MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Baron Helmut Zemo adopts the alias Citizen V and leads the heroic Thunderbolts into battle against various villains.”
From the fallout of the dreaded “Heroes Reborn” relaunch of the ’90s, there was actually one notable not-terrible thing to come about: Thunderbolts. In the wake of the Avengers disappearance, a new super-team arose, and in one of the decade’s most shocking twists, were revealed at the end of their debut hero to not be heroes at all, but rather the Masters of Evil in disguise. Former Masters of Evil leader and Captain America foe Baron Zemo became the patriotically-themed Citizen V. And, following up on last year’s Songbird figure, we’ve gotten a Citizen V to go along with her.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Citizen V is figure 5 in the first Endgame-themed series of Marvel Legends. Given his real identity, he’s not the worst choice in the world for this assortment, even if Zemo’s not actually in Endgame. I mean, at least he *is* an MCU character, and with the Songbird figure last year, there’s a good precedent. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. Like yesterday’s Nighthawk, Citizen V is built on the Bucky Cap body, which definitely a good choice, given it’s the same body that the basic Zemo was built on as well. He’s specifically built on the recent Daredevil variant of the body, meaning he has the wrapped hands and laced up boots, which are a good match for Citizen V’s design. He gets a new head, belt, and cape piece as well, which completes the appearance nicely. I particularly like the head, which is nice and sleek. The cape is also a rather nice piece, though the nature of how it’s laid out is rather restricting for his left arm. Of course, given that his sword hand is his right one, it’s not a huge loss. I’m willing to sacrifice movement for form on this one. The paintwork on V is some solid stuff. I really dig the metallics on the shoulder pads, as well as the accenting on the red sections. There’s some notable slop on the cape at the edges, which I wish wasn’t quite as obvious, especially given the quality of the rest of paintwork. It’s really the one downside to an otherwise really strong figure. Citizen V is packed with his sword, which is a decent enough piece, though he has a little bit of trouble holding it. Still, a cool piece nonetheless. He also includes the right leg of the Thanos Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I didn’t read Thunderbolts back when it was new, I’ve always kind of dug Citizen V’s design and have long thought it would make for a good figure. I was definitely hoping to see it turn up when we got Songbird last year, and I was happy to see him show up. He was pretty high on my list for this assortment, and I definitely had high hopes. The paint on the cape is annoying, but beyond that, I do really like this figure, and I look forward to the possibility of getting more members of the original Thunderbolts.
Citizen V was purchased from All Time Toys, and he’s currently in-stock at their store, here. And, if you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.