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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.
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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
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Storyline

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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USA

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English

Release Date:

12 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

G.I. Joe: The MASS Device See more »

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(5 parts)

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Color
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Trivia

The scene in the opening montage of Flash firing his laser rifle at a target is actually taken from the commercial for the "GI JOE #1" comic. See more »

Goofs

Ramar's height fluctuates throughout the entire mini-series. When Duke first confronts Ramar in the Arena of Sport, Ramar towers over him, and looks to be somewhere between 13-14 feet tall (if we are to believe Scarlett's line that Duke is 6'2"). In the second episode, in close quarter combat with Duke, Ramar looks to be a couple of feet taller than Duke, which would place him in the 8-9 foot range. By the fourth episode, Ramar stands next to Selena and is barely taller than she is, which would make him somewhere between 6-7 feet tall. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in The Toys That Made Us: G.I. Joe (2017) See more »

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Best Cartoon Ever
4 April 2000 | by Sithlord-20See all my reviews

This five-part mini-series introduced the world to what would become (at least in my opinion) the best cartoon ever put on TV. All the ingredients which would become the hallmarks of the series were in place: superb animation, a wide array of complex heroes and villains, fervent patriotism and, most importantly, non-stop action.

In their first of countless conflicts with the terrorist organization Cobra, the G.I. Joe force--Duke, Scarlet, Lady Jaye, Snake Eyes, et al--face arms dealer Destro's nefarious MASS device. Their battle takes them around the world in a desperate race to retrieve the three elements which power MASS, from the frigid Arctic to the ocean floor. The showdowns are awesome and incessant, right up to the final assault on Cobra Commander's hidden temple.

I watched this show religiously as a kid, and now, in my mid-twenties, I find it just as stimulating as ever. For Cold War propaganda at its best, nothing tops G.I. Joe.


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