IRON BEAR (v1)
OKTOBER GUARD COMMANDER
Series: Twenty Eight (2012)
Iron Bear was released as part of the 2012 International G.I.Joe Convention (New Orleans, LA) exclusive The Oktober Guard - Operation: Bear Trap box set from the Official G.I. Joe Collectors' Club. The set included Colonel Brekhov (v3), Daina (v2), Horror Show (v2), four Iron Grenadiers (v9), two Iron Grenadiers (v10), two Iron Grenadiers (v11), Schrage (v2), Stormavik (v2), and Voltar (v2).
The boxed set also included a comic, a pin, and a certificate of authenticity.
The Oktober Guard - Operation: Bear Trap box set was given a second production run later that fall; those that ordered this reissue set received it early 2013.
It was common practice at Hasbro among the toy makers to sculpt action figures to look like real life individuals - including employees of Hasbro.
Iron Bear was sculpted to be Derryl DePriest - a Hasbro executive and longtime fan of G.I. Joe.
Iron Bear came with a tan and red hat, a black rifle with ammo drum, a silver and black knife, a silver and black baton, and a green display stand.
See Variations below.
Grade: General (Генера́л)
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Primary Specialty: Operations Commander
Secondary Specialty: Counter Intelligence
Motto: "Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice."
IRON BEAR is the OKTOBER GUARD General and their best kept secret. He is an experienced war veteran with detailed knowledge of military strategies, battles, locations, vehicles, armaments, and noteworthy soldiers. He is a very wise and confident leader, yet humble around his soldiers. It is rumored that he has amassed a sizable collection of war memorabilia, but no one knows where it is kept. Although he commands his elite team behind the scenes, there are occasions when he must leave their secret headquarters to protect and serve the interests of Mother Russia.
IRON BEAR has spent years avoiding attempts on his life from traitorous double agents within the Soviet army. Now he must contend with DESTRO and his deadly IRON GRENADIERS. However, he has learned to stay one step ahead of the enemy and always keep on the move. It may be a never ending task, but he proudly directs his elite special missions team to strike at them until the very last man is standing.
Iron Bear was available both boxed and bagged.
The reissued box set came with a different certificate of authenticity, and the tacks on the pin are set higher. In addition, there are a few differences with the Iron Bear figure itself. The gray paint on the figure's hair was reversed - instead of covering just the temples, it covered everything but. Additionally, the figure came with an ill-fitting shoulder holster harness accessory.
Versions of Iron Bear
This was the only version of Iron Bear ever released.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Iron Bear (v1).
Original Retail: $345.00
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