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Torpedo

(aka Chief Torpedo; Lieutenant Torpedo)

File Name: Edward W. Leialoha of Aiea, Hawaii.
Grades: Navy CWO-4 (1983); CWO-5 (1997); CWO-4 (2003-2008)
various SNs: RN946775409; 946-77-54TR; 946-77-EL09
Notes: Aiea is on the northern shore of Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu.



chronological: Snow Job<< Torpedo >>Gung-Ho
alphabetical: Torch<< Torpedo >>Toxo-Viper

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Michael Yama14486 seconds51542
Reel FX VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Phil Hayes278 seconds653

Notes: Sunbow's Torpedo had a suit very different from his 1983 outfit: He wore a skin-tight blue-black wet suit without the grey trim of the figure. In ARAH and Cobra Stops the World, his hood was white; elsewhere it was black with a white stripe on top. The white-rimmed goggles and airmask were detachable. No gloves, and his backpack was large and square. He also wore blue jeans and a white T-shirt when on land, and wore Wet-Suit's uniform (sans helmet) in Computer Complications. Sunbow portrayed Torpedo as a jocular type, as a foil to Deep Six and in contrast to his filecards. In The Gamesmaster, the Joe team that captured Zartan wore wet suits identical to Torpedo's. The yellow outfit represented by Version 8 was commonly worn by other Joes during marine operations but was never seen on Torpedo himself. Reel FX's Chief Torpedo was based on the 2003 figure.

 

A Real American Hero, Part 3115 seconds11 linesguiding undersea team, negotiating with Baroness, in jeans at HQ
A Real American Hero, Part 58 seconds(silent)one of the first inside Cobra's temple, at last use of M.A.S.S.
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 317 seconds7 linesdriving S.H.A.R.C. at Island of No Return, eliminating whirlpool
Cobra Stops the World82 seconds13 linesin S.H.A.R.C., fighting at Cobra off-shore base
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 114 seconds1 linerescuing Duke from tangled parachute in the water
Spell of the Siren18 seconds2 linesriding S.H.A.R.C. against undersea base
The Gamesmaster37 seconds(silent)several Joes in Torpedo's outfit raid Zartan's lab; it's unclear whether any is actually Torpedo
The Traitor, Part 113 seconds(silent)present when Dusty is rescued
Cold Slither25 seconds4 linesgolfing at HQ, reporting three Joes AWOL
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 155 seconds5 lineson Flagg; in wedding photo, working at marina, attacking Shipwreck [synthoid]
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 22 seconds(silent)synthoid reconstituted (16:32-33)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 319 seconds4 linesdefending tomb of Alexander the Great
Computer Complications69 seconds4 lineson Battle Platform retrieving space probe; on U.S.S. Flagg
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs12 seconds3 lineshelping a boy who has fallen in water
Spy Troops: The Movie31 seconds(silent)at 3 briefings
Valor vs. Venom47 seconds6 lineson Piranha Attack Boat, fighting Electric E.E.L.s, in final battle

