|Code Name: LIFT-TICKET|
Along with the bulk of the 1986 figures, Lift-Ticket was featured strongly in the second series of the animated cartoon (notably in that one where Lifeline's being stalked by that stupid rich cow), but only had a few minor cameos in the Marvel comics (cf. Iceberg, Wet-Suit, Leatherneck, Dial-Tone, Beach-Head, Low-Light). He was, in truth, largely forgettable, especially as he was nominally replacing the more flamboyant Wild Bill as the Joes' designated helicopter pilot (Bill would make numerous comebacks; Lift-Ticket would not).
The original figure was packed with the massive Tomahawk transport helicopter, and thus was largely the preserve of that rich bastard at school who had both a NES and a Master System, and probably snapped the rotors off after a week to boot. The 25th Anniversary version was packed in with the more attainable, but utterly dreadful, Ghost H.A.W.K. - an unconvincing VTOL thing. I got him loose in the end, and gave him the Rise of Cobra Dragonhawk to fly.
Considering how corner-cutting some of the vehicle drivers have been (Crankcase with his Cobra Trooper legs, Slip-Stream with Tripwire's helmet), Lift-Ticket's come out rather well. While many of his parts are off extant figures, the padded shoulders and head are new, while the beige flak jacket and accurate helmet do much of the work, and thus the end result is highly convincing.
Lift-Ticket always looked quite sharp, and the 25th version is a fine update, especially the faithful reproduction of the textured red pads and the detail on the chest. He's not got a particularly large amount of personality, but as a back-up chopper pilot he gets the job done.