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Payload



File Name: Mark Morgan, Jr. of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Grade: Air Force O-6 (1987-1994)
SN: 357Y-7SU7
Notes: The Certificate of Commendation for Hasbro's official Live the Adventure: Assignment II contest (1987) gives Payload's name as Nile S. Weatherby. Cape Canaveral is on a barrier island city halfway down Florida's east coast, and is just south of the Kennedy Space Center (about 50 miles east of Orlando).

chronological: Hardtop<< Payload >>Starduster
alphabetical: Pathfinder<< Payload >>Rowdy Roddy Piper

 

Animated Appearances

Payload (versions 1 and 2) was animated only for commercials.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987 (Defiant)
2. 1989 (Crusader)
3. 1993 (Star Brigade green)
4. 1994/I (Star Brigade blue)
5. 1994/II (Star Brigade white)
 
Version 1: spring 1987 boxed Defiant: Space Vehicle Launch Complex playset
Defiant PilotMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: Fixed Wing Pilot [11F4]
  • head: Payload (87, 89)
  • arms: Payload (87, 89)
  • torso: Payload (87, 89)
  • waist: Payload (87, 89)
  • legs: Payload (87, 89)
Accessories: white astronaut helmet with clear orange face shield (new), large white squarish Manned Maneuvering Unit backpack (new), two white straight control arms with joystick for MMU (new).
Payload grew up watching the early space shots blasting off through the Florida sky. He stared through the hurricane fence and rode that flaming booster in his dreams. But unlike others, he worked on making that dream a reality by joining the Air Force. He flew F-4 Phantoms over southeast Asia for three tours "just playing his dues" and upon his return stateside, signed up for the astronaut training program.
"Here's a guy who has spent most of his waking hours for his entire life working on getting himself into space. Sometimes, as he's executing a complicated maneuver in free-fall or when he's cutting in his boosters, he seems to be chanting softly under his breath. If you turn up the volume on the ship-to-ship channel and listen very carefully, you can hear him quite clearly; 'Vrooom! Vrooom!'"
Toy Notes: Item #6002. The Defiant also included the figure Hardtop. Both figures are considered high-demand items. The 1987 insert catalog shows Payload with a different helmet and parts from Ace.
Version 2: spring 1989 boxed Crusader Space Shuttle with Avenger Scout Craft vehicle
AstronautMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: Fixed Wing Pilot [11F4]
  • head: Payload (87, 89)
  • arms: Payload (87, 89)
  • torso: Payload (87, 89)
  • waist: Payload (87, 89)
  • legs: Payload (87, 89)
Accessories: yellow helmet with clear face shield (87 Payload's), light grey backpack (87 Payload's), two light grey control arms (87 Payload's).
PAYLOAD grew up watching the early space shots blasting off through the Florida sky. He stared through the hurricane fence and rode that flaming booster in his dreams. But unlike others, he worked on making that dream a reality by joining the Air Force. He flew F-4 Phantoms over southeast Asia for three tours "just playing his dues" and upon his return stateside, signed up for the astronaut training program.
"Here's a guy who has spent most of his waking hours working on getting himself into space. Sometimes, as he's executing a complicated maneuver in free-fall or when he's cutting in his boosters, he seems to be chanting softly under his breath. If you turn up the volume on the ship-to-ship channel and listen very carefully, you can hear him quite clearly; 'Vrooom! Vrooom!'"
Toy Notes: Item #6220.
Version 3: summer 1993 Star Brigade carded figure assortment, #7
Astro-PilotMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: F-4 Phantom Pilot [11F4-C]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
Accessories: neon red pistol (90 Updraft's), neon red submachine gun (92 Shockwave's), neon red rifle (90 Ambush's), gold spring missile launcher with neon red trigger (93 Duke's), two neon red spring missiles with two fins on tip and two fins below tip (new), neon red knife (91 Low-Light's), neon red figure stand (common).
Payload grew up watching the early space shots blasting off through the Florida sky. He often stared through a hole in the space center's security fence and rode the flaming booster rockets in his dreams. Payload worked hard on making those dreams a reality by joining the Air Force on his 18th birthday. He flew F-4 Phantoms over Southeast Asia paying his dues and becoming an expert pilot. When he returned stateside he signed up for the astronaut training program. Now he's a member of G. I. Joe's elite Star Brigade team, fighting to protect Earth and other planets in the deepest voids of space.
Motto: "Space is the place to smash Destro in the face!"
Toy Notes: Item #81101. The filecard shows a recolor of the original Payload's mold with this version's color scheme.
Version 4: summer 1994 Star Brigade carded figure assortment, #26
Astro-PilotMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: F-4 Phantom Pilot [11F4-C]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
Accessories: light grey pistol (90 Updraft's), light grey submachine gun (92 Shockwave's), light grey rifle (90 Ambush's), gold spring missile launcher with black trigger (93 Duke's), two light grey spring missiles (93 Payload's), light grey knife (91 Low-Light's), light grey figure stand (common).
Payload grew up watching the early space shots blasting off through the Florida sky, dreaming of the day HE would be at the controls. He worked hard on making those dreams a reality by joining the Air Force on his 18th birthday. He flew F-4 Phantoms over Southeast Asia paying his dues and becoming an expert pilot. When he returned stateside he joined the astronaut training program where his career really took off. Now he's a member of G. I. Joe's elite Star Brigade team, fighting to protect Earth and believing that space is the place to smash Cobra in the face!
Toy Notes: Item #81117.
Version 5: summer 1994 Star Brigade carded figure assortment, #26
Astro-PilotMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: F-4 Phantom Pilot [11F4-C]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93, 94/I, 94/II)
Accessories: light grey pistol (90 Updraft's), light grey submachine gun (92 Shockwave's), light grey rifle (90 Ambush's), gold spring missile launcher with black trigger (93 Duke's), two light grey spring missiles (93 Payload's), light grey knife (91 Low-Light's), light grey figure stand (common).
Payload grew up watching the early space shots blasting off through the Florida sky, dreaming of the day HE would be at the controls. He worked hard on making those dreams a reality by joining the Air Force on his 18th birthday. He flew F-4 Phantoms over Southeast Asia paying his dues and becoming an expert pilot. When he returned stateside he joined the astronaut training program where his career really took off. Now he's a member of G. I. Joe's elite Star Brigade team, fighting to protect Earth and believing that space is the place to smash Cobra in the face!
Toy Notes: Item #81117. Evidently a running color change; it is unknown how much time passed between the release of versions 4 and 5 of Payload.