Red Laser

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For the common 632.8 nm wavelength red laser, see helium–neon laser.
Red Laser
G.I. Joe character
Red Laser.jpg
Red Laser. His mask and helmet are based on the generic Red Shadow soldier
First appearance 1983 (As toy)[1]
Affiliation Red Shadows
File name Unknown
Birth place Japan
SN Unknown
Primary MOS Laser Dynamics[2]
Secondary MOS Artillery[2]

Red Laser is an Action Force action figure and comic book character. He is a Red Shadow and the gunner of the Laser Exterminator.[3]

Red Laser was known in West Germany as Roter Laser.[4]


Red Laser unmasked.

According to his Battle Action Force depiction, Red Laser is a former-member of a Japanese terrorist organisation and:[2][5]

Has a high level of technical experience. Formerly a student of Laser Technology at Tokyo University, was corrupted by dreams of power shown to him by Baron Ironblood. Has developed Laser Exterminator into the most deadly weapon in the enemy armoury.

In addition, Red Laser is described as totally corrupt, and brainwashed by Baron Ironblood to accept the slightest command from him [2][5]

Action figure[edit]

As an action figure Red Laser was supplied with a black pistol[1] which could be clipped onto his back. The figure distributed in Europe is a repaint of the G.I. Joe Cobra Commander.[3] A variation of the figure, without the skull and crossbones, was made for West Germany due to then German toy laws.[1]

Role in the transition to Cobra[edit]

Red Laser is one of a handful of Red Shadow characters incorporated into the storyline that accompanied the transition to Cobra in the mid-1980s. The change in direction saw a storyline[6] where Ironblood betrays the Red Shadows, leaking information about their bases and intentions to the UN. As the Shadows are wiped out, Ironblood goes into hiding and constructs a new identity for himself, becoming Cobra Commander, and creating Cobra as a new enemy force.

Subsequently, Red Laser (who is shown without his face mask/helmet[7]) together with the Black Major and Red Vulture goes in search of Ironblood to seek revenge for the betrayal of the Red Shadows. However he is unable to get near to his former leader and exits the series having rescued the Black Major with Red Vulture. He never features again in Battle Action Force.


  1. ^ a b c "Red Laser". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Red Laser Toy". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  3. ^ a b "Red Laser". Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Roter Laser". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Red Laser Data". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  6. ^ "World Enemy No. 1". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Revenge of the Red Shadows". Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11.