MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“In the years following the Cold War, Nick Fury wrestles with his sense of purpose within SHIELD. When Nick crosses paths with Captain Marvel, they become Earth’s only hope of stopping a Skull invasion.”
Digital de-aging for movies sure has come a long way in the last few years. It feels like just yesterday that it turned out really odd and rubbery versions of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen for the opening scene of the equally odd and rubbery X-Men 3, but now it’s advanced enough that we can have a major character de-aged for the whole runtime of a film, as is the case for Samuel L Jackson in the upcoming Captain Marvel. And he doesn’t even look half bad!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Nick Fury is first officially numbered figure in the Kree Sentry Series of Marvel Legends (since the basic Captain Marvel didn’t include a BaF piece), and is based upon his ’90s-era appearance from the film. It would appear that SHIELD’s standard of dress hasn’t changed all that much since the ’90s, as he’s wearing the same Men in Black get-up we’ve been seeing since Iron Man. Of course, that’s kind of a new look for Fury, who tends to aim more for the trench coats and the like. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Despite how things may look at first glance, Fury is *not* just a new head on the Coulson body. He makes use of some parts from it, to be sure, but the torso and legs are definitely new. Similar to the originals, but new nevertheless. They actually work a lot better with the pre-existing parts, and result in a figure with much better overall proportions. Were it not for the loosened tie, I’d say I’d expect this body to be the new standard, though pulling back the jacket also reveals a shoulder holster that would make that a little difficult as well. The holster’s definitely a fun touch, though, and even makes me a little sad that there isn’t a spare set of arms without the jacket sleeves. Still, it’s cool that they through that little touch in there. There’s also a new head, which sports the best Jackson likeness we’ve gotten from Hasbro’s Fury figures, which is kind of funny given it’s non-standard nature. The paintwork on Fury is okay, apart from one notable exception, that being the collar-line of his shirt. The paint mask is way too high, so the white bleeds onto his actual neck, which looks weird. Other than that, he’s okay, I guess, though not terribly exciting perhaps. Fury is packed with a fairly standard handgun, as well as Carol’s cat Goose in a possibly spoilerific-state, and the right arm of the Kree Sentry.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, this is a figure I was a little bit dreading when it was first shown off, since it looked like he was just going to be on that same suited body we keep getting. Upon getting him in hand and realizing he was mostly new, I was a lot happier with this guy. The weird paint mask thing is still a little annoying, and it’s a shame he couldn’t have come with a ’90s Coulson head to go on the old boxed set figure, but I ended up liking this guy quite a bit.