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Heavy Metal

(aka Rampage for the mail-order variant, not to be confused with 2003's Rampage)

File Name: Sherman R. Guderian of Brooklyn, New York.
Grade: Army E-4 (1985)
SN: 632-45-6200
Notes: Brooklyn, on the western end of Long Island, is New York City's largest borough. Also from Brooklyn are Nunchuk and Tunnel Rat. The M4 Sherman tank was the main Allied tank in WWII and was named for Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was General of the German Army during that war and is quoted as saying, "Where tanks are, the front is."


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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Neil Ross677 seconds757

Sunbow's Heavy Metal wore his 1985 outfit, with a brown vest. He had blue-tinted lenses on his goggles, and his knee detail was given a white outline. He was never seen actually operating the Mauler in any of his appearances.

 

The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 24 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement behind Doc and Short-Fuze
Spell of the Siren1 second (silent)entranced at Joe HQ (10:46)
Memories of Mara4 seconds (silent)at Mauler during island briefing
The Pit of Vipers63 seconds7 linesat HQ, driving Armadillo in desert, attacking Watchdog
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 23 seconds (silent)running from barracks during Serpentor's escape
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 52 seconds (silent)assaulting ice dome (3:04-05)

Headcanon

Born August 15, 1952. Heavy Metal joined the Joe Team in September 1982, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. 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. 1985 (Mauler)  
Version 1: 1985 boxed Mauler MBT vehicle
Fig. #0075: Mauler MBT Tank DriverMOS 1: Armor [88M]
MOS 2: Finance [44C]
  • head: Heavy Metal (85)
  • arms: Heavy Metal (85), Rumbler (87)
  • torso: Heavy Metal (85), Rumbler (87)
  • waist: Heavy Metal (85)
  • legs: Heavy Metal (85)
Accessories: brown mic (new); black submachine gun (new, resembles Star Z-70 with strap)
There are sections of Brooklyn that are less accessible to outsiders than the mountains of Transylvania. In Heavy Metal's old neighborhood, a trip to Manhattan (just across the East River) was considered a major expedition. Aspiring to become middle class was daydreaming, pure and simple. Heavy Metal enlisted to go to Finance School, his ultimate goal to become a CPA. But one day at Fort Belvoir, he watched a column of tanks roll by and was never the same again. He put in for a transfer to Armor that same day. Qualified expert: M-16, M-1911A1, M-2 50 cal. MG and M-60 MG.
"Many people find comfort in order and discipline. Mathematics reduces the complexities of the world to manageable sums. Heavy Metal likes tanks. They are immutable statements in iron."
Variations: Mail-order figures (like the one pictured) had slightly brighter colors, no mic, and no five o'clock shadow.
Toy Notes: Item #6015. Because it was so easily lost, Heavy Metal's mic is considered a hard-to-find, high-demand item, worth significantly more than the Mauler itself; but beware of reproductions.
Re-releases: Available by mail in 1991 through the offer Escape from Doom, but renamed Rampage with all other filecard information unchanged. (Not related to the Rampage figure released in 2003.) The Rampage variant lacked shading on the face and did not come with the mic.