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Muskrat



File Name: Ross A. Williams of Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Grade: Army E-4 (1988-1993)
multiple SNs: 564-68-2954; 564-6106-SW54; 564-J68-2954
Notes: Thibodaux (pronounced TIB-odoh) is in the south central part of the state, about 60 miles west of New Orleans.




Previous character: Astro-Viper
Next character: Budo

 

Animated Appearances

Muskrat was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born February 27, 1957. Muskrat joined the Joe Team in September 1985, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in 1988. 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. 1988 2. 1989 (Night Force) 3. 1993 (Battle Corps)
Version 1: 1988 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0165: Swamp FighterMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Social Services
  • head: Muskrat (88, 89)
  • arms: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04)
  • torso: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • waist: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • legs: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
Accessories: grey backpack (new, swamp skimmer with red stripe); black shotgun (new, Benelli M4 Super 90); blue machete (new, with groove on side of blade)
Muskrat spent his formative years up to his knees in one swamp or another, hunting raccoon, possum, and wild pig. He was able to hold his own against poachers, 'gator skinners, moonshiners, escapees from the chain gangs, and smugglers. Ranger school and JWTC [Jungle Warfare Training Center] seemed like summer camp to him. As far as he was concerned, they weren't teaching him anything exotic at all!
"If I had to go chase down Muskrat in the swamp, I'd give up before I started .He'd be sprinkling cayenne pepper in his tracks to throw the dogs off, laying false trails into water moccasin lairs, rigging deadfalls, setting snares, and having himself a good ol' time, never even workin' up a sweat. I'd just as soon go home and watch TV."
Toy Notes: Item #6516.
Re-releases: Also carded in a Target-exclusive Ultimate Enemies two-pack with Voltar (88). This two-pack is considered a hard-to-find item. A slightly different version of Muskrat was released in India.
Version 2: 1989 Night Force two-pack assortment
Fig. #0240: Swamp FighterMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Social Services
  • head: Muskrat (88, 89)
  • arms: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04)
  • torso: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • waist: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • legs: Muskrat (88, 89), Billy-Bob (04), Cletus (04), Joe-Bob (04), Otis (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
Accessories: black backpack (88 Muskrat's swamp skimmer with grey stripe); black shotgun (88 Muskrat's M4 Super 90); black machete (88 Muskrat's)
MUSKRAT spent his formative years up to his knees in one swamp or another, hunting raccoon, possum, and wild pig. He was able to hold his own against poachers, 'gator skinners, moonshiners, escapees from the chain gangs, and smugglers. Ranger school and JWTC [Jungle Warfare Training Center] seemed like summer camp to him. When he was tapped for Night Force duty he was sent to advanced night warfare school. By the time he graduated, he was teaching the experts a thing or two about nighttime swamp fighting!
"If I had to go chase down Muskrat in the swamp at night, I'd give up before I started .He'd be sprinkling cayenne pepper in his tracks to throw the dogs off, laying false trails into water moccasin lairs, rigging deadfalls, setting snares, and having himself a good ol' time, never even workin' up a sweat. I'd just as soon go home and watch TV."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive two-pack with Spearhead (89). Item #6710-3.
Version 3: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 3 carded assortment, #30
Fig. #0413: Heavy-Fire SpecialistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Social Services
  • head: Muskrat (93)
  • arms: Muskrat (93)
  • torso: Muskrat (93)
  • waist: Muskrat (93)
  • legs: Muskrat (93)
Accessories: grey helmet (shared with Mace); dark blue pistol (90 Updraft's); dark blue assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); dark blue machine gun (92 Shockwave's M-33); orange spring missile launcher (shared with Mace, with dark blue trigger); two dark blue missiles (93 Payload's); dark blue knife (91 Low-Light's); dark blue figure stand
Muskrat spent his formative years up to his knees in one Louisiana swamp or another, hunting raccoon, possum, and wild pig. He held his own against poachers, moonshiners, escapees from chain gangs, and smugglers. After that childhood, Ranger school, and JWTC (Jungle Warfare Training Center) seemed like summer camp to him, so he joined the rigorous Battle Corps team. His years in the Louisiana bayou gave him the perfect background for hunting criminals like the Headhunters in the swamps along the Florida coast. And even if he has to chase them through alligator infested waters he knows he'll get his man, no one can outrun him OR his bullets!
"After hunting in swamps I thought I'd seen the worst pond scum around, but nothing compares to Cobra scum!"
Toy Notes: Featured in 1993's 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 #6759.