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Long Arm



File Name: Thomas P. Mangiaratti of Boulder Creek, California.
Grades: Army E-4 (1993), E-5 (2008)
SN: 69-428-LIK4
Notes: Boulder Creek is in the west central part of the state, about 25 miles southwest of San Jose.




Previous character: Mace
Next character: Gristle

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Long Arm was never animated.

Headcanon

Born March 5, 1959. Long Arm joined the Joe Team in March 1989, one the last additions to the team before it was disbanded in December of that year. His appearance is represented by Version 1. He was also among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 2 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1993 (Battle Corps) 2. 2008 (Convention)  
Version 1: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 3 carded assortment, #31
Fig. #0414: First Strike SpecialistMOS 1: Initial Assault
MOS 2: Offensive Tactician
  • head: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • arms: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • torso: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • waist: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • legs: Long Arm (93, 08)
Accessories: orange helmet (new, dome-shaped with clear blue visor); red laser rifle (91 Sci-Fi's); red machine gun (91 Grunt's); black spring missile launcher (shared with Law, with orange trigger) with red shield; two red missiles (93 Payload's); red knife (92 Roadblock's); red figure stand
When the time comes to hit the evil Cobra empire and hit them hard, the first strike always comes from LONG ARM. He has a reputation for being the first man in and the last one out. He kicks doors off their hinges and charges right in to capture Headhunters, but he's got to keep a sharp eye out for cross fire because while they're shooting at him from the front, the Battle Corps team is blasting their way in from behind. Talk about being "sandwiched" between a rock and a hard place, if he wasn't so fast, he'd be lunch meat!
Motto: "I'm always the first one into the firefight, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
Toy Notes: Featured in the Shark 9000 commercial. Originally intended as part of 1993's D.E.F. line, but moved into Battle Corps when it was canceled. The Australian release retained the D.E.F. packaging. Item #6761.
Version 2: 2008 S.W.A.T. special three-pack release
Fig. #1284: S.W.A.T. Bomb TechnicianMOS 1: Bomb Disposal Robotic Systems Operator
MOS 2: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist [89D]
  • head: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • arms: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • torso: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • waist: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • legs: Long Arm (93, 08)
Accessories: dark green helmet (93 Long Arm's, with black trim and clear visor); grey assault rifle (03 Iron Grenadier's TAR-21); grey briefcase (90 Bullhorn's, with "IED Detector" on side); dark green robot (new, with light green claw and antennas); clear figure stand
LONG ARM is responsible for the identification and disposal of enemy munitions and explosive devices. Because of the dangers of this job, he always wears a specialized suit of flexible yet protective body armor, consisting of materials resistant to flame, heat, fragmentation, ballistics, over-pressure and impact, even biological and chemical threats. In short, he wears the most expensive disposable uniform in the G. I. JOE arsenal. He also carries a detection kit with the latest dismantling tools and electronic jammers for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and is well trained in Close Quarter Battle tactics.
LONG ARM often employs a bomb disposal robot to protect himself and his teammates. These RCRV, or Remotely Controlled Robotic Vehicles, are outfitted with cameras, microphones, and sensors for detection and avoidance of chemical or biological agents; specialized arms for rapid disablement of IEDs and booby traps; and tactical disrupters to provide minimal risk of collateral damage to innocent civilian as well as the G. I. JOE team. But, can all this high-tech gear protect him from an enemy that IS the explosive device?
"If you see me running...something is about to go BOOM!"
Toy Notes: Bagged together with Low-Light (08) and Shockblast (08) at the Headhunters-themed 2008 Convention.