Archive: Dusty - Desert Combat Specialist (Desert Battle)

May 25, 2011

Dusty was released in the fall of 2010 as part of the second wave of figures in the Pursuit of Cobra line. The Pursuit of Cobra line features environment-themed missions in which the G.I. Joe team pursues Cobra operatives to the ends of the earth. As part of the Desert Battle mission theme, the G.I. Joe team battles Cobra's newest weapon, the H.I.S.S. Tank, through the heavy sandstorms and arid wastelands of the desert.

Helmets have been a staple of the G.I. Joe toy line since its inception in 1982, but advances in the 3-3/4-inch G.I. Joe body have allowed Hasbro's design team to take advantage of easily removable heads to replace bulky looking helmets with alternate head sculpts. In the case of Dusty, Hasbro made use of both a helmet and alternate head. Dusty's signature helmet and goggles fit the character portrait snugly, but the head wrap, cap and visor combination would be difficult to achieve as a helmet--especially one to scale with the figure's body--making an alternate head sculpt an ideal solution. What's more, the alternate head lends well for use as a generic desert trooper.

Release Date:
Figure Number: 1014
Retail Price: $5.99
Accessories: helmet, goggles, cloak, assault rifle (2), barbed wire, alternate masked head, display stand with G.I. Joe logo (DUSTY)

Did You Know? Dusty's last name, Tadur, is the antigram of Rudat, the last name of former Hasbro designer Ron Rudat. Rudat was the principal designer of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line from 1980-1987 and is generally regarded as the visionary behind the 3-3/4-inch G.I Joe toy line. Interestingly, in the 1985 episode of the G.I. Joe animated series titled The Traitor, Dusty is court-martialed as Dusty Rudat, not Tadur.

Name: Ronald W. Tadur
Serial Number: 371-11-RT05
Grade: E-4 (Specialist)
Mission Equipment: AC-SC Arid-Condition Sustained-Cooling Automatic Weapon System

Dusty is a desert combat specialist on the G.I. Joe team. He knows how to fight effectively in deserts, where there is no water, extreme daytime head, freezing desert nights and harsh sandstorms. He has adapted his machine gun for desert use and can expertly capture the enemy with a well-placed barbed wire trap.


John said...

I got this figure from ebay for $1 plus $5 for shipping MOC. A bargain considering I don't have to go to the store to buy it. i am not a big fn of Dusty back in the 80's, may be he reminds me of a japanese soldier with cloth at the back of the head. But with POC you could do some serious army building with this figure, specially with the alternate head with the mask on.

Any plans on doing some dio shots.

Unknown said...

That's a great price for this figure! It's a really solid figure because you can army build with it and the paint detail is pretty amazing, especially the dirt on the face.

We are planning to do dioramas before the end of the year and are in the process of constructing some scenes for future shoots.

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