No, it’s not the infamous Star Wars bootleg, but a second version of the former Headhunters leader. My, how times change. A character who was once a drug kingpin changed to a smuggler and thief in just one decade. I wonder if what was once an up-front bad guy for the brand was deemed a touchy subject during the early 2000s? Headman’s file card this time out simply touted his prowess as a thief, an interesting inclusion among the early Cobras of the relaunched line. He was packaged alongside General Hawk, an odd pairing considering that one of the Joe team’s law enforcement specialists, Sure Fire, was among the same year’s figures.
Then again, this could be a completely different person, as his hair has changed from blonde to black. He’s also definitely a part of Cobra this go-round, evidenced by the sigil on his double-breasted jacket. Maybe someone watched the DIC animated two-part episode featuring Headman, remembered his unfortunate demise and came up with a less offensive successor.
The business suit mold is an oddity in the small scale GI Joe lines. Where the original Joe line from the 1960s made use of military dress uniforms as toy inspiration, the 80s and 90s saw limited use of the non-combat apparel. Gung Ho made it in as a dress Marine, but the Army didn’t have its Class A’s represented. That’s a shame, as collectors have often pined for not only Joe officers like Hawk and General Flagg in their dress outfits, but also Tomax and Xamot in business suits. Parts of this mold were actually later used for Flagg and the Crimson Twins, but the zoot suit legs really took away from the business attire look for the twins. What works for a flashy drug lord/smuggler doesn’t work in the boardroom.