Duck Week continues with Ace Duck - fine feathered friend of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Clawful Punch. (Thanks John!)
I later found the belt and single egg grenade at the flea market for a couple dimes or so. It completes his look nicely, and although it would be nice to have a full belt of egg bombs, at least I have one. And all you need is one well placed grenade, right?
TMNTToys.com, where I discovered:
"Hungry for duck brain, Krang ordered Shredder to beam an Earthbound duck to Dimension X (there's a shortage of
ducks in Dimension X). While transmuting the duck, famous test pilot, Ace Conrad, accidentally flew into the
energy beam. The emerging plane was suddenly piloted by none other than Ace Duck, the aero-dynamic adventurer with
a big bill. The plane plummeted into the inner city and slid nose-first into the sewer. Ace escaped without
ruffling his feathers and found himself at the secret hideout of the Turtles. After realizing he wasn't just
some quack off the streets, the Turtles decided to hire Ace to pilot their Turtle Blimp. Always looking for a good
adventure, Ace isn't afraid to scramble the Foot with his hard-boiled Egg Grenades...as long as he gets paid
on time. Even though he's employed by the Turtles, Ace is still their fearless, Flying friend."
I also know there are a couple versions of the action figure. The main difference is the hat: one has a peg and a corresponding hole in Ace's head to fit it into, and one is just a hat that sits on Ace's head. I have the latter. And, fortunately, I also have his hat...you can imagine those were easily lost!
Released by Playmates in 1989 as part of the second wave of TMNT action figures, Ace is unique in that his shoulders have an extra bit of articulation. I suppose this was so they could spread to his side while he was in flight.
So while my Ace is a little rough around the edges, at least I have some his most important and most commonly missing accessories.