The name or term Dial-Tone refers to more than one character or object. For a list of other uses, see Dial-Tone.

Dial Tone is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
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Dial-Tone was an engineering prodigy who specialized in telecommunications. As young as ten, he was already dabbling in making his radio communications devices and becoming part of a radio network group. He had other goals in mind when he entered the Army but found himself staying around as he saw a greater value for telecommunications in the military. That change in decision can also be attributed in part to a love for action.

While the rest of infantry appreciate Dial-Tone as being one of the guys who like to engage in an adrenaline rush as in a firefight, the buck, as they say, stops there. Dial-Tone's first love will always be radio technology and he still can't hide the techno-nerd that is in his blood.


A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity

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Devil's Due Comics continuity

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G.I. Joe vs. Transformers

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Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Dial-Tone was part of an Action Force teams who were sent to recover a Northrod B2 bomber crew who crashed on an island with top secret information,[1] and who then managed to transmit information on Cobra operations in Italy despite much resistance.[2] When an anonymous tip-off was received about a Cobra assassination attempt on millionaire T.P. Dexter, Dial Tone disguised himself as Dexter and faked Dexter's death at the hands of Storm Shadow.[3] When Cobra attack Action Force's London base Dial Tone was stationed there and detecting a signal beacon transmitted by an imprisoned Destro.[4] He was later part of the assault force who recaptured an Arabian oil terminal from Cobra and prevented it from being exploded to ignite the oil fields.[5]

Hasbro Comics continuity

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Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

First seen in "Arise, Serpentor, Arise." playing a videogame on the base computer with fellow second season first-timer, Mainframe.

Dial-Tone later was part of a nerve gas transport mission with Flint, Lady Jaye, and Cross Country; was promoted to Colonel along with Lifeline and Shipwreck by Cobra in a plot to disrupt G.I. Joe; was shot into space in a nightclub/restaurant with Leatherneck, and Wet-Suit; and was once used in a sting job involving Destro's previously ruined castle.


Generation 1
Dial-Tone 1986 A Real American Hero (1986)

Dial-Tone was first released as part of the 1986 series of A Real American Hero toys. He was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.

Appearance: black beret; brown hair and mustache; pale beige shirt with open collar; green vest with black straps; black gloves and pants with brown belt and green boots and kneepads

Accessories: light grey anti-scrambler communications backpack with curved top and (barely) removable mouthpiece; light grey 9mm parabellum submachine pistol with short stock and slots on muzzle. page/Filecard

Dial-Tone v2 1986 Special Mission: Brazil (1986)

Dial-Tone was released as part of the 1986 series, in the Toys "Я" Us exclusive "Special Mission: Brazil" boxed set. The boxed set also included Claymore, Leatherneck, Mainframe, and Wet-Suit.

Appearance: black beret; black hair and mustache; black shirt with open collar; brown vest with green straps; black gloves and pants with beige belt and green boots and kneepads

Accessories: light grey backpack with curved top and (barely) removable mouthpiece; light grey submachine gun with short stock and slots on muzzle. page/Filecard

Dial-Tone 1991 Sonic Fighters (1990)

Sonic Fighter Dial-Tone was released in the 1991 series of A Real American Hero toys.

Appearance: black beret; brown hair and mustache; grey shirt with open collar; black vest with silver straps; black gloves; blue pants with black belt, boots, and kneepads

Accessories: large, black Sonic backpack with radar dish on top; black "Blocker" laser pistol; black "Dial-Tone" submachine gun; black "Hardball" grenade launcher and chamber; black "Charbroil" flamethrower. page/Filecard

Battle Corps (1994) page/Filecard
The Real American Hero Collection (2000) page/Filecard
Generation 2
G.I. Joe vs. Cobra (2002) page/Filecard
Tiger Force (2003) page/Filecard


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  1. Gunships!
  2. Smooth Operators
  3. Mark of the Assassin!
  4. The Prisoner!
  5. Nights in Armour!
  6. Larry Hama informed Hasbro that if they went with "Hot-Line," they should change "Hot-Spot's" name to Sci-Fi.

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