ROCK 'N ROLL (v1.5)
Series: 1.5 (1983)
This swivel-arm version was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Rock 'n Roll was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.
In 1986 and 1987, Hasbro Direct offered Rock 'n Roll as part of the "Original Adventure Team" mail-in set. He came packaged in a plastic bag and came with nine other figures in a carrying case.
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: 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."
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 with the buckle resculpted into the shape of Hasbro's logo at the time. 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.
The mail-order version of Rock 'n Roll from the "Original Adventure Team" set featured duller gold and lighter brown paint than the carded Rock 'n Roll. The comparison image below features the carded Rock 'n Roll on the left and the mail-order Rock 'n Roll on the right.
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, Zap, 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 the United Kingdom and Europe, Rock 'n Roll was renamed Ton-Up and released with the Wolverine.
Toltoys released Rock 'n Roll in Australia on Action Man cards.
Takara released Rock 'n Roll in Japan in 1986.
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 (v1.5).
Original Retail: $2.25
Product Number: 6408
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83007
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 20 (1st Ed.), Pg. 28 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #6
Tomart's Guide: #GI5111 (swivel arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a