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Captain Grid-Iron

File Name: Terrence Lydon of Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Grade: Army O-3 (1990)
SN: 903-5221-YY07
Notes: Evergreen Park is a village in the southwest part of the Chicago metro area. Bullet-Proof, Ghostrider, Hardtop, Heavy Duty, Scoop, Short-Fuze, and Static Line are from Chicago itself.

chronological: Aero-Viper<< Captain Grid-Iron >>Night-Creeper
alphabetical: Grand Slam<< Captain Grid-Iron >>Grim Skull


Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Dale Wilson212,326 seconds2662,838

Notes: DiC's Grid-Iron wore the 1990 outfit, and he spoke primarily in football metaphors. When Hawk was absent, Grid-Iron appeared to be in charge of the Joe Team, sometimes co-leading with Sgt. Slaughter. The character also appeared in commercial animation, with a more intricate camo pattern.


Season 1 Opening (DiC)3 seconds(silent)in footage from DiC season 1, in final pose
United We Stand114 seconds18 linesseeking Cobra lab, arriving at rubble, watching broadcast, flying Locust, driving MBB, storming rocket base
Revenge of the Pharaohs119 seconds11 linesat Joe camp, on dam mission
Granny Dearest123 seconds16 linesdriving MBB to tow turbine, on train, addressing greenshirts in Chicago, operating General
Victory at Volcania Part 1139 seconds16 linesplaying football, driving MBB, retreating, at airfield, hiding in ruins, washed up on shore, disguised as CG
Victory at Volcania Part 2177 seconds22 linescalling Joe HQ, running from airfield, driving Hammer, in General, leading attack, captured, stealing Rage
The Nozone Conspiracy39 seconds7 linesat base, flying Avalanche hoverjet, searching Cobra base, flying Retaliator
Pigskin Commandos288 seconds37 linesat Joe HQ, playing football, driving Avalanche, flying hoverjet, pursuing Sarge, entering club
Injustice and the Cobra Way428 seconds50 linesin National Archives battle, chasing Cobra, at HQ, breaking into Oval Office, flying Retaliator, in final battle
That's Entertainment7 seconds(silent)at HQ when Cobra retreats, at lunch
I Found You...Evy5 seconds(silent)in General at mobile base
An Officer and a Viperman3 seconds(silent)defending Tokyo base
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 1102 seconds15 linesin General in Lappland, refusing to listen to Pathfinder's suspicions
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 2360 seconds38 linespursuing Comstock Lode in sailboat, parachuting onto island, teaming up with Speedy, rescuing Pathfinder
Season 2 Opening (DiC)3 seconds(silent)in final pose
The Greatest Evil Part I17 seconds(silent)at Duke's briefing, paired with Crimson Guard
The Greatest Evil Part II17 seconds(silent)cheering explosion, rounding up prisoners, cheering again, with Duke's team after final battle
Shadow of a Doubt11 seconds(silent)defending new Headquarters, flying Battle Copter to attack Cobra
Metal-Head's Reunion348 seconds35 linesat Dr. Winters' lab, on cruise ship for reunion, flying Battle Copter in undersea base
Basic Training6 seconds(silent)seen in flashback
The Legend of Metal-Head17 seconds1 lineseen in flashback

Classic Marvel Comic Appearances

As far as I can tell, Grid-Iron was only discernible in 1 panel of 1 issue: #130 in Nov. 1992.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1990    
Version 1: spring 1990 regular carded figure assortment
Hand-to-Hand Combat SpecialistMOS 1: Hand-to-Hand Combat Specialist
MOS 2: Infantry [11A]
  • head: Capt. Grid-Iron (90)
  • arms: Capt. Grid-Iron (90)
  • torso: Capt. Grid-Iron (90)
  • waist: Capt. Grid-Iron (90)
  • legs: Capt. Grid-Iron (90)
Accessories: light grey short-barrel shotgun with thick trigger and thin trigger guard (new), light grey missile-launching rifle with tabs for missiles (new), three light grey football-shaped grenades (new), four small missiles with two slots (new), olive football helmet (new), wide clear visor with pinholes for helmet (new), orange-yellow pair of clip-on elbow pads (new), olive rectangular pack with hook for grenade (new).
CAPT. GRID-IRON was quarterback of the West Point football team and graduated in the top ten of his class. It can be said in his favor that he passed up an appointment to the U.S. Army War College for a conventional infantry command at the company level. It was this determination to be "where the action is" that brought him to the attention of the G.I. Joe organization.
"The other G.I. Joes were a bit put off by this West Pointer when he first showed up, but he turned out to be bearable to the point that nobody tried to 'lose' him on his first mission. In fact, if he would only stop trying so hard to be likeable and put a halt to his John Wayne (classic Hollywood tough guy) imitation, they might let him play quarterback at the annual G.I. Joe Fish Fry Football Game!"
Toy Notes: Featured in 1990's first new figures commercial. Item #6561.