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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.


chronological: Steam-Roller<< Rumbler >>Hardtop
alphabetical: Royal Guard<< Rumbler >>Ryu

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Rumbler was never animated.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987 (Crossfire)    
Version 1: spring 1987 boxed R/C Radio Control Crossfire Fast Attack Vehicle
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, 89), Rumbler (87)
  • torso: Heavy Metal (85, 89), Rumbler (87)
  • waist: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
  • legs: Bazooka (85, 88), Rumbler (87)
Accessories: grey submachine gun (85 Heavy Metal's), brown helmet (85 Crankcase's).
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 slightly darker than the helmet included with the Battle Gear Accessory Pack #5.