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Ace

(aka Captain Ace)

File Name: Brad J. Armbruster of Providence, Rhode Island.
Grades: Air Force O-3 (1983); O-4 (1992); O-3 (1993); O-4 (1997-1998); O-3 (2004-2008)
various SNs: AF335986725; 533-4902-RT81; 223-035-9874; RA 325-98-6725; 223-035-BJ74
Notes: Providence, the state capital, is located at the mouth of the Providence River. Bullhorn, Dee-Jay, Dogfight, Ice Cream Soldier, Skystriker, and Major Storm also come from Providence. Hasbro's headquarters is in nearby Pawtucket, which is why so many Joes come from this state. The 1992 filecard uniquely identifies Ace as Wendall L. Armbruster of Seattle, WA.


Previous character: Wild Bill
Next character: Duke

 

Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Pat Fraley301,296 seconds1861,593
Reel FX VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Alistair Abell1(audio only)213

Notes: Wore an entirely different outfit from the original figure's: black hair, a regular white helmet with black airmask and blue goggles (worn only when flying), no red trim on the uniform, a dark grey vest, and normal-sized black boots. In Computer Complications, several generic Joe pilots wore outfits similar to Ace's. An early ad for Marvel comics gave Ace an outfit based on the 1983 version but colored green. In Valor vs. Venom, Ace spoke two lines from inside the cockpit of a Thunderwing but was not quite visible through the canopy.

 

A Real American Hero, Part 413 seconds6 lines
Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)2 seconds (silent)
Cobra Soundwaves268 seconds38 lines
Cobra Stops the World221 seconds19 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 11 second (silent)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 573 seconds2 lines
Battle for the Train of Gold10 seconds3 lines
Lights! Camera! Cobra!0 seconds1 line
Money to Burn91 seconds18 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 119 seconds3 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 252 seconds7 lines
Spell of the Siren3 seconds (silent)
Twenty Questions30 seconds3 lines
The Gamesmaster85 seconds10 lines
The Viper Is Coming11 seconds4 lines
The Funhouse2 seconds1 line
Where the Reptiles Roam9 seconds2 lines
Lasers in the Night11 seconds (silent)
The Germ146 seconds30 lines
The Traitor, Part 16 seconds (silent)
Cobra Quake4 seconds4 lines
Flint's Vacation5 seconds1 line
The Wrong Stuff172 seconds25 lines
The Pit of Vipers45 seconds6 lines
Cold Slither3 seconds2 lines
The Great Alaskan Land Rush2 seconds1 line
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 13 seconds (silent)
Sink the Montana4 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 21 second (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 54 seconds (silent)
Valor vs. Venom0 seconds2 lines

