AGENT JIMMY WOO
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Agent Jimmy Woo arrives in Westview to investigate the strange energy field surrounding the town.”
Jimmy Woo is a character with quite a backstory in the comics. He predates Marvel’s boom in the Silver Age, first appearing as the hero of the antagonist-titled espionage series Yellow Claw, which saw him facing off against a yellow peril villain who was, surprisingly, neither the Fu Manchu, nor the Mandarin. Yellow Claw ran only four issues in 1956-1957, but was remembered for being a surprisingly positive portrayal of an Asian-American hero. Jimmy would resurface in the ’60s when he was made an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., a spot he’d stay in for most of his comics career. He got a starring role again in Agents of Atlas, which reunited the ’50s Avengers, a team of heroes from Marvel’s pre-Silver Age days, with Jimmy as the team’s leader. Jimmy’s introduction to the MCU came not as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, or leading the Agents of Atlas, but instead as the FBI Agent assigned to Scott Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp, before he was given a rather sizable (and quite redeemable) role in WandaVision. He’s poised to do even more in the MCU, which is definitely fun, but the most important thing is that he’s got an action figure, which I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Agent Jimmy Woo is figure 1 in the Khonshu Series of Marvel Legends, which is the fourth Disney+ centric assortment of Legends. It’s sort of an oddball mix of everything. Jimmy is the only WandaVision figure in the mix, and the first one since the Wanda and Vision we got back in the first D+ series. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. He uses the Coulson body as his starting point, with a new head, arms, and an add-on for the jacket piece. The old and new mesh pretty well, making for a figure that’s pretty cohesive, and a good match for Jimmy’s WandaVision appearance. The head sculpt sports a rather spot-on likeness of actor Randall Park, complete with his slightly goofy smile that he’s always sporting as Jimmy. The new jacket and arms give him a slightly more informal field jacket, which is a nice change of pace for the suited bodies. The arms get the updated construction without the pins on the elbows, which is certainly a plus, and they lack the weird, oddly balanced split with the elbow movement that the other arms for this body had. Jimmy’s color scheme is rather on the subdued side, as is accurate to the source material. It’s largely molded plastic, but there’s some nice accent detailing on the jacket, as well as a quite nicely executed printing for the face. Jimmy includes his FBI badge on a sculpted chain, as well as an alternate left hand holding his business card, which he has presumably just close-up-magicked out of his sleeve, like in the show. It’s a small, but incredibly cool touch. He also includes the left arm and staff to the Khonshu Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jimmy’s one of those characters that, even going back to his comic appearances, I never expected to get an action figure of. Given his MCU incarnation is even less classically toyetic, I really wasn’t expecting to see him. I was pleasantly surprised by his announcement for this assortment. He’s an unexpectedly well-done figure, thanks to the commitment to detail. The likeness is really strong, and the extra hand with the business card really sells it.
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