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983
2. 1997 (Night Landing)
3. 1998 (3-Pack)
4. 2003 (Spy Troops)
5. 2004/I (V.A.M.P./T.B.G.)
6. 2004/II (Built to Rule)
7. 2008/I (25th Wave 6)
8. 2008/II (Senior Ranking Officers)
Version 1: spring 1983 regular carded figure assortment
S.E.A.L. (Sea, Air, and Land)MOS 1: Navy S.E.A.L.
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • arms: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • torso: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • waist: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • legs: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
Accessories: black speargun with short stock (new), light grey pair of narrow flippers with smooth toe (new), light grey backpack with orange air tanks (new).
Torpedo was a scuba instructor prior to enlistment. Attained black belts in three martial arts by 19 (Wu-Shu, Kenpo, and Go-Ju-Ryu). Proficient with Filipino butterfly knife (Bali-Song). Training records after S.E.A.L. school: CLASSIFIED. Qualified Expert: Most NATO small arms, NATO and Warsaw Pact explosive devices.
Spends off-duty hours perfecting his fighting skills and marksmanship. Strict vegetarian. Regarded by his teammates as a highly competent professional, but has the personality of a cold fish.
Toy Notes: Featured in 1983's A.P.C. commercial. Item #6413.
Reissues: Reissued in fall 1983 in a J.C. Penney three-pack with Tripwire and Snow Job.
Version 2: fall 1997 carded Navy S.E.A.L. Mission set
S.E.A.L. (Sea, Air, and Land)MOS 1: Navy S.E.A.L.
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • arms: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • torso: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • waist: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
  • legs: Torpedo (83, 97), Wet Down (01)
Accessories: black speargun (83 Torpedo's), black pair of flippers (83 Torpedo's), black backpack with brown air tanks (83 Torpedo's), black figure stand (common).
Torpedo is in a league of his own, and he like it that way. He was the first choice to represent the Navy within the G.I. Joe team. As an elite S.E.A.L., he can swim up to 100 yards without scuba tanks, carrying half his weight in underwater explosives. Proficient in three martial art styles, he lives a disciplined life as a strict vegetarian. A highly competent professional in his field, Torpedo's only drawback is his lack of personality. He prefers the company of the ocean, and he really hates pollution. You have to give respect to a guy that can go up against a squad of COBRA Eels, bare-handed, and leave them as fish food. When the G.I. Joe team was closed down by the government, Torpedo continued in service as an Under Water Demolitions instructor. He instituted new methods, and made it the program to enroll in. When he heard the G.I. Joe team was re-organizing its members, Torpedo promptly returned. Using the stealth of darkness, Torpedo silently floats into enemy territory with his Night Landing S.E.A.L. Raft.
From General Hawk's Files: "If discipline is the key, Torpedo is the lock. Torpedo's talent in underwater demolitions is extraordinary. When he sets his mind to something, nothing stands in his way. I've never seen anybody hold their breath as long as this guy either. I value his judgement and his skills."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive vehicle pack with a recolor of the Night Landing. Item #28013.
Version 3: summer 1998 figure three-pack assortment
Navy S.E.A.L.MOS 1: Navy S.E.A.L.
MOS 2: Command
  • head: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98, 04/I)
  • arms: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
  • torso: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
  • waist: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
  • legs: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Torpedo (98)
Accessories: black speargun (92 Wet-Suit's), black helmet with blue and yellow details (92 Wet-Suit's), black pair of flippers (92 Wet-Suit's), black figure stand (common).
Torpedo is a no-nonsense, by the book, stand-by-the-regs Navy S.E.A.L.. He was the first S.E.A.L. ever assigned to the G.I. Joe Team, and he regards that with considerable pride. He has the personality of a cold fish, but given that he's in charge of this three-man S.E.A.L. unit, which includes a loose cannon like Wet-Suit and a wild card like Shipwreck, Torpedo's aloof personality is the only thing that can keep the other two in line and functioning as a team. When not on a mission against COBRA, Torpedo puts his team through the same kind of strenuous training that he himself has always maintained.
From General Hawk's Files: "I don't know of anyone that would regard Torpedo as a close personal friend. He's a strict vegetarian, and tends to grow his own food, so you don't even see him socializing in the mess hall. The best thing anyone says about him is that he's a 'highly competent professional.' But in this business, that's high praise and he knows it. He is completely committed to the task at hand at all times, and actually manages to keep Wet-Suit and Shipwreck in line most of the time."
Motto: "Discipline is the key on land or under the sea."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive Navy Assault Unit three-pack with Shipwreck and Wet-Suit. Item #57066.
Version 4: late January 2003 Spy Troops Wave 5 figure two-pack assortment
S.E.A.L.
Chief Torpedo
MOS 1: Underwater Demolitions
MOS 2: Diving Instructor
  • head: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper arms: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II)
  • lower arms: Chief Torpedo (03)
  • torso: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • waist: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper legs: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • lower legs: Chief Torpedo (03), Low Light (06)
Accessories: brown pistol (86 Lifeline's), silver Uzi (02 Nunchuk's, with Sound Attack tab), brown machine gun with scope, no stock, and slightly curved magazine (new), silver scuba vest with black hoses and blue straps on air tank (new).
U.S. Navy S.E.A.L.s are the toughest of the tough, and CHIEF TORPEDO may be tougher than all the rest. He goes out on a five mile run and does a hundred push-ups before breakfast, and after that he starts the serious training. Dropped from a moving helicopter into deep water, he can swim to shore with a hundred pound pack full of weapons, run cross-country for ten miles, and still be back at headquarters in time for dinner at the mess.
