SOLDIER  
  Code Name: SHRAGE  
 

The original Oktober Guard line-up consisted of the boss (Brekhov), the babe (Daina), the big guy (Horror Show) and the other two (Shrage and Stormavik). Shrage then stayed on not really doing much until dying along with most of the first version of the team. As such, he was hardly toyline fodder, and had to wait for a comic pack. Okay, so all the others did too, but that's not the point.

Whereas most of the Oktober Guard had some sort of quirk to them, Shrage's only real defining feature was his white hair (which is what I liked about him, he's a spiritual forerunner of Winter from Stormwatch, but without the big damn hero credentials and being a leading character in fifty-odd issues of a comic). Which makes it all the more baffling that Hasbro didn't give the figure white hair.

The toy's similarities with the comic character basically begin and end with the shape of his hat. The new head cast has blonde hair for some odd reason, and the rest of him is Big Ben in beige. Not for the first time you're left wondering why exactly a basic soldier's uniform is beyond Hasbro - I suppose the argument being these are dull and won't sell to kids, but we're talking about an Oktober Guard comic pack here, it was never going to be the best-selling toy of Christmas 2005.

It might not be such a problem if the figure actually looked that good, but the end result is just incredibly bland. The colour change seems to be largely so Shrage stands out a bit more from Stormavik, and really you're left wondering what exactly the point is in producing such an obscure character and changing them completely. By far the weakest of the Oktober Guard figures, both in design and execution.

 

G.I. Joe Shrage
G.I. Joe Shrage
G.I. Joe Shrage
G.I. Joe Shrage