Ultimate Roadblock (2013)
It took three tries, but Hasbro made a really nice movie Roadblock. The previous two versions weren’t bad figures, they were just trying to accomplish different objectives. The first one, was all about an action feature, with his funky hand attachment. I kind of liked the fun of it, despite the “burnt Pop Tart” permanently attached to his hand (thanks to reader Dak for the term, by the way). The rest of Roadblock’s mold was, like other early Retaliation toys, just an approximation of what might end up on screen. The later version was more screen accurate, but still went for a gimmick with its Battle Kata accessories. Battle Kata was an interesting concept, but within the world of phony-baloney martial arts it pales in comparison to my favorite, Gymkata. As a result of the two bulky Battle Kata pistols, he had some of the biggest holsters ever seen. They were so large, he couldn’t really sit in a vehicle.
This version (at least the figure itself) gets things right for those who want screen accuracy and realism in lieu of play features. There’s still an action feature, but it’s one that isn’t permanently part of the toy. He’s still sporting his Stick/Knife on a Gun Battle Kata weaponry, only this time the bulky pistol will have to find a new place to be stored. The .50 cal is a great mold, if a little fiddly to keep together in the figure’s hands. The SAW is a great back-up, and one I can see using with a lot of figures.
Roadblock’s mold even holds up without his vest. Often, the modern vest or harness wearing figures look strange when their gear is removed. Finally, there’s the lone action feature, the climbing backpack. For the most part, I’ve become very fond of the Retaliation action backpacks and ziplines. There were a couple of duds, but most were functional and very fun. Roadblock’s pack is also the type that can ratchet onto a table. It attaches to the Eaglehawk as well, so he can rappel from the back after he gets to tha choppa!