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Steeler

(aka Ralph "Steeler" Pulaski)

File Name: Ralph W. Pulaski of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Grades: Army O-1 (1982); none listed (2004); O-2 (2007)
SNs: RA035386098; 035-38-RW98
Notes: Pittsburgh is in the southwest part of the state, at the source of the Ohio River. It is also the hometown of Depth Charge.




Previous character: Clutch
Next character: Cobra Commander

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Chris Latta19791 seconds46426

Notes: Sunbow's Steeler wore a heavily simplified take on his 1982 outfit, with blond hair, dark green pants, and a shorter gold visor, as well as no chest straps or holster and no gloves. His undershirt was usually yellow but sometimes black. Steeler's last name was mentioned in the episode Worlds Without End, Part 2.

 

A Real American Hero Opening7 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 149 seconds1 line
A Real American Hero, Part 24 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 340 seconds3 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 420 seconds2 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 542 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 319 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 59 seconds (silent)
Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)2 seconds (silent)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 133 seconds (silent)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 518 seconds (silent)
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 26 seconds (silent)
The Traitor, Part 12 seconds (silent)
Worlds Without End Part I237 seconds21 lines
Worlds Without End Part II293 seconds19 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening1 second (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 22 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 32 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 55 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born August 12, 1951. Steeler was one of the charter members of the Joe Team, which formed in January 1980 and went active that June. His appearance is represented by Version 1. He, Grunt, and Clutch spent most of 1983 in the parallel dimension depicted in Worlds Without End. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 3 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1982 (MOBAT)
2. 2004 (Comic #5)
3. 2007 (Convention)
4. 2008/I (Armadillo)
5. 2008/II (Ultimate Battle Pack)
 
