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Steel Brigade










chronological: Starduster<< Steel Brigade >>Maverick
alphabetical: Steam-Roller<< Steel Brigade >>Steel Brigade Commander

 

Animated Appearances

Steel Brigade troopers were never animated.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987 (silver head) 2. 1992 (gold head)  
Version 1: summer 1987 special mail-order exclusive
  • head: Steel Brigade (87, 92)

  • arms: Flash (82), Grand Slam (82, 83), Steel Brigade (87, 92)

  • variant A-B torso: Airborne (83), Steel Brigade (87 A-B)
  • variant C-D-E front torso: Duke (83, 88, 97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Starduster (87 B-C), Steel Brigade (87 C-D-E, 92), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)
  • variant C-D-E back torso: Doc (83), Duke (83, 88, 97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Starduster (87 B-C), Steel Brigade (87 C-D-E, 92), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)

  • variant A-B-C waist: Gung-Ho (83, 97), Steel Brigade (87 A-B-C), Duke (97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV)
  • variant D-E waist: Cobra (82, 89), Cobra Officer (82, 89), H.I.S.S. Driver (83), Viper Pilot (83), Stinger Driver (84), Steel Brigade (87 D-E, 92), Duke (88), Cobra Infantry Trooper (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 04/IV), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II)

  • variant A-E upper legs: Scrap-Iron (84), Steel Brigade (87 A, E)
  • variant B-C-D upper legs: Airborne (83), Steel Brigade (87 B-C-D, 92)
  • lower legs: Airborne (83), Scrap-Iron (84), Steel Brigade (87, 92)
1987+ Accessories: grey rifle (83 Airborne's), light green backpack (83 Airborne's).
1988+ Accessories: grey rifle (85 Crimson Guard's), light green backpack (83 Airborne's).
1989+ Accessories: black rifle (89 Recoil's), light green backpack (83 Airborne's).
[Personalized filecard. Buyer selected code name, characterization (leader, corpsman, or loner), best situation, personality, service branch, military specialties, weapons expertise, martial arts expertise, and training.]
Variations: There are at least five released variants for Steel Brigade, differing primarily in the parts used to construct the figure. There was quite a bit of overlap in the release of these variants, and the A-B-C-D-E scheme is based on Yojoe.com's information and not necessarily exhaustive. (One of my copies has Duke/Gung-Ho/Scrap-Iron parts, but since figures can be disassembled, I cannot confirm whether it originally came that way.)
  • Variant A: Airborne torso, Gung-Ho waist, Scrap-Iron legs
  • Variant B: Airborne torso, Gung-Ho waist, Airborne legs
  • Variant C: Duke torso, Gung-Ho waist, Airborne legs
  • Variant D: Duke torso, Cobra waist, Airborne legs
  • Variant E: Duke torso, Cobra waist, Scrap-Iron legs
Toy Notes: Originally available via the Be the Next Joe mail offer.
Variations: Reissued in mail offers 1987-1991 (multiple updates of Now You Can Be the Next Joe, North Atlantic, Operation Blackout, Incredible Shrinking Joes, Escape from Doom).
Version 2: summer 1992 special mail-order exclusive
  • head: Steel Brigade (87, 92)
  • arms: Flash (82), Grand Slam (82, 83), Steel Brigade (87, 92)
  • front torso: Duke (83, 88, 97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Starduster (87 B-C), Steel Brigade (87 C-D-E, 92), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)
  • back torso: Doc (83), Duke (83, 88, 97, 04/III, 05/III, 05/IV), Starduster (87 B-C), Steel Brigade (87 C-D-E, 92), Lonzo Wilkinson (06)
  • waist: Cobra (82, 89), Cobra Officer (82, 89), H.I.S.S. Driver (83), Viper Pilot (83), Stinger Driver (84), Steel Brigade (87 D-E, 92), Duke (88), Cobra Infantry Trooper (04/I, 04/II, 04/III, 04/IV), Cobra Squad Leader (04/I, 04/II)
  • upper legs: Airborne (83), Steel Brigade (87 B-C-D, 92)
  • lower legs: Airborne (83), Scrap-Iron (84), Steel Brigade (87, 92)
Accessories: black rifle (89 Recoil's), bright green backpack (83 Airborne's).
[Personalized filecard. Buyer selected code name, characterization (leader, corpsman, or loner), best situation, personality, service branch, military specialties, weapons expertise, martial arts expertise, and training.]
Toy Notes: Originally available via the Mission Rescue: Code Blue mail offer. Considered a separate version on account of its radically different color scheme. Its construction is identical to version 1, variant D.
Reissues: Reissued in mail offers 1992-1993 (Terror on the Tundra, Terrifying Lasers of Destruction).