PILOT  
  Code Name: ACE  
 

My favourite issue of the G.I. Joe comic is #25, "Shake Down", which is basically a 22-page dogfight pitching Wild Weasel and the Baroness in a Cobra Rattler against Ace and Lady Jaye in a G.I. Joe Skystriker (which was later issued in a comic pack for the 25th Anniversary line, including Ace and Wild Weasel). So, Ace was pretty near the top of my list for getting in action figure form.

The Skystriker I bought came without Ace, so despite my experiences with Wild Bill not fitting in the Dragonfly, I went for the 25th Anniversary version of Ace, gambling the slightly more spacious Skystriker cockpit would take him. It turns out I was right, just about, though I'll have to get a spare ejector seat and file the post off to make the fit more comfortable (you also have to cheat a bit and unclip Ace's harness on the sides, and be careful not to crush the soft helmet).

The figure itself faithfully recreates Ace's astronaut-style pressure suit, a weird look I'm rather fond of. He seems very tall even compared to other 25th Anniversary figures, but I think that's just the effect of the long thin lower body offset by the bulky harness/lifejacket and bubble helmet. There's some nice detail on him too, notably "ACE" and a unit insignia on the two Day-Glo shoulder armbands.

The helmet and harness can be removed altogether if required, which does mean you can get at his head (the helmet would in reality stay fixed in place, so it's hard to gripe that it doesn't turn with the head). He doesn't come up with any weapons, but I give him a spare pistol for use behind enemy lines. Ace is a competent figure, hugely helped by his compatibility with the 25-year old Skystriker. The only slight downside is that he's one of the more difficult 25th figures to come across, though he justifies the effort.

G.I. Joe Ace
G.I. Joe Ace
G.I. Joe Ace
G.I. Joe Ace