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Aleksei Sytsevich was just another thug in the Russian Mafia, grasping at dreams of easy money, and headed for a short brutal life. Seduced by promises of wealth and power, Aleksei underwent a life-threatening series of chemical and radiation treatments to transform him after several months into the superhumanly strong agent for a collective of professional spies. Aleksei's powerful armor, permanently bonded to his form, was modeled after the hide of a rhinoceros. Two scientists named Igor and Georgi chose this form, both for its visual impact and in recognition of the fact that the rhino is the result of countless generations of evolution towards the ultimate form for armored assault. They selected Aleksei for his muscular physique and low intelligence, which they believed would insure his loyalty.
Given the code-name Rhino, his first mission was to kidnap astronaut John Jameson, son of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson, and sell him to the highest bidder. He received intensive sub-hypnotic training in American English and false citizenship papers bearing the name Alex O'Hirn. Feeling cocky, he turned on his benefactors, destroying their headquarters, and attempted to abduct Jameson under his own initiative. As the Rhino made his way towards New York City, Spider-Man began to formulate how to defeat this apparently unstoppable foe. He discovered two key factors: once charging, the Rhino cannot change directions or easily halt his advance. Second, Aleksei is rather dumb. Spider-Man deduced that if he could avoid a direct hit from the Rhino's horn, his superior tactical skills and agility would always leave him the final victor in any fair fight.
The Rhino has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Series #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|-||2015||Marvel Character Cars #10||Flat Grey w/ Grey dump bed||Silver scratches on dump bed, White trim around lights||Brown / Metal||Tinted (Black)||Black||Chrome & Black OR6SP||BDM80||Thailand||Base code(s): H20|
From the back of the 2015-card:
Striking fear in even the mightiest of heroes, Marvel's Rhino possesses the size, strength and indestructability of this colossal, armored dump truck. If you can see past its massive battering horn, you'll notice the outline of Rhino's face in the windows and grille. A truck as powerfull as this villain can smash any car to pieces fit for a junkyard disposal!