As much as I hate to say it, Beachhead is one of those characters in G.I. Joe that never really jumped out to me. While I was more of a comic fan, the toys came first. If a character didn’t have any cool toys, they just weren’t interesting to me. Beachhead was one of those unfortunate few. I never cared for any of his molds back in the day. They either looked too fat, or too lanky, or too goofy. Some of them looked too mean, while others didn’t look mean enough. There was just no winning in my eyes.
Now, while I could accept Roadblock in this set as a ninja since it seems like he trains to become one in the movie, I have no clue why Beachhead is in this set. He never struck me as any sort of martial arts guy. If he ever were to use his fists, they’d probably just be to choke some poor Cobra solider or something, not use a sword. Maybe someone at Hasbro said, “Hey, Beachhead wears a baklava; that makes him like a ninja, right? LET’S PUT HIM IN A NINJA SET.” Their logic never ceases to amaze me.
Since it looks like we won’t be getting a 30th Anniversary Beachhead any time soon, I think this figure is the closest we’re going to get. This figure uses a pretty obvious selection of parts: the head from Pursuit of Cobra Beachhead and the body of the 30th Anniversary Snake Eyes and Stalker. It’s a GREAT body and one I’ll never get tired of, and it’s used incredibly well here. Everything that body used is still here; the silenced pistol, the knife, the kneepads… it’s good to see that Hasbro didn’t skimp out on the accessories. His vest is also a new sculpt; the same one included with the Snake Eyes figure in the other two-pack. Continue reading