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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 Flordia's east coast, and is just south of the Kennedy Space Center (about 50 miles east of Orlando).


Previous character: Hardtop
Next character: Starduster

 

Animated Appearances

Payload was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born June 5, 1947. Payload joined the Joe Team in September 1984, and his appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 2 in late 1986, and to Version 5 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. 1987 (Defiant)
2. 1989 (Crusader)
3. 1993/I (Star Brigade green)
4. 1993/II (Star Brigade blue)
5. 1994 (Star Brigade white)
 
Version 1: 1987 boxed Defiant Space Vehicle Launch Complex playset
Fig. #0144: 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 helmet (new, with clear yellow faceplace); white backpack (new, Manned Maneuvering Unit) with two control arms
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 (87). The 1987 insert catalog shows Payload with a different helmet and parts from Ace (83).
Version 2: 1989 boxed Crusader vehicle
Fig. #0235: 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 (87 Payload's) with clear face shield; light grey backpack (87 Payload's MMU) with two control arms
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: 1993 Star Brigade carded assortment, #7
Fig. #0401: Astro-PilotMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: F-4 Phantom Pilot [11F4-C]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
Accessories: red pistol (90 Updraft's); red assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); red machine gun (92 Shockwave's M33); gold spring missile launcher (93/I Duke's, with red trigger); two red missiles (new, with rectangular fins); red knife (91 Low-Light's); red figure stand
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 Payload's 1987/89 mold with this version's color scheme.
Version 4: 1993 Star Brigade carded assortment, #7
Fig. #0420: Astro-PilotMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: F-4 Phantom Pilot [11F4-C]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
Accessories: red pistol (90 Updraft's); red assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); red machine gun (92 Shockwave's M33); gold spring missile launcher (93/I Duke's, with red trigger); two red missiles (new, with rectangular fins); red knife (91 Low-Light's); red figure stand
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!"
Variations: First sold on 1993-style packaging (though no carded examples have surfaced), then on 1994-style packaging with light grey accessories and version 5's card art and baseball-sized, abbreviated filecard.
Toy Notes: Reportedly replaced version 3 at about the time Battle Corps Wave 3 hit the stores. Item #81101. The '93 filecard shows a recolor of Payload's 1987/89 mold with version 3's color scheme. After years of listing this version as 1993[b], Yojoe.com now considers this version a 1994 release for lack of carded proof of 1993 availability.
Version 5: 1994 Star Brigade carded assortment, #26
Fig. #0474: Astro-PilotMOS 1: Astronaut [13A3]
MOS 2: F-4 Phantom Pilot [11F4-C]
  • head: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • arms: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • torso: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • waist: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
  • legs: Barbecue (92), Payload (93/I, 93/II, 94)
Accessories: light grey pistol (90 Updraft's); light grey assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); light grey machine gun (92 Shockwave's M33); gold spring missile launcher (93/I Duke's, with black trigger); two light grey missiles (93 Payload's); light grey knife (91 Low-Light's); light grey figure stand
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.