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File Name: Mark Habershaw of Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Grade: Army O-2 (1990)
SN: 000-0617-AT89
Notes: Smithfield is in the central part of the state, just north of North Providence.

Previous character: Rock-Viper
Next character: Ambush


Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Don Brown6554 seconds69785

Notes: DiC's Sub-Zero wore the 1990 outfit, with a grey knit cap beneath his hood. He was mild-mannered, in contrast to his filecard description.


Season 1 Opening (DiC)3 seconds (silent)
Victory at Volcania Part 117 seconds (silent)
The Nozone Conspiracy241 seconds33 lines
Cold Shoulder238 seconds34 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 134 seconds2 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 221 seconds (silent)


Born April 26, 1958. Sub-Zero joined the Joe Team in September 1986, 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. 1990 2. 1993 (Arctic Commandos)  
Version 1: 1990 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0246: Winter Operations SpecialistMOS 1: Winter Operations Specialist
MOS 2: Field Artillery [13A]
  • head: Sub-Zero (90, 93)
  • arms: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
  • torso: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
  • waist: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
  • legs: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
Accessories: two grey snow shoes (new, disclike); white backpack (new, with large tab); dark grey machine gun (new, M60 with belt slots); white mortar launcher (new) with round stand; four grey mortar shells (new); gold ammo belt (new)
SUB-ZERO was an instructor at the Army Northern Warfare Training Center in Fort Greeley, Alaska and a consultant to the Cold Regions Test Center at the same facility. He beat all records for cold weather endurance solely on MEANNESS! Before he was tapped for G.I. Joe, Sub-Zero used his "deep-freeze" combat tactics in Europe's Operation Chill so that the troops would be well prepared if any winter confrontation should erupt.
"All the other G.I. Joe Arctic specialists like the cold. Not Sub-Zero! He hates it to the MAX! It drives him so far up the wall that it brings out a special kind of meanness unheard of in the western world. We're talking MAXIMUM MEANNESS! So why does he keep volunteering for cold weather assignments? Because he enjoys being MEAN!"
Toy Notes: Featured in 1990's first new figures commercial. Item #6565. The prototype shown in the 1990 insert catalog has its upper arms on opposite sides.
Version 2: 1993 mail-order Arctic Commandos
Fig. #0429: Arctic Attack Force[joint filecard for all 4 figures; no MOS listed]
  • head: Sub-Zero (90, 93)
  • arms: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
  • torso: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
  • waist: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
  • legs: Sub-Zero (90, 93), Snake Eyes (05/V)
Accessories: black photon rifle (87 Dodger's); black figure stand
Cobra has recently developed a weapon so dangerous that it threatens the safety of our entire planet! Perched high upon Mt. Everest, what is believed to be a giant thermal conversion laser cannon stands ready to strike targets at strategic military base camps and heavily populated world cities. The laser cannon must be destroyed to prevent global devastation, a task perfectly suited for G. I. Joe's elite Arctic Attack Force. With SUB-ZERO—a winter operations specialist—leading the mission, he's assigned DEE-JAY to climb Everest and plant explosives at the base of the laser cannon. For them to succeed it will be up to STALKER and Sub-Zero to fight off platoons of SNOW SERPENTS, Cobra's polar assault troopers who specialize in Arctic warfare and have adapted to Mt. Everest's freezing winter temperatures. The mission is risky, but the job has to be done . . . FAST!
Toy Notes: Sold in a bagged set with Dee-Jay (93), Stalker (93), and Snow Serpent (93) in 1993 through the Terrifying Lasers of Destruction mail offer. Apparently at least some of these figures were intended for inclusion with 1993-94 vehicles and were made available by mail once the vehicles were canceled.