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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.

chronological: Wild Bill<< Ace >>Duke
alphabetical: (none)<< Ace >>Action Man

 

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 linesin Skystriker leading reinforcements at Ring of Fire
Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)2 seconds(silent)flying a Skystriker against Trubble Bubbles (0:06, 0:09)
Cobra Soundwaves268 seconds38 linesin Skystriker pursuing Rattlers, captured, escaping, in Skystriker to Cobra base; at banquet
Cobra Stops the World221 seconds19 linesshot down & captured in Patagonia, flying Rattler at Cobra base
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 11 second(silent)at Joe HQ during satellite attack (19:36)
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 573 seconds2 linesat Joe HQ when Shipwreck returns, part of attack on Cobra base
Battle for the Train of Gold10 seconds3 linesrunning for Skystrikers during the Fort Knox battle
Lights! Camera! Cobra!0 seconds1 lineleading Skystrikers at studio battle (audio only)
Money to Burn91 seconds18 linesplaying poker at HQ; flying Skystriker over mountain
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 119 seconds3 linesin Skystriker for war games; reporting grounding of Skystrikers at HQ
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 252 seconds7 linesat briefing, stealing fuel trucks, flying Skystriker against island base
Spell of the Siren3 seconds(silent)entranced at Joe HQ
Twenty Questions30 seconds3 linesat maneuvers; watching Spider-Man in rec room; suspicious of Shipwreck
The Gamesmaster85 seconds10 linesin Skystriker over Greenland, captured, at HQ, in Skystriker for island battle
The Viper Is Coming11 seconds4 linesleading Skystrikers in Antarctica
The Funhouse2 seconds1 lineled Skystrikers against South American base (4:10-11)
Where the Reptiles Roam9 seconds2 linesled Skystrikers against ranch hideout
Lasers in the Night11 seconds(silent)at briefing on theft of the guidance system
The Germ146 seconds30 linesat HQ, flying Skystrikers and biplane against germ
The Traitor, Part 16 seconds(silent)present when Dusty is rescued
Cobra Quake4 seconds4 linesleading Skystrikers against Rattlers
Flint's Vacation5 seconds1 lineloading dartboard onto Skystriker on U.S.S. Flagg
The Wrong Stuff172 seconds25 linesgymnastics; training Joes for space combat; flying Skystrikers against space station
The Pit of Vipers45 seconds6 linesflying Skystrikers against Watchdog (twice) and the Cerebus
Cold Slither3 seconds2 linesflying Skystriker to support raid
The Great Alaskan Land Rush2 seconds1 lineleading Skystrikers to protect Alaskan seal (20:46-47)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 13 seconds(silent)at briefing on Dreadnoks
Sink the Montana4 seconds(silent)on Constitution after battle
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 21 second(silent)manning cannon at Joe HQ (3:21)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 54 seconds(silent)at Hawk's briefing; running during ice dome retreat
Valor vs. Venom0 seconds2 linesflying Thunderwing to defend secret Joe base (audio only)

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: spring 1983 boxed Combat Jet Skystriker (XP-14F) vehicle
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 domed flight helmet with clear face shield (new).
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.
Reissues: Reissued in mail offers 1988-1990 (North Atlantic, Operation Deep Six, Incredible Shrinking Joes).
Version 2: spring 1992 boxed G.I. Joe Battle Copter vehicle
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: machine pistol (88 Shockwave's), white soft-plastic flight helmet with large green goggles and posts for masks (new), black breath mask with straps and short air hose (new).
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 breath mask.
Version 3: summer 1993 Battle Corps boxed Ghoststriker X-16 vehicle
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 Uzi (86 Low-Light's), black helmet with olive goggles (92 Ace's), black mask (92 Ace's).
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: fall 1997 boxed A-10 Thunderbolt vehicle
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 hard-plastic helmet (92 Ace's), stiff black mask (92 Ace's), black figure stand (common).
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 and a recolor of the Rattler. Item #28019. The vehicle is considered a moderately high-demand item.
Version 5: summer 1998 boxed Conquest X-30 vehicle
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 helmet with clear face shield (83 Ace's), black figure stand (common).
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 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. Item #57062.
Version 6: January 2004 carded Tigerhawk vehicle (04/I)
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/Thunderwing Accessories: grey flight helmet with black raised goggles and dark grey air tube (new).
2005 Single-Pack Accessories: black pistol (88 Shockwave's), black rifle (86 Leatherneck's), grey helmet with black goggles and dark grey air tube (04 Ace's), black backpack (92 Gung-Ho's).
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.
Reissues: Also boxed in August 2004 with some Toys 'R Us-exclusive copies of the Thunderwing with Slip Stream. Reissued in the April 2005 Wave 3 discount figure single-pack assortment (Item #06115), and without accessories in the July 2008 Wave 4 discount figure single-pack assortment (Item #35371).
Version 7: August 2004 carded Tigerhawk vehicle (04/II)
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 helmet with black goggles and dark grey air tube (04 Ace's).
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 #60366.
Version 8: March 2008 Wave 3 comic two-pack assortment (08/I)
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 domed flight helmet with clear face shield (new), white half-vest with red collar and grey straps (new), black Joe figure stand.
CAPT. 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 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 and a reprint of Marvel #115. Item #29340.
Version 9: October 2008 Senior Ranking Officers Wave 2 figure three-pack assortment (08/II)
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: black pistol (06 Med Alert's), green soft-plastic flight helmet with black goggles and attached mic (new), black Joe figure stand.
CAPT. 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 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 and Skyduster. Item #36144, set 1 of 3.