MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Alongside his companion Redwing, the Falcon flies wherever he’s needed!”
A year ago, we were in the midst of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier‘s six-episode run, and we hadn’t yet gotten to see Sam Wilson claim the mantle of Captain America, at least in live action. Instead, he was still hanging onto his identity as the Falcon, a role he’s existed in since 1969. As the Falcon, Sam’s actually been pretty fortunate in the world of toys, with a rather consistent coverage. He does have a slight tendency to go a little while between releases, but not so much now that he’s one of Marvel’s bigger names. With the MCU focus for the character shifting to his Captain America role, there’s still some room for the comics version to hang onto his Falcon roots. Hasbro did an updated Legends release late in 2020, but they’re coming back around for another pass, this time with a slightly tweaked look.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Falcon joins Tuesday’s Vision as the next figure in a four-figure set of vaguely Disney+ inspired Retro Collection figures for Marvel Legends. As with Vision, he’s within the loosely structured set, but ships in a solid case on his own, and is thus far a Fan Channel-exclusive. This is Falcon’s second Hasbro Legends release, and his third Legends figure overall. The last figure gave us Falcon in his Brubaker and Epting-era outfit. This one is the same 2011-era outfit worn by the Marvel Universe release; it’s a modern outfit that splits the difference between the modern and classic designs, and it’s honestly a pretty strong look. I tend to like the exposed arms look a little bit more, so it works for me. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. From a structurally standpoint, this figure is identical to the last Legends Falcon. Apart from a few minor quibbles about smaller details, notably the fact that the wings are still one-sided with their sculpted details, and that the gauntlets of that mold aren’t quite a match for this design’s longer gloves, it’s a very nicely rendered sculpt, and one I still really, really like. To mix things up, Falcon gets a new color deco, matching to the updated costume design. There’s some sloppy edges on a few of the change-overs, notably on the hair line, but it’s overall a pretty solid application. Falcon includes two different sets of hands, the same ones included with the last release, but in white this time. Notably *not* included is his sidekick Redwing, who is not only mentioned in the bio, but also specifically listed as one of the accessories on the product description page on Hasbro Pulse. Presumably, someone didn’t get the memo that there wasn’t already a Redwing sculpt in this scale. Alas, I’ll just have to dig out the Toy Biz version.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really liked the last Legends Falcon, so I was content with that one. That said, he’s rather modern in design, and I always hope for at least the option for a classic Falcon deco. This one’s not quite a classic design, but it’s a nice middle ground, and I like how the new deco looks on the base body. I still hold out hope for a proper classic version down the road, but I rather like this one in the mean time.
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