Roadblock (2005 Comic Pack)
Poor 1984 Roadblock. Stuck with a weird shaped head, comparatively scrawny arms and a barrel chest. As a figure, he was hardly a match for his tough looking card art intepretation, but I suppose for a 1984 Joe, he didn’t fare too badly. After all, even the hulking Gung Ho was decidedly less bulky in 1983 than his media tie-in incarnations.
Fast forward to 2005 and the same Roadblock body mold was refitted for a comic pack release. This time, the head was much improved. But that was about it. With all the larger, more buff arms produced during the ensuing years since ’84, the Joe team’s gourmet chef was hampered again by spindly arms. And yellow pants. Yellow. Pants. I know it’s supposed to evoke the feel of the four color comics of old, but holy cow. They’re positively Funskoolian in their tackiness.
And now, submitted for your approval, a one act playlet starring Stalker and Roadblock…
Stalker: Marvin, my man, I feel your new head sculpt, and I can forgive your early 80s arms, but those pants. Wow.
Roadblock: Look who’s talking, sucker. I’ve seen your Talking Battle Commanders figure. Anyway, we’ve got bigger problems, meaning some snakes to stomp. Cobra Commander, you better take pause; because I’m coming for you in my banana yellow drawers.