CHIEF TORPEDO has no sense of humor, no bad habits and amazingly enough, still manages to have friends and enjoy their company. He spends his spare time reading technical manuals and working on his vintage '68 muscle car. His fellow G.I. JOE team members respect him for his professionalism and skills, avoid sparring with him during hand-to-hand combat drill, and keep their distance when he shortens the fuses on his grenades.
"You want a quote from me? I don't give quotes. Talk is cheap. I just do my job."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Burn Out. Item #57250.
Version 5: September 2004: boxed V.A.M.P. (Multi-Purpose Attack Vehicle) with Twin Battle Gun vehicle set (04/I)
S.E.A.L.
Chief Torpedo
MOS 1: Underwater Demolitions
MOS 2: Diving Instructor
  • head: Wet-Suit (92, 93), Chief Torpedo (98, 04/I)
  • arms: Roadblock (92, 93/I, 04/III, 05/II), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • torso: Muskrat (88, 89), Cletus (04), Otis (04), Billy-Bob (04), Joe-Bob (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • waist: Muskrat (88, 89), Cletus (04), Otis (04), Billy-Bob (04), Joe-Bob (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
  • legs: Muskrat (88, 89), Cletus (04), Otis (04), Billy-Bob (04), Joe-Bob (04), Roscoe (04), Vance (04), Chief Torpedo (04/I)
Accessories: none
U.S. Navy S.E.A.L.s are the toughest of the tough, and CHIEF TORPEDO may be tougher than all the rest. He goes out on a five mile run and does a hundred push-ups before breakfast, and after that he starts the serious training. Dropped from a moving helicopter into deep water, he can swim to shore with a hundred pound pack full of weapons, run cross-country for ten miles, and still be back at headquarters in time for dinner at the mess hall. CHIEF TORPEDO has no sense of humor, no bad habits, and amazingly enough, still manages to have friends and enjoy their company. His fellow G.I. JOE Team members respect him for his professionalism and skills, avoid sparring with him during hand-to-hand combat drill, and keep their distance when he shortens the fuses on his grenades.
"You want a quote from me? I don't give quotes. Talk is cheap. I just do my job."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive vehicle set with Pathfinder, Big Brawler, and recolors of the V.A.M.P. and Whirlwind. Item #60352.
Version 6: late October 2004 Built-to-Rule boxed Rapid Runner vehicle (04/II)
S.E.A.L.
Chief Torpedo
Skills: Demolitions, Diving Instructor
  • head: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper arms: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II)
  • lower arms: Chief Torpedo (04/II)
  • torso: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • waist: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • upper legs: Chief Torpedo (03, 04/II), Low Light (06)
  • lower legs: Chief Torpedo (04/II)
Accessories: none
[The 2004 Built-to-Rule filecards had no main text.]
Toy Notes: Item #6559.
Version 7: March 2008 25th Anniversary Wave 6 carded figure assortment (08/I)
S.E.A.L. (Sea, Air, and Land)
Lieutenant Torpedo
MOS 1: Navy S.E.A.L.
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I)
  • upper arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Diver (08)
  • body: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • upper legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
Accessories: black silencer pistol (02 Shipwreck's), black speargun (83 Torpedo's), black knife with silver on edge of blade (04 Swamp Rat's), black diving mask with clear goggles and strap (new), grey pair of flippers with flat toe and holes for figure stand (new), grey backpack with dark red air tanks (new), black air hose shaped like question mark (new), black Joe figure stand.
LT. TORPEDO was a scuba instructor prior to enlistment. Attained black belts in three martial arts by age 19 (Wushu, Kenpo, and Goju-Ryu). Proficient with Filipino butterfly knife (balisong). Training records after S.E.A.L. School: CLASSIFIED. Qualified Expert: Most NATO small arms, NATO and Warsaw Pacts explosvie devices.
Spends off-duty hours perfecting his fighting skills and marksmanship. Strict vegetarian. Regarded by his teammates as a highly competent professional, but with the personality of a cold fish.
Toy Notes: Item #29253. Despite the new name, the filecard still lists Torpedo as a Chief Warrant Officer.
Version 8: October 2008 Senior Ranking Officers Wave 2 figure three-pack assortment (08/II)
S.E.A.L. (Sea, Air, and Land)
Lieutenant Torpedo
MOS 1: Navy S.E.A.L.
MOS 2: Demolitions
  • head: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I)
  • upper arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower arms: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Diver (08)
  • body: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • upper legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
  • lower legs: Lt. Torpedo (08/I, 08/II), Cobra Eel (08), Cobra Diver (08)
Accessories: black silencer pistol (02 Shipwreck's), black speargun (83 Torpedo's), black knife with silver on edge of blade (04 Swamp Rat's), grey diving mask with clear green goggles (08 Lt. Torpedo's), yellow pair of flippers (08 Lt. Torpedo's), dark grey backpack with orange air tanks (08 Lt. Torpedo's), black air hose (08 Lt. Torpedo's), black Joe figure stand.
LT. TORPEDO was a scuba instructor prior to enlistment. He attained black belts in three martials arts by age 19 including Wushu, Kenpo, and Goju-Ryu, and he's proficient with Filipino butterfly knife (balisong). His training records after S.E.A.L. School are classified. He's a qualified expert in most NATO small arms, NATO and Warsaw Pacts explosive devices. LT. TORPEDO spends his off-duty hours perfecting his fighting skills and marksmanship. He's a strict vegetarian and is regarded by his teammates as a highly competent professional, but with the personality of a cold fish.
"When things are looking really bad, a big blast can usually solve the problem. Hey, they don't call me 'Torpedo' for nothing."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive three-pack with Deep Six and G.I. Joe Cutter. Item #36145, set 2 of 3. This color scheme is based on the yellow Joe frogsuits commonly seen in the Sunbow animated series, although Torpedo himself never wore one.