ROCK 'N ROLL (v1)
MACHINE GUNNER (straight-armed)
Series: One (1982)
Rock 'n Roll was one of the original figures released carded in the first series (1982). Like all of the original sixteen figures, Rock 'n Roll was released with "straight arms."
Rock 'n Roll came with a dark green helmet, a black M-60 heavy machine gun, and a black bipod that snapped onto the end of the machine gun.
Birthplace: Malibu, California
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: PT Instructor
Rock 'n Roll was a surfer in Malibu prior to enlistment. He was also a weight lifter and played bass guitar in local rock bands. Is familiar with all NATO and Warsaw Pact light and heavy machine guns. Graduated: Advanced Infantry Training (Top of Class). Specialized Education: Covert Ops School.
"Rock 'n Roll is cunning but naive; forceful but shy. Possesses a strong sense of loyalty to his teammates and is sincerely concerned about their well being. A man of honor and integrity who can be counted on to hold the line."
Rock 'n Roll was available either with thick thumbs or thin thumbs.
When Rock 'n Roll was re-released in 1983, two major changes were made to his construction. The straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep, and his bulky waist-piece was replaced by a slimmer one. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83." While the changes are substantial enough for some to consider this a new version, it is still technically just a variation. Because of this, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2.
There are two versions of Rock 'n Roll's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the carded Rock 'n Roll does not. Rock 'n Rolls included with the Sears or JCPenney's exclusive gift packs also had the red backing.
Most of the 1982 series figures and their swivel-arm counterparts re-used molds from each other, repainted slightly to make them seem more original.
Rock N Roll's head and arms were re-used for Breaker and Clutch. Rock N Roll's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Rock N Roll's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Shortfuze, Stalker, Steeler, and Zap (and in 1983 Tan Grunt and in 1984 Tan Clutch).
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
In Argentina, Plastirama recolored Rock 'n Roll and released him as Shimik.
Rock ' Roll was also released in Argentina in his traditional colors.
Estrela released Rock 'n Roll in Brazil as Gladion.
In Mexico, straight-arm Rock 'n Roll was released as part of series 1 (1986) by the Auriken toy company, in a box instead of on a card.
Versions of Rock 'n Roll
In 2008, Rock 'n Roll was renamed to "Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll." In 2009, he was renamed again to "Bench-Press." So while there are multiple names, they are all based on the character "Rock 'n Roll."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Rock 'n Roll (v1).
Original Retail: $2.49
Hasbro Product: 6408 (Retail), 38102 (Sears 3-Pack)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-82008
Desimone Guide: #6
Tomart's Guide: #GI5011
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 10 (1st Ed.), Pg. 13 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a