ARNIM ZOLA & HYDRA SUPREME
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A clandestine ally of Hydra, Supreme Leader Captain America reveals his true allegiances and joins forces with Arnim Zola to bring Hydra to a position of dominant world power.”
Hey, you know what I just haven’t reviewed enough of recently? Marvel Legends. They’re just so scarce around these parts. Oh, no, wait, they’re the other thing. Abundant. Very abundant. Well, they’re about to get moreso, because, hey, more Marvel Legends. Today, I’m swinging on over to the Hydra side of things, with a look at head scientist Arnim Zola, alongside the Cosmic-Cube-altered Hydra Supreme version of Captain America.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Arnim and Hydra Supreme were released back in January as the “Hail Hydra” set, the latest Marvel Legends two-pack. It’s technically an EE-exclusive, but can also be gotten through a number of other retailers, since EE does wholesale and all. The two figures are both inspired by 2017’s Secret Empire event.
A fairly classic Cap villain, Arnim is a fairly prominent fixture, both in the comics and the movies. He’s also not a stranger to Legends, having been a Build-A-Figure shortly after the Return of Marvel Legends line began. This release is largely a re-release of that one, with a few minor tweaks. The figure stands about 7 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. The sculpt is largely a re-use of the Build-A-Figure, but he gets a new head (resembling his slightly more streamlined appearance from recent years), as well as swapping out his puffy-sleeved arms for Colossus’ more conventionally armored ones, all resulting in an ever so slightly more modernized take on Zola. While some of the articulation is a little stiffer than more modern releases, he’s still pretty suitably posable, certainly posable enough for a character like Arnim. The paintwork is another change between the two Arnims. Where the first one went for a bolder, brighter, more comics-inspired palette, this one again angles more for a modern take, with a darker, metallic appearance. Even the face is more modern, with a more intense, cackling expression. Admittedly, I think I prefer the color scheme and face of the prior figure, but this one’s certainly not bad. Arnim is packed with a small device of some sort, as well as the more boxy head from the original release.
The Hydra Supreme is like the standard Hydra, but with tomatoes and sour cream. At least, it is when you play by Taco Bell rules. Specific Hydra rules may be *slightly* different. But I like to hope that the indoctrination of Steve Rogers included adding extra toppings to him. And maybe giving him a nice Baja Blast, as well. This figure depicts the Cosmic-Cube-ified Steve Rogers from the very end of Secret Empire, when he’s given up the heroic patriot charade entirely. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. At first glance, he appears to be be an all-new sculpt, but he actually has a sizeable amount of re-use. His arms and lower legs are from Taskmaster, and his hands are from the Bleeding Edge armor Iron Man. That leaves the head, torso, and upper legs as new pieces. The end result is quite a cohesive looking figure, who is also quite accurate to the source material. Since he’s drawn from Bucky Cap-based pieces, he’s perhaps a little smaller than Steve should be, but, admittedly, it doesn’t seem too far removed from how he was depicted in the comics. Maybe being evil is a good weight loss program. His colors are decidedly on the Hydra end of the spectrum, as they were in the book. It’s certainly a different look for the character. Hydra Supreme is packed with a unique shield, based on his design from the comics.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I hadn’t gotten back into Legends yet when Zola was a BaF, so I never did get him built. I was happy to see him offered up again here, since he’s a pretty important piece of the mythos. Arnim’s a decent figure in his own right, but the surprise hit for me is definitely the Hydra Supreme, who’s just a really fun figure. I’m hoping we might get to see him recolored as a Civil Warrior down the line.