Unknown character from canned Jurassic Park line

December 16, 2011

Jurassic Park was to get yet another new line of action figures and dinosaurs exclusive to Toys R Us. The fun thing about it (at least, for most G.I. Joe fans) was that they were using repurposed G.I. Joe figures and vehicles as the base for the line.  One of which, is this guy, who has been come to be known as “Dukeblock”.

A pair of head-to-toe camoflauged figures as well as “Dukeblock” were from a failed line, that also included G.I. Joe’s AWE Strikers and another larger vehicle.  Vintage fans might remember the Dino Hunters subset from G.I. Joe back in the original line, and you have to just chuckle at the irony.  It really is a shame this line didn’t happen, because Dukeblock really is a solid figure.  He is made of G.I. Joe Resolute Duke’s head and Resolute Roadblock’s body.  It makes for a massive, muscular figure that dominates other figure, much like Roadblock did.  Oddly enough, the Duke head really looks good on the body, and fits pretty seemlessly.

Paint apps are the what make this figure shine.  Both on the face and left shoulder, tribal tattoos really make the figure unique and special.  The intricate designs of the tattoos are clean and crisp. The vest that Dukeblock has two logos on it, the Jurassic Park JP, as well as a GEN IV logo.  Generation 4?  Have there been 4 toy lines for the Jurassic Park series?  Was this a possible logo for a fourth Jurassic Park move?  Who knows, and now that it’s not (as of right now) coming out on store shelves, I guess we’ll never know.  The one paint application that is really botched is that he comes with a flesh belt, a flesh colored belt around his waist.  Was this just not painted because it was an early production piece, or was this a cost saving matter, figuring the vest (which covers it while on) was good enough?  Again, who knows.  But it is kinda weird looking without the vest.

The articulation is basic modern swivel chest G.I. Joe.  I was having issues bending his left arm, almost to the point where it felt like the elbow joint was going to snap.  It moves okay now, but it is still kind of a rough movement to get it from straight to a 90 degree angle. The right elbow wasn’t such a pain, it was a rough first bend, but after that, it was smooth sailing.

What he came with from sources unknown was again, similiar to what I got with the Resolute Roadblock (of which I also got directly from China).  A large machine gun, an ammo belt, a mortar, and a …pick axe, naturally.  The pick axe and machine gun both have a peg to where they can fit into the backpack hole on the back.  This pleases me, as I like for my figures to have accessories, but also to be able to hold all of the accessories.

As a G.I. Joe fan, I was really a big fan of the Jurassic Park line that was coming, and pretty disappointed it was cut.  The figure would make a great addition to your Dreadnoks, or even maybe a renegade for the upcoming Big Bad Toy Store exclusive sets.  Right now, you can pick them up for $13 plus shipping if you scout eBay, and really, I advise you jump on it now.  Once they’re gone, who knows if we’ll ever see them again!





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2 Responses to Unknown character from canned Jurassic Park line

  1. Daniel on December 29, 2011 at 3:48 am

    That’s InGen.

    • Jason on December 29, 2011 at 6:27 am

      Yeah, you’re probably right on that. My bad.

      But…hey…that means people are actually reading this stuff now?? I guess I better do a better job of editing :D