Who didn’t have a ton of G.I. Joe figures growing up? As a child of the eighties, I made the gradual transition from Star Wars to G.I. Joe as one became more available than the other. The Trilogy was over, but G.I. Joe had a weekly cartoon series. I had everything, even the USS FLAGG. It was when I started to notice girls more than G.I. Joe that they got left behind. I sold many of them, including the FLAGG, on eBay. I regret it now. Yet with a new movie coming this summer and a ton of new toys from Hasbro on the way (see Toy Fair coverage), I know I’ll pick up a few here and there. I was too young for the 12-inch “classic” G.I. Joes. As I mentioned before, I started on Star Wars figures. I never knew the joys of the 12-inch G.I. Joe doll. When Sideshow Collectibles hit me up with a new Rock 'n' Roll Sixth Scale Figure, I figured this would be my best (if not only) chance to own a 12-inch G.I. Joe.
The best way for any G.I. Joe figure to introduce himself, outside of the original cartoon, is by his file card. Sideshow Collectibles didn’t miss a beat and included it on the back. (Read above). Rock 'n' Roll was one of the original G.I. Joes. He saw a lot of time in Larry Hamma’s original Marvel Comic. He appeared on the cartoon from time to time, but was never really a major player.
Sideshow took the box they had for all the sixth scale figures and mixed it with the classic G.I. Joe packaging. The right and left sides place Rock ‘n’ Roll in the classic G.I. Joe explosion background. Thankfully, it is not the digital one that so many others had at the end of the cartoon era. The back of the package has the file card and pictures of two other Sideshow Collectible G.I. Joe characters. Obviously they want to highlight their other recent releases (see Tim Janson’s Review), but a few of the older ones would have been nice, too.
This Sideshow box has a magnet which holds the whole package together. It neatly folds one side over the other to create the box. This makes it incredibly easy to display or store, depending on your preference.
The FIGURE / ARTICULATION:
The figure of Rock ‘n’ Roll is a cornucopia of surprises. While gearing him up to take some pictures I discovered the figure did not have socks on. This was a bit strange since the bungee tie strings on his fatigues are tie-able. I guess that keeps him in character. I also discovered that Rock ‘n’ Roll is wearing a surfer shirt under his fatigues. It reads “Locals Only.” Again, this is a great touch and a good dash of color for the character. Rock ‘n’ Roll has over 30 points of articulation which give him the ability to pose with all his accessories.
I didn’t think it was possible until now, but Rock ‘n’ Roll may just have too many accessories (still a good thing).
Fabric BDU Pants
Fabric BDU Shirts
Helmet with deco
Four (4) Helmet EVA pads
Surfboard Helmet Sticker Sheet
Highly Detailed Triple Aught Design FAST Backpack
Two (2) Canteen Pouches
Two (2) Canteens
First Aid Pouch
Two (2) SAW Ammo Pouches
Two (2) Ammo Boxes
Drop Leg .45 Holster
.45 1911 pistol
Two (2) .45 Magazines
LMF Knife Rig
XMLR-3A Laser Rifle
MK-43 M-60 Machine Gun
Red Dot Sight
Three (3) 7.62 Bullet Belts
Three (3) Frag Grenades
Two (2) Smoke Grenades
One (1) pair gloved fists
One (1) left C grip hand
One (1) left gloved open hand
One (1) right gloved trigger hand
One (1) right C grip hand
One (1) bare right trigger hand
One (1) bare left C grip
One (1) pair standing combat boot
One (1) pair action combat boot
1:6 Scale GI JOE Figure Stand with Logo
Plus he has more Velcro patches then you’ll ever need. This particular Rock ‘n’ Roll also has a highly detailed, hand-painted second head. The differences are a thicker beard, a scar, and a bandana which makes this figure the Sideshow Exclusive. Yes, it is this head that will always be on my figure.
THE FINAL WORD:
Not to sound cliché, but knowing is half the battle. Now I know the joys of a 12-inch G.I. Joe figure by Sideshow Collectibles and you do, too. Rock 'n' Roll was more than I ever could have expected from Sideshow. I also know I now need a Cobra Soldier to have that perfect G.I. Joe vs Cobra balance. If all the old 12-inch G.I. Joe figures were as impressive as this one, 3.75-inch figures never would have had a chance. If only Sideshow would make the motorcycle for Rock ’n ’Roll. Better yet, how about the Vamp for Rock ‘n’ Roll to cruise around in?