DREADNOK  
  Code Name: ROAD PIG  
 

The 1988 addition to the Dreadnok ranks, Road Pig was given an issue of the Marvel comic by way of an introduction. This displayed Hama's gift for unique and exciting characterisation - Road Pig had a split personality, one persona being a "want smash stuff" Hulk knockoff, the other a verbose ersatz Shakespearean ponce - complete with 'fancy' lettering. Both personalities lusted after Zarana. Hama used to do this for a living, he got paid for this.

Obviously this led to Road Pig being deeply unpopular and there was no sign of a G3 figure until the rather desperate online exclusive Dreadnok Battle Set. In fairness however lame the character was he's still probably more legit than Zanya or Burn-Out.

Thankfully the Rise of Cobra Night Adder provides a new 'big guy' body as opposed to the much used Gung Ho/Bazooka castings and the result is that Road Pig actually looks very much like his 1988 self, aided by a good head cast and shoulder pad accessory. He still looks like a big lumbering oaf but at least he's accurately stupid.

The accessories are an odd mixed lot. He comes with his trademark comical breeze block on a stick while the original's shield is recreated as a street sign. The latter is a bugger to get on his arm - the easiest way being to remove the handle, put that in place then clip on the sign. The original's awful wrist-crossbow is gone, but now he's got an equally baffling cutlass. Look at him, he can't use a bloody cutlass, he's a moron. It means I've got a spare for Taurus at least and the clip on his back can hold the hammer providing you disassemble it first, slot the handle through then reconnect the block. The best thing that can be said about the figure is that it's probably the best version of Road Pig ever (apart from the G2 Lasercycle). Sadly, he's just too silly to ever be all that good.

G.I. Joe Road Pig
G.I. Joe Road Pig
G.I. Joe Road Pig
G.I. Joe Road Pig