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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.



chronological: Zandar<< Leatherneck >>Low-Light
alphabetical: Law<< Leatherneck >>Admiral Ledger

 

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)scaling Terror Drome, tackled by Xamot, running at the end, in final pose
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 144 seconds2 lineson shooting range; on airfield; sparring; at briefing on Dreadnoks
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 342 seconds5 linesin Devilfish at Alexander's tomb; defending tomb of Genghis Khan
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 415 seconds(silent)one of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 525 seconds1 lineassaulting Terror Drome; defending Washington DC
Last Hour to Doomsday53 seconds6 linesat HQ during Cobra broadcast; part of diving team
Let's Play Soldier314 seconds40 linespart of team in Thailand; father figure for dust children
Computer Complications37 seconds7 linesguarding Joe HQ
The Million Dollar Medic2 seconds(silent)at dinner when Lifeline receives new uniform (10:17-18)
The Rotten Egg516 seconds51 linesattacking weapons lab; driving Silver Mirage to CEC Academy; fighting at ceremony
Once Upon a Joe71 seconds11 linesdriving Recon Sled to defend lab; helping rebuild oprhanage
Glamour Girls7 seconds(silent)firing on targets at shooting range
My Favorite Things216 seconds20 lineswith Netherlands team; flying Falcon Glider at Castle Dracula; poisoned by Serpentor
Raise the Flagg!163 seconds16 linesoperating Killer W.H.A.L.E.; in S.H.A.R.C. to help salvage Flagg; captured by B.A. LaCarre
G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece109 seconds8 linessent to retrieve alien coil; sent back in time
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World170 seconds16 linesnearly injured by equipment; hurt in live-fire exercise; defending Joe HQ; stealing Stun
Ninja Holiday120 seconds10 linestracking Cobra agents, assaulting LaFonte's compound
Nightmare Assault62 seconds4 linesrescuing hostages on oil rig; in gym; playing cards at night; at breakfast
Joe's Night Out260 seconds26 linesdriving Recon Sled; inside Club Open Air; deactivating explosives
Sins of Our Fathers8 seconds3 linespreparing to party with Roadblock and Wet-Suit
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep19 seconds(silent)in line in mess hall, at briefing on Cross-Country's disappearance
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs8 seconds3 linesteaching children how to avoid sunburns
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 12 seconds(silent)at B.E.T. test (13:35; 13:48)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 25 seconds(silent)running from barracks and driving Recon Sled during Serpentor's escpe
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 513 seconds(silent)at ice dome entrance; charging ice dome; with Joes after battle

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1986/I (Carded)
2. 1986/II (Special Mission Brazil)
3. 1993 (Battle Corps)
4. 2001 (RAHC)=2003 (MCC)
5. 2004 (Defense Mech)
6. 2008 (A.W.E. Striker)
Version 1: spring 1986 regular carded figure assortment (86/I)
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: grey M16 with M203 grenade launcher, no trigger guard (new), light green backpack (new).
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: summer 1986 Special Mission: Brazil boxed set (86/I)
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: grey rifle (86 Leatherneck's), light green backpack (86 Leatherneck's).
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, Dial-Tone, Mainframe, Wet-Suit, and an audio cassette. Item #6691.
Version 3: spring 1993 Battle Corps Wave 2 carded figure assortment, #11
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, 91), Leatherneck (93)
  • legs: Falcon (87, 88, 91), Leatherneck (93)
Accessories: black pistol (90 Skydive's), black laser rifle (91 Mercer's), black Uzi (91 Low-Light's), black machine gun (90 Airwave's), orange spring launcher with black trigger (92 Gung-Ho's), black spring missile (92 Gung-Ho's), black knife (88 Hit & Run's), black figure stand (common).
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: fall 2001 Real American Hero Collection Wave 4 figure two-pack assortment
MarineMOS 1: Weapons & Tactics Instructor [8532]
MOS 2: Drill Sergeant [8511]
  • head: Leatherneck (01)
  • upper arms: Duke (92, 00), 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, 00), Leatherneck (01), Sgt. Stalker (04/III)
  • torso: Duke (92, 00), Leatherneck (01), Sgt. Stalker (04/III), Steel Brigade Paratrooper (05)
  • waist: Duke (92, 00), 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: black rifle (92 Duke's), black knife (92 Duke's), dark green helmet (92 Duke's), dark green backpack (01 Double Blast's), black figure stand (common).
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. Item #53060.
Reissues: Boxed in June 2003 with the Toys 'R Us-exclusive Mobile Command Center. Item #82176.
Version 5: late March 2004 boxed Defense Mech accessory
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 textured combat helmet with attached silver mic (new), black sunglasses with simple earpieces (new), light brown belt with twin holsters and round silver buckle (new).
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: October 2008 boxed A.W.E. Striker vehicle
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 (06 Med Alert's), grey rifle (07 Duke's), black Joe 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: Boxed with a tan recolor of the A.W.E. Striker. Item #33558. A green Target-exclusive A.W.E. Striker had previously been released that April and included the figure Crankcase.