ID this 1993 Halloween costume

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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

Postby the enemy muton » 14 Jul 2010 17:33

If it's '93 could it possibly be from one of the Battle Corps characters?
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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

Postby Shadow_Contact » 15 Jul 2010 07:26

Well I believe you may have found a Smoking Gun! There was a Roadblock Mask made in 92 but it was supposed to be cancelled! This article shows the various versions of the mask. http://www.joedeclassified.com/wp-conte ... 4_rev1.pdf
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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

Postby The Baron » 15 Jul 2010 07:41

That article was written by Goofateer, Shadow_Contact!
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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

Postby Goofateer » 15 Jul 2010 15:55

And we come full circle :-D

This is like archeology. Everything requires context. Theories are fine, but without context, you don't have much.

So yes, my theory is that this is the full production Roadblock costume. But since I got it with no mask, and there is no name on the costume, then I have no context. So I was very much hoping that the costume itself would jar some collectors memory, and dig up some specific evidence that points to it's identity.

The short story is that I've been specifically looking for a full production Roadblock costume since 1999. It's supposed to have been released with one of the 2 Duke costumes around 1992, or 1993. After 5 years I found the preproduction stash of Roadblock masks. One of which was an actual prototype with a simplified Duke costume.

That was all I was ever able to dig up after 11 years. If I ever found a Roadblock mask on the market, the seller was someone I had sold one to. So I could not prove that the costume had ever been released.

Then, last week I got this costume. One I've never seen before. Got it with a 1993 Duke on the same kind of package hanger. But no masks, and no further information from the seller.

So what do we have?

1) the rumor I heard in 1999 about a Roadblock costume released at the same time as Duke.
2) a prototype mask that appears to be Roadblock, being developed in 1992.
3) the 1992 12" Roadblock wears a helmet just like one the mask wears. This supports that it's Roadblock.
4) this costume in 1993.
5) the costume has some design elements from the 1986 Roadblock.
6) the costume has the color design from the 1992 Roadblock,
7) Roadblock is a heavy machine gunner. They need belts of bullets, the costume has one, even if the figures don't.

So the evidence is there. But I still need to find 1 more piece to the puzzle. Either a package with Roadblocks name on it. At the time costumes came both on hangers, or in boxes depending on the store you bought it from. Or a mask from a source other than me. Either of those would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Roadblock costume was in fact released in 1993.

I know, it's a little nit-picky. But look at all the guesses. It could possibly be a Rock 'N Roll, a Flint, Tunnel Rat, or any of a fairly decent list of options. The evidence is in favor of Roadblock, but it doesn't quite prove it.

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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

Postby The Baron » 15 Jul 2010 23:08

I love this side of collecting. Thank you for sharing and good luck with the quest.

I'm assuming there is no record of any Rock 'N Roll, Flint or Tunnel Rat costumes being made? If the only one unaccounted for is Roadblock (by rumour) then I would say with 99% certainty that you've done it!
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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

Postby Goofateer » 15 Jul 2010 23:44

The Baron wrote:I'm assuming there is no record of any Rock 'N Roll, Flint or Tunnel Rat costumes being made? If the only one unaccounted for is Roadblock (by rumour) then I would say with 99% certainty that you've done it!



That's exactly where I'm at with it, but you never know?

I do have a prototype mask that is completely camouflaged, face and all, but the shape of the face and beret look very much like Flint. I mean a LOT like Flint. But it's from a really early stage of pre-production, and obviously the color is all wrong. So it may or may not have anything to do with G.I. Joe.

Rock 'n Roll would make a lot of sense, because they used him for a lot of tie-in products in the early 1990's and '89, 91 figure would make a good mask. But I have zero evidence that they ever make a costume of him.

New stuff pops up ALL the time.



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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

Postby Shadow_Contact » 16 Jul 2010 06:00

The Baron wrote:That article was written by Goofateer, Shadow_Contact!


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Re: ID this 1993 Halloween costume

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