I’ve been a bad GI Joe blogger, in terms of cataloging all of the various accessories included with the figures I cover. I suppose I could make excuses, and say that I’m not supposed to be an exhaustive guide site, like Yojoe.com or a type of online museum like 3DJoes. Of course, I am neither of those, but as a fan of the later years of the Real American Hero era, I really should be covering more of the later figures holding their missile launchers. I know that it’s sometimes nigh impossible to get these guys to remain upright without a battle stand when they’re holding their spring-powered implements of destruction, much less assume a pose that doesn’t look ridiculous, but I really should have tried harder. There are a few really interesting launchers out there, if taken for what they are. In pursuit of my focus on toys for the sake of toys, I’ll be sure to give each future missile firing figure’s launcher the proper exposure.
So what better way than to start to make amends than cover 1994 Beach-Head, a figure whose weapons are identical to the previous year’s? In my coverage of that first figure, I talked about not being able to give the figure his yellow weapons in good conscience. Since then, I’ve come around to a more “toys for the sake of toys” view of my figures, and a safety yellow vest and weapons don’t bother me too much any more. Then again, it could just be that knock on the head I took last year. Regardless, I’m digging the launcher, with its interesting cut-out vents that allow you to see the missile inside. That’s neat. Beach-Head is also carrying Recoil’s funky over/under rifle/shotgun thing. Think that weapon couldn’t get stranger than being molded in powder blue? Try bright yellow. This thing is just too odd for words, and looks unwieldy as all get out. However, it does back memories of the Black Hole Sentries’ cool double barreled laser pistols. Now there was a neat weapon.
Finally, this Beach-Head mold saw another release, in Brazil, as a Cobra named Armadhila. I’d love to pick up one of those figures, not just for its slightly different paint job from the 1993 version, but moreso for its inclusion of the Battle Corps Alley Viper’s cobra sigil shield molded in bright yellow. Awesome.