FLASH carries is not used for spotting targets; it's been personally tested for combat situations. His laser rifle fires an intense burst that can fry enemy communications and equipment - rendering it useless withn seconds. With a fully-charged power pack, he can melt the doors off armored vehicles and give the bad guys inside a very warm surprise. He's always ready to put his gear to the test in any climate or situation. The only downside to his job is running out of power and then waiting for the re-charge!
"Your equipment can make the difference between getting out alive and not getting out at all."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Convention-exclusive set with Clutch (07), G.I. Joe Doc (07), Grunt (07), Rock 'n Roll (07), Sparks (07), Zap (07), Lt. Clay Moore (07), three Night Stalker versions (07/I, 07/II, 07/III), and Night Stalker Commander (07).
Version 4: 2008 25th Anniversary Wave 5 carded assortment
Fig. #1210: Laser Rifle Trooper
Sergeant Flash
MOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Electronics [prob. 94Y], CBR [74D]
  • head: Sgt. Flash (08), Grunt (08), Grand Slam (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/II)
  • arms: Sgt. Flash (08), Grand Slam (08), HISS Driver (08/I, 08/II), HISS Commander (08), Tripwire (08), AVAC (08), Cobra Trooper (08/VI)
  • body: Sgt. Flash (08), Grand Slam (08) Tripwire (08), Cobra Trooper (08/VI) - modified: HISS Driver (08/I, 08/II), HISS Commander (08), AVAC (08), Maj. Bludd (08/II, 08/III)
  • upper legs: Sgt. Flash (08), Grand Slam (08), Tripwire (08), Cobra Trooper (08/VI)
  • lower legs: Sgt. Flash (08), Grand Slam (08), Cobra Trooper (08/VI)
Accessories: green helmet (new, remolded standard with visor holes); clear visor (new, remolded standard); green belt (new, with silver Hasbro-emblem buckle); silver backpack (new, like 82 Flash's with two peg holes); silver laser rifle (82 Flash's XMLR-1A, with more flexible cord); black Joe figure stand
SGT. FLASH is highly skilled in many aspects of electronic technology and is capable of equipment repair in the field. Specialized Education: Electronics School; Chemical School; Covert Electronics. Qualified Ezpert: M-16; M-1911A1; XMLF-1A (Shoulder Laser Rifle).
"SGT. FLASH is methodical and persistent. Has an innate and unshakable faith in the order of the universe. He's working on his Master's degree in electronics engineering (nights)."
Toy Notes: Item #28934. The "Sergeant" code name is carried over from the 2007 version without regard for the original's lower rank (E-4) appearing on this filecard.