The name Rock 'n Roll refers to several versions of the same character.
For a list of the other versions, see Rock 'n Roll.

Rock 'n Roll is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
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It has been said that the sound of machine gun fire is music to Rock 'n Roll's ears. Back when in his teenage years in Malibu, he was a surfer, pro weight lifter. He played bass guitar in a local rock band with a particular affinity for British heavy metal. Accustomed to loud, amplified noises, being the Joe Team's machine gunner was a natural for him. He graduated top of class in Advanced Infantry Training School.

Rock 'n Roll is one of the easiest people to get along with. He brings a sense of camaraderie and genuinely cares for his teammates. While he can be a raging bull, he is definitely someone you want on your side.


A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity


Rock 'n Roll was a participant in the daring rescue of Dr. Adele Burkhart. He was driving the R.A.M. motorcycle and provided heavy firepower support for Stalker's team. Once Cobra was defeated, he found the enemy's headquarters was rigged to blow up and informed Hawk of the situation. Fortunately, everyone made it out of the island.[2] Not long after, Rock 'n Roll is in the Middle East with Scarlett and Snake-Eyes to retrieve an object code named "Hot Potato".[3]

Devil's Due Comics continuation

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IDW RAH continuation

After G.I. Joe was disbanded, Cobra enacts a plan that put them at the forefront of providing security for the United States, the Joes are declared renegades and are hunted down. Rock 'n Roll is the among the first Joes to resurface.[4] Upon instructions from Hawk, he meets with other Joes for a rendezvous and leads a strike team into the Silent Castle battling B.A.T.s.[5] With Roadblock and Duke, he buys Mainframe the time the latter needs to hack into Cobra's computers and provide evidence of Cobra's goal and clear the Joes of charges.[6]

Action Force (British) Comics continuity

Craig S. McConnel was born in Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom.[7] He was part of a G.I. Joe team in the Latin American county of Sao Cristobel who prevented Cobra from securing a nuclear warhead.[8]

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Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

Rock 'n Roll from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.

Rock 'n Roll is among the number of Joes who defended their headquarters from a Cobra air raid.[9] During the M.A.S.S. Device crisis, he is on reserve status as the Joes try to figure out a plan for their next step against Cobra.[10] He joins up with Duke in boarding Cobra's heli-carrier[11] and follows his commander in storming the Cobra Temple.[12]

DiC animated series

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Generation 1
Rock 'n Roll A Real American Hero (1982)

Rock 'n Roll was part of the original series of A Real American Hero toys in 1982. The first Rock 'n Roll action figure had straight arms. The following year, Hasbro introduced the Swivel Arm Battle Grip technology and implemented it to all the original characters.

Appearance: yellow hair and beard, dark green short-sleeved shirt with two gold ammo belts across chest; dark green pants with gold pockets; brown boots

Accessories: dark green "Breaker" helmet; black M-60 machine gun and bipod page/Filecard

Rock & Roll v2 A Real American Hero (1989)

Rock 'n Roll is renamed as "Rock & Roll," but is still referred to as "Rock 'n Roll" on the filecard. His function has been moved from mere machine gunner to Gatling gunner.

Appearance: beige cap with ammo on brim; yellow hair and beard; beige short-sleeved shirt with green pockets; black gloves; light and dark green camouflage pants with beige belts and black boots; pegs on side of right leg to hold rifle

Accessories: light grey mechanical backpack with tabs for belts; old-fashioned, light grey shotgun with two holes for pegs on leg; two light grey, handheld gatling guns, each with scope and two barrels; two light grey ammo belts. page/1989 filecard

Super Sonic Fighters Rock 'n Roll Super Sonic Fighters (1991)

The 1989 mold is used for the Super Sonic Fighters version in 1991. This particular figure represents the only time Rock 'n Roll receives a major rank promotion as a Sergeant Major (E-9).

Appearance: orange cap with ammo on brim; yellow hair and beard; green short-sleeved shirt with orange pockets; light brown gloves; brown pants with light brown boots; pegs on side of right leg to hold rifle

Accessories: green Sonic gunner station/backpack with detachable support and brown, swiveling cannon; large, light brown M-60 machine gun with polelike forward grip. page/Filecard

Star Brigade Armor Tech Rock 'n Roll Star Brigade Armor Tech (1993)

Rock 'n Roll becomes a member of the Armor Tech division of Star Brigade in the 1993 series of A Real American Hero toys.

Appearance: yellow hair and beard; grey armor suit with metallic blue armor on chest, waist, arms, and feet

Accessories: silver full-head space helmet with purple visor; yellow "Muskrat" shotgun; yellow "Tracker" submachine gun; yellow "'91 Grunt" machine gun; yellow "Muskrat" machete; silver "Robo-J.O.E." spring-loaded missile launcher with yellow trigger; two yellow "Bazooka" missiles; yellow figure stand. page/Filecard

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Stars and Stripes Forever (1997)
The Stars and Stripes Forever set included almost all the original G.I. Joe Team members. The pack was a way of commemorating the 15th anniversary of the A Real American Hero series. The set used the original 1982 molds for every character save for Breaker and Rock 'n Roll. Rock 'n Roll was made using parts from other characters. It is speculated that the original 1982 mold for Rock 'n Roll was damaged and could not be used for the set.
Some examples of the set included a Rock 'n Roll figure with darker skin. This version is harder to find.
1997 filecard from
Generation 2
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G.I. Joe Headquarters set (2001)
Toys "Я" Us released an exclusive G.I. Joe Headquarters set that included Flint. However, some sets have erroneously identified the character as Rock 'n Roll and even included his filecard instead of Flint's.
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Comic Pack (2005)
One of the Comic Packs for 2005 included a set that has Rock 'n Roll, Flash, Short-Fuze and a copy of G.I. Joe #8. The design for Rock 'n Roll's action figure is meant to be reminiscent of his appearance in that comic. The pack identifies him as Craig "Rock 'n Roll" McConnel.
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Tanks for the Memories (2007)
The 2007 International G.I. Joe Convention released an exclusive "Tanks for the Memories" set that included Craig "Rock 'n Roll" McConnel. Other characters in the set include Sparks, Sgt. Flash, Zap, G.I. Joe Doc, |Lance "Clutch" Steinberg, Lt. Clay Moore, a Cobra Officer and six Cobra Troopers.
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Generation 3
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A Real American Hero G3 (2008)
For the Generation 3 figure, Rock 'n Roll comes back in single carded form but his name is altered to Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll. Like other figures in the G3 line, Rock 'n Roll sports the new articulation design.
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  • In addition to the obvious musical connection, "rock and roll" is military slang for the full-auto setting on a weapon.

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