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Switch Gears



File Name: Jerome T. Jivoin of Bogota, Colombia.
Grade: Army E-5 (2003-2004)
SNs: 856-44-JT23; 846-44-JT23
Notes: Jerry Jivoin was Hasbro's Brand Manager. Bogota, in central Colombia (misspelled Columbia on filecards), is the nation's capital and largest city.



Previous character: Hollow Point
Next character: Heavy Water

 

Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Switch Gears was never animated.

Headcanon

Born June 28, 1965. The Jivoin family came to the US in 1970, fleeing the unrest that followed the turbulent presidential elections in their country. Switch Gears joined the Joe Team in September 1992, and his appearance is represented by Version 2.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2003 (Spy Troops Wave 8) 2. 2004 (VvV Wave 5)  
Version 1: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 8 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0774: G.I. JOE Tank DriverMOS 1: Armored Vehicle Driver [19K]
MOS 2: Intelligence Field Operative
  • head: Switch Gears (03, 04)
  • arms: Switch Gears (03, 04), Cannonball (05), Copperhead (07, 09)
  • torso: Switch Gears (03, 04)
  • waist: Switch Gears (03, 04)
  • legs: Switch Gears (03, 04)
Accessories: green helmet (new, with loose chinstrap); red helmet (new, "Over Kill" diguise with grey face mask); dark red breastplate (03 Tunnel Rat's); black fake cannon arm (new, fits over right hand); black carbine/shotgun (02 Ripper's M4)
SWITCH GEARS can handle anything that has tracks and bogie wheels, especially if it comes equipped with reactive armor and lots of offensive hardware. Although armored vehicles are his main thing, he has no reservations about slipping out of the escape hatch in his COBRA disguise to find out what the opposition is up to. His favorite trick is to stroll into a fortified COBRA position posing as a courier with forged orders to retreat. Although he is a qualified expert with assault rifle and heavy machine gun, SWITCH GEARS would just as soon go one-on-one with any COBRA with his bare knuckles. Solidly built, immensely strong, and blessed with an extremely high pain tolerance (he always refuses Novocaine at the dentist), SWITCH GEARS makes a formidable opponent no matter what the choice of weaponry is. The concept of giving up is totally alien to him.
"That karate stuff is too complicated for me. I just keep punching with one hand until it gets tired. Then I switch to the other."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Cobra Commander (03/II). Item #55424.
Version 2: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 5 two-pack assortment (Desert Patrol Squad)
Fig. #0934: G.I. JOE Tank DriverMOS 1: Armored Vehicle Driver
MOS 2: Intelligence Field Operative
  • head: Switch Gears (03, 04)
  • arms: Switch Gears (03, 04), Cannonball (05), Copperhead (07, 09)
  • torso: Switch Gears (03, 04)
  • waist: Switch Gears (03, 04)
  • legs: Switch Gears (03, 04)
Accessories: tan helmet (03 Switch Gears's); black battle rifle (03 Flint's XM-29 OICW); black carbine/shotgun (02 Ripper's M4); black communications gauntlet (common for VvV Joes)
SWITCH GEARS can handle anything that has tracks and bogie wheels. Although armored vehicles are his main thing, he has no reservations about disguising himself in COBRA colors and slipping into the enemy base to find out what the opposition is doing. His favorite trick is to stroll into a fortified COBRA position posing as a courier with forged orders to retreat. Although he is a qualified expert with assault rifle and heavy machine gun, SWITCH GEARS would just as soon go one-on-one with any COBRA with his bare knuckles. Solidly built and immensely strong, SWITCH GEARS makes a formidable opponent no matter what weapon he has. The concept of giving up is totally alien to him.
"That karate stuff is too complicated for me. I just keep punching with one hand until it gets tired. Then I switch to the other."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Scarlett (04/III). Item #03540.