2001 Double Blast

 

Roadblock copy

The early 2000s were one strange time for G.I. Joe. It was back, but not really in a big way, so Hasbro made a few puzzling decisions with how they were going about the G.I. Joe line. There seemed to be a call for new characters from the fanbase, so the easiest way to do that, would be repaint an old, highly recognizable character and give it a new computer generated code-name, and there everyone’ll be happy. So that’s how things like Roadblock version 1 gets a really solid repaint and is now “Charles L. Griffith; DOUBLE BLAST”. Roadblock wasn’t the only victim of this doppleganger syndrome, for The Baroness and Torpedo also got nailed with it. For some reason, that was a thing that really soured me on the figures, there was a subconscious thing about it that bothered me, until one day a friend of mine said “Ya know who was the best repaint in the early 2000s? That really ashy Roadblock”, and for some reason reading that made me realize how stupid it was to ignore a great figure because of some terrible codename and a “thanks for helping to write Iceberg’s filecard in 1997”  filename.

I think Double Blast is probably one of the worst codename’s I’ve ever seen, it makes no sense, and reads like a couple of words that could be thrown together and not have any issues at the copywriter office. To top it off his character is pretty awful as well, he’s Macgyver or something, and SNEAKY, and got picked on in school. I dunno, his pack in partner’s story is better, he’s a gun nut and destroyed trees at age 8. Who writes this stuff!?!?

Roadblock2001

As a figure, it’s decent, the 2001 figures all had this really pasty skin, which was different from the 2000 figures where they all this really vibrant orange skin. The weirdest part of the super pale skin tones of 2001, was the one Black guy released had the same lightening of the skin tone, which made him look ashy as all hell. So I kind of see this figure as Roadblock who’s on a mission to get some lotion. The colouring on the mold is pretty good, in fact the olive drab tank top is perhaps a better look than the v1 Roadblock, as it fits the mold’s Vietnam era motif a lot better. The pants are that weird marbleized plastic Hasbro experimented with, which I have no complaints about, but I think would’ve looked a lot better on all the figures if details like knife straps and holsters were actually painted. He comes with all of the v1 Accessories, except for some reason the backpack was neutered, and no longer has the removable ammo box, nor the peg that allowed Roadblock to carry his tri-pod.

Roadblock is definitely one of the most popular Joes, he was a big part of both the Cartoon and Comic Book. He’s one of my favourite characters, and I love the v1 mold. This version, is especially useful, as he’s no where near as fragile as the 84, but isn’t coloured poorly, or pinheaded, like the rest of the 2000s repaints of this mold tended to be. Character-wise, Roadblock is one of my favourites, and I feel he pairs up well with a lot of other good figures, especially the first Duke. Roadblock was popular in both media portrayals, but they were definitely different. I don’t mind admitting, that I like the idea of Roadblock constantly speaking in rhyme, and if Dio-Stories were still a thing, he’d be receiving a lot of his dialogue directly lifted from raps Willie D. gave on the early Geto Boys records.

Overall, I like this figure, since it’s actually a good rendition of Roadblock, it’s also kind of an epitome of where things went sideways in the Real American Hero Collection, which was a line that was well received, but obviously didn’t stand the test of time. Hasbro was playing a lot of the right notes, but none of them were in the right order.

 

Double Blast

 

 

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5 Responses to 2001 Double Blast

  1. Mike T. says:

    My issue with this guy (aside from the terrible name and lame ass fan service) is that he offered nothing you couldn’t get with the original Roadblock. To me, he was just too similar to the V1. Plus, he matched all the other Joe figures released in his era.

    Given almost 20 years since his release (yeah, it’s been that long….) the fact that he was the same color scheme as all the other 2001’s has become less relevant and I do think this guy has held up better than abominations like Crossfire and even General Tomahawk. But, he’s still just interchangeable with the V1 to me. I’d have rather had a Night Force attempt or even a Sky Patrol color scheme to differentiate him. But, Hasbro of that era really lacked any creativity other than, hey, lets paint this guy green.

  2. Great review!

    You won me over on this figure a while back while we were randomly talking about Roadblock. I currently have him as a v1 stand-in (but with the original backpack and tripod) on my TTBP, but I think he’ll be replaced with Tiger Force Roadblock whenever I find a good helmet for him and also magically become less lazy.

    I still like the 92 Roadblock the most, but v1 is an important figure and has a lot of charm. Great gear, too. So it was neat to basically just get a good version of him in a really cheap 2-pack. He’s just a great old school style Roadblock for displays and photos.

  3. A-Man says:

    “Now you just talkin’ out your ass. Cause my man Double-Blast was built to last.” – Roadblock

    The BJ’s 8 pack Roadblock is technically Double-Blast with Roadblock’s codename. Yojoe can claim mistake all they want (the site that will never be updated). If you wanted to use this as RB and BJ’s as DB then that would be A-OK, though not SOP. (What?) But you don’t like clones running around.

    I used Double Blast as a gunner for the Whirlwind in a photo. Then his code name makes sense. It’s still dumb, but…perhaps his code name could be changed to Twin-Shot, Double-Up or Double-Blasé

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