Heavy Duty (1991)
Heavy Duty as a character got a lot of flak (no pun intended) from some fans from the 2000s onwards. The absence of Roadblock for the first year of the relaunch and his seeming replacement with a new heavy weapons specialist didn’t seem to sit right with many collectors. It was never much of a big deal to me. If a figure is released with a new name than what you’d prefer, you can always rename it yourself.
Heavy Duty may look a little plain, but his figure has its share of detail and unique personal touches. The backwards facing Joe ballcap, ripped shirt, and even the camo pattern on his pants are the kind of additions that give the figure more personality.
I don’t see him as a Roadblock rip-off at this point. In fact, I’m glad to see more diversity brought to the team. Looking at his original weapon, one of the most impressive GI Joe accessories, one wouldn’t easily confuse him with the team’s resident heavy machine gunner and gourmet chef. For the second time in the 90s, there’s a hand painted slogan. This time it’s on the base of the launcher, and it states, “Just try it!” I like that a lot more than something like “The Right of Might.”