Note: This is not a full review. This simply a more in-depth look at the figures I profiled in my Russian Funskool GI Joe Jamboree post, and is intended as a resource for fans and collectors.
(Updated 4/20/21: Made some corrections on accessories, thanks to my friend General Liederkranz.)
Updated 5/6/21: According to a source in a former Soviet country (who has also translated the card backs), the entire Russian run of Funskool GI Joe figures was released in 1998. The company who assisted in this release, Two Beetles (see their logo on the card back below), likely had a connection at Funskool. Aside from Chuckles, all Russian Funskool figures are nearly identical to their Indian counterparts– only the card backs were changed. Though these were reportedly only produced for a year, they can still be found in former USSR territories. As a fun side note, “beetle” is Russian slang for “swindler.”
Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock Figure and Accessories
The Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock figure was released around 1998, according to a translated version of the card back.
This figure uses the same mold as Hasbro’s 1992 Roadblock version 4, and also uses very similar colors. The accessories differ greatly, though, and they are probably why this figure is of any interest to collectors at all.
Note that all text on the back of the card, including filecard and character names, are all presented in Russian. This differs drastically from Indian Funskool cards, where all text and information is presented in English.
Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock is decked out in a green sleeveless commando sweater with (presumably) a black collared shirt worn underneath, a brown shoulder harness with weapons, blue trousers, black gloves, a black belt, and black boots with brown boot coverings. The figure’s color layout is the same as the Hasbro version, with only minor color differences. We’ll go more in depth on the colors in the next section.
From the side:
From the back:
Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock comes with a large black machine gun with attached scope, an orange backpack, a yellow twin gatling gun (also with scope) featuring black barrels, and a black ammo belt.
The machine gun was originally released with the 1992 Hasbro Roadblock.
The gatling gun, backpack, and ammo belt were originally released with Hasbro’s Rock N Roll version 2 in 1989. So, why did this Funskool Roadblock come with Rock N Roll’s accessories, which the 1992 Hasbro version never had?
It’s likely Funskool included these accessories because the 92 Hasbro Roadblock’s “blade launcher” was famously recalled for being too dangerous (or faulty) in America, and Funskool felt the need to include some accessories to make up for it.
These accessories were never included with Funskool’s Rock N Roll figure, nor with any other Funskool figure, to my knowledge– so their inclusion is strange, even if they are somewhat appropriate for the Roadblock character.
This figure (along with Funskool Blaster and Red Dog) is also probably the best way to obtain the large machine gun that originally came with Roadblock v4. Since that figure was recalled, his gun is quite expensive on the aftermarket.
Russian Funskool Roadblock All Geared Up:
Other than the accessories, this figure is very close to what Hasbro released in 1992. The plastic quality is slightly inferior to a Hasbro release, but it’s still a nice, functional GI Joe action figure. This was a great, straightforward release from Funskool.
Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock Compared to 1992 Hasbro Roadblock
There are some color differences between the Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock and the 1992 Hasbro Roadblock, but they are pretty subtle. You might have to have both figures in hand to tell them apart.
The figures (L – Russian Funskool, R – Hasbro):
The Russian Funskool Roadblock’s trousers are a lighter blue, his boot coverings are a darker brown, and his sweater is a slightly different green than the Hasbro version’s. In addition, the brown paint for his harness is also darker. His skin tone also varies just slightly.
The easiest way to tell these two figures apart, though, are the elbow rivets. The Russian Funskool version’s elbow rivets are blue, whereas the Hasbro version’s are the natural, silvery color present on most GI Joe figures.
From the side:
From the back:
I hate talking about mundane things like date and brand stamps, but I feel it’s necessary for an in-depth look at the figure. So let’s get them out of the way.
Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock date and brand stamps:
1992 Hasbro Roadblock date and brand stamps:
As far as I can tell, they are identical.
The figure’s large machine gun should be identical to the Hasbro version’s. I’ve been told the Hasbro accessory is glossier than the Funskool version, but it would likely be hard to tell which is which unless you had them side by side. I’ve never owned the Hasbro accessory, though, so I am not 100% sure.
The Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock figure comes with 1989 Rock N Roll’s gatling gun, ammo belt, and backpack. Instead of being cast in light grey, they are yellow, black, and orange. The separate black plastic piece for the gatling gun’s barrels is a very nice touch, and is unexpected for any ARAH-style GI Joe figure. Funskool could have just cast the barrels in yellow (as Hasbro rendered theirs in all one color), but the black makes the accessory extra special.
Funskool (L) with 1992 Hasbro (C) and 1993 Hasbro (R):
Overall, this figure is very close to the 1992 Hasbro version. It’s a great figure but, unless you want the accessories, the differences are so minimal that you might as well stick with the domestic 1992 Roadblock.
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