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Big Bear

File Name: Grigori Ivanovich Rostoff of Arkhangelsk, Russia, USSR.
Grade: E-5 equivalent (1992)
no SN (not US military)
Notes: Arkhangelsk is a port city by the White Sea, about 150 miles east of the border with Finland. Lt. Gorky is also from Arkhangelsk.

chronological: Overkill<< Big Bear >>Flak-Viper
alphabetical: Beach Head<< Big Bear >>Big Ben


Animated Appearances

DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Unknown6261 seconds27240

DiC's Big Bear wore his 1992 outfit.


Chunnel117 seconds14 linesplaying chess, driving Battle Cycle in first rescue attempt, on runaway train, driving Badger
Long Live Rock and Roll Part II6 seconds(silent)parachuting from Battle Copter
The Greatest Evil Part I2 seconds(silent)in wide shot of Joe/Cobra briefing (14:04-05)
Keyboard Warriors127 seconds13 linesin Storm Eagle in Alpha Charlie attack, interrogating Overkill, in Patriot, in Glider to assault A.S.P.
Basic Training2 seconds(silent)seen in flashback (9:42-43)
The Legend of Metal-Head7 seconds(silent)seen in flashback

Classic Marvel Comic Appearances

To my knowledge, Big Bear did not appear in the vintage comic.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1992 (Oktober Guard) 2. 1993 (International Action Force)  
Version 1: spring 1992 Wave 1 carded figure assortment
Oktober Guard Anti-Armor SpecialistMOS 1: Air Assault
  • head: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • arms: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • torso: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • waist: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • legs: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
Accessories: black "AK-88 fully automatic attack rifle" with strap, resembles AKS-74U (new), black spring-loaded "dual-barreled bazooka launcher" with yellow trigger (new), yellow pair of spring missiles with rings around middle and small tips, one has clip for the other (new), black medium-sized backpack with three side pockets (new), black figure stand (common).
BIG BEAR grew up in a place where the conditions are cold, wet, and nasty—every day! He can be meaner than a Siberian wolf with its leg caught in a steel trap and wilder than an [sic] Murmansk fur merchant. Transferred from the elite 103rd Guards Air Assault Division, Big Bear's main gripe about the Oktober Guard was the constant reference to it as the Soviet Union's counterpart of G.I. Joe! He would snap back stating, "G.I. Joes—OUR counterparts!" Big Bear enjoys rumbling into battle behind the wheels of the infamous G.I. Joe Attack Cruiser and Badger!
Motto: "You G.I. Joes! Airborne troops afraid to fall without parachutes! No guts!"
Toy Notes: Item #6728.
Version 2: fall 1993 International Action Force mail-order set
[joint filecard for all 4 figures; no MOS listed]
  • head: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • arms: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • torso: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • waist: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
  • legs: Big Bear (92, 93), Lt. Gorky (98)
Accessories: black rifle (87 Dodger's), black figure stand (common).
There comes a time when the power of evil becomes so threatening to world peace that global leaders must join together to stop its impending danger; Cobra is just such an evil. An international force of G.I. Joe combat specialists have been called upon to hit Cobra and hit them hard! Russia is represented by BIG BEAR, an anti-armor specialist who loves to blow up Cobra tanks. From England comes BIG BEN, an expert in subversive operations and enemy infiltration. Japan has sent BUDO, one of its greatest samurai warriors who plans on slicing Cobra into tiny pieces of snake meat. SPIRIT, a Native American also joins the team from his home in Arizona, where he was called for duty to track down and eliminate Cobra Dreadnoks. World peace must be upheld and Cobra evil must be stopped...TODAY!
Toy Notes: Exclusive to the mail offer Menace in the Wilderness, along with Budo, Big Ben, and Spirit.