Being solid black, the 82-83 ( 1982 - 1983 ) Grand Slam v1.5 figure, laser artillery soldier James J. Barney, has two chief areas of concern. His red pads can often be the source of paint wear, but nothing uncommon. However, its immediate descendant--v2.0 in 1983 has silver pads and is one of the most challenging paint-wear issues to a G.I.Joe collector.
Grand Slam as 2 words, without a hyphen, is the correct spelling of this figure's code name as spelled on his file card and packaging. However, it is often mispelled as either:
Grand-Slam or Grandslam
As with all 82-83 figures, Grand Slam v1.5 is nearly identical to his original 1982 version, with the exceptions of having a slimmer waist piece and swivel-arm elbow joints.
Naming/Identification Problems: 82-83 Figures are often hard to search for with perfect results. The problem lies in the fact that this figure is identified incorrectly a lot of the time. This figure is only a 1982-1983 Figure. A 1982 Grand Slam came only with straight arms and a bulkier waist piece. There is no red-pad v 1.5 1983 Grand Slam. The 1983 Grand Slam has Silver pads only and is version 2.0. Beware incorrect listings, although swivel arms should be fairly easy to spot in a decent picture. Also be wary of any seller claiming to have a 1983 red-pads Grand Slam, as it does not exist.