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This Dragonfly (XH-1) toy was added on April 2021 and originally released in 1983 with a retail price of $8.99. This action figure is part of the G.I. Joe genre within the A Real American Hero series and included in Wave 2. With an average selling price of $202.50, this toy is highly collectible as it's selling for 22x over its retail price. Not surpringly, this toy ranks in the Top20 within it's stats category for the A Real American Hero category. Quite a few (78) of these toys are in user collections so it does seem to be somewhat popular. AFA auctions are considered in determining the value of this item, potentially leading to a greater variance in the price range.
Based on the US Marine Corps' AH-1T SeaCobra, the Dragonfly is designed to withstand almost any weather condition and operate in any light condition. Besides seating two people, it has a maximum load capacity of 9,000 lbs and can hit speeds of 220mph for up to 510 miles. The Dragonfly is well-armed with a multitude of missiles, Vulcan chain gun, mini-cannons and a grenade launcher.
It was fitted with a small, white switch on the side that allowed the rotors to turn. The Dragonfly was heavily armed, including 4 missiles, 2 bombs, a swivel, and a skid-mounted cannon that plugged into the chopper's body. The helicopter had a working winch underneath its body, complete with a long rope and hook that could be used for action figures or vehicles. Other details, like removable engine covers that revealed the inner machinery of the chopper, were also included for additional play value.
The helicopter was also accompanied by an action figure - a cool, western-themed pilot named Wild Bill. The helicopter and the figure both had components that could be removed which included the canopy, the nose turret, the hook and winch, six missiles, a side gun, a black hose that attaches to the side gun, two red rubber pieces at the ends of the rotors, and a white piece used to spin the rotors.
The Dragonfly tends to have drooping rotor blades over a period of time, a problem common in most G.I. Joe helicopters. This happened despite being stored in a climate controlled room and was attributed to the weight of the plastic.
Dragonfly XH-1 | Joepedia | Fandom by gijoe.fandom.com
The Dragonfly is a quintessential piece in the G.I. Joe vehicle lineup, exemplifying a classic that always endures. Its design, mirroring the United States Marine Corps' AH-1T SeaCobra, but with a G.I. Joe twist, provides a sturdy and reliable build capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. The Dragonfly's uniqueness lies in its customizations that align with the Joe Team's ethos, setting it apart as a remarkable and enduring model in the series.
1983 Dragonfly: Assault Copter Dragonfly (XH-1) - 3DJoes by www.3djoes.com
The 1983 Dragonfly Assault Copter is a marvel of design with its variant chin gun being a standout feature. In one version, the gun barrels elevate while in the other, they remain static, adding a touch of realism to the toy. The Dragonfly also boasts several moving and removable parts which enhance the play experience. The sculpting is finely detailed, reflecting a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that makes it a cherished item among collectors and enthusiasts.