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Rip Cord

(aka Halo Jumper)

File Name: Wallace A. Weems of Columbus, Ohio.
Grades: Army E-4 (1984-2003)
SNs: RA148231056; 845-99-WA76
Notes: Columbus is in the center of the state, about 100 miles northeast of Cincinnati. Grunt is also from Columbus.

Previous character: Spirit
Next character: Roadblock


Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Gregg Berger18632 seconds48433

Sunbow's Rip Cord wore his 1984 outfit, with a black belt and vertical chest straps; his parachute and webbing were either white or black. He often had no gloves and sometimes had blue-tinted goggles when wearing his mask. The Revenge of Cobra and Satellite Down featured generic Joes in outfits similar to Rip Cord's.


The Revenge of Cobra Opening4 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 319 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 542 seconds4 lines
Cobra's Creatures136 seconds13 lines
Jungle Trap16 seconds2 lines
Haul Down the Heavens86 seconds7 lines
Money to Burn194 seconds17 lines
The Phantom Brigade11 seconds (silent)
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 15 seconds (silent)
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 229 seconds (silent)
Spell of the Siren20 seconds (silent)
Twenty Questions32 seconds3 lines
The Traitor, Part 114 seconds (silent)
Cold Slither11 seconds2 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 28 seconds (silent)
The Most Dangerous Thing in the World2 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening1 second (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 52 seconds (silent)


Born June 15, 1952. Rip Cord joined the Joe Team in September 1981, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was with the team until it was disbanded in December 1989 but was not recalled when the Joes were reactivated in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1984 2. 2003 (Spy Troops)  
Version 1: 1984 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0035: HALO Jumper (High Altitude Low Opening)MOS 1: Airborne Infantry [prob. 11B]
MOS 2: Demolitions [prob. 18C]
  • head: Rip Cord (84)
  • arms: Rip Cord (84)
  • torso: Rip Cord (84)
  • waist: Rip Cord (84)
  • legs: Rip Cord (84)
Accessories: black helmet (new, slightly flared); black breath mask (new, with hose); light green parachute harness (new, with hose hole); light green rifle (new, FN-FAL self-loading)
Rip Cord joined the Civil Air Patrol in high school. Discovered skydiving and joined the G.I. Joe team so he could jump from much higher altitudes. Qualified expert: M-16; M-1911A1 Auto Pistol; Carl Gustav 9mm parabellum; Browning high-power.
"Let's say you got a trouble spot - you can't sail, walk, or ride in. So you send a plane in so high that it can't be seen or heard. Rip Cord jumps and drops like a rock for thousands of feet, then opens his chute at the last possible moment to avoid visual and electronic detection. What he does once he hits the ground you don't want to hear about."
Toy Notes: Item #6418. Featured in 1984's "new Joes" commercial, manning the Mountain Howitzer. A second version of Rip Cord was originally slated to be in the Tiger Force, and promotional photos exist to this effect.
Re-releases: Recolored versions were released in Argentina as Fuego and Sokerk. A Python Patrol version was released in Brazil as Relampago.
Version 2: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 8 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0782: High Altitude Low Opening Paratrooper
Halo Jumper
MOS 1: Airborne Infantry [prob. 11B]
MOS 2: Demolitions [prob. 18C]
  • head: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04)
  • arms: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04)
  • torso: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • waist: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • upper legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • lower legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
Accessories: green helmet (new, "Copperhead" diguise with yellow trim); green vest (new, soft plastic with red Cobra emblem); black belt (new, criss-cross design, attaches to body); black backpack (new, pouch with handle); silver pistol (88 Shockwave's); black assault rifle (03 Sand Viper's G36)
Jumping out of perfectly good airplanes doesn't make a lot of sense to most rational people. So what are we supposed to make of somebody who jumps out of a plane at an altitude so high he has to use an oxygen mask, and then doesn't open his parachute until he's close enough to the ground to read license plates on passing cards? Halo Jumper, an extremely logical and rational individual, knows exactly what the dangers are in his chosen specialty; he also knows that his personal skill, experience, and coolness under pressure offset the risks to a completely acceptable level. Halo Jumper didn't go airborne just because he likes parachuting. To him, the drop is just the means to an end. The real job of an airborne trooper is on the ground, behind COBRA lines, with black paint streaking your face and your finger on the trigger, danger all around and miles from the extraction site. The parachute just gets you there.
"Free falling on a moonless night above a thick cloud cover is as close to heaven as you can hope to get. Landing in a hot drop zone between two reinforced companies of PIT VIPER troops laying down intersecting fields of fire is another thing altogether."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Tele-Viper (03). Item #55454. The packaging was soon modified to identify the figure as Sgt. Airborne with a different filecard. The figure itself is the same. (It has been speculated that the prospect of reclaiming the code name Rip Cord led Hasbro to pull the figure assignment to reintroduce the character properly.)