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Leatherneck



File Name: Wendell A. Metzger of Stromsburg, Nebraska.
Grade: Marine E-7 (1986-2008)
various SNs: RA 368-10-0025; 369-1H-073; 368-10-WA25; 828-62-WM44
Notes: Stromsburg is a one-square-mile town about 90 miles directly west of Omaha.




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Next character: Low-Light

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Chuck McCann252,291 seconds2291,981

Sunbow's Leatherneck wore his first 1986 outfit, with a standard blotchy green/brown camo pattern and darker green than on the figure, except for Last Hour to Doomsday, where he had green-on-green camo. The series paired him with Wet-Suit, and the two would constantly trade insults related to their respective branches of service. Leatherneck's file name (Sgt. Metzger) is mentioned in the episode The Rotten Egg.

 

Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)10 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 144 seconds2 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 342 seconds5 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 415 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 525 seconds1 line
Last Hour to Doomsday53 seconds6 lines
Let's Play Soldier314 seconds40 lines
Computer Complications37 seconds7 lines
The Million Dollar Medic2 seconds (silent)
The Rotten Egg516 seconds51 lines
Once Upon a Joe71 seconds11 lines
Glamour Girls7 seconds (silent)
My Favorite Things216 seconds20 lines
Raise the Flagg!163 seconds16 lines
G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece109 seconds8 lines
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World170 seconds16 lines
Ninja Holiday120 seconds10 lines
Nightmare Assault62 seconds4 lines
Joe's Night Out260 seconds26 lines
Sins of Our Fathers8 seconds3 lines
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep19 seconds (silent)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs8 seconds3 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 12 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 25 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 513 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born September 23, 1948. Leatherneck joined the Joe Team in March 1983, 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 5 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1986/I (Carded)
2. 1986/II (Special Mission Brazil)
3. 1993 (Battle Corps)
4. 2001 (RAH Collection)/MCC 2003
5. 2004 (Defense Mech)
6. 2008 (AWE Striker)
Version 1: 1986 regular carded assortment (86/I)
Fig. #0082: MarineMOS 1: Infantry [0369]
MOS 2: Drill Sergeant [8511]
  • head: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • arms: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • torso: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • waist: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • legs: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
Accessories: light green backpack (new, with canteen and roll); grey assault rifle (new, M16 with M203 grenade launcher)
Leatherneck was the hardest gunny that ever slogged through the mud of Camp Lejeune. Before that, he was the toughest drill sergeant on Paris [sic] Island. Before that, he was the roughest tech sergeant of the 1st Recon B[attalio]n in Viet Nam. Before THAT, he was the meanest corporal in Gitmo. Civilian badness just doesn't count.
"He is uncouth, opinionated, and overbearing. And he has no patience at all with the indecisive, the lazy, and the dishonest. Not a man you can like, but one you can trust."
Toy Notes: Featured in 1986's Battle Stations commercial, manning the Outpost Defender. Item #6458. The camouflage pictured in the 1986 insert catalog is much darker than on the produced figure. The Leatherneck pictured in the Battle Stations commercial was also quite different.
Version 2: 1986 Special Mission: Brazil boxed set (86/I)
Fig. #0099: MarineMOS 1: Infantry [0369]
MOS 2: Drill Sergeant [8511]
  • head: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • arms: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • torso: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • waist: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
  • legs: Leatherneck (86/I, 86/II)
Accessories: light green backpack (86/I Leatherneck's); grey assault rifle (86/I Leatherneck's M16/M203)
Leatherneck was the hardest gunny that ever slogged through the mud of Camp Lejeune. Before that, he was the toughest drill sergeant on Parris Island. Before that, he was the roughest tech sergeant of the 1st Recon B[attalio]n in Viet Nam. Before THAT, he was the meanest corporal in Gitmo. Civilian badness just doesn't count.
"He is uncouth, opinionated, and overbearing. And he has no patience at all with the indecisive, the lazy, and the dishonest. Not a man you can like, but one you can trust."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Claymore (86), Dial-Tone (86/II), Mainframe (86/II), Wet-Suit (86/II), and an audio cassette. Item #6691.
Version 3: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 1 carded assortment, #11
Fig. #0359: Infantry/Training SpecialistMOS 1: Marine Drill Sergeant [8511]
MOS 2: Brawler Driver
  • head: Leatherneck (93)
  • arms: Leatherneck (93)
  • torso: Leatherneck (93)
  • waist: Falcon (87, 88, 92), Leatherneck (93)
  • legs: Falcon (87, 88, 92), Leatherneck (93)
Accessories: black pistol (90 Skydive's); black machine gun/grenade launcher (90 Airwave's); black sniper rifle (91 Low-Light's, with filled-in stock); black laser rifle (91 Mercer's); black knife (88 Hit & Run's); orange missile launcher (92 Gung-Ho's, with black trigger); black missile (92 Gung-Ho's); black figure stand
