ROCK & ROLL (v2)
Series: Eight (1989)
Rock & Roll (version 2) was released carded as part of the eighth series (1989). He was also sold in 1990 and was discontinued domestically in 1991.
Rock & Roll came with two gray Gatling guns, two gray bandoliers, a gray ammo-feeding backpack,and a gray rifle.
Birthplace: Malibu, California
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: PT Instructor (Physical Training)
ROCK 'N ROLL has served with the G.I. Joe team since its inception and has been consistently updating his equipment and his skills. These days, his "primary iron" is the General Monopolies 5.56mm, six-barreled, electronically driven, mini-gatling machine gun! It's fitted with inert-gas recoil absorbers and scoped with third generation laser optics. This weapon, including power pack and factory loaded 1000rd. ammo drum, weighs in at 85 pounds and delivers 4000 rounds-per-minute at a muzzle velocity of 3300 feet-per-second!
"When Rock 'N Roll was a surfer and weight lifter back home in Malibu, he used to play electric guitar in local bands. During that time, his ears became accustomed to loud, amplified noises. So today, whenever he hears the roar of his mini-gatling gun laying down maximum suppressive firepower, the sound of it is simply music to his ears!"
The copyright stamp on the figure states either "Hong Kong" or "Made in China."
There are at least two versions of Rock & Roll's filecard. The first version does not have a ® symbol and lists Rock & Roll's SN as 989-1314-MC53. The other version has a ® symbol next to the G.I.Joe logo and lists Rock & Roll's SN as 989-1302-NO53. It is unclear which version, if any, is more difficult to find.
Rock & Roll's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Rock & Roll's entire body was re-used in 1991 to create Rock & Roll (v3).
Versions of Rock 'n Roll
In 2008, Rock & 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 & Roll (v2).
Original Retail: $2.99
Hasbro Product: 6532
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-89005
Desimone Guide: #234
Tomart's Guide: #GI6113
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 134 (1st Ed.), Pg. 189 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a