|Code Name: COLONEL BREKHOV|
Colonel Brekhov was the original leader of the Oktober Guard, and was killed battling Cobra forces as an ally of G.I. Joe shortly after the end of the Cold War (along with most of the original line-up). It wasn't until the best part of a decade later he got a figure of his own, a rather unconvincing 1998 recolour of Red Star, resplendant with orange hair. Seven years later came a comic pack version, again using Red Star as the base, but featuring a new head cast.
The cast does at least serve to differentiate him somewhat from Red Star. It's not quite spot-on for the monstrously ugly man presented in the comics (Communist, see), but it's not quite as cleaned up as the figure art would have you believe.
Beyond the face, there's not a lot unique about Brekhov, he's just a guy in Soviet army fatigues. And this the figure gets spot-on, with a uniform that's both accurate and looks good too - I especially like the moulded cap at an angle (one of the comic character's habits; shame the ever-present cigar wasn't allowed), and the figure does manage to have a slightly scruffy aura.
The accessories packed with the figure were rather uninspired (including one of those dreadful AK-47s with the unconvincing solid trigger), but these are soon solved with custom accessories. The figure misses perfection, but not by much, and in lieu of a G3 Brekhov (though Red Star provides a perfect base for a custom) does the job nicely. The only problem is he can be quite expensive in the second-hand market through being one of the few desirable figures in the 'G2' era.