File Name: William Perry of Aiken, South Carolina.
Grade: Army E-5 (1987)
SN: (none listed)
Notes: Aiken is in the western part of the state, about 20 miles northeast of Augusta, Georgia. In real life, Perry was a Chicago Bears defensive lineman from 1985 to 1993.
Previous character: AVAC
Next character: Crazylegs
The Fridge was animated only for his own commercial.
Born December 16, 1962. Though a civilian, The Fridge was brought in to assist with physical training for the Joe Team in September 1984, following his graduation from Clemson University. His appearance is represented by Version 1. He was with Team for only six months, while Sgt. Slaughter was on an extended mission with his Renegades.
|Version 1: 1986-87 special mail-order
|Fig. #0111: Physical Training Instructor||MOS 1: Physical Training Instructor [SQI=H]|
MOS 2: Special Services
- head: The Fridge (87)
- arms: The Fridge (87)
- torso: The Fridge (87)
- waist: The Fridge (87)
- legs: The Fridge (87)
|Accessories: black football flail (new)
|G.I. Joe training procedures are tough to the max and no expense is spared in insuring [sic] that G.I. Joe personnel are prepared to deal with the worst possible scenario. Regular troops tackle standard obstacle courses like fences, crawl pipes, and water traps. The G.I. Joe obstacle course consists of only one obstacle—The Fridge."|
"If lacrosse is the little brother of war, football must be the rich uncle. Note the similarities: Strategy (offensive and defensive), teamwork, violence, camaraderie, television coverage, parades for the victors, and humiliation for the defeated. Using The Fridge to train the Joes is logical and practical . . . Besides, The Fridge likes to see the looks on their faces when they look up from the mud and see who they have to get past—to pass the course!"
|Toy Notes: Available free with shipping through the Free Fridge offer, packaged with figures in late 1986 and early 1987. Most or all of the figures arrived in 1987, which is when the commercial for the offer first aired.
|Re-releases: Also available by mail in 1988 through the offers Is This the End of Sgt. Slaughter? and Capture the Excitement.