HELICOPTER ASSAULT TROOPER
Series: Two (1983)
Airborne was released carded as part of the second series (1983).
Airborne was sold in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985. In 1986 and 1987, Hasbro Direct offered Airborne as part of the "Original Adventure Team" mail-in set. He came packaged in a plastic bag and came with nine other figures in a carrying case.
Airborne came with a light green helmet (with goggles molded onto them), a tan assault pack, and a black XM-16 attack rifle with bayonet.
Grade: E-5 (Sergeant)
Birthplace: Navaho Reservation, Arizona
Primary Specialty: Airborne Infantryman
Secondary Specialty: Helicopter Gunship Gunner
Airborne's parents are oil-rich Navahos who indulged their eldest son with sky-diving lessons. Talltree also studied law and passed the Arizona State Bar exams. Joined the army and opted for airborne training, commenting: "I'd rather jump out of airplanes than write legal briefs." Graduated top of class from Airborne School, Fort Benning. Qualified Expert: Hughes Helicopter Chain Gun, M-16, M-60 and M-1911A auto pistol.
Airborne jokes around and gets loose, but he's serious too...dead serious. You look at him and sometimes he's looking right through you. Must be the Indian in him. The Navahos call it "the far-seeing look." Spooky!
There are two versions of Airborne's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came carded does not.
Airborne has been found with thick or thin rank chevrons.
Airborne's body is completely original - all new body parts.
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).
Airborne's arms and lower portion of his legs were recolored and used to create Scrap-Iron (1984). Airborne's chest and legs were recolored and used with some versions of the Steel Brigade figures.
In the United Kingdom and Europe, Airborne was released on Action Force cards.
Auriken released Airborne in Mexico as Volador. This release lacked the brown paint on the waist.
In Argentina, Airborne was produced with slight color variations and a blue collar and released as Condor. Excess stock of Airbornes were also sold in C.O.P.S. packaging and with trench playsets.
There was also a Brazilian version of Condor.
Also in Brazil, Airborne was recolored in Python Patrol colors and released as Naja Pistoleiro: Gatilho.
Versions of Airborne
In 2003, Airborne was renamed "Sgt. Airborne." In 2009, he was renamed again to "Air Raid." So while there are several names, they are based on "Airborne."
Note that Airborne v2 and v3 have a file name of Robert M. Six and are a different character. Also note that Air Raid v2 has a file name of Benjamin R. Thomas, thus making him yet another character.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Airborne (v1).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6411
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #29
Tomart's Guide: #GI5133
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 21 (1st Ed.), Pg. 31 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a