HEAVY ORDINANCE TROOPER  
  Code Name: HEAVY DUTY  
 

The original Heavy Duty came out in 1991, and didn't make much of an impression. He was something of a poor man's Roadblock, and the original figure had the indignity of having a moulded backwards baseball cap. Then, in about 2004 he replaced Roadblock. Suddenly in the straight-to-video CGI specials, Heavy Duty was the big black guy with the heavy weaponry instead of Roadblock - God knows why, possibly because Hasbro were torn between doing Roadblock like the original was and doing him in a way that wasn't racially insensitive. This arrangement stayed in place for the Rise of Cobra film, where Heavy Duty was arbitrarily made British. The film should have been a chance to give him more exposure, but in the event even I had more lines than he did.

Still, he did get a couple of figures in the associated toyline. One was in the reactive armour, despite - assuming my recollection is correct - Heavy Duty avoiding donning the stuff for the worst scene in a pretty terrible film. The other was in more normal military gear, and while it bore no real resemblance to the original I decided to pick this up to pad the ranks of my collection - the name is actually quite cool, shame it's been lumbered with such dodgy figures.

The most impressive thing about Heavy Duty is he's big - not so much fat as heavy-set, and it makes for some good visual variety compared to many of the skinny G3 figures. The downside to this is he has a massive skin-cuff on his right wrist (the left one is hidden by a moulded black arm communicator or something), but there we go. The other problem is the paint applications to the eyes - his pupils have been put so they're permanently looking up; not a big problem in itself, but the combination of black pupils and dark brown skin means they're invisible from a distance, making Heavy Duty look like he has white zombie eyes.

As a Rise of Cobra figure, Heavy Duty's accessories kit is largely preposterous. I quite like his chunky magazine backpack complete with monogram, even if the straps could do with being a quarter of an inch further apart, but the giant missile-firing chain-gun thing he originally came with is too hilarious. Thankfully, due to the efforts of customisers, the internet is rife with impressive but realistic G.I. Joe weaponry, and Marauders Inc.'s chain-gun is a good fit for Heavy Duty. That said, the figure itself is inessential despite a few nice touches in the cast. If you have to have a G3 Heavy Duty, you could do worse; if you've never considered getting a G3 Heavy Duty, there's no need to change your resolve for this one.

G.I. Joe Heavy Duty
G.I. Joe Heavy Duty
G.I. Joe Heavy Duty
G.I. Joe Heavy Duty