Sandbags: The Corps Playset
Machine gun: Retaliation Roadblock

''At the battle of Three Stripes Hill, Private Frank Rock gained a field promotion to sergeant and became the man all the other Easy Joes looked to for leadership. It was Sgt. Rock who forged Easy Company into the legendary fighting unit it became, fighting its way through Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and ultimately, Germany.'' - From

Loosely based on the D.C. comics series, Sgt. Rock toys were produced by Remco in 1981-82. The 3 3/4" product line included figures, vehicles and playsets. Sgt Rock was the only named character in the first series. Other figures were simply known by their specialty like Ranger, Gunner, etc. A year later, Remco created a new enemy for the toy series. These consisted of repainted Sgt. Rock toys and featured a logo of a yellow snake. Apparently, "The Bad Guys" were enemies of Sgt. Rock, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.H. and "all mini action soldiers". Some Sgt. Rock accessories and vehicles would later be repainted and reused by Remco for their American Defense series.

The Sgt Rock line included some vehicles and playsets. I made modern version of the River Commando playset for Custom Celebration XI. At the time, I also had my eye on the Machine Gun Nest. I had an old The Corps playset that fit the bill nicely, I added a bit of paint and modified it to fit a GI Joe machine gun and that was that. This is a 5-minute custom.

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