G.I. Joe Convention 2017 Blocker
|Maverick||B.A.T. Squad Leader||Cobra B.A.T.||Backstop||Dee Jay|
|COBRA Corrosion||Laser Viper||Sky Serpent w/ Laser Viper Officer||Marauder Snowmobiles||BAT Rocket Packs|
|Conquest X36||Con Set Recap|
Blocker holds the dubious distinction of being my favorite vintage BattleForce: 2000 figure, narrowly eclipsing Dodger. Dodger is my favorite character, but Blocker was always my favorite figure.
The modern version? Not so much.
Don’t get me wrong, Blocker isn’t a bad figure, he’s got some redeeming qualities, but he doesn’t stand above and beyond the crowd. A lot of that is do to his head sculpt. Where the vintage Blocker had a great look with a lot of personality, this version has the same soft sculpt issues as Avalanche, but the worst issue is the paint on the face with the cross-eyed, vacant stare. I’m not sure if this is a persistent problem on all Blockers, but it certainly was with mine. The hat itself fits nicely and there is a bit more detail on the face (better than Avalanche, not as good as Blaster) so it’s not terrible, but the eyes do take away from the overall look of the figure.
From a parts perspective, Blocker is great from the waist up. A good selection of modern parts gives him a slender, well-articulated look, and I always applaud the use of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper vest. One of my favorite accessories. Unfortunately, below the waist, the figure suffers from the use of those horrid armored legs from Snake Eyes that look awful and restrict ankle movement. I have no idea why these legs continue to be used, as I think any benefit to vintage resemblance is completely eliminated by the way they look and move. I am not a fan of these legs at all.
The Club did a good job with paint applications on the figure, nicely mirroring the dark gray and brown camouflage, and you can immediately tell this is Blocker. The head is unique, the colors work and overall the figure doesn’t look terrible, he just no longer sits as one of my favorites.
And of course the other remaining issue is the lack of a visor on his hat which is a real shame. It seems redundant to continue complaining about these additional face pieces that the Club didn’t include with these new heads, but I’m doing it anyway. Humor me.
Blocker follows the formula we’ve seen, including a reproduction of his vintage weapon as well as a more modern one, this time being a great shotgun that he holds exceedingly well. I’m a big fan of this weapon and love its inclusion here (much moreso than his vintage weapon which I’m not a big fan of).
Blocker is good, but not great, mostly due to his head sculpt, lack of a visor, and use of the lower legs. There is potential there, but it feels like some potential lost.
BattleForce: 2000 Blocker
From neck to knees (including the arms) this is a great figure, but the face paint on a blah head sculpt docks some points, as does the weird armored lower legs. I know the Club was going for vintage aesthetic, but I hate those legs, and their use on Blocker has not changed that opinion at all. He’s got a great shotgun and I dig his deco, but there’s a lot about this figure that could have been better.