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Lifeline

(not to be confused with 2002's Sgt. Lifeline)

File Name: Edwin C. Steen of Seattle, Washington.
Grade: Army E-5 (1986-1994)
SNs: RA 128-03-2496; 128-03-2496
Notes: Seattle, on Puget Sound, is Washington's largest city and one of the top medical research institutions in the US. It is also the hometown of Rapid-Fire and is listed as Ace's birthplace on his 1992 filecard.



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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Stan Wojno, Jr.301,915 seconds2082,029

Sunbow's Lifeline wore his 1986 outfit with no chest holster or leg knife. In the series he was a pacifist and the son of a minister (Episcopalian by appearances, though possibly Methodist). He was called by his given name Edwin in the episode Second-Hand Emotions.

 

Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)4 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 127 seconds4 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 211 seconds2 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 317 seconds4 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 436 seconds6 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 512 seconds1 line
Last Hour to Doomsday25 seconds6 lines
Let's Play Soldier14 seconds2 lines
Computer Complications18 seconds2 lines
Cobrathon160 seconds3 lines
The Million Dollar Medic395 seconds46 lines
The Rotten Egg5 seconds2 lines
Once Upon a Joe28 seconds5 lines
Glamour Girls64 seconds1 line
Iceberg Goes South1 second (silent)
The Spy Who Rooked Me1 second (silent)
My Favorite Things169 seconds17 lines
G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece151 seconds20 lines
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World187 seconds23 lines
Ninja Holiday2 seconds (silent)
Nightmare Assault184 seconds19 lines
Second-Hand Emotions248 seconds30 lines
Not a Ghost of a Chance52 seconds6 lines
In the Presence of Mine Enemies9 seconds1 line
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep29 seconds (silent)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs11 seconds4 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening7 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 27 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 46 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 535 seconds3 lines

Headcanon

Born November 24, 1959. Lifeline joined the Joe Team in March 1983, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in late 1986. 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. 1986 2. 1988 (Tiger Force) 3. 1994 (Battle Corps)
Version 1: 1986 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0088: Rescue TrooperMOS 1: Medic [68W]
  • head: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • arms: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • torso: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • waist: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • store legs: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • mail-order legs: Frostbite (85, 88), Lifeline (86)
Accessories: black breath mask (new, with ridged hose); silver backpack (new, with antenna); white medical pack (new, with hose hole and silver interior); silver pistol (new, flat 9mm)
Lifeline was a para-medic with the Seattle Fire Department for five years before he discovered that EMS (Emergency Medical Service) personnel who were disabled while giving aid off-duty were not eligible for pensions. In his mind, rescue personnel were never off-duty. He decided to make his status permanent by enlisting in the army as a corpsman.
"Elite units always take care of their own. The Joes are no exception. The troops have to know that if something really heavy comes down on them and they're in no condition to walk out of the mess, somebody is going to have the heart to wade in and extricate them. That somebody is Lifeline."
Variations: The mail-order Lifeline was given new legs to remove the knife from his uniform, and did not include the pistol. Some resources consider this a separate version. It is not significantly more valuable than the figure sold on card.
Toy Notes: Item #6465.
Re-releases: The mail-order version was available in 1991 through a Rice Krispies cereal offer.
Version 2: 1988 Tiger Force carded assortment
Fig. #0194: Tiger Force MedicMOS 1: Medic [68W]
MOS 2: X-Ray Technician [68P]
  • head: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • arms: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • torso: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • waist: Lifeline (86, 88)
  • legs: Lifeline (86, 88)
Accessories: black air mask (86 Lifeline's); black backpack (86 Lifeline's); green medical pack (86 Lifeline's, interior unpainted); black pistol (86 Lifeline's 9mm)
LIFELINE was a paramedic with the Seattle Fire Department for five years before he discovered that EMS (Emergency Medical Service) personnel who were disabled while giving aid off-duty were not eligible for pensions. In his mind, rescue personnel were never off-duty. His status was made permanent when he was selected by Tiger Force as a battlefield medic.
"Elite units always take care of their own. Tiger Force is no exception. The men have to know that if something really heavy comes down on them and they're in no condition to walk out of the mess, somebody is going to have the heart to wade in and extricate them. That somebody is Lifeline."
Toy Notes: Item #6697-7.
Version 3: 1994 Battle Corps Wave 4 carded assorment, #8
Fig. #0463: Rescue TrooperMOS 1: Medic [68W]
MOS 2: Rescue Operations
  • head: Lifeline (94)
  • arms: Lifeline (94), Lifeline (02)
  • torso: Lifeline (94), Lifeline (02)
  • waist: Lifeline (94), Lifeline (02)
  • legs: Lifeline (94), Lifeline (02)
Accessories: yellow briefcase (90 Salvo's); yellow flare gun (90 Stretcher's); black spring missile launcher (new, with long arm brace opposite hose and red trigger); yellow grappling hook missile (new, larger than Cutter's); yellow knife (88 Hit & Run's); yellow flashlight (86 Wet-Suit's); yellow figure stand
LIFELINE was a paramedic before enlisting in the Army as a corpsman. Because of his rescue talent and experience in emergency situations, he joined G.I. Joe to aid soldiers wounded during firefights with Cobra. To get to the injured, Lifeline often has to fight his way to their location, which is why he carries a grenade pistol along with his extensive assortment of medical supplies. Most EMS (Emergency Medical Service) personnel treat patients behind the lines, Lifeline treats them ON the lines because every second counts when it comes to saving lives!
"When I'm working in combat zones with bullets ripping past my ears, I know I'll either save a wounded soldier, or become one!"
Variations: First sold on 1993-style packaging with a normal-sized filecard, then on 1994-style packaging with a baseball card-sized filecard with abbreviated text.
Toy Notes: Item #81007. Note that this version of Lifeline is not a pacifist.