Gung Ho (2001)
Okay, GH needs to get some sun. Milky and somewhat translucent, the odd skin color was symptomatic of the RAH collections years’ Caucasian figures. Some folks prefer the vintage plastic skin tones over painted skin, but it’s all subjective. While the early 2000s crew are a departure from their predecessors in terms of deco, I find them to be an interesting and generally subdued variation on the familiar.
He’s simply accessorized, which can be a good thing with the right choice of weaponry and backpack. The 1992 figure’s heavy machine gun is a perfect complement for a character always known as a strongman type.
I’m of two minds about the practice of marbelized plastic to represent camouflage. The multiple colors can be more intricate than paint masks at this scale, but the effect can also simply appear to be muddy. To me, the end result more often looks like weathering rather than patterned camo.
On a final note, thankfully Hasbro was able to maintain the character name Gung Ho, unlike teammate Roadblock, who became Double Blast.