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Rumbler



File Name: Earl-Bob Swilley of Raeford, North Carolina.
Grade: Army E-4 (1987)
SN: 654-56-8723
Notes: Raeford is in the south central part of the state, about 20 miles west of Fayetteville. The character Armadillo was referred to as Rumbler in Marvel's G.I. Joe comic series.



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Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Rumbler was never animated.

Headcanon

Born July 2, 1954. Rumbler joined the Joe Team in September 1984, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. 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 (Crossfire)    
Version 1: 1987 boxed Crossfire remote-control vehicle
Fig. #0141: R/C Crossfire DriverMOS 1: Fast Attack Vehicle Driver [11M]
MOS 2: Armorer, Small Arms [45B]
  • head: Footloose (85, 89), Claymore (86), Rumbler (87)
  • arms: Heavy Metal (85), Rumbler (87)
  • torso: Heavy Metal (85), Rumbler (87)
  • waist: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
  • legs: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
Accessories: brown helmet (Crankcase's); light grey machine gun (Heavy Metal's Star Z-70)
Rumbler's future as a revenue agent was cut short by his propensity toward high-speed car chases through the piney woods in pursuit of moonshiners and tax stamp dodgers. After totalling seven government vehicles, it was thought to be in the best national interest for Rumbler to transfer to a branch of service equipped with sturdier vehicles and dedicated to the pursuit of individuals or organizations less inclined to sue the government.
"What you do is sling Rumbler and his crossfire under a heavy-lift chopper and drop them on the run from twenty feet up, fifty miles behind enemy lines. Sort of like dropping a weasel in a henhouse. You know you're going to see some feathers fly.
Toy Notes: Item #6004. As a higher-end item, the Crossfire was not carried in as many stores as other Joe product and was sometimes shelved with other R/C toys. The helmet is slighlty darker than the helmet included with the Battle Gear Accessory Pack #6.
Re-releases: Bagged with Recoil's blue rifle and machine pistol at a 1993 convention, but identified as Footloose.