Version 1: 1982 boxed MOBAT vehicle
Fig. #0015: Tank CommanderMOS 1: Armor [19A]
MOS 2: Artillery [13A]; Transportation [88A]
  • head: Short-Fuze (82, 97), Flash (82), Hawk (82), Steeler (82), Starduster (87)
  • arms: Steeler (82), Wild Bill (83)
  • torso: Steeler (82)
  • waist: Stalker (82, 97), Short-Fuze (82, 97, 05/I), Breaker (82), Snake Eyes (82, 97/I, 97/II, 03/I, 03/II, 04/IV, 05/IV), Zap (82, 97), Flash (82), Rock 'n Roll (82), Grunt (82, 83, 97), Hawk (82), Grand Slam (82, 83), Clutch (82, 84), Steeler (82), Lt. Falcon (03), Infantry Division (05/I, 05/II, 05/III, 05/IV, 05/V, 05/VI)
  • legs: Stalker (82, 97), Short-Fuze (82, 97, 05/I), Breaker (82), Zap (82, 97), Rock 'n Roll (82), Grunt (82, 83), Hawk (82), Clutch (82, 84), Steeler (82), Lt. Falcon (03), Infantry Division (05/I, 05/II, 05/III, 05/IV, 05/V, 05/VI)
Accessories: light green helmet (small standard, with visor holes); dark grey visor (new, telescopic); dark grey pistol (Snake Eyes' Uzi). Mail-order and convention releases also came with 83 Duke's black binoculars.
Steeler comes from a blue collar middle-class background. He put himself through college on an ROTC scholarship and work as a heavy equipment operator. Familiar and proficient with all NATO and Warsaw Pact AFV's. Graduated Armor School, top of class. Special Training: Cadre-XAFV Project; Artillery School; AFV Desert Exercise; Covert Ops School. Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1911A1; MAC-10; Uzi.
"Young, reckless, often clashes with authority (superior officers), but he's one tough soldier!"
Variations: Re-tooled in 1983 to accommodate swivel-arm battle grip and a new waistpiece design. Yojoe.com lists swivel-arm Steeler as version 1.5.
Toy Notes: Item #6000.
Re-releases: One of the vehicle drives available by mail in 1988-89 through the Special Assignment: North Atlantic and Operation Deep Six offers. (The latter mistakenly pictures Thunder.) Steeler may also have been available earlier. At a 1994 convention, the figure was available bagged with the mail-order accessories. A recolored version was released in Europe.
Version 2: 2004 Wave 2 comic three-pack assortment
Fig. #0949: Tank CommanderMOS 1: Armor [19A]
MOS 2: Artillery [13A]; Transportation [88A]
  • head: Steeler (04, 07)
  • upper arms: BAT (86), Steeler (04)
  • lower arms: Snow Job (83, 97), Whiteout (01), Frostbite (03/I, 05/II), Snake Eyes (04/II), Steeler (04), Sgt. Misha Zubenkov (06), Grunt (07)
  • torso: Mace (93), Double Clutch (04), Steeler (04)
  • waist: Mace (93), Double Clutch (04), Steeler (04)
  • legs: Mace (93), Double Clutch (04), Steeler (04)
Accessories: green helmet (new, with low visor holes); white visor (new, with red lens); black backpack (91 Dusty's); black machine gun (92 Shockwave's M-33); black assault rifle (04 Cobra Trooper's M16); black knife (91 Low-Light's)
STEELER comes from a blue-collar middle-class background. He put himself through college on an ROTC scholarship and by working as a heavy equipment operator. He entered Armor School at Fort Knox, graduating at the top of his class. One of the first to join the G.I. JOE Team, he has taken part in countless operations against the COBRA organization. While he is recognized as a tough and dedicated soldier, his frequent clashes with authority figures, especially superior officers, make him a quite a handful. Coming from a background in which you proved your mettle through physical contests, he frequently challenges team members to tests of strength and stamina.
"Prove you're right, prove you're tough. That's how you earn my respect."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Gen. Flagg (04), Cobra Officer (04), and a reprint of Marvel #5. Item #60498. Early promotional material referred to Steeler simply as "Ralph."
Version 3: 2007 Tanks for the Memories two-pack
Fig. #1199: Tank Commander
Ralph "Steeler" Pulaski
MOS 1: Armor Officer [19A]
MOS 2: Transportation [88A]
  • head: Steeler (04, 07)
  • arms: Dogfight (89), Steeler (07)
  • torso: Dogfight (89), Steeler (07)
  • waist: Dogfight (89), Steeler (07)
  • legs: Dogfight (89), Steeler (07)
Accessories: brown helmet (04 Steeler's); grey visor (04 Steeler's, with red lens); grey pistol (oversized 86 Low-Light's Uzi); grey submachine gun (new, with stock extended); clear figure stand
STEELER was selected as the Executive Officer in charge of the G.I. JOE team's tank division. As one of its original members, he has taken part in countless operations against the COBRA organization. While he is recognized as a touch and dedicated soldier, his frequent clashes with superior officers keeps him stationed in the motor pool. Coming from a blue-collar middle-class background in which you proved your mettle through physical contests, he frequently challenges team members to tests of strength and stamina.
STEELER's current assignement is to field test the latest upgrades on the MAULER MBT-X as well as overseeing the NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) qualifications for cold weather training in Fort Carson, Colorado. He knows that many of the original members don't get into the field too often, and this is a perfect opportunity to keep their skills and equipment running like a fine-tuned machine. Everything changes when COBRA launches a surprise attack on a chemical weapons storage facility in his vicinity. Now he and his crew of experienced veterans are the only hope of stopping them from releasing havoc on the world.
"Prove you're right, prove you're tough, then drop and give me fifty."
