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Zanzibar

(aka Dreadnok Zanzibar)

File Name: Morgan Teach of Cayman Islands.
Notes: Cayman Islands is a British territory in the Caribbean Sea, about 100 miles southwest of Cuba. Also from the Caribbean are Snow Storm of Havana, Cuba, Gristle of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Rampage of the US Virgin Islands. Named for Welsh pirate Henry Morgan and for English pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard.




Previous character: Royal Guard
Next character: Back-Stop

 

Animated Appearances

Zanzibar was animated only for commercials.

Headcanon

Born April 28, 1961. Zanzibar joined the Dreadnoks in late 1984, with his appearance represented by Version 1. He continued with the Dreadnoks at least until Cobra's defeat in 1994.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1987 (Air Skiff) 2. 2004 (Convention)  
Version 1: 1987 Dreadnoks boxed Air Skiff vehicle
Fig. #0135: Dreadnok Pirate
  • head: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • arms: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • torso: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • waist: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • legs: Zanzibar (87, 04)
Accessories: black laser pistol (new, with trapezoidal barrel, no trigger guard); brown spear (new, barbed); brown sledgehammer (new, with strap). The brown weapons are sometimes considered parts of the Air Skiff since they attach to clips on the vehicle
Zanzibar was raised on a garbage scow and spent most of his formative years lurking on crowded piers with his hands in other people's pockets. He tried his hand at river piracy, stock fraud, and smuggling but found all of it too much real work and not nasty enough for his tastes. His lucky break came when he delivered a load of bootleg gasoline to Zartan's filling station and was immediately taken on as a Dreadnok.
"This guy is so nasty that the other Dreadnoks hate his guts! He sneaks around at night and goes through their pockets for change. He takes one bite out of each chocolate covered donut and throws them back in the box. He brushes his teeth with grape soda and never changes his socks!"
Toy Notes: Item #6070. Zanzibar's commercial mistakenly refers to him as a "Dreadnoks."
Re-releases: Also available by mail with his Air Skiff in 1991 through the offer Attack of the Swamp Creature.
Version 2: 2004 Dreadnok Rampage special two-pack release
Fig. #0876: Dreadnok Pirate
Dreadnok Zanzibar
  • head: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • arms: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • torso: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • waist: Zanzibar (87, 04)
  • legs: Zanzibar (87, 04)
Accessories: grey laser pistol (87 Zanzibar's); grey spear (87 Zanzibar's); grey sledgehammer (87 Zanzibar's); clear figure stand
DREADNOK ZANZIBAR made a name for himself as a freelance pirate, using his natural talent for vehicular engineering to devise his own "air skiff" out of stolen and discarded parts long before such technology seemed possible. When he met up with the Dreadnoks while unloading a stolen shipment of bootleg gasoline, the similar attitudes and attire seemed like kismet, and he became a Dreadnok on the spot—a decision every other Dreadnok came to regret. They soon realized he was even more despicable, idiosyncratic, and bizarre than all of the others combined.
DREADNOK ZANZIBAR refers to himself as a globe-trotting rogue, a romantic mercenary, and a modern-day swashbuckler. The bottom line is that he's a freak with a ponytail and an eyepatch. ZARANA suspects there isn't even anything wrong with his eye! His fellow Dreadnoks put up with him because of his apparent skills in banditry, extortion, and hijacking, but his flamboyant personality rubs everyone the wrong way.
"It's a pirate's life for me!"
Toy Notes: Bagged together with Dreadnok Thrasher (04) at the Dreadnok Rampage-themed 2004 Convention.