Headcanon

Born November 30, 1952. Ace was one of the first additions to the Joe Team, joining in March 1981. His appearance is represented by Version 1, changing to Version 3 in 1985. Ace served with the Joes until they were disbanded in December 1989, and he was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 7 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983 (SkyStriker)
2. 1992 (Battle Copter)
3. 1993 (Ghoststriker)
4. 1997 (A-10 Thunderbolt)
5. 1998 (Conquest)
6. 2004/I (Tigerhawk I)
7. 2004/II (Tigerhawk II)
8. 2008/I (Comic #115)
9. 2008/II (Senior Ranking Officers)
Version 1: 1983 boxed SkyStriker XP-14F vehicle
Fig. #0031: Fighter PilotMOS 1: Fixed Wing Pilot, Single and Multiple Engine [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N3]
  • head: Ace (83, 98)
  • arms: Ace (83, 98)
  • torso: Ace (83, 98)
  • waist: Ace (83, 98)
  • legs: Ace (83, 98)
Accessories: white helmet (new, with clear domed front)
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 age 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!
Toy Notes: Item #6010.
Re-releases: Also available as part of a vehicle drivers set through several mail-in offers from 1988 to 1990.
Version 2: 1992 boxed Battle Copter vehicle
Fig. #0331: Battle Copter PilotMOS 1: Battle Copter Pilot [11R3]
MOS 2: Ordnance Officer [21M3]
  • head: Ace (92, 93, 97)
  • arms: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • torso: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • waist: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • legs: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
Accessories: white flight helmet (new, soft plastic with green goggles); black air mask (new, soft plastic with tube to chest); black submachine gun (88 Shockwave's Mac-10)
ACE is the original fighter-jock jet driver of the G.I. Joe Team. He can push a twin-engine, air superiority fighter to the red-line, performing daring aerobatic maneuvers that other pilots would consider impossible. To Ace, taking an open-harness, high-powered craft into the heart of Cobra-controlled territory is the ultimate challenge of his flying skills! Ace is a graduate of the Combined Services Escape and Evasion School.
Motto: "Flying a modern fly-by-wire jet is like flying a computer with wings. Piloting a Battle Copter into a fast-rising thermal with the control surfaces vibrating through your sticks and harness - that's flying!"
Toy Notes: Item #6755. The figure pictured in the 1992 insert catalog and on the box back has a green air mask.
Version 3: 1993 Battle Corps boxed Ghoststriker X-16 vehicle
Fig. #0407: Battle Copter PilotMOS 1: Fixed Wing Pilot [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N3]
  • head: Ace (92, 93, 97)
  • arms: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • torso: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • waist: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • legs: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
Accessories: black helmet (92 Ace's, with green goggles); black air mask (92 Ace's); black pistol (86 Low-Light's Uzi)
ACE would rather fly than do anything else. During high school, he worked after school and weekends to pay for flying lessons. He spent one year flying pipelines in Alaska and two years stunt flying for movies before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force at 22. He joined the G.I. Joe team after serving in pilot combat training school as a senior instructor to the U.S.A.F.'s Fighter Weapons Squadron (known to most aviators as "The Aggressors"). He's an expert pilot qualified to fly an F-5E, F-16, XP-14/F, and the Ghoststriker X-16 jet. He has one major character flaw: cutthroat poker. But in Armbruster's case, you can hardly call it a flaw because he NEVER LOSES! That's why he's called ACE!
Motto: "Once an enemy is in my sights, I blast 'em from the sky then turn 'n burn back home!"
Toy Notes: Item #6868. Referred to in the Ghoststriker commercial as a "special-edition Ace."
Version 4: 1997 boxed A-10 Thunderbolt vehicle
Fig. #0511: Fighter PilotMOS 1: Fixed Wing Pilot [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N3]
  • head: Ace (92, 93, 97)
  • arms: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • torso: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • waist: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
  • legs: Ace (92, 93, 97), Slip Stream (03)
Accessories: all-brown flight helmet (92 Ace's, hard plastic); black air mask (92 Ace's); black figure stand
