Unnamed black female - GI Joe team member
Lady Jaye, Grunt ('82) waist
With the success of the GI Joe cartoon series in the mid-80s, Hasbro
made plans to introduce a new female character. Research had indicated
that females appealed to the TV audience for the show. However, Hasbro
later decided that female action figures were not as appealing to the toy
market as their male counterparts, and they scrapped the plans for this
character. No prototype appears to have been made. Only a concept painting,
pictured in the 30th Anniversary card set, was ever created for her.
We can only guess at the traits this character would have had. One can
surmise by her tool belt that perhaps she would have been some sort of
mechanic. Perhaps a love interest would have developed between her and
one of the Joes, such as Alpine or Roadblock. At a quick glance, she looks
like a repainted version of Lady Jaye. However, most of the pieces have
small differences from her mass-produced counterpart. Only the head and
arms look the same. It seems doubtful that the black female would have
been released as a repainted Lady Jaye since during the mid-80s Hasbro
was not in the habit of using old molds for new figures. Perhaps the concept
drawing used Lady Jaye only as a model, and the actual figure would have
had more differences.
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