We’re going to wrap “Accidental Marvel” Week with one last review on the only other figure we’ve found so far: Baron Zemo! It’s a bit ironic to put Zemo in the last spot for this sorta theme week because it’s really all his fault. Well, Vault has impulse control problems (Mashers! LOL), but my Marvel purchases were intended to be strictly limited to Baron Zemo. I have a funny connection with him and am ecstatic that Hasbro finally got around to making this particular prodigal son.
The funny thing is though – that I had no idea who Baron Zemo was on my first exposure to him. I’ve talked before about folks who love a particular license and collect its associated figure seem to be inherently different from folks who love a particular toy and then discover the license. I am most typically the former. I did read the comics first, but Super Powers no doubt spurred me to be a DC fan. Transformers, G.I. Joe, He-Man – I always know more about the toys than any particular episode or issue the characters appeared in. Sometimes that would get me into funny situations.
I was only four when the Secret Wars figures came out, but I have a handful of vivid memories regarding that line. Discovering the Black Costume via the figure at the Springfield Kay Bee (& falling in love with it to this day – BEST. COSTUME. EVER.) is a big one. Losing my original red/blue Spidey only to immediately find it upon returning home from the store when my parents wonderfully allowed me a second one. The Secret Wars line had only a handful of figures, but they made an impact. I love Kang even though good Kang stories are hard to find. I won’t be happy until Marvel Legends makes a Secret Wars version of Dr. Doom. I prefer Wolverine in brown. Somehow I missed out on Zemo though. Well, that’s not true. I did have the figure.
A few years after the line was woefully cut short, my grandparents and I ran across his purple figure at a flea market in Oklahoma. I don’t remember exactly where. My grandparents would drive pretty far for a particular flea market, but I think this was one close. I found good stuff. Super Powers Cyclotron for $1 (though I still don’t have and have never had his mask to this day). Anyway, so I ran across this figure. I knew immediately it was Secret Wars, but I had no idea who. I didn’t read a lot of Marvel as a kid.
Embarrassingly, I guessed he was some other version of Spider-Man (King Spider-Man? Who Knows!). My grandparents grabbed him for a couple bucks and he entered years of mistaken identity as some souped-up version of Spider-Man when even the Black Costume wouldn’t cut it. Oops. I don’t even remember when I figured out that he was Baron Zemo and that he was cool in his own right. It didn’t matter though. He’s always still kinda purple Spider-Man to me. Just sayin’.
The second Baron Zemo, the one that got a Secret Wars figure and is presented here is the son of the original. Both have been a habitual thorn in Captain America’s side for just about forever. The WW2 Zemo gets credit for leaving Cap in a really long ice bath and “killing” Bucky. We got him as a figure way back in 2006, Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends Wave 14. I never really liked that figure. Wrong Zemo. Technically, this figure features a newer look for the character than I’d prefer, but the head sculpt sells me. And plus, it’s a cool figure to boot. Continue to Page 2…