Series: Two (1983)
The Combat Jet Skystriker [XP-14F] was first released boxed in U.S. toy stores in 1983. The box included the driver, Ace. The toy was also sold in 1984 and 1985, then was discontinued in 1986.
Driver/Pilot: ACE (v1)
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.
Easily Broken/Lost Pieces
The parachutes are commonly missing with the Skystriker. Receiving the parachutes with the Skystriker is a real find.
The canopy, the two tail fins, the six missiles, the two seats, and the two engines are also sometimes lost. Of the six missiles, the two front "stinger" missiles are often found broken. Take extra care of the "stinger" missiles.
Note that the Skystriker is molded in white plastic than can sometimes become discolored yellow. Some factors known to cause the discoloration include exposure to direct sunlight for an extended period of time, humidity, contact with chemicals (such as glue or tape), and bright artificial light.
There are two versions of the nose gun on the Combat Jet Skystriker [XP-14F]. One version of the nose has a grid behind the gun - the other version does not have the grid.
Some Skystrikers came with two parachutes, while others only came with one. The change is reflected in the packaging language.
The Combat Jet Skystriker was released in the United Kingdom and Europe in the late 1980s. The initial release featured simpler decals. Later releases had decals identical to the US release, but with G.I. Joe decals replaced with Action Force ones.
In Brazil in 1986, the Skystriker was released by Estrela Toys as the Super Caça-Bombardeiro.
Takara released the Skystriker in Japan in 1986 as well.
In the 1990s, a Funskool India Skystriker was released in a slightly darker shade of gray with red missiles.
Versions of Skystriker [XP-14F]
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Skystriker [XP-14F].
Original Retail: $14.95
Product Number: 6010
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83056v
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 28 (1st Ed.), Pg. 43 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: n/a
Tomart's Guide: GI5159 (without grid) and 5160 (with grid)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a