Saturday, June 2, 2012

GI Joe Roadblock Action Figure

GI Joe Road Block

Released in 1984 by Hasbro is the 3.75 inch Roadblock figure from GI Joe Real American Hero. Roadblock was always one of my most favorite characters from the cartoon series. Chiefly because I liked his disposition and the rhyming nature of his speech. Helped too that he carried a Browning 0.50 cal as a weapon *snicker*.

GI Joe Road Block

It wasn't till 1985 that Hasbro was able to release figures which were able to tilt their heads upwards by placing the head on a ball joint design. Since this Roadblock figure wasn't released till then it lacked the ability to do that.

GI Joe Road Block

Detailed pouches can be seen on the chest webbing of the roadblock figure along with a hand grenade.
GI Joe Road Block

Detail of the a knife seen at the right leg of the roadblock figure.
GI Joe Road Block

Detail of small back up pistol seen at the left leg
GI Joe Road Block

Close up of the face without his helmet on
GI Joe Road Block

I don't know, but I always thought that there was something wrong with the sculpt of the head of this first generation Roadblock figure. Hasbro released an all new Roadblock figure in 1986 and that had a better head and body sculpt.
GI Joe Road Block

Aside from the helmet that the figure wore, the toy also came with what looked like a .50 Caliber machine gun with back pack and tripod.
GI Joe Road Block

Although the sculpt looks like a 0.50 Caliber, I always thought that its size matched more the 0.30 caliber machine gun
GI Joe Road Block

Either way, the sculpt of Roadblock's machine gun was truly fantastic
GI Joe Road Block

GI Joe Road Block

I just loved the amount of detail that the sculptor put in this toy. I often wondered however why the lower part of the machine gun was warped. Must have been a problem with either the sculpt of casting of the gun.
GI Joe Road Block

Close up of the backpack of the Roadblock figure
GI Joe Road Block

The tripod was designed so that it could be mounted at the backpack for carrying.
GI Joe Road Block

There was a block part at the backpack that could be detached. I could never understand what this was for.
GI Joe Road Block

GI Joe Road Block

Some shots of Roadblock with his weapon and accessories on.

GI Joe Road Block

GI Joe Road Block

GI Joe Road Block

GI Joe Road Block

GI Joe Road Block