Ace would rather fly than do anything else. He's a legend in the sky with an outstanding mission record. Ace joined the G.I. Joe team after serving as a Senior Instructor for the U.S.A.F.'s Fighter weapons squadron (a.k.a. the "Aggressors"). Put him in the cockpit of any high-powered craft, and he'll be performing daring aerobatic maneuvers that other pilots would consider impossible. Suffice it to say, he's an expert - qualified to fly the F-5E, F-16, XP-14F, and Ghost Striker X-16 jet. He thought he had reached the top, until the chance to fly low-level ground attacks presented itself. Flying the A-10 Ground Attack jet introduced him to a whole new area, and Ace was ready for the challenge. Gliding just above the trees for a bombing run on a COBRA outpost is almost as fun as winning five straight hands at his favorite card game, poker. Gambling would ordinarily disqualify any applicant from the team, but since he NEVER loses, it isn't really gambling.
From General Hawk's File: "Ace is a fast thinker with great judgment. His knowledge of air-combat and dog-fighting skills is extraordinary. A man you can trust anytime except at the card table. He has what it takes to accomplish the mission and bring himself and the aircraft home in one piece. If I didn't trust his skill, I wouldn't ride along with him."
Motto: "You only get one shot at me. When it's my turn, you'll crash and burn."
Toy Notes: Boxed as a Toys 'R Us-exclusive with Gen. Hawk (97) and the A-10 Thunderbolt. Item #28019. The vehicle is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 5: 1998 boxed Conquest X-30 vehicle
Fig. #0533: Air Force Fighter PilotMOS 1: Fixed Wing Pilot [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N3]
  • head: Ace (83, 98)
  • arms: Ace (83, 98)
  • torso: Ace (83, 98)
  • waist: Ace (83, 98)
  • legs: Ace (83, 98)
Accessories: grey flight helmet (83 Ace's, with clear domed front); black pistol (82 Snake Eyes's Uzi)
Ace would rather fly than do anything else. He's a legend in the sky with an outstanding mission record. He joined the G.I. Joe team after serving as a senior instructor for the USAF's Fighter weapons squadron (known as the "Aggressors"). Put him in the cockpit of any high-powered craft and he'll be performing daring aerobatic maneuvers that other pilots would consider impossible. Suffice it to say, he's an expert - qualified to fly the F-5E, F-14, and F-16 fighter jets. Always looking for the thrill of higher, faster, better - the CONQUEST X-30 was exactly the challenge he had been looking for. His highly sensitive computer controls compliments [sic] his fast reflexes and target acquisition capabilities. COBRA pilots know,once he's on their six, it's all over for them. His only major character flaw is cut-throat poker. Gambling would ordinarily disqualify any applicant from the team, but since he NEVER loses, it can't really be called gambling.
From General Hawk's Files: "Ace is a fast thinker with great judgment. His knowledge of air-combat and dog-fighting skills is extraordianry A man you can trust anytime except at the card table. He has what it takes to accomplish the mission and bring himself and the aircraft home in one piece. If I didn't trust his skill, I wouldn't ride along with him."
Motto: "You only get one shot at me. When it's my turn, you'll crash and burn."
Toy Notes: Boxed as a Toys 'R Us-exclusive. Item #57062.
Version 6: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 1 carded Tigerhawk vehicle (04/I)
Fig. #0803: Fighter PilotMOS 1: Pilot [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N3]
  • head: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • arms: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • torso: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • waist: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • legs: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
Tigerhawk Accessories: grey flight helmet (new, with black visor and grey airtube)
2005 Single-Pack Accessories: grey flight helmet (same); black backpack (92 Gung-Ho's); black pistol (88 Shockwave's); black assault rifle (86 Leatherneck's M16/M203)
The United States military maintains a powerful presence in the skies. As a member of the Air Force Tactical Air Command, ACE provides aerial support as a fighter pilot. He goes on combat missions and reconnaissance operations, guiding his fast, highly maneuverable fighter over hostile territory with skill and precision. ACE has loved flying all his life and learned to fly while he was still in high school. He joined the Air Force and is more at home in the cockpit than anywhere else. He is always ready at a moment's notice to take to the skies and strike the evil COBRA forces whenever they launch another criminal attack.
"When the enemy is in my sights, he can't run or hide because I'll get him, and clip his wings for good!"
Toy Notes: Item #58160. An Ace figure was intended for release with 2005's Heavy Assault Squad, which contains a VvV-style Ace filecard whose wording is identical to this one.
Re-releases: Also boxed with some copies of the Thunderwing (04) as a bonus at Toys 'R Us. Later carded as part of the 2005 wave of single-carded figures (Item #06115), and again without accessories as part of the 2008 wave (Item #35371).
