Raft + accessories: 50th Night Landing


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.

I discovered Sgt Rock a few years ago when I was doing research for my GI Joe 50th Anniversary Tribute. I had not heard of it before. I don't know if the line has ever been available in Canada. I may have simply been too young to remember it. The figures are very much 3.75'' articulated versions of little green army men. I was drawn in by the vintage comic book ad, the World War II/1950/1960s styling (with some more modern accessories) and the playsets.

After I learned that the toy line was based on a comic book, I decided to base the custom on the toy. Making a comic version of Sgt Rock is now on my to-do list.