MACHINE GUNNER  
  Code Name: ROCK N ROLL  
 

I never liked Rock N Roll - with his silly codename and beardy surfer attitude, there was always an element of your dad trying to be cool to him. Still, I ended up getting a figure of him anyway, because, well, I'm an addict.

I initially got the comic pack version (largely because it was the one the guy selling Flash had), and there weren't many surprises. More recently I switched to the flat green version to make Rock N Roll fit a little better with the majority of the original line-up, but the figure's basically identical. The articulation is, of course, good, while the crossing bandoliers of bullets are nicely realised. Niggles-wise, it's nice they moulded a watch on his wrist, but it looks pretty awful in flesh tone, so it probably would have been better if they hadn't bothered.

Rock N Roll's helmet doesn't seem to quite fit on his head right either - getting it lined up is surprisingly tricky, and it seems to show just a fraction too much ear. Petty concerns, I know, but given the high quality of most other 25th Anniversary figures, it's a bit disappointing. Less uncommon is that Rock N Roll's machine gun seems to have been designed with the look of the weapon as the object, as opposed to whether the guy can actually hold it. He can't - many of the earlier 25th Anniversary figures have this problem where the elbows can't bend square enough to get both arms on their weaponry, but it's exacerbated on this guy. He can only manage a couple of very simple poses while holding the large machine gun in a halfway convincing fashion, while the rubber belt of bullets is similarly tricky to arrange nicely. If he crouches down, the legs of the bipod can't sit on the floor either.

As Rock N Roll's remit is to basically be the guy with the machine gun, it's a shame he can barely use his machine gun. Disappointing. The figure has the other niggles to consider as well, and just doesn't convince. Most of the 'original 13' figures have been done nicely enough to win me over despite the often bland characters, but that's not the case here at all.

 

G.I. Joe Rock N Roll
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