Friday, 23 February 2018

Project No Joe Day 5: Sgt Rock

''At the battle of Three Stripes Hill, Private Frank Rock gained a field promotion to sergeant and became the man all the other Easy Joes looked to for leadership. It was Sgt. Rock who forged Easy Company into the legendary fighting unit it became, fighting its way through Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and ultimately, Germany.'' – From

Loosely based on the D.C. comics series, Sgt. Rock toys were produced by Remco in 1981-82. The 3 3/4" product line included figures, vehicles and playsets. Sgt Rock was the only named character in the first series. Other figures were simply known by their specialty like Ranger, Gunner, etc. A year later, Remco created a new enemy for the toy series. These consisted of repainted Sgt. Rock toys and featured a logo of a yellow snake. Apparently, "The Bad Guys" were enemies of Sgt. Rock, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.H. and "all mini action soldiers". Some Sgt. Rock accessories and vehicles would later be repainted and reused by Remco for their American Defense series.

Sgt Rock Gunner by Oreobuilder

I made a Sgt Rock custom for Custom Celebration XI. I have been planning to add more characters to the ranks. Gunner proved to be different enough with his cap and rolled up sleeves to make him interesting. Parts-wise, he is still very close to my recipe for Sgt Rock, but I really like the cohesive uniforms for the team.

Head, hat: Marauder MTF
Torso, legs: RoC Pit Commando
Vest: 50th Spirit
Upper arms: 25th Mutt
Lower arms: 25th Shipwreck
Hands: DG Duke

Sgt Rock Hawk by Oreobuilder

I made a Bad Guy custom of Snake for Custom Celebration XI. Now, I’m adding to the enemy ranks with Hawk. I reworked my parts recipe compared to Snake to be more in line with the other figures and I also changed the gold helmet and boots to tan to make the color scheme a bit more grounded. The 25th Duke head is not my favorite, but it is one of the only heads that can fit that Captain America helmet.

Head: 25th Duke
Helmet: Captain America
Torso: 50th Falcon
Legs: 25th Snake Eyes
Arms: PoC Snake Eyes
Vest: 30th Stalker
Weapon: PoC Steel Brigade

Sgt Rock Raider by Oreobuilder

Since I was expanding the ranks of my Sgt Rock team with Gunner, I decided to add another member to the team while I was at it. Looking through the options, I liked the Green Beret. I used the same recipe as my Sgt Rock figure except for the head and beret. The standard uniform look of the team makes these customs into 4’’ versions of green army men, which is an aspect that I really enjoy.

Head, beret: 50th Falcon
Torso, arms, legs: RoC Pit Commando
Vest: BBTS Spirit
Weapon: DG Duke

Sgt Rock Raider (repaint) by Oreobuilder

After making the original all-green version of Raider, I found pictures of the camoflage version online. I really liked the colors, so I scraped together the parts to build it. I did not deviate from my established recipe. The original figures all shared the same construction, so I wanted my versions to do the same. However, I gave him a different head so that he could be a different character.

Head: ROC Sgt Stone
Harness: 50th Dusty
Everything else: ROC Pit Commando

Sgt Rock Machine Gun Nest Playset by Oreobuilder

The Sgt Rock line included some vehicles and playsets. I made modern version of the River Commando playset for Custom Celebration XI. At the time, I also had my eye on the Machine Gun Nest. I had an old The Corps playset that fit the bill nicely, I added a bit of paint and modified it to fit a GI Joe machine gun and that was that. This is a 5-minute custom.

Sandbags: The Corps Playset
Machine gun: Retaliation Roadblock

Collect them all!

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