Mexican Rock ‘N Roll

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.

Heroic Commandos

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.



Rock 'N Roll Mexico

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6 Responses to Mexican Rock ‘N Roll

  1. A-Man says:

    You want them all the same green, but they’d still have different color boots and webgear?

    Masters of the Universe figures were also boxed in Mexico. I guess that lessens theft? I don’t know, seems like it would cost more for packaging.

    • Yeah, pretty much. Different coloured webgear/boots would provide enough variety to the figures.

      That’s good to know about MOTU figures, shows there’s some precedent for boxed figures. Honestly I’m somewhat surprised that Hasbro didn’t just export Spanish Language carded Hasbro G.I. Joes into Mexico, but that was pre-NAFTA, I guess.

      • A-Man says:

        Hasbro later shipped to Mexico.
        According to the derelict fan site “Starting in the 1990s, G.I.Joe toys were simply sold in Mexico by Hasbro.

        In 1994, specially recolored versions of the three Lunartix alien figures were sold only in Mexico. The packaging was in English, except for Spanish language stickers placed over the card.”

        I forget about those funny Mexcian boxed figures with action packs. They even changed the artwork to show the proper characters. One might wonder why there’s two Destros and Storm Shadows in the same scene, though.Excuse, in Mexico he was “White Shadow”. When he wasn’t an assassin he was teaching basketball.

    • Mike T. says:

      Aren’t the figure’s held in place in the packaging with a twist tie? It could also have been a function of retail shelf space in Mexican stores at the time.

      Finding info on Auriken Joes is tough. We didn’t know about the vehicle drivers for quite a while. And, it seems, there is a series of late ’80’s vehicle drivers released there, too, that no one has any info on.

      I’d love for factory custom guys to match the Brazilian, Action Force and Mexican green hues. They are eye popping and would look great on swivel updates of the classic characters. They never got the AF green quite right, though.

      I still haven’t been able to fully understand the tie between Estrela and Auriken. It seems that Auriken got the molds after Estrela was done with them. But, the whole timeline of releases from Brazil to Argentina to Mexico and back is Hasbro is murky.

      • There were vehicle drivers? Like the guys with the Action Packs or was there something else entirely?

        The lack of info is frustrating, as Mexico really shouldn’t be so hard to interact with, in comparison to Argentina or Brazil. Also on an unrelated note, I guess Hasbro provided Joes to Chile.

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