Version 7: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 3 carded Tigerhawk vehicle (04/II)
Fig. #0901: Fighter PilotMOS 1: Pilot [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N4]
  • head: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • arms: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • torso: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • waist: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
  • legs: Ace (04/I, 04/II)
Accessories: tan flight helmet (04/I Ace's, with black visor and grey air tube)
The United States military maintains a powerful presence in the skies. As a member of the Air Force Tactical Air Command, ACE provides aerial support as a fighter pilot. He goes on combat missions and reconnaissance operations, guiding his fast, highly maneuverable fighter over hostile territory with skill and precision. ACE has loved flying all his life and learned to fly while he was still in high school. He joined the Air Force and is more at home in the cockpit than anywhere else. He is always ready at a moment's notice to take to the skies and strike the evil COBRA forces whenever they launch another criminal attack.
"When the enemy is in my sights, he can't run or hide because I'll get him, and clip his wings for good!"
Version 8: 2008 Wave 3 comic two-pack assortment (08/I)
Fig. #1225: G.I. Joe Pilot
Captain Ace
MOS 1: Pilot [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N3]
  • head: Ace (08/I, 08/II)
  • upper arms: Capt. Ace (08/I), Wild Bill (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09), Cobra Para-Viper (08)
  • lower arms: Capt. Ace (08/I), Wild Bill (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09)
  • body: Capt. Ace (08/I), Wild Bill (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09), Cobra Para-Viper (08), Specialist Trakker (08), Air Viper Commando (09)
  • upper legs: Capt. Ace (08/I, 08/II), Wild Bill (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Cobra Para-Viper (08), Specialist Trakker (08), Air Viper Commando (09)
  • lower legs: Capt. Ace (08/I, 08/II), Wild Bill (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Specialist Trakker (08)
Accessories: white flight helmet (new, domelike with clear visor); white half-vest (new, with red and grey trim); black Joe figure stand
CAPT. ACE would rather fly than do anything else. During high schol, he worked after school and weekends to pay for flying lesons. He spent one year flying pipelines in Alaska and two years stunt flying for movies before enlisting in the USAF. He joined the G.I. JOE team after serving in pilot combat training school as a senior instructor. He's right at home in the cockpit of all types of planes and has an intuitive knack for getting the most of them.
"CAPT. 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 CAPT. ACE."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Wild Weasel (08/I) and a reprint of Marvel #115. Item #29340.
Version 9: 2008 Senior Ranking Officers Wave 2 three-pack assortment (08/II)
Fig. #1326: G.I. Joe Pilot
Captain Ace
MOS 1: Pilot [11F3]
MOS 2: Intelligence Operations [14N3]
  • head: Ace (08/I, 08/II)
  • upper arms: Snow Job (08), Wild Weasel (08/I, 08/II), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Capt. Ace (08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Air Viper Commando (09)
  • lower arms to wrist: Snow Job (08), Wild Weasel (08/I, 08/II), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Capt. Ace (08/II), Deep Six (08/I)
  • hands: Snow Job (08), Wild Weasel (08/I, 08/II), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Capt. Ace (08/II), Deep Six (08/I), Air Viper Commando (09)
  • body: Snow Job (08), Wild Weasel (08/I, 08/II), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Capt. Ace (08/II)
  • upper legs: Capt. Ace (08/I, 08/II), Wild Bill (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Cobra Para-Viper (08), Specialist Trakker (08), Air Viper Commando (09)
  • lower legs: Capt. Ace (08/I, 08/II), Wild Bill (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 09), Lt. Slip Stream (08), Specialist Trakker (08)
Accessories: green flight helmet (shared with 08/II Wild Bill, with black goggles and mic); black double belt (07 Flint's, with silver buckles); grey pistol (07 Flint's); black figure stand
CAPT. ACE would rather fly than do anything else. During high schol, he worked after school and weekends to pay for flying lesons. He spent one year flying pipelines in Alaska and two years stunt flying for movies before enlisting in the USAF. He joined the G.I. JOE team after serving in pilot combat training school as a senior instructor. He's right at home in the cockpit of all types of planes and has an intuitive knack for getting the most of them.
"CAPT. 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 CAPT. ACE."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive three-pack with Wild Bill (08/II) and Skyduster (08). Item #36144, set 1 of 3.