MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Crossbones makes it his mission to take out Captain America, no matter the loss of life at stake.”
Though Black Widow’s cast of supporting characters isn’t quite as widely developed as some of Marvel’s other heroes, she’s spent enough time around both Cap and Iron Man that slotting in some of their characters into her tie-in assortment’s really not the worst fit. Take, for example, Crossbones, whose bio even mentions his Cap connection. That said, her time in Cap’s book during Brubaker’s run, as well as both of their turns in the MCU has given them enough connective tissue that Crossbones’ appearance here doesn’t feel all that forced.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Crossbones if figure 5 in the Crimson Dynamo Series of Marvel Legends. This is Crossbones’ third time getting a comic-based Legends release, all three of them coming in under the Hasbro banner. The first two, however, were exclusives, making them both rather tricky to get a hold of, even when they were new. They were also built on the Hulkling body, so they looked more than a little outdated. This one opts for a more classic take on the character, pulled straight from his ’80s appearances. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and he’s got 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the Hyperion body, which I was a little skeptical about, especially since he’s still using the old “pectoral shelf” torso piece. His design, especially the coloring, does manage to hide it better than most uses of the body, so it’s not terrible. I may end up throwing Nuke’s tactical vest on him to hide it, though. He gets a new head and lower legs, as well as new add-ons for his belt/holsters and his wrist pouches. They all fit well with the body, with the head in particular sitting better on the body than a lot of the ones that have been designed for it. It’s a fairly nice, fairly basic assortment of parts. The boots are actually really detailed, and I was a little surprised that they didn’t just leave him with the standard feet for this body. I’m hardly complaining. His paintwork is pretty basic as well. It’s fairly clean overall, though the nose detail on mine is slightly crooked. Crossbones is packed with two of Cable’s Barrel Break-inspired guns, as well as two of Yon-Rogg’s more sci-fi-y pistols, which look a little more normal sized in Crossbones’ hands. He also includes the right arm to the Crimson Dynamo Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Crossbones is definitely a formula figure. He’s a stock body with a few new parts, and stock accessories. The thing is, this isn’t really an issue for a character like Crossbones, especially a classic Crossbones, so he’s honestly a pretty great way to fill out the assortment without going too crazy on the tooling budget. I don’t think he’s going to be topping anyone’s list, or anything, but he’s a solid stock figure, and a great addition to the Cap Rogues Gallery.