Friday, 25 May 2018

#1018 Roadblock

I did not have any Roadblock figures as a kid. I mostly remember him from the cartoon where he was very prominent. He was also featured in one of the only comic book issues that I had #24. In that issue, the Joes bring a captive Cobra Commander to a mountain-top fortress in an attempt to keep him hidden from Cobra. However, Storm Shadow manages to track and rescue him using a CLAW. Roadblock gives chase on foot and bests Storm Shadow in a fight in the woods. I remember buying that comic at a local convenience store. It was in French and read and re-read that issue over and over.

For my custom, I wanted to include as much of the vintage figure’s characteristics as possible. For accessories, the original backpack with ammo box and pin to peg the tripod were a must. I used a Marauder head, but may upgrade down the road if an opportunity comes up. After that, I matched the original’s colors as best that I could.

Head, harness, pockets: Marauder MTF
Torso, arms: Retaliation Roadblock
Legs: 50th Gung-Ho
Backpack: ARAH Roadblock

Saturday, 12 May 2018

#1016 Flint and #1017 Tele-Vipers

#1016 - Flint

I never had the original Flint figure as kid. One of my friends had him in his collection, so I got to play with the figure a few times. As a kid, Flint was not that interesting. He had few accessories, his gun was not great and his beret was crooked. That said, I liked his character on the Sunbow cartoon.

As an adult, I have grown to like the character even more. Figure-wise, the Modern Era has not been bad to Flint. His SDCC Danger at the Docks figure is darn close to an ultimate version. I used a very similar recipe for my custom, but gave him rolled up sleeves to match the original figure. After that, all I had to do was match the paint colors.

Head, torso, legs: 50th Flint
Upper arms, web gear, backpack, gun: 25th Flint (second 5-pack)
Lower arms: 50th Dusty

#1017 - Tele-Viper

Tele-Vipers appeared regularly on the Sunbow cartoon series and I always enjoyed it when Cobra troops were shown. However, I never had the original figure as a kid. During the 25th Anniversary, I managed to pick up 3 Tele-Vipers. That version had some nice elements, but overall suffered from some issues like the hands and the legs. For my version, I drew some inspiration from the concept vault version, but made some changes.

I used the ROC Neo-Viper torso to approximate the original’s shirt. That torso is also a good fit with the belt and vest. I also upgraded the figure with Marauder hands.

Head, vest, belt, upper arms: 25th Tele-Viper
Torso: ROC Neo-Viper
Lower arms: 25th Flint
Legs: POC Cobra Trooper
Hands: Marauder MTF
Backpack: VvV Tele-Viper (single card)
Gun: Vintage Tele-Viper