Series: Two (1983)
Ace was released as part of the second series (1983). He came packaged exclusively with the G.I.Joe X14-F Sky-Striker.
The Sky-Striker and Ace were also available in 1984 and 1985, and were discontinued domestically in 1986.
Starting in 1988 through 1994, Ace was available in various mail-in offers through Hasbro Direct. In 1989, Ace was packaged with Lampreys (1985), Keel-Haul (1985), Strato-Viper (1986), and Motor Viper (1986) in the "Special Mission Drivers" set. Later, he could be ordered individually.
Ace came with a flight helmet - clear plastic in front and solid white paint on back.
Grade: O-3 (Captain, USAF)
Birthplace: Providence, RI
Primary Specialty: Fixed Wing Pilot, Single and Multiple Engine
Secondary Specialty: Intelligence Operations
Ace would rather fly than do anything else. During high school he worked after school and weekends to pay for flying lessons. Spent one year flying pipelines in Alaska and two years stunt flying for movies. Enlisted USAF at 22. Duty most previous to G.I. Joe assignment: senior instructor USAF Fighter Weapons Squadron "The Aggressors" (pilot combat training school). Qualified Expert: F-5E, F-15, F-16, XP-14/F.
Ace has one major character flaw: cutthroat poker. A predilection for gambling would ordinarily disqualify an applicant for the G.I. Joe team but in Armbruster's case you can hardly call it gambling since he NEVER LOSES. That's why we call him Ace!
There are two versions of Ace's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the SkyStriker does not.
The entire Ace mold was later used in 1998 to create Ace (v5).
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
Note the interesting chest piece, which has the large neck piece to attach the helmet.
Ace was included with the Skystriker released in Action Force packages in the United Kingdom and Europe in the late 1980s.
Some European Phantom X-19s released in Europe included Ace as a pilot, here called Ghostrider.
Ace was also available with the Skystriker in Japan as well.
Versions of Ace
In 2008, Ace was renamed "Capt. Ace." So while there are multiple names, they are all based on the character "Ace."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Ace (v1).
Original Retail: $14.95
Hasbro Product: 6010
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83056
Desimone Guide: #35
Tomart's Guide: #GI5159b
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 21 (1st Ed.), Pg. 30 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a