Roadblock (1994 Star Brigade)
I find the second series of Star Brigade figures to be much more interesting than their prececessors. Not only were some new parts mixed in among the reused elements, but the generic card art was jettisoned in favor of character specific packaging, in keeping with the rest of Real American Hero era. When there’s a giant (preferably painted) portrait on a GI Joe package, all is right with the action figure world.
Of course, Roadblock doesn’t utilize any new tooling, being yet another repaint of the jet pack General Hawk from 1991. I’ve always thought that the mold was the best of the non-space suit mold reuses. The previous version of Roadblock was a nice white and blue affair, and could effectively pair up with the original Countdown if you’re looking for consistentcy among your Joe space forces. Here, the orange and black color scheme is beautifully simple. Orange is even a realistic space suit color, for those interested in keeping their Joe astronauts closer to Earth than to a galaxy far, far away (I’m looking at you, Space Shot).
There’s not much more I can say, really. Hands down, this is one of the coolest figures in the long history of GI Joe repaints. And just look at that card art. Wonderful. I can’t even bring myself to open it.