LASER ARTILLERY SOLDIER  
  Code Name: GRAND SLAM  
 

Of the original 13 Joes, Grand Slam probably just pips Short-Fuze for the title of "most obscure". He didn't feature in the cartoon at all, and was rarely glimpsed after the first few issues of the comic. However, he was one of the first figures to get a second scheme. The first version, packed with the HAL cannon, had red armour - basically being Flash with Grunt's head. The second version, packed with the JUMP playset, at least gave him a silver chest plate and pads.

And it's this second version the 25th Anniversary figure is based on, presumably to keep him distanced from Flash. It was packed with the Night Specter, a recolour of the SHARC submarine, but I tend to use him in conjunction with the 25th version of the FLAK or JUMP. The HAL is quite difficult to find over here in green, due to the UK release being recoloured as the Red Shadow Laser Exterminator.

The figure this time is a straight recolour of Flash, but at least opting for the silver body armour makes him a bit more visually distinct, while he uses a darker shade of green black gauntlets, more olive-tinged skin and darker hair to further aid the ruse. Grand Slam still looks an awful lot like Flash, but then so did the original figures and it's hard to blame the 25th version for this failing. I mean, if nothing else it's faithful.

The pros and cons are pretty much the same as Flash, obviously - good articulation and balance, though the split in the chest isn't very well positioned. Grand Slam's main fault is that, like Short-Fuze and Grunt, being part of a store-exclusive set means he can be quite hard to find, and relatively expensive to boot. Sadly, unlike those two, he doesn't have an awful lot of individuality to him, and is only really needed for those trying to complete the original line-up in 25th Anniversary form.

G.I. Joe Grand Slam
G.I. Joe Grand Slam
G.I. Joe Grand Slam
G.I. Joe Grand Slam