Some driver figures are classics, to the level of the regular single carded characters. The early Real American Hero years are a perfect example of the drivers being as well developed and as much a part of the cartoon and comic stories as the main liners, when guys like Clutch and Wild Bill were integral parts of the team. As time went on, and the GI Joe ranks grew, even some of the individual carded personalities, as well as the drivers, fell by the wayside.
Stream Roller seems to be less remembered than his vehicle, the impressive and massive Mobile Command Center. That tackle box on treads is a memorable vehicle/playset, even if its driver has been largely forgotten. Steam-Roller is a unique looking, well detailed figure with lots of personality in his sculpt and his file card. This has got to be one of the burliest and most ripped of all the Joe team members. He looks like he could give Big Boa a run for his money at the gun show. He wasn’t equipped with an actual gun, only a knife, but the gun molded into his waist is cool enough to offset any lack. Not to mention, I’m sure he does all his fighting with his bare hands.
The body mold made another appearance as a new Dreadnok, called Demolishor, in the 2004 Collectors Club convention exclusive set. Even as a straight repaint with a different head, the mold had a lot of character. However, it did not have an awesome old school tattoo on its arm.
Since Steam-Roller has a background as a heavy machinery operator, I have to wonder if the “DOG” on his hat isn’t a play on the familiar CAT brand of construction equipment. Speaking of construction, with his look and background, he could make a good partner for Tollbooth, another hard working driver who doesn’t usually get his due.
On a final note, the hat and the head sculpt both make me think of Cooter from The Dukes of Hazzard. Only meaner, and on steroids.