The original Roadblock figure was a favorite of mine at the time of its release, mostly due to his appearances in the Sunbow cartoon. Yeah, I know it’s not the coolest thing to admit nowadays, but understand that to 11-year-old Rob, the rhyming Joe was a great character. And you know what, I still like Sunbow Roadblock, and not in a too-cool-for-school ironic way, either. The guy was genuine. I also enjoyed the comic Roadblock who was a Pure-D badass, plain and simple.
As the 1985 series figures were released, Roadblock’s figure didn’t seem all that great anymore. Others like Flint and the new Snake-Eyes became fast favorites, and 1984 Roadblock, weird head and all, was less a big player in my adventures. That changed again in ’86 however, when I saw the new Roadblock’s tiny picture on the back of the packaging. Here he was in a new, more battle-ready uniform, toting a mean looking silver machine gun. I loved the original ma deuce, but he couldn’t hold it too well. The ability to pose a figure with a weapon was always a big deal for me as a kid. I was weird.
I found the new color scheme to be an interesting and fresh look. The padded vest recalled the look of Low Light, another super cool ’86 figure and also seemed to call back to the original Scarlett’s shoulder pad. Unfortunately, the vest mold later helped give rise to one of the absolute worst GI Joe figures in history, Stars and Stripes Breaker.