FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Trained by different armies, but equally prepared to defend their allies from any threat, Winter Soldier and Falcon stand their ground to protect the Earth from other worldly adversaries.”
There were a *lot* of characters in Infinity War, so its not a huge shock that even several months later, there’s still a pretty healthy helping of action figures streaming out of the Hasbro toy machine. While there were plenty of MCU characters granted their very first figures over the course of all of this, today’s set actually concerns two who we’ve seen before, The Cap’s bestest pals, Falcon and Winter Soldier. Since their last figures were both exclusives that not everyone could find, Hasbro decided to re-issue them in…an exclusive set that not everyone can find. You win some, you lose some.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Falcon and Winter Soldier ended up as a Target-exclusive Marvel Legends two-pack, alongside Black Panther’s Everett Ross and Killmonger. The sets were shown off early in the year and initially theorized to be Toys R Us-exclusives, but we all know how that turned out. Both figures are based on their Infinity War appearances…in theory, at least.
Falcon’s look from Civil War to Infinity War didn’t change much, and, much like the Minimate, this figure reflects that, really being quite similar to the previous release. He stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. His sculpt appears to be identical to that last figure. The head may possibly be new, but the body is definitely the same. While not perfect, the previous sculpt was certainly passable, and its re-use is certainly more acceptable than, say, that same Cap body that Hasbro keeps giving us. The main difference between these two releases is the paint, but oh boy what a difference does it make. The Civil War figure was somewhat lacking on a few of the smaller applications, which gave him this almost unfinished vibe. This figure, on the other hand, adds back in a lot of the smaller details, and just overall gives the figure a better finish, making him look comparatively much more complete. The figure includes the same wing pack as the last release, so the wings are still not posable. He also lacks the deployed version of Redwing, but that’s acceptable, given Redwing doesn’t factor into the movie. Also still missing are his guns, but at this point that’s no surprise, and it has to be some sort of a licensing issue.
I haven’t actually reviewed a Winter Soldier Legends since, well, Winter Soldier. He had a Civil War release, but that one just never spoke to me for whatever reason. By extension, this guy ended up as the main draw of the set for me. While Falcon’s design was fairly unchanged from Civil War to Infinity War, Bucky actually had a number of changes implemented, resulting in a design that’s actually a little closer to the comics incarnation of the character in design. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s a mix of old and new parts, with the same head and arm as the Civil War figure, and the boots from the WS/AoU/Civil War Cap, with everything else being new to this release. The head actually has an amazing likeness of Sebastian Stan, far better than the prior release might have made clear. The only real trouble is that it’s clearly Bucky circa Winter Soldier, not the scruffier, recuperating-in-Wakanda-for-a-year of Bucky Infinity War. That said, it’s an issue that bugs me far less here than it did on Cap. From the neck down, he’s actually quite accurate, and marks some improvements in movement from the WS variant of the character. I particularly like all of the small detail work on the stitching on his torso; it adds to the realism. Bucky’s paintwork is definitely one of the figure’s strongest suits. The work on the body is reasonable in its own right, though not necessarily anything particularly stand-out. The head, however, uses the face printing, and it’s one of the best instances of it I’ve seen, certainly rivaling the likes of Hot Toys in the realism department. Bucky is packed with two different rifles. The first is the same goofy dead-fish-looking thing that the WS release got, but this time in gold. I hate it just as much this time as I did the first time around. Fortunately, this figure also includes the assault rifle from the Netflix Punisher, which is a far more sensible piece, and will be the one my figure will be keeping.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I saw these figures once at an out of the way Target, and passed on them at the time, reasoning that Falcon wasn’t all that different from the one I had, and I’d be perfectly content to just keep my first Winter Soldier. I also figured I might see them later, at a more local location. Well, then I didn’t, so when I happened upon that same Target again, I was more easily swayed. I knew Bucky would be the star of the set for me, and I was correct on that front. While he may not be 100% accurate to the film, he’s still the best version of the character to date, and an all-around fun figure. I didn’t expect much out of Falcon, having already picked up the CW release. This one makes just a few subtle changes, and yet still ends up feeling almost like an entirely new figure, and he’s a lot better than I’d expected him to be.