SAM WILSON – CAPTAIN AMERICA, VISION, & KATE BISHOP – HAWKEYE
MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES
Wow, Hasbro sure is swamping us with Marvel Legends, aren’t they? After a fair delay, the Giant-Man Series finally hit just about everywhere, very closely trailed by the Juggernaut Series. The Abomination and Dr Strange series are also starting to hit in some areas as well. On top of that, there have been a number of exclusive items, with Walgreens getting two figures right on top of each other, and Walmart getting a pair of exclusives (that I still need to find). There have also been two boxed sets: the Civil War Spider-Man set (which had a movie Spidey alongside re-decoed versions of Cap and Iron Man), and a set containing Sam Wilson as Cap, Kate Bishop as Hawkeye, and Vision…as Vision!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This trio is exclusive to Toys R Us and is loosely themed around looks from the post-Axis Marvel Now! stuff. Sam and Kate both follow a firm legacy heroes theme, which kind of makes Vision stick out a bit. Of course, flip-side, Sam and Vision are both part of the main Avengers line-up, and Kate isn’t. So, exactly who’s left out is really up to you.
SAM WILSON – CAPTAIN AMERICA
We’ve gotten him in both Minimate and 3 3/4-inch form, so it was about time we got a FalCap Marvel Legend. Bonus points for being the first Sam Wilson Legend since the Toy Biz run! The figure is about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, he shares several pieces with 2014’s Marvel Now! Cap figure. He has the arms, legs, and pelvis from that figure, along with an all-new head, torso, belt, and shoulders. The Now! Cap parts aren’t a perfect match for FalCap’s design, but they’re close enough to work without too much trouble. The new pieces match up well with the older parts, and are pretty decent sculpts on their own terms as well. I wasn’t 100% sold on the head sculpt at first glance (as with so many of Hasbro’s Cap sculpts, I think it looks a little too mean for the character), but after having it in hand, I actually don’t mind it. His hair seems a little closer cropped than his usual comics appearance, but it’s not like it’s completely wrong or anything. All in all, it’s one of those sculpts that has some minor flaws here and there, but looks a lot better as a whole, which is what really matters. The paintwork on FalCap is pretty solid. The shades on the colors are a bit more subdued than those on Now! Cap, which is fair, since he was probably a little too bright. These colors look about right for Sam’s comics design, and still have enough vibrance to give him some pop. The application of said paint is decent enough, though there’s still a bit of slop, especially on the switches from blue to white. He could be a little better, but he could also could be far worse. FalCap includes his mighty shield, which is all well and good, but what he doesn’t include are his wings. Sure, he doesn’t always have them, but he does most of the time, and their omission here is a bit glaring.
Vision’s a popular guy! This is his third Legend in the last year, and the second time he’s been in one of these exclusive three-packs. This time around, he’s based on his Daniel Acura-designed look from the latter half of Remender’s Uncanny Avengers run, which also happens to be the costume he’s wearing currently. If I’m honest, it feels a little over designed, though, and I miss the yellow. Also, the red bits make it look like he’s running around half naked. That said, I like it a bit better then his first Now! look. The figure is about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the Bucky Cap body, with a new head and an add-on for the cape. I was a bit disappointed with the last Vision head sculpt, so I’m happy they didn’t re-use it a third time here. This may well be my favorite Legends Vision sculpt. It just captures the character quite nicely, and is very sharply defined features. The cape is kind of an awkward design, but it’s been translated into three dimensions well enough. It’s definitely a better attempt at a cape than the one Hasbro was using before (which, judging by all the currently shown figures, has been justly retired from the line). Paint is the one real downside to this guy. Of the three figures included in this set, this guy definitely has the sloppiest paint in the bunch. It’s just all over the place. I mean, he looks okay from a normal viewing distance, but up close he’s got a lot of rough edges, and there’s a few spots where the paint doesn’t really follow the sculpt very well. That being said, the colors are at least nice and vibrant, and he stands out quite nicely on the the shelf. Vision doesn’t get any accessories, but I can’t really think of what you’d give him, so that’s okay.
KATE BISHOP – HAWKEYE
At long last, Kate Bishop makes her way into the action figure world! It took them long enough, since the rest of her Young Avengers teammates were released way back in 2006. Of course, this costume doesn’t technically match the rest of them, and we still don’t have Cassie Lang, but let’s not kick the gift horse in the mouth here. Kate here is sporting her more recent, jumpsuit look from the pages of the last two Hawkeye series. It’s not a bad look (and it makes me feel a little bad that I never got one of the Now! Hawkeye figures), and it’s the one she’s been wearing for the last several years. The figure is about 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. She’s built on the Phoenix body, which is definitely a good one. It works pretty well for Kate, especially since this is the slightly more grown-up version of Kate from the last few years. She gets a new head and lower legs, which blend well with the rest of the body. The head does a very good job of capturing Kate, and possesses a lot more personality than is usually seen on female figures. Kate also got a new left hand for gripping her bow, which is cool. She has to make due with the basic open gesture right hand to be her drawing hand, which isn’t perfect, but isn’t as bad as you might think. She also gets an add-on piece for her belt and quiver, which sits very nicely, and does a great job of completing her look. Kate ends up with the best paintwork of the three figures in this set (which is nice, since it’s her debut figure and all). It’s still not 100% perfect, but it’s pretty close. Kate is packed with her bow, which is the same one included with the last few Hawkeyes, but with proper paint this time around. Some arrows might have been nice, but the lack of them isn’t new to this figure, so it’s not hugely surprising.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked these guys up from my local TRU last month. I was actually searching (unsuccessfully) for the Juggernaut series at the time, so these guys were a little bit of a surprise. This is a set I’ve been eagerly awaiting, ever since it’s announcement. Kate is the main draw, of course, since she’s never had a figure before, and I’m a pretty big Young Avengers fan. She’s the strongest figure in the set, too, making her the real star here. That being said, FalCap was somewhat overdue, the new Vision is much appreciated, and both figures are both really solid additions to the line. Unlike prior sets, all three figures included here are real winners, and I don’t think any of the three feels like a forced heavy hitter.