WINTER SOLDIER –AGENT OF SHIELD & HYDRA ELITE
Okay, so I may have lied about “new Minimates” reviews being done for a while. Yeah, I was kinda at Toys R Us, and found the one set of figures from TRU wave 18 that I hadn’t found yet. So, I’m reviewing those today. It should be a quick review, as I already reviewed one, and the other is only a slight tweak on a figure I already looked at.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Winter Soldier and the Hydra Elite were released as part of the 18th Toys R Us exclusive wave of Marvel Minimates.
So, after being turned into a Russian-Assassin, Bucky got better, and became an Agent of SHIELD. So, he got a haircut and stuck a new bumper sticker on his robot arm. Now he’s a hero! Yay! He’s pretty much the same figure as the last Winter Soldier I looked at. The difference is that he’s got a different hairpiece, his uniform is a brighter blue, and instead of having a red star on the robot arm, he’s got a white star in a blue circle. Everything, including the accessories and the detail lines is the same. I can’t blame Diamond for taking advantage of the near identical looks. They’re close enough to share parts, but just different enough to require separate figures, and there was demand for both versions. I still prefer the other version a bit more, though I may swap the robot arms.
This figure is exactly the same as the Wave 54 Hydra Elite. Exactly the same. No minor differences or anything. However, it is an army builder, so I doubt anyone will complain about it being more plentiful. I certainly was glad to get another one.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, this isn’t the most thrilling set if you’ve already got wave 54, but it’s a decent accent. Plus, I got it for $3.98, so I’m pretty much just buying it to get another Hydra Elite. Now I have 4!