The Battle Corps series of the final years of the Real American Hero line gave rise to quite a few core character redesigns. Some, like Duke, Roadblock and Gung Ho were updates of the character’s established look and specialty. Others like Flint, were placed into unfamiliar roles. Beachhead fortunately remains a ranger, but gets a sort of SWAT look that seems like it could have fit in with the DEF series alongside Shockwave and Mutt.
Speaking of Shockwave, the legs are from the 1988 version of that character. Maybe the parts reuse subconsciously made me think of a SWAT theme. The colors aren’t too bad for those who like their Joe togs a little more on the subdued side. The same can’t be said for the 1994 repaint, who traded in his black vest for a safety yellow model. Speaking of yellow, as much as I’m a fan of the bright paint jobs of the later RAH years, I can’t in good conscience bring myself to outfit this Beachhead with any of the weapons included on his yellow accessory tree. I like the figure too much to do that to him.
A couple noteworthy items from later series are worth mentioning. First, the file cards with sometimes helpful, sometimes uselesss equipment call-outs. A cool idea in general, but do we really need to know about Beachhead’s water proof combat pants? Also from the file cards, the propensity to give characters a secondary specialty as a driver of a current vehicle–a cross-sell technique that’s about as subtle as a velvet cudgel.