RANGER  
  Code Name: BEACHHEAD  
 

Unlike most of my childhood favourites, my love for Beachhead comes from the animated movie rather than the British comic. Between the cool balaclava and the tetchy attitude, he was something of a hero. Finding out the world in general agreed was a plus, as it meant there are several updated figures of Beach Head available.

I went for the first 25th Anniversary version - the second version's naff interchangeable head (I just can't picture Beachhead looking like that) and lack of backpack made that decision for me. Since getting the figure it's fast become one of my absolute favourites - not only does Beachhead have the usual stellar range of articulation, but he's beautifully detailed, down to the irritable scowl on what can be seen of his face. I love the textured pattern of his wooly army jumper and balaclava too, a great touch

The toy's also nicely kitted out, the submachine gun working really well with the range of the arms and the backpack rounding him out nicely. There's also a tiny pistol in a holster on his right leg (the unobtrusive, functioning pistol holsters are one of my favourite features of the 25th figures), and there's a crossbow that can be stowed on the backpack to boot. This actually presents the only fault with the figure - the top section of the crossbow seems to pop loose from time to time.

That's it, that's the only fault with this fantastic figure, who really should be an essential purchase for anyone interested in the line. Beachhead has one of the best basic designs of the whole line, and it's lovingly brought out here, capturing the essence of a great character. The accessories are well thought-through for the most part, working in perfect synergy with the figure, and the result is a fabulous package that's recommended to anyone with even a flicker of interest in the line.


G.I. Joe Beach Head
G.I. Joe Beach Head
G.I. Joe Beach Head
G.I. Joe Beach Head