Zartan is a character from the G.I.Joe Toyline, by Hasbro. He is a mercenary who often worked directly for Cobra Commander and is one of the main villains in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic and Animated series. His character was voiced by Zack Hoffman in RAH and was portrayed by Arnold Vosloo in the live-action film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. His name is an anagram of "Tarzan".
When Zartan was originally released in the toy line, it stated on his file card that he suffered from Paranoid Schizophrenia and Multiple Personality Disorder. After a complaint from a mental health organization, Hasbro removed this information from the file for later print runs and was not referenced on file cards for future releases of the character.
The 1984 Zartan action figure featured UV reactive plastic. In its natural state, Zartan appeared Caucasian, but when exposed to sunlight, Zartan's skin changed to a dark blue. The action figure also came with thermal sensitive stickers that were applied to Zartan's chest- and thigh-armor. These stickers changed from maroon when cold, to aqua at room temperature, and blue when hot. Zartan was sold with an accompanying "swamp skier" called the Chameleon, which also contained thermal reactive plastic. The Chameleon could be disassembled into several parts and loaded into a small cart that was included with the action figure; the cart, loaded with the vehicle's parts, would act as part of a disguise, making Zartan appear to be a parts or junk dealer. A small face mask, included in a detachable backpack, completed the disguise.
The action figures for Zartan's brother Zandar and sister Zarana were also constructed of the same UV reactive plastic.
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