1984 G.I. Joe Roadblock Action Figure Review
1984 saw the 3rd original wave of G.I. Joe action figures hit the shelf and this wave had some real classic action figures including the Baroness, Blowtorch, Duke, Firefly, Mutt, Recondo, Ripcord, Scrapiron, Spirit, Storm Shadow, and Roadblock.
Roadblock was one of my favorite action figures as a kid. He debuted in the comic book and was portrayed as such a tough guy, holding the .50 caliber machine gun and backing up Duke who initially was portrayed as much more of a tough guy than he eventually wound up portrayed as. Roadblock was just a cool action figure with a really big gun.
Roadblock's file card:
File Name: Hinton, Marvin F.
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi
Primary Specialty: Infantry Heavy Weapons
Secondary Specialty: Cook
Roadblock's dream was to be a gourmet chef. He was working as a bouncer to earn money to attend the Escoffier School in France when an army recruiter convinced him that the army could train him to be a chef. Roadblock joined but found army menus and preparation techniques too appalling. Transferred to the infantry. Qualified expert: M-2 Browning .50 cal.; Heavy Machine Gun; all Warsaw Pact Heavy MGs; M-16; M-1911A1 Auto Pistol.
"A .50 cal. Browning weighs 84 pounds. Add fifty pounds for the ammo-that's about 134 pounds of steel generating 2930 f.p.s. in muzzle velocity at a cyclic rate of 55 r.p.m. Anybody who can handle that doesn't need a machine gun to keep me away!"
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