Internationally released G.I. Joes that were produced by companies other than Hasbro are for the most part fairly interesting, they aren’t always good or different but there’s something neat about a toy produced for a different market than the one you grew up in. Still, a lot of the collector appeal to them is that they’re “rare”. However “Rare” isn’t a synonym for “Good”. I think sometimes that is forgotten when you see people discussing Foreign Figures or the outlandish prices paid for a lot of them.
In Mexico they released numerous figures that were not particularly unique, but rather shade variations. Rock ‘N Roll for example is no longer a dark olive drab, but rather a fairly neat shade of green. It’s still somewhat of an Olive shade, but now it’s a lot closer to the 1982 US release of Zap. While a lot of the foreign G.I. Joe releases are quite close to the original Hasbro design, with different colour tones, this Rock ‘N Roll is actually different, based on the colour change. Same thing happened in Brazil. It’s not much but it really reminds me of the Rock ‘N Roll appearance in G.I. Joe #10.
One thing that’s interesting about foreign interpretations of the 1982 Straight Arms, is they tend to do a way with the differences in base uniform colours. In Hasbro markets, Flash and Rock ‘N Roll were different colours, but in Brazil and Mexico and Argentina they’re matching. Honestly I like that a lot, and feel that one of the biggest missed opportunities was the lack of an Original 13 (or thereabouts) that legitimately matched.
The figure is just a straight arm Rock ‘N Roll, done up in a brighter green, but it does have one interesting construction anomaly. Mexican Straight Arm Joes have the rear part of the shoulder joint inserted upside down. It’s something that’s unique to Mexican Straight Arm figures, and while ultimately of no real significance, it’s kind of neat. The other real calling card to Mexican Joes, was that they were released in very cool window boxes, but I don’t own any of them, and I’m also not all that interested in packaging, so I don’t really have anything to say about them.
This figure isn’t one I use all that often, if only because I have swivel arm Rock ‘N Roll figures, but he’s still a nice toy, that I like owning. There’s almost no content on the Mexican releases out there on the web, so I figured at worst it would be nice to put a little information out on one of the few I own. I mean a cursory glance at Yo Joe!’s page on this figure indicates that it’s a swivel arm, and is “Almost exactly like the U.S. Swivel-Arm version released in 1983”, which is quite inaccurate.