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Sparks

(aka Alex "Sparks" Verdi)

File Name: Alessandro D. Verdi of Carcare, Italy.
Grade: Army E-5 (2007)
SN: none listed on filecard
Notes: Carcare is in the northwest part of the country, about 30 miles west of Genoa.




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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Gregg Berger5169 seconds18240

The character Sparks originated in the Sunbow series, where he wore a light green helmet similar to Crankcase's (usually with headset), a light green shirt with chest pockets, dark green pants, a backpack with two antennas on the left side, and a brown U-shaped harness.By the second season, Sparks had retired from G.I. Joe and was working at a television station.

 

The Revenge of Cobra, Part 123 seconds2 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 213 seconds2 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 52 seconds (silent)
Cobra Stops the World95 seconds10 lines
Grey Hairs and Growing Pains36 seconds4 lines

Headcanon

Born January 9, 1953. Sparks's family came to the United States in 1957, and he joined the Joe Team in March 1982. He was with team for only one year, preferring a more peaceful profession after seeing combat, but he still aided the Joes on occasion, in an advisory capacity. His appearance is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2007 (Convention)    
Version 1: 2007 Tanks for the Memories boxed set
Fig. #1190: Communications Expert
Alex "Sparks" Verdi
MOS 1: Telecommunications Operator
MOS 2: Electronic Warfare/Cryptologic Operations Specialist [98X]
  • head: Breaker (05), Sparks (07)
  • arms: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Dusty (02/I), Sparks (07)
  • torso: Stalker (82, 97, 04/II, 05/I), Breaker (82, 05), Snake Eyes (82, 97/I, 97/II, 03/I, 03/II, 04/IV, 05/IV), Grunt (82, 83, 97), Hawk (82, 04/I), Zap (04), Infantry Divison (05/I, 05/II, 05/IV, 05/VI), Cobra Mortal (06), Sparks (07)
  • waist: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
  • legs: Dial-Tone (86/I, 86/II, 91, 00, 02, 03), Crossfire (01), Sparks (07)
Accessories: tan helmet (07 Duke's); black backpack (90 Stretcher's) with black antenna; grey pistol (90 Skydive's); black microphone (90 Stretcher's); black hose (medium standard); clear figure stand
SPARKS was originally recruited for the G.I. JOE support staff by GENERAL FLAGG and served as a radio operator and computer expert in the early days of the team. Unfortunately he saw little field action, and unofficially "retired" to freelance work in the media industry. But his skills were so uncanny and his loyalty so strong that he soon returned, working as a liaison to Military Intelligence and the Generals in Operations. While he serves many vital functions, his specialty is operating so-called "secret numbers stations," sending short wave radio transmissions to covert operatives throughout the free world in English, Spanish, German, French, and Slavic languages in a variety of electronically altered voices.
SPARKS also serves as the personal advisor to GENERAL COLTON, leader of the G.I. JOE team. It was this chief of staff that recommended SPARKS keep his field skills sharp, and join LT. STEELER on a cold weather training mission in the mountains of Colorado. As part of the exercises, his job will be transporting the field radio and working closely with the Tank Commander. He may not have the combat skills, but his dedication to the team is without limits. If COBRA shows up, this may be an adventure he never forgets.
"Cracking COBRA defenses is just like cracking a computer code—it requires patience and persistence!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Convention-exclusive set with Clutch (07), G. I. Joe Doc (07), Sgt. Flash (07), Grunt (07), Rock 'n Roll (07), Zap (07), Lt. Clay Moore (07), three Night Stalker versions (07/I, 07/II, 07/III), and Night Stalker Commander (07).