Stars and Stripes Rock ‘N Roll (1997)
It’s Turkey Day once again and time to break out a not-so-great Joe. Oh boy this one’s gonna hurt. Imagine if I told you two of the most special and popular first series GI Joe figure would be available again at retail, and even got you all excited with pre-sell photos of the toys in unique color schemes, then pulled the worst bait and switch since “Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell.” Instead of much wanted remakes of Flash and Rock ‘N Roll, we got half-gluteus versions made from other figures.
Remember the plastic train wreck that was Stars and Stripes Breaker? The sad sack Frankensteined mess made up of bits of Roadblock, Gung Ho and Hawk is legendary among GI Joe figures for being the closest official o-ring figure to a bootleg. Has there ever been a lazier hunk of cheese than the one-two gut punch combo of the S&S twins?
I’m glad to get a black version of the classic machine gun and its tough to find bipod. You’ve got a real problem when the best things you can say about a figure are that it’s got a weapon you can give to another figure and the helmet kind of fits.