Archive: Steel Brigade - Special Forces (Desert Battle)

June 3, 2011

Steel Brigade was released in the Spring of 2011 as part of the fifth wave--which arrived at retail after wave six--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.

When you think of army building figures, Cobra Troopers, Vipers, and B.A.T.S. tend to come to mind. You usually don't think of G.I. Joe team figures as army builders because the G.I. Joe team features well-developed characters with unique personalities and deep back stories. There aren't many nameless, faceless G.I. Joes. Steel Brigade, however, is the quintessential army builder and part of the G.I. Joe team. In order to recreate the various specialist types introduced by the 1987 release of Steel Brigade, Hasbro included a mixture of accessories capable of a number of unique figure configurations.

Release Date:
Figure Number: 1111
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: helmet, turtle neck collar, flak vest, bandoleer, backpack, rocket storage backpack, rockets (4), rocket launcher, heavy machine gun with tripod stand, assault rifle (2), display stand with G.I. Joe logo (STEEL BRIGADE)

Did You Know? The name on the Steel Brigade character I.D. card is purposely left blank so it can be written you! In 1987, Hasbro ran a mail-away promotion giving fans the opportunity to receive a personalized figure in order to "be the next Joe." Although everyone who sent in the $7.50 and two flag points received the same figure, Steel Brigade, the filecards were unique to each person containing their name and attributes they selected on the mail-away pamphlet.

Steel Brigade
Special Forces
Name: ____________
Grade: E-4 (Specialist)

Primary Weapon:AR-B Paratrooper Combat Rifle with Close-Quarter Bayonet
Combat Gear: Ballistic Helmet, Tactical Backpack, Rocket Storage Backpack, Rockets, Bazooka Rocket Launcher, Heavy Machine Gun with Stand, Rotary Grenade Launcher

Steel Brigade troopers are the backbone of the G.I. Joe fighting force. The "grunts" of the team, they are chosen for their exceptional dedication and skills. They work hard to hone their skills so that they can move up the ranks into specialized positions. They meet every challenge with determination and enthusiasm, and eagerly go on missions where they can watch and learn from their superiors.

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