Toy Notes: Originally intended for sale with a recolored Mauler, which was not available in time for the 2007 convention. Sold in a two-pack with Rip It (07) in limited numbers there, and the remaining stock was sold off in November when broken molds made the long-awaited Mauler re-release impossible. This figure is considered a high-demand item.
Version 4: 2008 Armadillo/Air Chariot vehicle two-pack (08/I)
Fig. #1275: Tank Commander
Ralph "Steeler" Pulaski
MOS 1: Armor Officer [19A]
MOS 2: Transportation [88A]
  • head: Steeler (08/I, 08/II)
  • arms: Flint (07), Duke (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/I), G.I. Joe Doc (08), Cpl. Breaker (08/I, 08/II), Red Star (08), Steeler (08/I), Double Clutch (08), Lt. Falcon (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Leatherneck (08)
  • body: Snake Eyes (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/IV, 08/VII, 08/IX, 09/I, 09/III, 09/IV), Sgt. Stalker (07, 08/I, 08/II), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/I), Cpl. Breaker (08/I, 08/II), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/I, 08/II), Grunt (08), Duke (08/IV), Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Sgt. Airborne (08), Short-Fuze (08), Outback (09)
  • upper legs: Snake Eyes (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/VII, 09/IV), Sgt. Stalker (07, 08/I, 08/II), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/I, 08/II), Grunt (08), Duke (08/IV), Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Skyduster (08), Dataframe (08), Short-Fuze (08), Firefly (09/II)
  • lower legs: Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), Skyduster (08), Short-Fuze (08)
Accessories: green helmet (07 Duke's), black webbing (new, with pistol molded into holster), black pistol (07/II Snake Eyes's), black knife (07 Snake Eyes's), Joe figure stand
Ralph "Steeler" Pulaski comes from a blue collar middle-class background. He put himself through college on an ROTC scholarship and by working as a heavy equipment operator. He entered Armor school at Fort Knox, graduating at the top of his class. One of the first to join the G.I. JOE team, he has taken part in countless operations against the COBRA organization. He drives one of the G.I. JOE team's ARMADILLO TANKS, pushing the vehicle to its limit as he tears his way through an onslaught of COBRA tanks with turbojet engines firing hot and cannons blazing.
"What some people call 'reckless' is me just making absolutely sure the other guy knows exactly where he stands: you lose, COBRA!"
Toy Notes: Boxed with Serpentor (08) and the vehicles Armadillo Tank (08) and Air Chariot (08). Item #32395. This version's figure stand reads simply, "Code Name: Steeler."
Version 5: 2008 Ultimate Battle Pack boxed set (08/II)
Fig. #1362: Tank Commander
Ralph "Steeler" Pulaski
MOS 1: Armor [19A]
MOS 2: Artillery [13A], Transportation [88A]
  • head: Steeler (08/I, 08/II)
  • left arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Maj. Bludd (08/III), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • right arm: Cobra Officer (07, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Cobra Trooper (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Air Trooper (07), Vehicle Driver (07), Night Watch Officer (08), Night Watch Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Grunt (08), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/II), Cobra Driver (08), Cobra Bazooka Trooper (08), Cobra Pilot (08), Scrap-Iron (08/I, 08/II), Short-Fuze (08), Steeler (08/II), Vehicle Gunner (08), Cobra Viper (08/III), Cobra Paratrooper (08), Shockblast (09), Cobra Stinger Driver (09)
  • body: Snake Eyes (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/IV, 08/VII, 08/IX, 09/I, 09/III, 09/IV), Sgt. Stalker (07, 08/I, 08/II), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/I), Cpl. Breaker (08/I, 08/II), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/I, 08/II), Grunt (08), Duke (08/IV), Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Sgt. Airborne (08), Short-Fuze (08), Outback (09)
  • upper legs: Snake Eyes (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/VII, 09/IV), Sgt. Stalker (07, 08/I, 08/II), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/I, 08/II), Grunt (08), Duke (08/IV), Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Skyduster (08), Dataframe (08), Short-Fuze (08), Firefly (09/II)
  • lower legs: Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), Skyduster (08), Short-Fuze (08)
Accessories: tan helmet (08 Flash's); black visor (08 Flash's); black webbing (08/I Steeler's), black pistol (07/II Snake Eyes's), metallic pistol (07 Snake Eyes's Uzi); black knife (07 Snake Eyes's), Joe figure stand
Steeler comes from a blue-collar middle-class background. He put himself through college on an ROTC scholarship and by working as a heavy equipment operator. He entered Armor school at Fort Knox, graduating at the top of his class. One of the first to join the G.I. JOE team, he has taken part in countless operations against the COBRA organization. He drives one of the G.I. JOE team's mini-tanks, pushing the vehicle to its limit as he tears his way through an onslaught of COBRA tanks with turbojet engines firing hot and cannons blazing.
"What some people call 'reckless' is me just making absolutely sure the other guy knows exactly where he stands: you lose, COBRA!"
Toy Notes: Sold in a Target-exclusive boxed set with Short-Fuze (08), Sgt. Stalker (08/II), Cobra Commander (08/X), Destro (08/V), Cobra HISS Driver (08/II), and Cobra Vehicle Gunner (08), plus a MOBAT, a blue Flight Pod, and a red HISS Tank. Item #34106.