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Beachhead (v15)

Review and photos by Phillip Donnelly

The last first series figure I'll be reviewing is Figure Number 1005 - Beachhead. Part of the "City Strike" theme, Beachhead ditches his traditional green for a dark gray ensemble, while still keeping his fashionable brown camo pants. We've still got the iconic hood, though, so there's no confusing who this is. Unless of course, Rampage is once again copying Beachhead's style. Such a poser.

Beachhead has an all new mold, and the Hasbro designers too the opportunity to really update and modernize his look. Was that redundant? Did I really need to type out "update" and "modernize?" The answer of course, is yes. Beachhead is now layered with bits of armor across his chest and arms, and has a PDA-like device strapped to his thigh with a wire that pegs into his ankle. I'm not sure why it goes into his ankle, but it does. Maybe it's just a very high-tech pedometer so Beachhead can keep track of how much walking he needs to do to keep his girlish figure.

Adding on his vest bulks Beachhead up considerably, and while it does restrict arm movement a bit, the tradeoff is a highly detailed, very cool look. Sculpted but not removable are grenades, binoculars, two knife sheaths, ammo clips, and pouches upon pouches. The grenades and binoculars are actually separate pieces glued in, so if you were so inclined, you could remove them with a bit of effort. There are even pegholes on the back of the vest to store Beachhead's two flippers.

I suppose the flippers are there so that Beachhead can traverse urban waterways, but being from southern California, this concept is totally foreign to me. Hard to imagine Beachhead going anywhere with that stagnant puddle we call the Los Angeles River. But I digress.

Beach also comes with way too many guns. Seriously, three different rifles, two submachine guns, and a pistol. How does he carry these?? I appreciate firearms as much as the next guy, but we're at Battle Corps levels of over-armament here. If he could carry them on his person, I would appreciate them more. Frankly, I would rather have had one of these guns removed so we could get that second knife he needs. He only has the one, so we're forever stuck with an empty sheath. It's flashbacks of 2002 here, people!

So I may be complaing about too much of a good thing when it comes to the guns, but the missing knife is a small strike against this figure. However, the overall design of the figure more than makes up for it. I like this figure, and I hope you do, too.

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Beachhead (v15)

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10/28/10

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