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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 

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The GI Joe Special Missions force must battle to build a counterweapon to Cobra's teleportation device.









Series cast summary:
Michael Bell ...  Dr. Vandermeer / ... 5 episodes, 1983
Arthur Burghardt ...  Destro / ... 5 episodes, 1983
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ...  Cobra Commander / ... 5 episodes, 1983
B.J. Ward ...  Scarlett 5 episodes, 1983
Morgan Lofting Morgan Lofting ...  Baroness / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Marla Frumkin Marla Frumkin ...  Selena 4 episodes, 1983
John Stephenson ...  Gen. Flagg / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Frank Welker ...  Timber / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Peter Cullen ...  Ramar / ... 4 episodes, 1983
Libby Aubrey ...  Cover Girl 3 episodes, 1983
Buster Jones Buster Jones ...  Doc / ... 3 episodes, 1983
Rob Paulsen ...  Tripwire / ... 2 episodes, 1983


The G.I. Joe Special Missions Force must contend with COBRA who, after a successful raid for a special broadcast satellite, now threatens the world with a revolutionary device called the MASS device which can snatch anything seemingly out of existence around the world as well as normal teleportation. GI Joe finds the original designer of the device who advises that the only way to counter that weapon is to build a MASS device of their own. However to do that, three rare catalytic elements are needed to power the device properly. Now the team must race around the world and find those supplies, while battling COBRA who has the same need for them as well. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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This series' concept was originally created for the Marvel Comic book using a reworked series proposal by Larry Hama originally called, "Fury Force," where the son of Nick Fury, Executive Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., organizes and leads a special commando unit of that intelligence organization to fight the villainous secret organization, HYDRA. While that proposal did not go forward, the toy company, Hasbro, approached Marvel to create a comic book of their revived GI Joe toyline, the characters and equipment of which could be advertised on television with much less regulation than straightforward toy commercials. To that end, the "Fury Force," proposal was redesigned to match the toy line with Marvel writer Archie Goodwin suggesting reworking HYDRA as Cobra for the villain. That idea was accepted with some reluctance from Hasbro as they had some trepidation at how well an army of villains would sell. However, sales of Cobra action figures and accessories soon made up 40% of the toyline's sales. See more »


After Selena and Scarlett are foiled in their rebellion, they are shackled and chained. Selena says "You are very brave", but it is Scarlett's mouth that is moving. See more »


Breaker, Cobra Commander, Gung-Ho, Steeler: You incompetent steel head! Your bumbling has cost me dearly!
Destro, Stalker: Premature panic is the sign of an immature mind! I have MASTERED the device!
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Alternate Versions

The home video version cuts 2 scenes from the TV mini series:
  • After Cover Girl has gotten rid of the fusion bomb and Dr. Vandermeer says that thanks to Timber & Cover Girl they still have a chance, the TV version shows a scene with Dr. Vandermeer explaining that he thinks he has been able to replicate the third element G.I Joe needs for the M.A.S.S device. He asks for a test subject, and Duke tells Gung-Ho to give him his rifle. They test out the M.A.S.S device and Gung-Ho's rifle comes out mangled and warped. Gung-Ho picks up his rifle and says "Baby, what'd they DO to you?" and then the scene (and video) picks up with Vandermeer explaining that without the third element they are no match for Cobra.
  • When Duke is in the sensory deprivation tank, the TV version shows Doc actually probing deeper into Duke's thoughts. The screen shows a scene of Duke defending a young boy from bullies and Doc makes a comment about Duke being patriotic and defending others even at a young age, and then another clip where they show Duke dismounting off parallel bars. The scene (and video) then picks up with Doc asking Duke to think about a Cobra headed fortress on top of a bleak mountain.
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Cobra 4 Life
12 April 2006 | by mlampi13See all my reviews

This show was really biased towards the GI JOES. They don't give COBRA the respect it deserves. The totally sweet tanks, bitchin jet planes, those cobra pods, all the Cobra army was ridiculously sweet. The intimidation of COBRA stands strong in peoples minds. All the characters of GIJOE were like-able on both sides. It was always sweet watching each guy do his special thing, whippin out grappling hooks, skis, alligators, missle launchers, big machine guns, ninja weapons, flame throwers, chainsaw guns, crossbows, you name it.. its probably someones weapon of choice. Of course, the Cobra Commander only needs his trusty sidearm. That's how many people you gotta go through to get to me!

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Release Date:

12 September 1983 (USA) See more »

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G.I. Joe: The MASS Device See more »

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