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Mirage



File Name: Joseph R. Balkun of Molson, Washington.
Grade: Army E-6 (1993-2005)
SNs: 5060-JB-824; 606-JB-824
Notes: Molson (misspelled Molsen on all filecards) is a mostly abandoned, unsuccessful mining project in the north central part of the state, about 280 miles northeast of Seattle on the US-Canada border. It is commonly considered a ghost town. Filecards from 2002 onward spelled the last name Baikun. Mirage was also the name of an Autobot released in 1984.

chronological: Mega-Viper<< Mirage >>Blast-Off
alphabetical: Dr. Mindbender<< Mirage >>Sergeant Misha Zubenkov

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Mirage was never animated.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1993 (Mega-Marines)
2. 2002/I (JvC Wave 1.5)
3. 2002/II (JvC Wave 2.5)
4. 2003 (Hoverstrike)
5. 2005 (Winter Ops)
 
Version 1: summer 1993 Mega-Marines premium carded figure assortment
Bio-Artillery ExpertMOS 1: Rocket-Fire Assaults
MOS 2: Heavy Artillery
  • head: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • arms: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • torso: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • waist: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • legs: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
Accessories: olive submachine gun (91 Cloudburst's), olive rifle (91 Flint's), blue spring missile launcher with blue trigger (93 Keel-Haul's), two olive spring missiles (93 Keel-Haul's), olive knife (93 Beach-Head's), clear blue goggles attached directly to helmet (new), black hinged armor mold for Bio-Armor, with angled chest straps over horizontal padding (new), olive figure stand (common).
Fighting Cobra MEGA-MONSTERS calls for powerful weapons and skilled soldiers trained to use them; MIRAGE is just such a soldier. He's a specialist in heavy weapons armaments including bazookas, AK-47 assault rifles, MAC-10 submachine guns and "ripple-fire" rocket launchers. Mirage was trained by ROADBLOCK, who taught him how to lay down heavy cover fire and launch shoulder-mounted rockets while under enemy attack. When the MEGA-MARINES began recruiting men who could handle heavy, high-tech firepower, Mirage was their first choice.
Motto: "Bazookas are OK, but I 'll take a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher any day!"
Toy Notes: Item #6931.
Version 2: June 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1.5 figure two-pack assortment (02/I)
Weapons ExpertMOS 1: Rocket-Fire Assault
MOS 2: Heavy Artillery
  • head: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • arms: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • torso: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • waist: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • legs: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
Accessories: silver rifle (92 Gen. Hawk's), black machine gun (91 Big Ben's), clear goggles (93 Mirage's), black figure stand (common).
Fighting the evil COBRA organization calls for powerful weapons and skilled soldiers trained to use them. MIRAGE is just such a soldier. He's a specialist in weapons from machine guns to the TOW missile systems. Trained to lay down heavy cover fire and launch shoulder-mounted rockets while under an enemy attack, he has become an expert in all individual and crew-served weapons as well as anti-armor systems. MIRAGE advises and trains the G.I. JOE team on what to use and when to use it. He takes particular delight in going up against the COBRA VIPERS, who have lots of weaponry but don't know the best way to use it. MIRAGE showed them that all the firepower in the world won't best a team of highly trained soldiers.
"It's not just knowing how to use your weapons; it's knowing when to use them."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Cobra Viper. Item #57460.
Version 3: September 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 2.5 figure two-pack recolor assortment (02/II)
Weapons ExpertMOS 1: Rocket-Fire Assault
MOS 2: Heavy Artillery
  • head: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • arms: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • torso: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • waist: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • legs: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
Accessories: graphite rifle (92 Gen. Hawk's), graphite machine gun (91 Big Ben's), clear goggles (93 Mirage's), graphite figure stand (common).
Fighting the evil COBRA organization calls for powerful weapons and skilled soldiers trained to use them. MIRAGE is just such a soldier. He's a specialist in weapons from machine guns to the TOW missile systems. Trained to lay down heavy cover fire and launch shoulder-mounted rockets while under an enemy attack, he has become an expert in all individual and crew-served weapons as well as anti-armor systems. MIRAGE advises and trains the G.I. JOE team on what to use and when to use it. He takes particular delight in going up against the COBRA VIPERS, who have lots of weaponry but don't know the best way to use it. MIRAGE showed them that all the firepower in the world won't best a team of highly trained soldiers.
"It's not just knowing how to use your weapons; it's knowing when to use them."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Cobra Viper. Item #57460.
Version 4: November 2003 boxed Hoverstrike vehicle
MOS 1: Rocket-Fire Assault
MOS 2: Heavy Artillary [sic]
  • head: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • arms: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • torso: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • waist: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • legs: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
Accessories: clear yellow goggles (93 Mirage's).
Fighting the evil COBRA organization calls for powerful weapons and skilled soldiers trained to use them. MIRAGE is just such a soldier. He's a specialist in weapons from machine guns to the TOW missile systems. Trained to lay down heavy cover fire and launch shoulder-mounted rockets while under an enemy attack, he has become an expert in all individual and crew-served weapons as well as anti-armor systems. MIRAGE advises and trains the G.I. JOE team on what to use and when to use it. He takes particular delight in going up against the COBRA VIPERS, who have lots of weaponry but don't know the best way to use it. MIRAGE shows them that all the firepower in the world won't beat a team of highly trained soldiers.
"It's not just knowing how to use your weapons; it's knowing when to use them."
Toy Notes: Boxed with a Toys 'R Us-exclusive remote-control hovercraft. Item #51610.
Version 5: late June 2005 Winter Operations carded set
Weapons ExpertMOS 1: Rocket-Fire Assault
MOS 2: Heavy Artillery
  • head: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • arms: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • torso: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • waist: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
  • legs: Mirage (93, 02/I, 02/II, 03, 05)
Accessories: black Uzi (86 Low-Light's), black rifle (93 Snow Job's), black rifle and bipod (86 Low-Light's), clear goggles (93 Mirage's), black backpack (92 Gung-Ho's).
Fighting the evil COBRA organization calls for powerful weapons and skilled soldiers trained to use them. MIRAGE is just such a soldier. He's a specialist in weapons from machine guns to the TOW missile systems. Trained to lay down heavy cover fire and launch shoulder-mounted rockets while under an enemy attack, he has become an expert in all individual and crew-served weapons as well as anti-armor systems. MIRAGE advises and trains the G.I. JOE team on what to use and when to use it. He takes particular delight in going up against the COBRA VIPERS, who have lots of weaponry but don't know the best way to use it. MIRAGE shows them that all the firepower in the world won't beat a team of highly trained soldiers.
"It's not just knowing how to use your weapons; it's knowing when to use them."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Frostbite, Sgt. Stalker, Backblast, Snake Eyes, and Short-Fuze. Item #07253.