Gung Ho (1992)
It took a while to get another battle ready version of the team’s most famous Marine. After his initial version, 1987 gave us the well done but limited use dress version. I can only assume that another Gung Ho in fatigues was not a priority after producing another fighting Marine in Leatherneck.
While this version doesn’t go for a straight remake of the ’83 mold, it borrows some similar elements. Gung Ho seems to like going sleeveless, although he’s buttoned up this time. Only a bit of his chest is exposed, which brings me to the change in his tattoo. Before, it was located in the center of his chest. Now it’s up higher and much smaller. It’s almost like someone must have remembered the tattoo late in the game, and stuck it on the only bit of exposed skin. With the 1993 repaint, the tattoo migrated again to his left biceps. Oops.
Gung Ho is equipped with the biggest machine gun since the SAW Viper. This thing is huge, but appropriate for a hulking guy. The original 1983 figure was unfortunately hampered with scrawny arms compared to later releases, and it’s good to see Gung Ho with the big guns to handle his big gun. His biceps are so large that he can tie a smoke grenade around one of them. Impressive.
His tiger stripe brings to mind Tiger Force, and while the next year’s repaint would come closer to that sub-line’s color scheme, I would like to see this mold done up in the first version’s blue and green.