AGENT PHIL COULSON
AVENGERS (HOT TOYS)
So, about this monumental reviews business, you know, where I do the “deluxe” reviews of the high-end stuff? When I started them, I was doing them every 50 reviews, which was far too frequent, so I bumped that up to every 100. Well, right around the night before I had to write #1500, I decided 100 had gotten to be too frequent as well. And so, as I noted in review #1600, I’m now doing them every 250. Isn’t that nice? For me it is. Alright, let’s get back into the swing of things!
Wow, it’s been another 250 reviews? Who could have forseen this coming? Well, at this point, me, because I know I’m not stopping any time soon. In honor of another 250 under my belt, let’s have a look at another one of my high-end Hot Toys figures, shall we? Slowly but surely, I’m making my way through the crown jewel of said Hot Toys collection: namely, my Avengers figures. Today, I continue that, taking a look at one of my personal favorites, Agent Phil Coulson!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Coulson was released as part of Hot Toys’ main Movie Masterpiece Series, where he was figure 189. While most of the Avengers figures stuck together in their numbering, Coulson was a later solicitation, so he’s smack dab between Catwoman from The Dark Knight Rises and the Scar Predator from Alien vs Predator. What an assortment. Coulson is meant to be based on his appearance in Avengers specifically, but he can just as easily work for his appearances in Iron Man, Thor, or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., making him quite a versatile figure. The figure stands 11 3/4 inches tall and has over 30 points of articulation.
Really, the key piece to a figure like this, is the head sculpt, since without it, he’s just a generic suit. Fortunately, Coulson got one of the best head sculpts to come out of the Avengers sub-set of figures. There’s absolutely no denying who this guy is meant to be; he’s the spitting image of Clark Gregg. But, of course, it’s not just about the likeness; it’s also about how lifelike the figure looks. Some of the other Avengers figures were a little lighter on the texturing and the like, but fortunately that’s not the case with Coulson, who really does look like he stepped right after the movie. His paintwork is up to the usual Hot Toys standard, which only furthers the lifelike nature of the sculpt.
Coulson’s sporting his standard-issue government agent black suit, with a dress shirt and a tie to go with it. While not the most spectacularly tailored suit Hot Toys ever put out, it’s certainly a marked improvement over the likes of the Two-Face figure from just a few years prior. I think my biggest complaint isn’t the suit itself, but actually the tie, which is a little bit on the short side, resulting in a somewhat goofy look. In addition, his suit doesn’t have any buttons for closing it, so there’s no option to hide the shortness of the tie, at least not in any sort fixed fashion. Still, that’s a rather minor issue. On the opposite end of things, there are his shoes. They’re fully sculpted feet, as is the usual Hot Toys fashion, and they’re just really, really nice looking. Finally, there are the little touches that bring the whole thing together, which includes his Level 7 access badge and his wrist watch, both of which are quite a bit of fun.
Coulson’s accessories are a fun selection of movie specific extras. He includes:
- 5 hands
- walkie talkie
- Destroyer gun
- Captain America trading cards
- Display stand
He has a pair of relaxed hands, a pair of gripped hands, and a hand specifically designed for holding either the file folder or the trading cards.
The sunglasses sit well on the face, in a decent enough fashion that you might not realize they were a separate piece at first glance. I also appreciate that they’re actually semi-transparent, as they should be. Similarly, the earpiece fits snugly into the right ear, and looks like it belongs there. The cellphone and walkie talkie give him another two communication options, if that’s what you’re looking for.
The handgun’s a pretty nice piece as well. It’s got a moving slide and a removable clip, which makes it fun to mess with.
The prize piece is definitely the Destroyer gun, Coulson’s signature weapon from his final moments in Avengers. It’s well-scaled, a solid recreation of the design from the movie, and it even lights up! …or at least it did. In the 5 years since I got it, the batteries in mine seem to have gone up. Oh well.
The file folder and cards are both paper goods. The folder is a little bit of a let down, since there’s noting inside of it, and it doesn’t open like a real folder, but it’s still a nice little bonus. The cards are definitely a lot of fun, and I’m glad they weren’t over looked.
Lastly, there’s the display stand. It’s just a basic oval stand, with the Avengers logo and Coulson’s name printed on the placard.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Coulson was the figure I was most excited for from this whole subset. It was the strong hinting at his release from Hot Toys that actually got me on-board for the whole Avengers set-up, since it was, at the time, the only way to get a Coulson figure to go with the rest of the team. Though he’s just a fairly average guy, the figure’s definitely one of Hot Toys’ stronger efforts, and it’s the cool accessories that give him that extra edge.