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Outback

(aka Stuart "Outback" Selkirk)

File Name: Stuart R. Selkirk of Big Piney, Wyoming.
Grade: Army E-5 (1987-2008)
Various SNs: 688-27-4213; 68-27-4213; 688-T27-4213; 688-27-NR13
Notes: Big Piney is a small town (less than half a square mile) in the west central part of the state, about 50 miles east of the border with Idaho. It boasts one of the coldest year-round average temperatures in the contiguous 48 states. Outback was also the name of an Autobot released in 1986 as part of the Minibots team.


Previous character: Chuckles
Next character: Big Boa

 

Animated Appearances

Outback was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born February 18, 1953. Outback joined the Joe Team in September 1983, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 4 in late 1986. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 5 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987
2. 1988 (Night Force)
3. 1993/I (Battle Corps blue)
4. 1993/II (Battle Corps green)
5. 2008 (DTC Wave 4)
6. 2009 (FLAK)
Version 1: 1987 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0121: SurvivalistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Survival Training Instructor
  • head: Outback (87, 88)
  • arms: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
  • torso: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01) - armor added: Super Trooper (88), Rapid-Fire (91)
  • waist: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
  • legs: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
Accessories: tan soft-plastic belt (new); tan backpack (new, with many pouches); submachine gun (new, resembles an HK with sling); green flashlight (new, with red lens and peg attaching to leg)
Outback was an instructor at both the Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. He has had extensive experience in Central America and may or may not have participated in clandestine operations in the Mid East. Most people are intimidated by wilderness and the complete absence of the hand of man. Not Outback. He believes in being part of his environment, not its adversary!
Excerpt from the U.S. Army Ranger Handbook (1969 edition)
S - Size up the situation
U - Undue haste makes waste
R - Remember where you are
V - Vanquish fear and panic
I - Improve your situation
V - Value living
A - Act like the natives
L - Learn basic skills
Toy Notes: Featured in 1987's SLAM commercial. Item #6483.
Re-releases: Bagged with the machine gun from 1989 Stalker's kayak at a 1992 convention. A Tiger Force version was released in Europe.
Version 2: 1988 Night Force two-pack assortment
Fig. #0185: SurvivalistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Survival Training Instructor
  • head: Outback (87, 88)
  • arms: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
  • torso: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01) - armor added: Super Trooper (88), Rapid-Fire (91)
  • waist: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
  • legs: Outback (87, 88), Big Brawler (01)
Accessories: black web belt (87 Outback's); black backpack (87 Outback's); black submachine gun (87 Outback's); black flashlight (87 Outback's, with red lens)
OUTBACK was an instructor at both the Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. He has had extensive experience in Central America andmay or may not have participated in clandestine operations in the Middle East. Most people are intimidated by wilderness. They do not feel comfortable in an area where there is no sign of human life for miles. Not Outback! He believes in being part of his environment, not its adversary!
"A covert team that functions at night and lays low during the daylight hours has its own peculiar survival problems. A nice, cozy spot to set up an ambush could alsobe a preferable nesting place for poisonous snakes. A dry streambed might be an inviting place to pitch a shelter if one didn't know about the possibility of flash-floods. It's Outback's job to get the Night Force team to their target, intact and healthy!"
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive two-pack with Crazylegs (88). Item #6709-2. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 3: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 1 carded assortment, #13 (93/I)
Fig. #0361: Survival SpecialistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Survival Training Instructor
  • head: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • arms: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • torso: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • waist: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • legs: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
Accessories: red submachine gun (88 Hit & Run's Colt 635); red assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); red machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240); blue spring missile launcher (shared with Bazooka, with red trigger); two red missiles (common for 93 Joes); red figure stand
OUTBACK was an instructor at G.I. Joe's Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. He has had extensive experience in Central America and may or may not have participated in clandestine operations in the Middle East. Most people are intimidated by wilderness and feel uncomfortable in an area where there is no sign of human life for miles. Not Outback! He believes in being part of his environment, not its adversary! He is well aware of the dangers surrounding him in a strange jungle or desolate wilderness and he respects those dangers, which is why he has never been caught off guard.
Motto: "I always teach three things: be tough, be dedicated, and kick Cobra butt!"
Toy Notes: Item #6780. Originally intended to be part of the canceled 1993 assortment of Eco-Warriors.
Version 4: 1993 Battle Corps Wave 2 carded assortment, #13 (93/II)
