Tiger Force Roadblock (1988)
What’s my favorite element of Tiger Force, the GI Joe jungle sub-team? Is it the awesomely recolored jungle deco version of Flint? How about the super cool re-purposing of the Rattler and Water Moccasin as Joe vehicles? Maybe even the exotic and captivating overseas exclusives? Nope. It’s Tiger Force Roadblock’s helmet.
No other figure accessory for the offshoot team is as tigery as this helmet. Wow, it’s like a Cincinnati Bengals football helmet in a new alternate road color. The helmet also serves a dual purpose–covering up Mr. Hinton’s oddly shaped head. Putting a helmet–any helmet–on that melon improves the figure. Even in ’84, when Roadblock’s original version was released and the figure design was still evolving in terms of proportion, I didn’t care for the figure, especially when compared to the card art. His weird head disappointed me the most. The ’86 version improved on the build (and his head), but I always wished that Hasbro would have revisited the original design in later years. Which also makes me wonder why they didn’t re-use the ’86 mold, since this figure was released in ’88.