MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“In an alternate Earth ravaged by civil war, Captain America assumes the mantle of Civil Warrior.”
If there’s one thing alternate realities have taught us, it’s that Cap’s side winning Civil War always results in him getting some sick-ass armor. This just furthers that his side was the morally correct one the whole time, because how could you NOT want the sick-ass armor? In the mobile game, Contest of Champions, Cap actually gives himself a whole new identity upon dawning his armor, the Civil Warrior. He may fight, but he’s gonna do it very civilly, I guess. And he’s also gonna get a Marvel Legend, because that’s just how he do.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Civil Warrior is figure 5 in the Mr. Hyde Series of Marvel Legends. He’s one of the two non-Shang-Chi based figures in the assortment, as well as being the only figure in the set under the “Gamerverse” branding. He definitely feels like something of an odd man out in this assortment, since he’s got no real ties to anything else thematically. He’s kind of like the Black Bolt and Sub Mariner figures from the Okoye Series in that respect, I guess. And just like those two figures, I’m not going to complain too much about getting him. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, Civil Warrior is almost identical to the Hydra Supreme figure from 2019. It’s sensible, since the two designs are just the same apart from colors. It’s also nice because it was a really nice sculpt to begin with, and I’m happy to see it show up again. The only change-up to this release is that he reverts back to Taskmaster‘s gripping style hands, instead of the Iron Man hands. I’m not entirely sure why they made the change, but it’s kind of a lateral move, I suppose. The largest change-up for this figure is, of course, the color scheme, which is now a more traditionally Captain America-y color scheme, as opposed to the prior Hydra colors. It’s pretty straight forward, but it looks really nice, and honestly I think it works even better with the sculpt than the Hydra colors did. The other notable change-up for the figure comes in the form of the shield. Since Civil Warrior has a more traditional style Cap shield than Hydra Cap, the piece included here reflects that. It’s an all-new piece, which was admittedly a little bit surprising. It’s quite a nice piece, and the detailing on the arc reactor is cool. The shield’s still got the peg for mounting on the figure’s back, but there’s no corresponding spot for it on the figure, which is a little odd. Also included with this figure is the head to the Mr. Hyde Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In my review of Hydra Supreme, I ended by saying I hoped we might get this recolor of the sculpt. It took a little bit longer than I’d expected, but that doesn’t make it less cool that we finally got him. I really liked the Hydra Supreme figure when he hit, but this one does him even better. The traditional colors really work, and he’s just a lot of fun. As simple as he is, he’s honestly my favorite figure in the set, because he just does what he does really well.