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Quick Kick

File Name: MacArthur S. Ito of Los Angeles, California.
Grade: Army E-4 (1985-2008)
SNs: 631-42-7104; 631-42-MS71
Notes: Quick Kick's first name undoubtedly refers to General Douglas MacArthur of World War II and the Korean War. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US. Other Joes from LA include Jinx, Skidmark, Steel Brigade Commander, Sure Fire, and Wreckage.

chronological: Lady Jaye<< Quick Kick >>Dusty
alphabetical: Pythona<< Quick Kick >>Rampage


Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Fran´┐Żois Chau291,960 seconds1921,415

Sunbow's Quick Kick wore his 1985 outfit (what there is of it) with dark blue-grey pants, but usually with no rising sun on the headband, and with larger wristbands. He usually incorporated movie impressions into his dialogue. Quick Kick's file name was mentioned in the episode Captives of Cobra, Part 1.


Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)9 seconds(silent)riding Sky Hawk, punching Tomax, in final pose
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 114 seconds(silent)erroneously seen at Joe HQ during satellite attack
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 4165 seconds15 linesrescuing Alpine & Bazooka, defeating Storm Shadow, riding under a H.I.S.S., stealing cargo plane
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 5122 seconds13 linesreturning to Joe HQ, attacking Cobra base, yodeling to bring down Dragon
Cobra's Candidate34 seconds1 linein Dragonfly to help rescue captured Joes
The Phantom Brigade83 seconds3 linesmeeting Roman Warrior; defending factory; on hovercraft; present at burial
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 145 seconds(silent)in F.L.A.K. defending Joe HQ; preventing synthoid Gen. Franks from shooting Mutt
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 224 seconds4 linesrescued by Rock 'n Roll, attacking island base
Spell of the Siren2 seconds(silent)entranced at Joe HQ (10:44-45, miscolored)
Twenty Questions10 seconds(silent)at maneuvers; on obstacle course
Lasers in the Night420 seconds61 linesleading martial arts presentation; dating Amber; rescuing her from Snake Island
The Germ2 seconds(silent)manning A.W.E. Striker against germ (20:07-08)
Captives of Cobra, Part 174 seconds7 lineswith parents in Los Angeles, in Silver Mirage to escort crystals
Captives of Cobra, Part 2122 seconds8 linesin Silver Mirage, diverting family from crystals, assaulting Cobra base
Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent135 seconds6 linesin Skystriker to island; fighting on Cobra boat; swallowed by sea serpent
Cobra Quake241 seconds33 linesat training camp; fighting and pursuing Storm Shadow; disarming bomb; driving Silver Mirage
Excalibur246 seconds29 linessetting up radar system; pursuing & fighting Storm Shadow; rescuing Footloose
Flint's Vacation68 seconds(silent)at HQ during broadcast; on U.S.S. Flagg and in Killer W.H.A.L.E.; in undersea base
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)5 seconds(silent)riding on Triple T, at top of Terror Drome
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 16 seconds(silent)right field in ball game; on airfield during B.A.T. attack; at briefing on Dreadnoks
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 211 seconds(silent)at command center; driving Recon Sled in Egypt
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World5 seconds(silent)running from crashed Tomahawks
Nightmare Assault2 seconds(silent)karate chopping his pillow to avoid sleep (12:34-35)
Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs16 seconds4 linescatching a child falling from a poorly built treehouse
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening7 seconds(silent)fighting Vipers on the ground, in final pose
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 148 seconds6 linesat B.E.T. test; driving H.A.V.O.C. during attack and as part of Roadblock's unit
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 28 seconds(silent)captured by Cobra-La
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 327 seconds2 lineswitnessing Cobra Commander's punishment; trying to escape; trapped by carnal trees
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 59 seconds(silent)freed from carnal trees; fighting Cobra in ice dome; charging toward palace; running during retreat

Classic Marvel Comic Appearances

By my count, Quick Kick was discernible in 162 panels in 22 issues from Mar. 1986 to Dec. 1994: #45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, Order of Battle 2, 61, SM 6, 62, 63, 66, 67, 83, SM 27, 108, 109, 110, 112, and 155. He was killed in #109.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1985 2. 2008 (DVD)  
Version 1: spring 1985 regular carded figure assortment
Silent WeaponsMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
Intelligence [35M]
  • head: Quick Kick (85)
  • arms: Quick Kick (85)
  • torso: Quick Kick (85)
  • waist: Quick Kick (85)
  • legs: Quick Kick (85)
Accessories: silver sword with lumpy hilt (new), small straight silver nunchaku with soft chain (new), dark grey backpack with slots for sword.
Subject's Japanese father and Korean mother owned a grocery store in Watts. Not accepted by either the Japanese or Koreans because of his mixed ancestry and too short to play basketball, Quick Kick turned to martial arts. All martial arts. He is a ranking black belt in Tae Kwan Do, Go Ju Ryu, Southern Praying Mantis Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi Sword, Zen Sword, and Wing-Chun. He was working as a stunt man in Hollywood when he was recruited for the G.I. Joe team.
Qualified expert: All NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms.
"Here's the situation. You want to gain access to a fortified villa. Twelve foot tall continuous wall topped with razor-spiral and only one gate through it. Two inch steel plate on the gate, two sand-bagged guard houses with direct telephone link to the main house, four guards with submachine guns, two Dobermans, and a silent alarm hooked to a deadman's switch that one of the guards is leaning on at all times. How to do it? Have Quick Kick hit it, that's how!"
Variations: Mail-order Quick Kicks were made with a slightly softer and brighter plastic.
Toy Notes: Item #6441.
Reissues: Reissued in mail offers 1991-1993 (Escape from Doom, Secret of the Dark Lagoon, Terrifying Lasers of Destruction).
Version 2: November 2008 DVD Battles multipack assortment, #4
Silent WeaponsMOS 1: Infantry [11B]
Intelligence [35M]
  • head: Quick Kick (08)
  • arms: Quick Kick (08)
  • body: Quick Kick (08)
  • legs: Quick Kick (08)
Accessories: tan sword with grooved grip and silver blade (new), smooth tan nunchuks on flexible silver chain (new), black belt with blue pockets and red sash with throwing stars (new), black pouch backpack with slots for sword (new), black Joe figure stand.
His Japanese father and Korean mother owned a grocery store in Watts. He began studying martial arts when very young to dissuade neighborhood thugs from harassing him or robbing his family's store. Naturally gifted and a quick learner, he soon mastered several martial arts forms including Tae Kwan Do, Goju-Ryu, Southern Praying Mantis, Tai Chi Sword, and Wing Chun, among others. He was working as a stunt man in Hollywood when he found himself helping the G.I. JOE team; they were so impressed with his skills that they quickly recruited him.
"Get into a fortified villa with twelve-foot-high walls topped with razor spiral and guarded by dozens of COBRA guards armed to the teeth? Easy. Now give me something really challenging to do."
Toy Notes: Boxed with Snake Eyes, Maj. Bludd, Cobra Commander, M.A.S.S. Device transport chassis, and The Pyramid of Darkness DVD. Item #33560.