1982 Flash: Laser Rifle Trooper v1 (straight-arm)
Ron Rudat (R&D Figure Designer) discuss why he brought lasers into G.I. Joe.
All sixteen 1982 straight-arm figures were re-released in 1983 with updated swivel-arm articulation. The 1982 straight-arm figures are known as v1, while the 1983 swivel-arm figures are known as v1.5, since they aren't entirely new figures.