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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.


Previous character: Mega-Viper
Next character: Blast-Off

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Mirage was never animated.

Headcanon

Born April 16, 1961. Mirage joined the Joe Team in September 1988, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 4 appearance.

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: 1993 Mega-Marines premium carded assortment
Fig. #0390: 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: light blue bio-armor mold (common for Mega-Marines); olive green submachine gun (91 Cloudburst's MP5); olive green plasma rifle (91 Flint's); light blue spring missile launcher (93 Backblast's, with light blue trigger); two olive green missiles (93 Backblast's); olive green knife (93 Beach-Head's); olive green figure stand. The visor was glued on but could be removed from later versions
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. Included green Moldable Bio-Armor similar to Play-Doh that could be formed around the figure using the mold.
Version 2: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1.5 two-pack assortment (02/I)
Fig. #0618: 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: clear visor (93 Mirage's, detachable); black machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240); silver rifle (92 Hawk's); black knife (91 Low-Light's); black figure stand
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 Viper (02/I). Item #57460.
Version 3: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 2.5 two-pack assortment (02/II)
Fig. #0643: 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: clear visor (93 Mirage's, detachable); metallic machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240); metallic rifle (92 Hawk's); metallic knife (91 Low-Light's); metallic figure stand
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 Viper (02/III). Item #57460.
Version 4: 2003 boxed Hoverstrike vehicle
Fig. #0788MOS 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 visor (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 the Toys 'R Us-exclusive remote-control hovercraft. Item #51610.
Version 5: 2005 Winter Operations carded set
Fig. #1065: 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 backpack (92 Gung-Ho's); black pistol (86 Low-Light's Uzi); black laser rifle (83 Snow Job's XMLR-3A); black sniper rifle (86 Low-Light's) with bipod
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 Backblast (05), Frostbite (05/II), Short Fuze (05/II), Snake Eyes (05/V), and Sgt. Stalker (05/II). Item #07253.