Roadblock (1993 Star Brigade)
In all of Roadblock’s years of release, which sub-team or iteration of GI Joe hasn’t he been a part of? Tiger Force, Battle Corps, Anti-Venom, Heavy Assault Squad, Sound Attack, Resolute, and the movie-verse. As the team’s heavy machine gunner, probably his most “against type” appearance came in 1993, when he became an astronaut. It may not make a whole lot of sense, but this is the 80s-90s GI Joe we’re talking about. For practical purposes, I guess you need someone to lay down some serious cover fire when you’re fighting in zero-G.
Roadblock’s uniform most closely matches that of astronaut Countdown, with its predominantly white and blue color scheme. Of all the Star Brigade remolds, the General Hawk flight suit best stands in as a space suit. The colors are bright, yet the look is mostly true to actual astronaut gear. The figure was repainted in an even more effective color the following year, and that figure stands as one of my favorite 90s Joes.
Going back to his place on the team, Roadblock’s file card makes an excellent point about his secondary specialty coming in handy. With freeze dried and toothpaste tube cuisine the norm on many space flights, an elite team like GI Joe would need to up the ante. Having a culinary master at hand sure would make for a happier and more effective squad patrolling space for evildoers. After all, who but Roadblock would you trust to whip up some bacon and eggs in the Defiant’s galley? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even in orbit.