Communications Officer (Code Name: Breaker)
Simplicity of design is one of the great strengths of the 1980s Joe line’s first year. We’ve seen already that even with an economy of parts, Hasbro was able to create a varied group of characters. Despite the fact that several figures shared head molds, the toys still read as individuals. Simple changes in uniform color, hair color, and accessories kept the team from looking like thirteen carbon copies. Breaker’s rolled-up sleeves I think fit his technical role, and his silver cargo pockets, though odd, enhance the look as well.
As support specialty characters go, Breaker is useful in a variety of roles. Although he’s the comms expert, he can also function as a Early issues of the Marvel comics put him squarely in the role of the team’s all-around technical expert. The clean-shaven portrayal of the character was also quite popular with the ladies in those early days. Maybe the constant gum chewing and bubble blowing was considered cute back then.
Breaker is yet another original team member whose specialty was updated with a different character, and was therefore not given a late 80s or 90s update. It’s a shame we didn’t get a comic pack o-ring version with a bubblegum bubble attachment, although the 25th Anniversary offering did include this all-important accessory.
One of Breaker’s most well-remembered roles was that of the operator of the RAM on its packaging. Strangely enough, he’s beardless on this package as well. Very odd. Despite the facial follicle foibles, Breaker was so well associated with this ride that Hasbro put him behind the handlebars of the 25th anniversary remake of the beloved cycle.