Beachhead (2008 Comic Pack)
The original Beachhead figure is great, but wow did the guy have a huge melon. Of all the many times the vintage mold was re-released, it never got a retrofitted head. I hoped for one as part of the vintage styled comic packs, since those sets seemed to be head-swap happy.
The first 25th anniversary Beachhead wasn’t too thrilling, with a cumbersome open vest and a head that went the opposite direction from the original–it looked a bit too small. Well, how’s this for a fix on both issues; and in a comic pack, no less?
First off–hooray, they fixed his vest! The closer fitting, more 1986 accurate gear makes the same basic figure look so much better. The camo on the pants has more contrast, and stands out better than the previous version. The redesigned head is a welcome change too, and further helps with proportions. It also more closely resembles the 1986 head sculpt.
Swappable heads are a great addition to the GI Joe line. Having the ability to switch them out, especially for an unmasked head, is something my younger self would have loved. It was a feature I always wanted in my figures. After all, the helmeted guys usually could remove their headgear, why not the mask wearers? As a bonus, Beachhead also gets a pulled down version of his balaclava that partially covers his face. Very nice. Maybe he pulls it up to mask his foul breath, since he’s known as a guy who’s not big on hygiene.
Speaking of bonus features, the removable ammo clip is great, and there’s even a spot to store one in his satchel. The little touches all over this figure elevate it as one of my favorite GI Joe team members from the 25th anniversary, and I think it still stands up as one of the coolest versions of Beachhead.