Well, if I’m gonna review a Spider-Man and then Vault’s gonna review a Spider-Man, we may as well go all in this week and make it an All-Marvel Theme Week, right? I’ve got Marvel-y reviews today and Friday, so I sure hope Vault’s got something else Marvel-related to review on Thursday. Guess I shoulda asked him first.* Marvel has been on the mind all week, I’ve actually been on the toy hunt (remember those?) trying to catch a second case of either of the new Marvel Legends series that came out based on Captain America 2 & Amazing Spider-Man 2 respectively.
* – He totally does. He beat me to that new Marvel Legends A.I.M. Agent! “Oh, hey, Zemo & Red Skull are here. Nope, no Aim Agent.” No AIM Agent indeed!!
It’s funny because the ones I’ve bought weren’t quite the ones I was intending. It was Zemo & the A.I.M. Agent from the Cap line and then Carnage & Black Cat from the Spidey line. And, yet, when I find them, what few I’ve found, I pick them up. You already heard how Spider-Man won me over. For the Cap line, a lot of credit is going to go the Mandroid (& Iron Monger, really, love that toy!), but Zemo is a great figure. That Marvel NOW! Cap looks like a great figure. Red Skull is… well, great figure doesn’t quite fit.
I should cover some Red Skull history here. I’ve bought & sold three Marvel Legends Red Skull’s already. The first I bought because it was rare! It had a decent head sculpt, but the body wasn’t Legends-esque at all (keep that in mind). I think it was movie Daredevil pieces cobbled together with a really plain military jacket. I ended up selling it. The second Red Skull I bought because it was in a 2pk with an awesome Captain America. And, yep, I really liked the head sculpt, but the base body was this weird armory thing that he had to share with Baron Von Strucker. I sold it. Years later, I found it cheap in a used figure bin and bought it again, cause, “hey, Red Skull”. I sold it again.
So, flash forward to the far flung year of 2014! Here’s another Red Skull figure. Having sold so many Red Skull figures, I thought that maybe I shouldn’t buy this one. But, MANDROID. And the figure was calling out to me a bit from within the package.* I’m not quite sure why it was calling me because I knew already that I would hate 95% of the figure.
* – I may not have mentioned this in the Spidey review, but I really love the new packaging.** It’s sleek and pops on the shelf. I spot those pegwarming WW2 Caps every time I go Target.
** – Hasbro has really got to do something about the names though. This review is titled “Marvel Legends Captain America 2 Red Skull Review”, but in reality it should be like “Marvel Legends Infinite Series Captain America: The Winter Soldier Agents of Hydra Red Skull Review”. All that won’t fit in the little green title box, y’know? Some of that is the movie yeah, and the smart way to package variants, but is it Marvel Legends or Infinite Series?
Maybe hate is too strong a word. I am not a fan of the Nick Fury buck. It’s not a bad sculpt. It actually looks sharp when you’re not holding it. But the articulation just doesn’t work well. The ball-jointed shoulders don’t work with the coat (they don’t work too well without the coat either) and the ball-jointed hips make you want to pull out your hair. And the whole figure, on Fury, Punisher, Bucky, etc. just always feels gummy. Like you have to stand him up and then squish him around a bit, pushing down to the shelf to get him stand. It perturbs.
So what was calling to me from inside that package? The gorgeous head sculpt. It is far & away the best Red Skull head sculpt out of the three. It looks fantastic. I love it. It’s a mix of menacing and aloof. And, while good head sculpt, bad body is the hallmark of a Red Skull figure, this figure works well with the body. A few extras like the turtleneck piece and the cube-holding hand are nice touches that go a long way. Continue to Page 2…