G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
For the second day of this week of G.I. Joe: Classified Series reviews I’ve got going, I’m gonna be doing some retreading….which is what I did for the second day of my last round as well. Am I getting predictable, or is Hasbro? Probably both of us, really. The line’s first retreaded character was, unsurprisingly, Snake Eyes, but the second character to get the follow-up treatment is, a little bit surprisingly, Roadblock, a character that Hasbro seems to be really getting behind for this reboot. Hey, I can’t really knock it myself, especially when it means more cool toys. Let’s check it out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Roadblock marks the second figure in the “Special Mission: Cobra Island” sub-line of Classified Series figures, which is currently exclusive to Target…and eBay, I guess, but let’s try not to dwell. Roadblock is numbered figure 11, picking up from Beach Head, and by extension the whole main line. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 37 points of articulation. Unlike Snake Eyes, who was just a straight deco change between the two figures, Roadblock’s gotten a rather adjusted design for his second outing. While a lot of people were pulling for a Roadblock that came close to the V1 figure, this one actually moves even further away from it. He’s got more of a covert ops feel to him, befitting the Cobra Island mission theme of the set. It also seems to take a sizable chunk of its inspiration from Roadblock’s successor Heavy Duty in his Sigma 6 incarnation. Given my vocal approval of Sigma 6, I’m definitely okay with this. In order to get this new appearance, this guy uses the same core body as the prior Roadblock, but without the vest piece, and with the addition of a new head, and add-ons at the wrist and thigh. Removing the vest does a lot to change up the body from the start, but the new pieces take it even further. The new head is really the star piece, and the thing that brings up the Heavy Duty/S6 similarities. He’s sporting a bandana and a sort of high-tech comm piece on his ear. It also appears that Roadblock’s been on his mission for a little while now, because he’s got a large, bushy beard, and his friendlier expression from the last figure has become much more intense and worn down here. I like how they’ve convincingly changed so much about his appearance. The add-on pieces for the wrist and thigh straps are actually a bit of a preview here, initially being designed for the Gung-Ho figure that’s in the second main assortment. They add a bit to the sci-fi elements of the design, and also do a little more to mix up the body, which certainly is fine by me. Roadblock’s paint helps to sell the more covert elements of this design, transitioning him to more blacks and greys. It’s not eye-catching, but then it’s not meant to be. I don’t hate it; I can kind of dig the understatement. Roadblock is armed with the same weapon as the last time, so he’s still toting around the big rail gun thing. It does at least get a slightly altered paint scheme, with a bit of graffiti on the side, which I really quite like. He’s also packed with a pair of sunglasses, which help to further sell the Sigma 6 feel on the design. I’m down for this, you guys.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Roadblock is actually the first of these exclusives I was able to get my hands on. It’s not much of a surprise, since he’s the one that everyone seems most willing to pass on. Nevertheless, Max found this guy while on a grocery run, and hit me up, and boom, there he was. I know he kind of pales in the light of new versions of major players and the line’s first army builder, but I really enjoy this Roadblock figure. Honestly, with the number of changes, I’m thinking I might just find a slightly more Roadblock-y weapon for my Series 1 figure, and keep the rail gun with this guy so he can just be Heavy Duty. Boom. Then I can keep them both on my shelf, and my Joes get one more member. I don’t know about you guys, but that seems pretty downright awesome to me.