Through all these years, some of my favorite Transformers toys are the Auto Rollers from Generation 2. Big chunky robots who's transformation was based on flipping and on/off switch in the back. You'd roll the vehicle and it would auto transform from one mode to another. There was/is a certain level of joy in rolling a truck backwards and watching it change into a robot or roll the robot forward and watching it convert into a truck. When they first debuted it was mind blowing and exciting, which is a sharp contrast to today's fandom with a contingent that gets outright offended by Turbo Changers. Like I said though, I've always loved them and thought to focus on one of them today. Because fuck yeah Zone Base.
Roadblock is a Decepticon who turns into a loader. Guy's, we've already hit the first break in tradition here, a green Decepticon that turns into construction type equipment that isn't a Constructicon. Roadblock was not just cool because of the fact that he was a rebel, he was a neat toy as well. Not only could you roll him around and lift that bucket, but in robot mode he had a firing missile and a spinning saw blade. Real talk, Road Block will mess you up son.
The molds got used again in Beast Wars 2 (and re released in the Korean version of Car Robots as seen below) alongside the unreleased Auto Roller molds. Between not being Constructions and vehicles in Beast Wars, somebodies head just exploded. It was like a thousand voices cried 'IKEA...G1' all at once and were suddenly silenced.
Road Block was unique among the Auto Rollers, because he's the one that wouldn't go away. Not that I'm complaining mind you, but for whatever reason he's the one. Just worked out that way I guess. Regardless of why or how, it did result in some fun repaints. In 2010 a line of really cool Transformer toys called Power Core Combiners were released and hit the ground with a thud. Not everything works out *shrug*. PCC was a neat line featuring basic/scout sized Transformers with Mini-Cons and drones. The Mini-Cons could be weapons or armor and the droned could attach to combination ports creating a larger Transformer. I absolutely loved the line, but like I said, not everything works out. The Japanese incarnation made the toys upgraded versions of older Transformers characters. This lead to Roadblock being reborn as Dozermaster... and holy crap that is one terrible name.
So the Japanese version of the second version of Robots (sigh) in Disguise was called Transformers Adventure. Transformers Adventure was a really neat line that had things like new characters added in made from prior molds as well as from the in line molds. Using the excellent Generations Scoop mold came Transformer Adventure Roadblock!
Now as a Targetmaster Roadblock is looking great and is one great figure. If you noticed Roadblock has just one Targetmaster and not the two that Scoop had then... you noticed I guess. Roadblock just had one... yeah.
you can't keep a good idea down. At BotCon 2015 a set of exclusives based on that unreleased Hound and Optimus Prime I talked about a few bad jokes up were released. Once again using the Scoop mold for our Auto Rolling Roadblocking mold homage. There's a point where spelling correct gives up and curses you out as a suggestion and that sentence was the millionth time I've caused that. Though unlike Roadblock prior, Sgt. Hound had both his Targetmasters now serving as Diaclone drivers! Super extra homage in a convention exclusive toy that should be super extra nerdy times the super inflated price. Keen!
Fuck yeah Zone Base.