Ron A. Rudat, former Senior Product Designer, was responsible for creating some of the most iconic characters that exist in the G.I.Joe: Real American Hero line. Characters such as Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Duke, and Cobra Commander exist because of his creativity and passion for creating a line of action figures that continues to live on today.
In 1971, after graduating Vespar George School of Art, Ron started his career at Hasbro as an illustrator after being recruited by Hasbro’s Art Director, Mr. Jerry Pilkinton. In 1978, Ron moved to the Research and Design department as a Designer and in 1980 he became part of the G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero brand team. He worked on the Real American Hero line until 1987 and later created some figures in the mid 1990s.
Ron’s responsibilities extended beyond just designing figures. He was also responsible in designing weapons, accessories, vehicles, and logos for the G.I.Joe brand. Some of his most recognizable logos include the eagle logo on the Skystriker XP-14F Jet as well as the Cobra logo which can be seen throughout the new G.I.Joe movies!
Like many other people who worked on the brand, Ron’s likeness was sculpted into the character Leatherneck. Larry Hama also used a form of his name for the character Dusty, Ronald A. Tadur (his last name is an anagram of “Rudat”).