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Long Arm

File Name: Thomas P. Mangiaratti of Boulder Creek, California.
Grades: Army E-4 (1993), E-5 (2008)
SN: 69-428-LIK4
Notes: Boulder Creek is in the west central part of the state, about 25 miles southwest of San Jose. The code name is similar to Longarm, the Autobot Mini-Con released with Red Alert in 2002.

chronological: Mace<< Long Arm >>Gristle
alphabetical: Lobotomaxx<< Long Arm >>Long Range


Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Long Arm was never animated.

Classic Marvel Comic Appearances

To my knowledge, Long Arm did not appear in the vintage comic.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1993 (Battle Corps) 2. 2008 (Convention)  
Version 1: late summer 1993 Battle Corps Wave 4 carded figure assortment, #31
First Strike SpecialistMOS 1: Initial Assault
MOS 2: Offensive Tactician
  • head: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • arms: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • torso: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • waist: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • legs: Long Arm (93, 08)
Accessories: red laser rifle (91 Sci-Fi's), red machine gun (91 Grunt's), black spring missile launcher with red trigger (93 Law's), two red spring missiles (93 Payload's), red knife (92 Roadblock's), orange round full-head Hazmat helmet (new), clear blue oval face shield (new), red launcher shield (93 Law's), red figure stand (common).
When the time comes to hit the evil Cobra empire and hit them hard, the first strike always comes from LONG ARM. He has a reputation for being the first man in and the last one out. He kicks doors off their hinges and charges right in to capture Headhunters, but he's got to keep a sharp eye out for cross fire because while they're shooting at him from the front, the Battle Corps team is blasting their way in from behind. Talk about being "sandwiched" between a rock and a hard place, if he wasn't so fast, he'd be lunch meat!
Motto: "I'm always the first one into the firefight, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
Toy Notes: Featured in the Shark 9000 commercial. Originally intended as part of 1993's D.E.F. line, but moved into Battle Corps when it was canceled. The Australian release retained the D.E.F. packaging. Item #6761.
Version 2: late June 2008 S.W.A.T. special figure three-pack
S.W.A.T. Bomb TechnicianMOS 1: Bomb Disposal Robotic Systems Operator
MOS 2: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist [89D]
  • head: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • arms: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • torso: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • waist: Long Arm (93, 08)
  • legs: Long Arm (93, 08)
Accessories: dark grey rifle (03 Iron Grenadier's), dark green helmet with black trim (93 Long Arm's), clear face shield (93 Long Arm's), dark grey case with "IED DETECTOR" in white (90 Salvo's), dark green bomb manipulator robot on six black wheels, with light green claw arm and two antennas (new), clear figure stand (common).
LONG ARM is responsible for the identification and disposal of enemy munitions and explosive devices. Because of the dangers of this job, he always wears a specialized suit of flexible yet protective body armor, consisting of materials resistant to flame, heat, fragmentation, ballistics, over-pressure and impact, even biological and chemical threats. In short, he wears the most expensive disposable uniform in the G.I. JOE arsenal. He also carries a detection kit with the latest dismantling tools and electronic jammers for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and is well trained in Close Quarter Battle tactics.
LONG ARM often employs a bomb disposal robot to protect himself and his teammates. These RCRV, or Remotely Controlled Robotic Vehicles, are outfitted with cameras, microphones, and sensors for detection and avoidance of chemical or biological agents; specialized arms for rapid disablement of IEDs and booby traps; and tactical disrupters to provide minimal risk of collateral damage to innocent civilian as well as the G.I. JOE team. But, can all this high-tech gear protect him from an enemy that IS the explosive device?
"If you see me running...something is about to go BOOM!"
Toy Notes: Bagged together with Shockblast and Low-Light at the Headhunters-themed 2008 Convention.