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File Name: Stuart A. Finley of Annapolis, Maryland.
Notes: Annapolis is on Chesapeake Bay, about 30 miles south of Baltimore, and is home to the United States Naval Academy.

Previous character: SAW-Viper
Next character: Undertow


Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Garry Chalk223,458 seconds4113,803

Notes: DiC's Metal-Head was a Cobra agent and wore his 1990 outfit, except that the knife on his chest pointed to his right. He had messy, shoulder-length hair, and his helmet appeared only in commercial animation. The series used him purely for comic relief, and he was the narrator for the series' final episode. Several stories incorporated the filecard's concept of a voice-activated weapon system triggered by the word bang. Metal-Head's grandmother (who called him Sonny) figured prominently in two episodes, one of which reveals that he and Grid-Iron attended the same high school.


Season 1 Opening (DiC)1 second (silent)
United We Stand146 seconds13 lines
Granny Dearest450 seconds48 lines
Victory at Volcania Part 1159 seconds20 lines
Victory at Volcania Part 2129 seconds19 lines
The Nozone Conspiracy164 seconds21 lines
Pigskin Commandos45 seconds4 lines
General Confusion27 seconds4 lines
That's Entertainment57 seconds2 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 1298 seconds27 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 2135 seconds16 lines
Season 2 Opening (DiC)2 seconds (silent)
The Eliminator273 seconds26 lines
Kindergarten Commandos112 seconds10 lines
Long Live Rock and Roll Part I133 seconds17 lines
Long Live Rock and Roll Part II109 seconds13 lines
The Greatest Evil Part I33 seconds6 lines
The Greatest Evil Part II73 seconds5 lines
Keyboard Warriors41 seconds5 lines
Cobra World178 seconds13 lines
Metal-Head's Reunion314 seconds37 lines
The Legend of Metal-Head579 seconds105 lines


Born November 24, 1950. Metal-Head joined the Iron Grenadiers in fall 1986. His appearance is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1990 (Iron Grenadiers) 2. 1994 (Battle Corps) 3. 2005 (Convention)
Version 1: 1990 regular carded assortment (Iron Grenadiers)
Fig. #0252: Destro's Anti-Tank Specialist
  • head: Metal-Head (90)
  • arms: Metal-Head (90)
  • torso: Metal-Head (90)
  • waist: Metal-Head (90)
  • legs: Metal-Head (90)
Accessories: light grey helmet (new, with neck armor); light grey backpack (new, H-shaped frame); light grey machine pistol (new); light grey missile launcher (new, attaches to backpack); two light grey missile boxes (new, attach to legs); six yellow missiles (new); two black hoses (short standard)
METAL-HEAD is a walking anti-tank weapon! He can launch high-explosive tubes and guide them to their objectives on a laser beam, without the use of his hands or his feet. His voice-activated weapons' command system is made up of circuits and targeting computer modules built into various components of his blast suit. All he has to do is make visual contact with the target, let the computer "read" the range, plot the trajectory, wait for the green light to flash, then yell "bang" to complete the firing sequence.
"The real targeting computer is upstairs in his brain, and it doesn't have an 'off' switch. This guy is so wrapped-up with his work that even when he sits down for dinner he's preparing for battle. He tests his visual acquisition sensors by locking onto the mash potatoes as they are passed from one end of the table to the other. He calculates wind deflection by observing how the steam rises off the meat loaf. He even measures the diameter of the green peas, seeing them as micro-targets. If he looks you straight in the eye, you'll feel as if you have a bullseye on your forehead."
Variations: There is variation in the thickness of the leg tabs and corresponding holes on missile boxes.
Toy Notes: Featured in 1990's second new figures commercial. Item #6571. The prototype shown in the 1990 insert catalog has a black pistol and smoother leg-mounted missile boxes, as well as a different paint scheme on the legs.
Re-releases: A recolored version was released in India.
Version 2: 1994 Battle Corps Wave 4 carded assortment, #4
Fig. #0458: Anti-Tank SpecialistMOS 1: Tank Destruction
MOS 2: Hockey Fight Analyst
  • head: Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • arms: Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • torso: Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • waist: Rock-Viper (90, 03), Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • legs: Rock-Viper (90, 03), Metal-Head (94, 05)
Accessories: purple laser pistol (88 Iron Grenadier's); purple submachine gun (89 Annihilator's); purple sniper rifle (90 Rock-Viper's PSG-1); red spring missile launcher (93 HEAT Viper's, with black trigger); two purple missiles (common for 93 Cobras); purple figure stand
METAL-HEAD is a walking anti-tank weapon! He uses the brain integrated targeting sight implanted into his left eye to get a fix on G.I. Joe tank positions. His anti-tank rocket launcher then senses the target through bio-processors in the handle and locks onto it like a cheetah about to pounce on a gazelle. All Metal-Head has to do is yell "fire" and the rocket blasts off with destructive accuracy. Metal-Head also enjoys skiing with the jet set on the slopes of New Hampshire, where he is known for cutting off other skiers, shooting at chair lifts, and being just plain mean! He's a suspected member of the secretive Susu-Gar martial arts clan, and is obviously one guy you never want to see eye-to-eye.
Motto: "I'm always giving people the eye . . . the bull's eye that is!"
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 #81005.
Version 3: 2005 General Mayhem: M.A.R.S. Invades! boxed set
Fig. #1074: IRON GRENADIERS Air MarshallMOS 1: Aerial Vehicle Operator
MOS 2: Anti-Tank Specialist
  • head: Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • arms: Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • torso: Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • waist: Rock-Viper (90, 03), Metal-Head (94, 05)
  • legs: Rock-Viper (90, 03), Metal-Head (94, 05)
Accessories: grey submachine gun (02 Neo-Viper's Skorpion); grey battle rifle (92 Duke's G3); clear figure stand
METAL-HEAD is the leader of the IRON GRENADIERS air assault squadron. He has allowed DESTRO's top scientists to surgically implant an electro-magnetic shunt directly into his brain. This mnemonic device allows him to connect into the M.A.R.S. mainframe computer and download weapon and vehicle specifications directly into his memory. He simply plugs into the system and allows his bio-processors to acquire the knowledge. METAL-HEAD also has an integrated targeting sight located in the optic nerve of his left eye. All he has to do is make visual contact with a target, calculate the range, then yell "bang" to utilize his voice-activated weapon systems.
These upgrades have given METAL-HEAD faster reflexes, which makes him particularly adept with advanced technology aircraft—such as the Stealth A.G.P. (Anti-Gravity Pod). He now has the ability to execute ultra fast maneuvers that would physically debilitate other pilots. The few seconds it takes for his opponent to compensate is all he needs to calculate their range and launch his missiles to blast them out of the sky.
"I've got my eye on you—a Bull's Eye that is!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a convention-exclusive set with Destro (05/II), Gen. Mayhem (05), five copies of Iron Anvil (05), and five copies of Iron Grenadier (05).