Lt. Gorky (1998)
In 1998, I picked up a select few of the second series of Toys R Us sets. The Oktober Guard set was exciting to see on the shelves, simply because I had always wanted to see some action figure versions of the team back in the 80s. The paint apps on the set were an improvement from the previous year’s releases, but the figures were still made from a milky looking sort of plastic. The skin times in particular looked a little odd.
Can you believe this is supposed to be the same guy who appeared in a later comic pack? When he joined the Oktober Guard in later years of the Marvel comic, he was the pretty boy of the team. That look doesn’t come through here, since he’s just a repaint of Big Bear. He’s also armed with the old figure’s weapons, with the exception of the missile launcher. At least the file card made an attempt to reconcile the different look of figure vs. comic, stating that Gorky grew a beard in order to look less fresh-faced.
I like to think of this figure more as a third variant uniform for Big Bear, since he’d already gotten a night ops paint scheme in the International Action Force mail-in set. It’s a much lighter shade than his original, and could almost be suited for a winter environment. Maybe, like Stalker, the Oktober Guard could have had a tundra themed color scheme variant.