Within the heart of a man lies the desire to become a gourmet chef. You wouldn't know that by looking at Roadblock. With his size and brawn, he can carry a .50 Browning machine gun with accompanying 50 lbs. ammo and still endure the powerful recoils. That fact alone is enough to scare the enemy. In actuality, he's one of the most amiable members of the Joe Team and a great source of camaraderie. Aside from his impressive strength, he could take your K-rations and whip up something more appetizing.
Roadblock was setting to go to France's Escoffier School by working as a bouncer until a recruiter convinced him the Army can train him just as well. He was appalled by the menu and preparation techniques in the Army kitchen that he requested a transfer. And that is how Roadblock got into infantry.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuity
Roadblock and Duke are introduced during the Funeral of General Flagg. Cobra Commander had used this event to knock out the remaining Joes and also to test its new combat aircraft. As the funeral procedings were taking place the new combat aircraft approached the procession. Cover Girl was the first to acknowledge its presence and laert the others. The Cobra pilot got a drop on the Joes and was about to launch missile strike against them when it was blown out of the sky. The Joes perplexed looked around when they saw Duke and Roadblock had shot it out of the sky with Roadblock holding its .50 Caliber machine gun. The Joes were surprised that Roadblock could life the gun so easily.
Devil's Due Comics continuity
G.I. Joe Reloaded
G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
Action Force (British) Comics continuity
Roadblock was part of a team who tricked Tomax and Xamot into leading a team of B.A.T.s into Action Force's London base, both to test security and secure samples of B.A.T. technology. He was then was one of many Action Force members deliberately sent to Rhodes to get them out of the country when Trent was being blackmailed by the Dreadnoks. Subsquently he was part of Action Force teams who were sent to recover a Northrod B2 bomber crew who crashed on an island with top secret information, who stopped Cobra obtaining a powerful laser driven by diamonds, who dealt with a siege in a British village when the bank manager was revealed as a Crimson Guard and who dealt with a Cobra bomb planted on Tower Bridge in London. He was part of the assault force who recaptured an Arabian oil terminal from Cobra and prevented it from being exploded to ignite the oil fields, and was then part of a team who travelled to Vietnam after Gung-Ho went in search of his former comrades. Roadblock subsequently became part of Tiger Force and was present for an early mission to Jordan to destroy a shot down Phantom X-19 and rescue Ghostrider and Scarlett.
Blackthorne Comics continuity
Dreamwave Comics continuity
Sunbow animated series
DiC animated series
|A Real American Hero (1984)
Roadblock is included in the 1984 series of the A Real American Hero series.
Appearance: bald with black mustache and goatee; light and dark green camouflage vest with black belt and straps; bare arms; green gloves and holster; rust-orange pants; black boots
Accessories: light olive-green "Duke" helmet; squarish, reddish brown backpack with handle, peg for tripod, and detachable ammo box; light olive-green M-2HB Browning .50 cal. machine gun and M3 tripod.
|A Real American Hero (1986)
Roadblock becomes the second character to get a new action figure design that wasn't a recolored version.
Appearance: bald with black mustache and goatee; off-white short-sleeved shirt; light green vest with beige strap and red pads; black gloves and boots; light grey pants with beige belt and boots
Accessories: large, silver heavy machine gun with long pole for tripod; tall, silver tripod with single horizontal support.
|Tiger Force (1988)
Appearance: bald with black mustache and goatee; dark green camouflage vest with light green belt and straps; bare arms; brown pants with yellow stripes; grey gloves and boots
Accessories: yellow "Duke" helmet (no holes) with black tiger stripes; light green "Roadblock" backpack and ammo box; black "Roadblock" M-2 and tripod.
|A Real American Hero (1992)
Appearance: bald with black mustache and goatee; black short-sleeved shirt with olive-green vest; red-brown straps; black gloves and belt; light blue pants; black and red-brown boots
Accessories: black machine gun with huge scope, single grip at rear, and mounting pin in middle; conical blue spring-loaded disc launcher with black trigger; black fan-shaped disc; flat, black knife with distinct pommel and quillen; black figure stand.
Variations: The disc launcher was recalled due to safety concerns, and so most Roadblocks were sold without it.
|Battle Corps (1993)
Appearance: bald with black mustache and goatee; black short-sleeved shirt with purple vest; neon green straps; black gloves and belt; light blue pants; black and red-brown boots
Accessories: black "Shockwave" pistol; black "Hit & Run" submachine gun; black "Bullhorn" machine gun; black "Hit & Run" knife; blue-green "Cross-Country" spring-loaded missile launcher with black trigger; two black "Bazooka" missiles.
|Star Brigade (1993)
Appearance: bald with black mustache and goatee; white flight suit with light blue helmet support, straps, gloves, and boots; red stripes on arms, side, and legs
Accessories: blue '91 Hawk" helmet with red face shield; gold "Muskrat" shotgun; gold "Tracker" submachine gun; gold "'91 Grunt" machine gun; gold "Muskrat" machete; black "'93 Duke" missile launcher; two gold "Bazooka" missiles; gold figure stand.
|Sound Attack (2002)|
|Valor vs. Venom (2004)|
|Night Force (2004)|
|Anti-Venom Task Force (2004)|
|Comic Pack (2005)|
|Heavy Assault Squad (2005)|
|G.I. Joe Battle Pack (2007)|
|A Real American Hero (2008)
|DVD Battles: The Revenge of Cobra (2008)
- A Roadblock mini-bust was released in 2002. It is 6 inches tall and based on Jon Matthew's sculpt design. The box art is provided by Dave Dorman. The basic appearance is based on Roadblock's 1986 design.
- Combat Heroes (2008)
- A juniorized version of Roadblock was included in a two-pack with Cobra Commander in the Combat Heroes preschool line from Hasbro. Roadblock appeared in his original animated series colors.
- In the cartoon, Roadblock very rarely talks without rhyming. In "The Revenge of Cobra" mini-series, Roadblock only occasionally speaks in rhyme. That changed, however, when G.I. Joe became a full-fledged animated series.
- The Season 5 episode of the CBS television program NCIS that aired October 16, 2007 - "Identity Crisis" - assigned many of the guest stars and incidental characters the names of G.I. Joe characters. The team was investigating the death of Marvin Hinton, played by an uncredited actor. The character also went by the alias "Frederick LeClaire."
- In the 2000s, Hasbro was unable to secure the trademark on the name "Roadblock" or to find a suitable alternative, and so his role on the team was filled by less-known member Heavy Duty. The IDW G.I. Joe series features a character known as "Heavy Duty," who looks like and wears Roadblock's attire.
- British releases of the figures changed Roadblock's birthplace. His first figure was altered to be from French Congo, whilst the Battle Corps version came from Brixton, London. In between, the second and Tiger Force versions were from Biloxi.
- Roadblock's working names included "Steamroller," "Hardball" and "Bubba."
- ↑ The gun is actually an L7A21 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun), which isn't actually a heavy machine gun: it only fills the role of light or medium machine gun.
- ↑ Tales of Wonder - GI Joe Roadblock Mini Bust
- ↑ Larry Hama took the time to send Hasbro a memo saying "I really dislike the name 'Bubba' -- It's racist, derogatory and stupid."