HEAVY MACHINE GUNNER
Series: Five (1986)
Roadblock (version 2) was released carded as part of the fifth series (1986). He was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.
Leftover Hasbro stock of this figure was packaged with new accessories and sold at an early G.I.Joe Convention.
Roadblock came with a silver L7A21 GPMG heavy machine gun and a silver tripod.
SN: RA 538-20-3485
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. 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 550 r.p.m. Anybody who can handle that doesn't need a machine gun to keep me away!"
The G.I.Joe Convention release came with a black machine gun and a brown mine layer.
Roadblock's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Roadblock's waist and legs were re-used in 1993 to create Guile and Guile (v2). Roadblock's chest, arms, waist, and legs were re-colored and re-used in 1997 to create Rock n Roll (v5). Roadblock's chest, waist, and legs were re-colored and re-used to create Breaker (v2).
Versions of Roadblock
Note that Roadblock (v8) has a file name of "Charles L. Griffith," making that figure a version of "Double Blast" (2001). However, the conventional wisdom is that this was simply an error on Hasbro's part, and that the figure is supposed to be the "Marvin F. Hinton" Roadblock of the other versions.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Roadblock (v2).
Original Retail: $2.35
Product Number: 6467
Lee's Guide: GIJ-86015
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 66 (1st Ed.), Pg. 110 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #96, #393 (Convention)
Tomart's Guide: #GI5553
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a