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  Code Name: LT. GORKY  
 

Along with Misha Zubenkov, Lt. Gorky was added to the Oktober Guard line-up in the 1990 comic, joining Daina and Dragonsky in the revived team. The team pretty-boy, Gorky got to flirt with Lady Jaye and even appear in the DiC cartoon. In 1998 he was included in the initial non-comic Oktober Guard triple-pack - the problem was he was an unconvincing recolour of Big Bear. The character resurfaced in the Devil's Due comic, were he turned traitor and died, and then showed up in the second of the comic triple packs.

The casts for the second triple pack were a little bulkier than the first trio of Oktober Guard figures, though Gorky's only uses arms from the G2 range. Together with a slightly larger head cast it actually gives the figure that little bit more stature. The head cast is great, almost as good as Daina's, and I just love the glimpse of his white/blue t-shirt under the neck of his tunic - a great touch for a slightly laid-back character.

Less successful, sadly, is his huge shoulder holster. Not only is the pistol moulded in there, but the holster strap is huge, relatively inflexible and doesn't really hang onto much other than his shoulder. This means that if Gorky's torso isn't basically upright, it slides all over the place and throughly gets in the way of both play and display - more often than not I find myself just leaving the thing in my accessories box.

However, that's more of a missed opportunity than a serious fault, and the rest of Gorky is sound. He looks like he's walked out of the comic, and fits nicely with the rest of the Oktober Guard comic pack figures. Crucially, he finds the balance of looking both individual and believable as a member of a Russian military unit. Like Daina, Gorky shows what's possible even on the limited budget of the comic pack sets, and is a recommended purchase.

 

G.I. Joe Lt. Gorky
G.I. Joe Lt. Gorky
G.I. Joe Lt. Gorky
G.I. Joe Lt. Gorky