Review – G.I. Joe Combat Squad Barrel Roll (8-inch)

After Backblast (review here) and Deep Six (review here) it’s time we take a look at the third — and final! — piece of the 2007 ToysRUs exclusive Land * Sea * Air box set*, Barrel Roll. And as the review of this set at Sigma 6 Central makes very clear, Barrel Roll is the coolest figure in the box.


Sigma 6 Central tells us that Barrel Roll is a mix of Firefly and Duke. As with the other G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 8-inch action figures ( search*) the design is all hard edges and wonderfully angular shapes; Barrel Roll fits perfectly with the other Sigma 6 toys I’ve opened and I have no complaints at all with the toy’s sculpt.


The gray and black color combo looks good, and while the head is Duke’s, the hair change and addition of the painted moustache makes it look like a new character. The review of this set at Sigma 6 Central is kinda down on the moustache, but I figure it looks just fine and isn’t all that much on an issue once the helmet is in place.

NOTE: The colors in the above photo are a little too dark; the other shots of Barrel Roll on the page are a better indication of the suit’s gray coloring. Sorry for the dark pic!


The above photo shows the nifty little communicator feature that’s on Barrel Roll’s left forearm. This is a flipout piece with a sticker to give it some color and flavor, and it’s a very tiny addition to the toy that adds some wonderful play value. Backblast (review here) and Deep Six (review here) also have communicators, so all three figures from the 2007 ToysRUs exclusive Land * Sea * Air box set* can stay in touch when they’re adventuring.


Barrel Roll continues the G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 ( search*) tradition of coming loaded with some fantastic accessories:

  • Helmet – Looks great, and perfectly solves any issues someone may have with the head. I wish that the visor was translucent like on Backblast (review here) and Deep Six (review here), but the solid visor in no way ruins the fun of the toy.
  • Machine Gun – Removable magazine, fairly straight forward design. Looks good in the toy’s hands and from what I can tell it doesn’t break down into a pistol.

  • Jet Backpack – Sigma 6 Central mentions that this is from Jet Wing Duke (figure at and the pack is absolutely incredible. The slide mechanism on the back lets you extend or collapse the wings, and the six removable bombs snap on/off without any difficulty. The entire harness slots over the figure’s shoulders and snaps together and, surprisingly, the pack isn’t too back heavy for the toy to stand.

Yeah, Barrel Roll has great accessories and that backpack is definitely what makes this the best figure in the box.

Closing Thoughts

Priced at about $90 to $110 on the aftermarket these days, the 2007 ToysRUs exclusive Land * Sea * Air box set* is worth the cost when you consider that standard Sigma 6 toys go for $25 to $50/each these days. As a pack of repaint toys it’s fun, and if you don’t have the earlier figures that these are repaints of then the set is even better.

Barrel Roll is every bit as good as the other G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 toys I have reviewed over the last few weeks, and he’s neat enough that I’m now anxious to find the time to photograph and play with another one of the toys from the series. Have I mentioned how much I owe Hasbro an apology for not getting into this series when it was in stores?

7 thoughts on “Review – G.I. Joe Combat Squad Barrel Roll (8-inch)

  1. I believe he might be my favorite so far out of all the Sigma 6 figures you’ve reviewed.

  2. Great review as usual. I love the handlebar mustache on this guy.
    Seeing all these sigma 6 reviews make me sad that the kickstarter hero project did not get funded. Mostly because I would have picked up any female they made. The photos of the unproduced Scarlett figure always make me sad.

  3. I remember how excited we all were when this three-pack hit Toys R Us. Those were the days!

    Great review, as always.

  4. @T-Rav – Wait until you see Crime Boss Destro! Been playing with him this morning and I love the look . . . and he towers over Snake Eyes.

    1. I’m glad to hear you got a Crime Boss Destro. He has been near or at the top of my most wanted list. I have a loose figure on its way now. I hope you and I weren’t bidding against each other on ebay 🙂

  5. @clark – Well, I know the Hero Project isn’t completely out of the picture. I had a call with Wayne last week and it sounds like they’ve got some stuff in the works.

    If I had the skills and time I’d launch a Kickstarter project to produce female action figures with a modern military angle and size and designs similar to Sigma 6. Think of it as third party G.I. Joe toys along the same lines as the Transformers scene.

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