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(aka Volga)

File Name: Daina L. Janack of Ostrava, Czechoslovakia.
Grade: O-2 equivalent (1998-2005)
no SN (not US military)
Notes: Ostrava, about 180 miles east of Prague, is an industrial city that was known as the "steel heart of the republic" in the days of Czechoslovakia. The 1998 filecard misspells the country Czechoslovakia, and the 2005 filecard lists the modern country Czech Republic and says her file name is classified.

chronological: Lieutenant Gorky<< Daina >>Vypra
alphabetical: Cyber-Viper<< Daina >>Darklon


Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Unknown4169 seconds419

Sunbow's Daina, whose name was sometimes pronounced as if it were Diana, had black hair and wore a pink hat and snowsuit lined with white fur, although her outfit was colored brownish gray in ASA Part 3 and a couple camera shots in other episodes (possibly animation errors). Her belt, gloves, and boots were black.

The Transformers episode Prime Target includes a female fighter pilot with callsign Oktober Guard One, possibly intended to be Daina. She wears a dark olive flight suit with grey fur collar, with a beige collared shirt and black tie underneath, and a white flight helmet with a mic and a red star. Her hair is not visible, but she has black eyebrows. Newscaster Hector Ramirez appears in the same episode.


The Invaders61 seconds2 lineschasing Twins; at Oktober Guard HQ; defending Kremlin
The Great Alaskan Land Rush82 seconds2 linesflying helicopter to recover seal; captured by Romanov crew; briefly holds the seal
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 220 seconds(silent)helping Duke defend tomb of Ivan the Terrible
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 36 seconds(silent)defending tomb of Ivan the Terrible

Classic Marvel Comic Appearances

By my count, Daina was discernible in 198 panels in 18 issues from Dec. 1982 to May 1994: #6, 7, Yearbook 2, SM 1, SM 4, Yearbook 4, SM 18, SM 20, SM 26, 92, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 146, 147, and 148. She was not featured in the Order of Battle.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1998 (three-pack) 2. 2005 (Comic #6)  
Version 1: summer 1998 figure three-pack assortment
Oktober Guard Weapons Expert
MOS 1: Small Arms Specialist
MOS 2: Helicopter Pilot
  • head: Volga (98)
  • upper arms: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I), Volga (98)
  • lower arms: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I, 06), Volga/Daina (98, 05)
  • torso: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I), Volga (98)
  • waist: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I, 06), Volga/Daina (98, 05), G.I. Joe Doc (07)
  • legs: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I, 06), Volga/Daina (98, 05), G.I. Joe Doc (07)
Accessories: black power javelin (85 Lady Jaye's), dark green backpack (85 Lady Jaye's), black camera (85 Lady Jaye's), black figure stand (common).
VOLGA is the lone female on the OKTOBER GUARD team, and her team-mates often make the mistake of underestimating her skills. So have her adversaries. This has proven to be highly detrimental to the forces of COBRA and others that have challenged the Oktober Guard. Volga is a skilled tactician, second only to Colonel Brekhov himself, a world-class sniper, and a helicopter pilot of considerable talent. Her personality is somewhat of a mystery. She has a surprising sense of humor, but in the midst of a conflict, is all business. Her deepest commitment is to the team. She doesn't care if she has to sneak or fly to the battlefield, or stand on ridge away from it with a long-range weapon, as long as she does her part.
From Colonel Brekhov's Files: "I'm never sure what to make of Volga. I've never liked the idea of women in combat in the first place. If it had been up to me, Volga would fly us to the mission and then leave. But how do you tell someone not to fight who's so good at it?"
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive Oktober Guard three-pack with Col. Brekhov and Lt. Gorky. Item #57069. The rationale for identifying this character with Daina is: (1) Her first name is Daina, (2) she is from the Czech Republic as is Daina per the 2005 filecard, (3) both are said to be the only female member of the Oktober Guard, and (4) both filecards mention the character's marksmanship, tactical skill, and coolness in battle.
Version 2: late January 2005 Wave 3 comic three-pack assortment
Oktober Guard Soldier
MOS 1: Marksman
MOS 2: Infantry
  • head: Daina (05)
  • upper arms: Daina (05), Lady Jaye (06), G.I. Joe Doc (07)
  • lower arms: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I, 06), Volga/Daina (98, 05)
  • torso: Daina (05), Lady Jaye (06), G.I. Joe Doc (07)
  • waist: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I, 06), Volga/Daina (98, 05), G.I. Joe Doc (07)
  • legs: Lady Jaye (85, 97, 03/I, 06), Volga/Daina (98, 05), G.I. Joe Doc (07)
Accessories: black grenade launcher and chamber (90 Range-Viper's), black submachine gun (86 Beach Head's), black rifle (02 Neo-Viper's), black knife (91 Low-Light's).
DAINA is an expert marksman in the OKTOBER GUARD and its only female member. Known for her chronically bad temper, DAINA is also the most tactically intelligent member next to COLONEL BREKHOV and often takes the role of second-in-command. Her rough edge is tempered by her coolness in the field, when patience and silence are essential to achieving a hit and completing the mission. As the only woman in the group, DAINA feels compelled to do twice as much to prove that she deserves a place in the OKTOBER GUARD, but if you ask any of the other members, they all wouldn't have anyone else beside them in the field—the highest compliment you can receive from one soldier to another.
"You want charm, go somewhere else. I'm here to fight, and to win."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Col. Brekhov, Shrage, and a reprint of Marvel #6. Item #60499. These figures are considered moderately high-demand items.