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Rowdy Roddy Piper



File Name classified on filecard, from Glasgow, Scotland.
Notes: The real Rowdy Roddy Piper was Roderick George Toombs, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Glasgow is Scotland's largest city.






Previous character: Night Stalker
Next character: Red Ninja Leader

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Rowdy Roddy Piper was never animated for G.I. Joe. He did appear in animated form on Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, where his voice was provided by Charlie Adler.

Headcanon

Born April 17, 1954. Piper served in various capacities of leadership with the Iron Grenadiers from summer 1986 until Destro rejoined Cobra in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2007 (Convention)    
Version 1: 2007 special Convention-exclusive release
Fig. #1201: Iron Grenadier TrainerMOS 1: Combat Training Instructor
MOS 2: Special Services (Bagpipe Player)
  • head: Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
  • arms: Hannibal: Reborn (06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
  • torso: Salvo (05), Hannibal: Reborn (06), Checkpoint (06), Rook (06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
  • waist: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
  • legs: Spirit Iron-Knife (05, 06), Rowdy Roddy Piper (07)
Accessories: black helmet (06 Hannibal's); black jacket (06 Hannibal's); red and white kilt (new); clear figure stand
Rowdy Roddy Piper spent his formative years in the Royal Regiment of the Scottish Army. He earned the nickname "rowdy" by clashing with his senior instructors and pummeling his teammates during combat exercises. This agressive attitude allowed him to excel in the disciplines of close-proximity fighting. He became an expert with explosives, small arms, and hand-to-hand combat at a higher tactical level than most soldiers. This natural talent helped him win top honors from his Infantry unit and a position as Senior Drill Instructor.
It was later revealed that his birthright was part of the DESTRO clan. Following his heritage, he became a mercenary and took charge of the IRON GENADIER training program at Castle McCullen. As an offensive tactician, he only selects the best of the best for IRON GRENADIER guards, IRON ANVIL paratroopers, and UNDERTOW divers. His training methods specialize in Close Quarters Battle Tactics (CQBT) and hybrid martial arts, which incorporates techniques from several different fighting styles as well as submission techniques to secure compliance from the enemy. He proudly wears his distinctive kilted uniform during all IRON GRENADIER exercises and plays his bagpipes before going into battle.
"Sooner or later everybody pays the Piper!"
Toy Notes: Carded at the Tanks for the Memories-themed 2007 Convention. Most copies were autographed since the real-life Piper was present. As of 2008, this is the most high-demand non-vintage figure released in the US.