Leatherneck was the hardest gunny that ever slogged through the mud of camp Lejeune. Before that, he was the toughest drill sergeant on Parris Island. Men that have gone through his training say they would rather crawl over broken glass than be on his bad side. He demands countless push-ups for mistakes and enjoys leading 30 mile hikes through hot and humid Parris Island swamps. He insists he is a tough disciplinarian because he wants his soldiers to be prepared for the worst, and when you have dealt with Cobra as often as he has, you come to expect the worst.
Motto: "There's only one way to train . . . HARD! So drop and give me fifty!"
Toy Notes: Item #6778.
Version 4: 2001 Real American Hero Collection Wave 4 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0577: MarineMOS 1: Weapons & Tactics Instructor [8532]
MOS 2: Drill Sergeant [8511]
  • head: Leatherneck (01)
  • upper arms: Duke (92, 01), Leatherneck (01), Agent Faces (03/II), Crimson Guard (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 05/I), Sgt. Stalker (04/III), Crimson Shadow Guard (05)
  • lower arms: Duke (92, 01), Leatherneck (01), Sgt. Stalker (04/III)
  • torso: Duke (92, 01), Leatherneck (01), Sgt. Stalker (04/III), Steel Brigade Paratrooper (05)
  • waist: Duke (92, 01), Leatherneck (01), Sgt. Stalker (04/III), Steel Brigade Paratrooper (05)
  • upper legs: Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Starduster (87), Double Blast (01, 02), Leatherneck (01), Sgt. Mutt (04/II), Tommy Arashikage (06)
  • lower legs: Roadblock (84, 88, 04/II, 05/I), Starduster (87), Double Blast (01, 02), Leatherneck (01), Tommy Arashikage (06)
Accessories: dark green helmet (92 Duke's); dark green backpack (84 Roadblock's) with attached ammo box; black battle rifle (92 Duke's G3); black knife (92 Duke's); black figure stand
He's all Marine . . . tough, bull-headed, and always on the offensive. Leatherneck has never been in a situation where defeat was an option. When he was a Boot at Camp Lejeune, he was so revved up to complete the training that he would awaken his drill sergeant and the men in his barracks before the bugler blew reveille at 4:30 AM. That didn't win him any popularity contests with his fellow Boots, but they soon realized that he was more of a jarhead than all of them combined.
Before joining the G.I. Joe Team, Leatherneck served with a variety of Marine units throughout the world. He earned a reputation for being one of the roughest, hard-nosed brawlers in the Corps, ready to fight to the hilt for a fellow Marine. Aside from that, the only other soft spot this guy has is on the top of his head, exactly where his mother accidentally dropped him as a baby. That would explain his overbearing, opinionated disposition.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Gung Ho (01). Item #53060.
Re-releases: Boxed with the Toys 'R Us-exclusive Mobile Command Center (03). Item #82176.
Version 5: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 2 boxed Defense Mech accessory
Fig. #0843: DEFENSE MECH DriverMOS 1: Armored All-Terrain Walker Driver
MOS 2: Marine Force Recon [0321]
  • head: Leatherneck (04)
  • arms: Leatherneck (04), Long Range (05)
  • torso: Leatherneck (04), Long Range (05)
  • waist: Leatherneck (04), Long Range (05)
  • legs: Leatherneck (04), Long Range (05)
Accessories: green helmet (new, with criss-cross texture and attached silver mic); black sunglasses (new); light brown belt (new, with two holsters)
Marines pride themselves on being the toughest and the best, and recon Marines are tougher and better! LEATHERNECK came directly to the G.I. JOE Team from the 1st Force Recon where it is believed that he participated in several Classified operations that are still covered by security restrictions. Sure, he's feisty and loud, uncouth and unsophisticated, mean and unforgiving, surly, antagonistic, and overbearing (and those are his good traits!), but when COBRA forces pop open a six-pack of firefight, LEATHERNECK can be depended on to do his job with all weapons blazing and no holds barred.
"I'd rather be on my feet, or closer to the ground when the tracers are burning by, but the more I drive the DEFENSE MECH, the more I appreciate the fact that it can carry more ammo than I can."
Toy Notes: Item #58100.
Version 6: 2008 boxed AWE Striker vehicle
Fig. #1339: MarineMOS 1: Infantry [0369]
MOS 2: Drill Sergeant [8511]
  • head: Gung Ho (07, 08), Leatherneck (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08)
  • arms: Flint (07), Duke (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/I), G.I. Joe Doc (08), Cpl. Breaker (08/I, 08/II), Red Star (08), Steeler (08/I), Double Clutch (08), Lt. Falcon (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Leatherneck (08)
  • body: Buzzer (07), Leatherneck (08)
  • upper legs: Snow Job (08), Wild Weasel (08/I, 08/II), Leatherneck (08), Shockblast (09)
  • lower legs: Snow Job (08), Wild Weasel (08/I, 08/II), Leatherneck (08)
Accessories: grey pistol (07 Flint's 9mm); grey assault rifle (07 Duke's M16/M203); black figure stand
LEATHERNECK was the hardest gunny that ever slogged through the mud of Camp Lejeune. Before that, he was the toughest drill sergeant on Parris Island. Men that have gone through this training say they would rather crawl through broken glass than be on his bad side. He demands countless push-ups for mistakes and enjoys leading 30-mile hikes through the hot and humid Parris Island swamps. He insists that he is a tough disciplinarian because he wants his soldiers to be prepared for the worst, and when you have dealt with COBRA forces as often as he has, you come to expect the worst.
"There's only one way to train: HARD! So drop and give me fifty!"
Toy Notes: Item #33558.