RIP CORD (v1)
(HIGH ALTITUDE LOW OPENING)
Series: Three (1984)
Rip Cord was released carded as part of the third series (1984). He was also sold in 1985, then was discontinued domestically in 1986.
Rip Cord came with a black helmet, a black oxygen mask, a light green parachute pack, and a light green SLR-W1L1 rifle with sight.
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Primary Specialty: Airborne Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Demolitions
Rip Cord joined the Civil Air Patrol in high school. Discovered skydiving and joined the G.I. Joe team so he could jump from much higher altitudes. Qualified expert: M-16; M-1911A1 Auto Pistol; Carl Gustav 9mm parabellum; Browning high-power.
"Let's say you got a trouble spot-you can't sail, walk, or ride in. So you send a plane in so high that it can't be seen or heard. Rip Cord jumps and drops like a rock for thousands of feet, then opens his chute at the last possible moment to avoid visual and electronic detection. What he does once he hits the ground you don't want to hear about."
There are two versions of Rip Cord's helmet. One version can be found without holes drilled in the sides of it, the other does have the holes there (pictured below).
Rip Cord's rifle has been found in two different shades of green.
Rip Cord's body mold is entirely original and not made up from previous molds.
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).
Rip Cord was sold in Canada in dual-language packaging.
Rip Cord was sold in Europe on Action Force cards. He was also available in the Action Pack.
Auriken released Rip Cord in Mexico as Soga.
In Brazil, Ripcord was sold on all new card-art as Fumaça. Later, Ripcord was recolored in Python Patrol colors and released as Naja Motociclista: Relâmpago.
In Argentina, a version of Ripcord was released with blue stripes instead of black stripes as Fuego. Also in Argentina, Ripcord was recolored in tan and released as one of the versions of Sokerk. Excess stock of Fuego and Sokerk figures were also sold in C.O.P.S. packaging and with trench playsets.
Versions of Rip Cord
In 2003, Rip Cord was renamed Halo Jumper. So while there are multiple names and ethnicities, they are all based on the character "Wallace A. Weems."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Rip Cord (v1).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6418
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-84008
Desimone Guide: #42
Tomart's Guide: #GI5259
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 37 (1st Ed.), Pg. 55 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a