Fig. #0377: Survival SpecialistMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Survival Training Instructor
  • head: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • arms: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • torso: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • waist: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
  • legs: Outback (93/I, 93/II)
Accessories: red submachine gun (88 Hit & Run's Colt 635); red assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); red machine gun (91 Big Ben's M240); blue spring missile launcher (93 Bazooka's, with red trigger); two red missiles (common for 93 Joes); red figure stand
OUTBACK was an instructor at G.I. Joe's Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. He has had extensive experience in Central America and may or may not have participated in clandestine operations in the Middle East. Most people are intimidated by wilderness and feel uncomfortable in an area where there is no sign of human life for miles. Not Outback! He believes in being part of his environment, not its adversary! He is well aware of the dangers surrounding him in a strange jungle or desolate wilderness and he respects those dangers, which is why he has never been caught off guard.
Motto: "I always teach three things: be tough, be dedicated, and kick Cobra butt!"
Toy Notes: Item #6780. A correction of the Eco-Warriors coloration used for version 3. The change was made at about the time of the Battle Corps Wave 2 releases (#19-27).
Re-releases: A slightly recolored version was released in Brazil as Marfim.
Version 5: 2008 Direct-to-Consumer Wave 4 carded assortment
Fig. #1393: Survival Specialist
Stuart "Outback" Selkirk
MOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Survival Training Instructor
  • head: Outback (08)
  • arms: Maj. Barrage (05), Outback (08)
  • torso: Maj. Barrage (05), Outback (08)
  • waist: Maj. Barrage (05), Outback (08)
  • legs: Maj. Barrage (05), Outback (08)
Accessories: green backpack (03 Flint's); black assault rifle (03 Sgt. Hacker's); black knife (05 Spirit's, with silver blade); clear figure stand
"OUTBACK" was an instructor at the Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. His extensive experience includes Central America, Asia, and numerous other locations worldwide. Most people are intimidated by areas where there is no sign of human life for miles. Not OUTBACK. He believes that survival means you're part of the environment, not its adversary. His expertise is essential when the G.I. JOE team conducts missions in vast wilderness regions. OUTBACK leads them in the essentials of wilderness survival: finding food, improvising shelters, using scavenged parts to build necessary gear and navigating without a map or compass. He reads the land like a book, uses it with creativity and cunning, and can survive and thrieve in the most remote places on the planet.
"I make sure the team will reach their objective, even when they have to go through the middle of nowhere with nothing but a Swiss army knife and some chewing gum."
Toy Notes: Sold exclusively through the G.I. Joe Collector's Club. Originally intended for release in 2006. This particular code name modification resulted from Outback Steakhouse's protective stance toward its name across many product categories; Autobot character Outback was renamed Fallback in 2005 for the same reason.
Version 6: 2009 boxed FLAK Cannon vs. Cobra CLAW vehicle two-pack
Fig. #1444: Survivalist
Stuart "Outback" Selkirk
MOS 1: Infantry [11B]
MOS 2: Survival Training Instructor
  • head: Outback (09)
  • arms to wrist: Flint (08/I, 08/II, 09/I, 09/II), Skyduster (08), G.I. Joe Cutter (08), Cobra Ninja Viper (08), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/II), Tunnel Rat (09), Duke (09/II), Outback (09)
  • hands: Roadblock (07, 08/I, 08/II), Copperhead (08, 09/I), Cobra Viper (08/IV), Outback (09)
  • body: Snake Eyes (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/IV, 08/VII, 08/IX, 09/I, 09/III, 09/IV), Sgt. Stalker (07, 08/I, 08/II), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/I), Cpl. Breaker (08/I, 08/II), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/I, 08/II), Grunt (08), Duke (08/IV), Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Sgt. Airborne (08), Short-Fuze (08), Outback (09)
  • left leg: Outback (09)
  • upper right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Storm Shadow (08/III, 09/III), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Outback (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • lower right leg: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Crankcase (08), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Flint (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Cobra Stinger Driver (09) - new knee: Outback (09)
Accessories: green open vest (new, with leg straps); black submachine gun (87 Outback's); green flashlight (new, attaches to left leg); black Joe figure stand
Stuart "Outback" Selkirk was an instructor at the Survival School and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. Most people are intimidated by wilderness. They don't feel comfortable in an area with no sign of human life for miles. Not Selkirk! He believes in being part of his environment, not its adversary. As a survival epert, he is essential on missions that require the G.I. JOE team to operate at night and lay low during the day. The team may find a spot that looks like a perfect place to pitch a shelter, but Selkirk can point out the dangers no one else sees.
"That shady spot in the trees looks nice and cozy, right? It is - to the poisonous snakes that nest there. That place downstream is great for a camp, right? It is - until a sudden storm causes a flash flood that sweeps you away. You want to know how to survive in the wld? I'll teach you.."
Toy Notes: Sold as an Internet exclusive to avoid competing with movie-related merchandise on store shelves. Item #38195.