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UPDRAFT (v1)

RETALIATOR PILOT 

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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1990-UPDRAFT-01

Series: Nine (1990)

Updraft was released as part of the ninth series (1990), packaged exclusively with the Retaliator hi-tech attack copter. He was discontinued domestically in 1991.

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Accessories

Updraft came with a gray helmet and a dark gray pistol.

Filecard Information

File Name: Smithers, Matthew W.
SN: 223-2088-NQ43
Grade: O-3
Birthplace: Bismark, North Dakota
Primary Specialty: Retaliator Pilot
Secondary Specialty: Weapons Systems Officer

UPDRAFT led the American team to victory two years in a row at the World Helicopter Championships and was a special instructor at the flight Warrant Officer's School at Fort Rucker before being selected for duty with G.I. Joe. His "hands-on" experience played an integral role n the final design of the Retaliator helicopter. Updraft's input greatly added to the copter's maneuverability, heavy-lift capability and battlefield survivability.

"Updraft molds the Retaliator to him the way he would a new suit. The machine becomes a part of him and even takes on his body language. If the G.I. Joes are in a hot situation, they'd like to see Updraft fly in to lay down cover fire and get them out of there!"

Variations

No variations of Updraft (v1) are known to exist.

Body Construction

Updraft's body mold is entirely original and not made up from previous molds.

Versions of Updraft (v1)

This was the only version of Updraft ever made.

Reference Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Updraft (v1).

Original Retail: $24.49
Hasbro Product: 6335
RAHC: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #281
Tomart's Guide: #GI6413b
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 159 (1st Ed.), Pg. 215 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a
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