Pilot figures can be a little boring. More than any other “driver” figure, they are less useful out of their vehicle. My original Ace didn’t get to do much outside of his Skystriker other than stand around it, waiting for battle, or repairing it. Yeah, I was a kid and didn’t know much about ground crews. I figured since Han and Chewie worked on their ride when it broke down, GI Joes should too. This version of Ace is much more interesting to me than other modern offerings. The more they get away from the 25th Anniversary version’s weird build, the better.
Ace didn’t have a weapon back in the day, and this one’s equipped with a pretty sweet looking and compact machine gun. He’s also sporting a wicked looking helmet, and it’s got a red face shield to match the vehicle’s canopy. Neat.