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Ambush

(aka Aaron "Ambush" McMahon)

File Name: Aaron McMahon of Walnut, California.
Grades: E-3 (1990-2004)
SNs: 849-1343-AM97; 349-13-AM97
Notes: Walnut is a suburban city in the Los Angeles area, about 25 miles east of downtown. Joes from LA itself include Quick Kick, Jinx, Skidmark, Sure Fire, and Wreckage.



Previous character: Sub-Zero
Next character: Salvo

 

Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Josh Andrew Koenig191,919 seconds1621,427

Notes: DiC's Ambush wore his 1990 outfit, and his hair color was either red or brown, depending on the episode.

 

Season 1 Opening (DiC)7 seconds (silent)
United We Stand376 seconds37 lines
Revenge of the Pharaohs104 seconds14 lines
Granny Dearest14 seconds (silent)
Victory at Volcania Part 1124 seconds12 lines
Victory at Volcania Part 2176 seconds21 lines
The Nozone Conspiracy201 seconds17 lines
Pigskin Commandos14 seconds (silent)
Injustice and the Cobra Way57 seconds (silent)
That's Entertainment46 seconds (silent)
I Found You...Evy281 seconds30 lines
An Officer and a Viperman321 seconds22 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 22 seconds (silent)
Season 2 Opening (DiC)2 seconds (silent)
Long Live Rock and Roll Part I5 seconds (silent)
The Greatest Evil Part I2 seconds (silent)
A Is for Android142 seconds9 lines
Basic Training41 seconds (silent)
The Legend of Metal-Head4 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born July 28, 1959. Ambush joined the Joe Team in September 1986, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, but he was sidelined by a serious injury in the Joes' first battle with Cobra that month. Ambush returned to duty in February 1992, with his Version 3 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1990 2. 1993 (Dino-Hunters) 3. 2004 (Desert Patrol)
Version 1: 1990 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0247: Concealment SpecialistMOS 1: Concealment Specialist
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Ambush (90, 93), Side Track (01)
  • arms: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • torso: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • waist: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • legs: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
Accessories: dark green helmet (new, safari); dark green backpack (new, with pole tabs and net clips); dark green pistol (new, grenade launcher); dark green assault rifle (new, EM-2 bullpup); four brown poles (new, interlocking tent supports); two dark green nets (new, one with head hole)
AMBUSH has no trouble staying out of sight. When he was ten years old, Ambush participated in a neighborhood game of hide-and-seek, then disappeared for three days. It wasn't until the National Guard was called to aid in the search that his well camouflaged hiding place was discovered under his parent's front porch. After he joined the Army, he became so evasive that even his drill sergeant was unable to account for his whereabouts during the day.
"When this guy goes on assignment, expect the unexpected! There's nothing he won't do to accomplish his mission. Once, he concealed himself as a shrub, tumbled into a heavily guarded Cobra weapons depot, captured their base commander, then safely delivered him to G.I. Joe headquarters for interrogation! To this day, we still can't figure out how he pulled it off!"
Variations: Some copies had lighter red hair.
Toy Notes: Item #6566.
Version 2: 1993 boxed Dino-Hunter Mission Playset
Fig. #0423: Concealment SpecialistMOS 1: Camouflage Specialist
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Ambush (90, 93), Side Track (01)
  • arms: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • torso: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • waist: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • legs: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
Accessories: tan helmet (90 Ambush's); dark green laser pistol (87 Blaster's); dark green pistol (88 Shockwave's); dark green machine gun (87 Tunnel Rat's); dark green assault rifle (90 Airborne's); dark green knife (88 Hit & Run's); dark green machete (88 Muskrat's); dark green figure stand
AMBUSH has no trouble staying out of sight. When he was ten years old, Ambush participated in a neighborhood game of hide-and-seek, then disappeared for three days. The National Guard had to be called in to aid in the search, which ended when he started getting hungry for his mom's home cooking. Before joining the Army, Ambush studied ancient history in college—especially the stone age and dinosaurs. His prehistoric knowledge and stealth-like qualities made him a perfect choice to capture and save dinosaurs from Cobra Island. Having read so much about them in books, Ambush jumped at the chance to see a living dinosaur with his own eyes—despite the obvious dangers of the mission.
Motto: "Trying to capture a dinosaur is like wrestling a whale in a fish tank!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Wal-Mart-exclusive set with Low-Light (93), a Desert Fox recolor with grappling-hook launchers, and a dinosaur. The figures from the set are considered moderately high-demand items, as well as moderately hard to find by themselves.
Version 3: 2004 Desert Patrol Squad carded set
Fig. #0960: Concealment Specialist
Aaron "Ambush" McMahon
MOS 1: Concealment Specialist
MOS 2: Infantry [11B]
  • head: Low-Light (91, 93, 01), Big Brawler (03/I, 04), Ambush (04)
  • arms: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • torso: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • waist: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
  • legs: Ambush (90, 93, 04), Side Track (01)
Accessories: black assault rifle (90 Ambush's EM-2 bullpup); black assault rifle (02 Neo-Viper's AK-74)
AARON "AMBUSH" McMAHON has no trouble staying out of sight. When he was ten years old, he participated in a neighborhood game of hide-and-seek, then disappeared for three days. It wasn't until the National Guard was called to aid in the search that his well-camouflaged hiding place was discovered under his parents' front porch. After he joined the Army, he became so evasive that even his drill sergeant was unable to account for his whereabouts during the day. There's nothing he won't do to accomplish his mission. Once, he concealed himself as a shrub, tumbled into a heavily guarded COBRA weapons depot, captured their base commander, then safely delivered him to G.I. JOE Headquarters for interrogation.
"Concealment is all about using the ordinary and obvious to trick the enemy into seeing only what you want him to see."
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive set with Dusty (04/II), Gung Ho (04/IV), Snake Eyes (04/V), Sgt. Stalker (04/III), and Tunnel Rat (04/III). Item #00676.