Say what you will about modern GI Joe vs the o-ring of old, the new style of construction sure lends itself well to kitbashing. For years, fans had been creating custom figures through the judicious reuse of existing parts, and the melding of various arms, legs, torsos, etc. Hasbro did the same from the earliest years of the Real American Hero era, creating new characters from old parts. With the advent of removable web gear and the like as part of the o-ringless figures, the possibilities seem endless. I can’t help but be impressed with the range of characters that have been produced in the style.
Leatherneck’s base figure is, obviously, Retaliation Roadblock. As everyone else who’s talked about this figure has already noted, he’s huge. Even in comparison to the generally taller modern figures, The mold is a towering presence. I’m not too bothered by it, as I find the height variations to be one of the strengths of the modern Joe toys. Well, except when I’m trying to cram one of these giants into a vehicle. There is something to be said for the consistency of the 80s and 90s toys.
Since I can still see a lot of the Retaliation figure in this guy, the really important thing for me is deciding whether to call him Leatherblock or Roadneck.