I remember very little of G.I. Joe before 1985. The first time I went to Toys R Us was in 1984 at age 7 and I remember the Star Wars aisle being huge , but I was there to buy He-Man After begging I walked away with Man E Faces and Battle Armor Skeletor that day.
A 1983/84 Era Joe aisle is not in my memory but I did come across a bunch of 1982 stuff in a small department store in the late 80's. I remember Beachhead being very difficult to find. I only found him one time during that period and I'm not sure where it was at but he was inside a glass counter. I wasn't able to get him that day and I still dont have one