MARVEL SUPER HEROES: SECRET WARS (MATTEL)
“Transported to a strange planet by a force from beyond the universe, earth’s deadliest villains try to destroy the Marvel Super Heroes – as they fight the Secret Wars through the use of secret messages!”
Before Toy Biz came along and gave us just about every single Marvel character under the sun in the ‘90s, there was a very eclectic selection of Marvel characters available in toy format. Major characters went completely figureless for years. And yet, in the chaos of pre-Toy Biz Marvel stuff, somehow The Falcon, a relatively minor character until very recently, wound up with not one, but two whole figures. I’ll be looking at the second of those, courtesy of Mattel’s Secret Wars line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Falcon was released in the second series of Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars, alongside the previously reviewed Daredevil, Black Costume Spider-Man, and Baron Zemo. As with DD and Zemo, Falcon is another character in the line who wasn’t present in the maxi-series at all. Not sure why they went with so many non-series stars, but if it gets me a Falcon figure, I won’t complain. The figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and has 7 points of articulation, counting the wings. He’s built on the same basic body as most of the line, at least for the torso and legs, anyway. His arms are from Captain America, and his head was an all-new sculpt. The head is sort of iffy. I think part of the problem is that he’s the only Secret Wars figure to incorporate hair, and Mattel clearly wasn’t up to hair in terms of sculpting prowess. He’s also rather wide, and somewhat nondescript. The standard torso’s been tweaked slightly to allow for the attachment of his wings. The wings don’t really follow the usual layout for Falcon; his wings have classically been attached to his arms, but these are purely attached to his back, sticking straight out like Angel or Hawkman’s wings. I find it doesn’t look as cool as his traditional look, but doing them the right way wouldn’t have really been possible given the constraints of the base body. The paint on Falcon is about on par with the rest of the line, which is to say it’s passable, but far from stellar. The colors sort of run together, I find, and for whatever reason his shoes are the same color as his skin. He’s also missing any detailing on the eyes, which comes across as incredibly cheap and lazy in my opinion. Also, like all of the other figures I’ve looked at, this guy’s exhibiting some rather noticeable paint wear, a symptom of the lower quality paint that was used. The worst of it’s the missing spot on the nose, which is a little frustrating, but far from horrible. He was originally packed with his sidekick Redwing, as well as one of the goofy lenticular shields. Mine has neither, but I can’t really say I’m hurting for either piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Falcon is a figure that’s eluded me for quite some time. Cosmic Comix got one in about a decade ago, which I wanted to get, but decided to come back for later. Sadly, he was gone when I got back, and not long after I discovered that he’s actually one of the rarer releases from the line. I was able to finally track him down, courtesy of Heywood Comics in Asheville, NC. He’s not in perfect condition, but he’s decent enough that I’m happy with him. The figure’s not one of Mattel’s stronger offerings, but I can’t say he’s out of place with this line. He could be worse.