General Hawk v2, Low-Light, Lifeline, Viper, and Roadblock v2 come from that year. Anyways, I have to think my friend Matt from The Toy Box for picking up Beach Head for me. These Target figures have been a beast to find! Let's check out Wayne "Beach Head" Sneeden after the break. He's one of the best figures in this line so far and I'm really excited to show him off...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed drop down hips, balljointed waist, mid-torso hinge, butterfly pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck base, hinged neck, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Rifle, pistol, knife, beret, backpack, and crossbow.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Beach Head is one of the first figures to reuse some parts. There's not much reuse but he does use the legs and crotch of Duke (though with different shin guards) as well as Duke's holster. It's pretty minor reuse and it makes sense, so I'm good with it.
* Beach Head looks incredible. He's very similar to the vintage figure and most other incarnations of the character over the years. Beach Head is still wearing the tactical sweater of the vintage toy (complete with detailed ribbing) but he now has some armored elements and pouches attached to it. He's also sporting some body armor but that's largely hidden by his vest. I do wish he had extra magazines across his chest, like the vintage figure, but he is sporting lots of pouches and such and one of the communicators on hiss right shoulder that most of the Joes have.
* The headsculpt is excellent. I love the determined look in Beach Head's eyes! He definitely seems like a hardened soldier and his trust balaclava looks appropriately modernized. Since Beach Head is known for a lack of personal hygiene and avoiding deodorant (that's actual information from the comics and such), everyone keeps their distance from him. He keeps his distance from people and wears a mask? Beach Head is the perfect figure for 2020!
* While his vest isn't removable, it is made of a separate rubbery plastic over his torso. The vest gives the figure an excellent look and a more tactical feel. It's a great addition to the figure.
design is actually based on the Nerf Vortex Nitron. The little cylinders held discs on the actual Nerf gun but I imagine Beach Head could have some sort of alternate ammunition here as well. I love the look of this rifle and Beach Head can hold it wonderfully due to the forward rip.
* Hasbro recreated Beach Head's vintage backpack quite faithfully. You can see the grappling hook and cord and he arrows. He also has a small crossbow for silent combat attached to the pack. The crossbow is removable, a feature first seen with the 25th Anniversary Beach Head figure, but this one stays on much more securely than that one did.
* Beach Head's crossbow is a cool accessory. It's simple but it does have a nice amount of detail.
* His pistol is the same as Duke's pistol except that it is now molded in green.
* Lastly, Beach head gets a combat knife for when he has to get up close and dirty in battle. It's a pretty cool looking accessory.
* Beach Head has a lot of places to store his gear, too. The pistol fits in the holster on his right hip while the knife slide into a sheathe on his left boot. There's also a series of pouches on his left thigh that could contain additional magazines for his pistol. All of the leg pouches are separate pieces though they really don't seem like you could remove them unless you disassembled the figure or did somethin else drastic.
* I love Beach Head's large assortment of weapons but I really wish that they had some painted details. It's so odd how Hasbro has given paint applications to the accessories of some figures (Duke, both Roadblocks, and both Destros) while others get none.
* I think it's due to the vest but Beach Head's backpack tends to fall off while you're handling him. Loose backpacks are a problem on a couple figures in this line and Hasbro really needs to do something about it. Backpacks stayed on nice and tight in the vintage line and most lines since so I'm not sure what the problem is here.
Despite my little quibbles, I absolutely think Beach Head is an Epic figure. He might even be my favorite figure in the Classified Series yet (he might be tied with the Cobra Trooper). He's a solid figure with excellent details, useful articulation, and lots of fun accessories. I've probably spent more time messing around with Beach Head than any other figure in the line thus far. These Target exclusives are a pain to find so I really feel for you if you haven't found one yet. Beach Head is a phenomenal figure and it's a shame so many collectors are missing out on him.
For another review of a Wayne "Beach Head" Sneeden figure check out my guest review of the G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary Beach Head at MWCToys.com
For more figures from the G.I. Joe: Classified Series check out the following:
Tracking the ever evolving name of Hawk has always been one of my favorite Joe-related past times! This Beachhead's definitely my favorite Classified release so far, though I'll admit the Cobra Trooper's pretty cool tooReplyDelete
Yeah, it's funny the things Hasbro has done to bypass trademarks and such. Remember Chameleon?Delete
This red beret is closer in color to the scarlett beret worn by the USAF Combat Controllers. The Airborne beret is classically maroon in color, which is a darker red, and is worn by regular U.S. Army Airborne units as well as the USAF Pararescue (aka Para-jumpers or PJs). The Army Rangers only wore the black beret which has since been changed to the tan beret.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment. I'm wondering if the color is off and he's supposed to be wearing the maroon beret of the U.S. Army Airborne units?Delete