I don’t have room to army-build. I would like to army-build. I would like to do a great many things, like buy Legos. Build giant dioramas. Pose my figures in fun & elaborate displays instead of them staring up or down at me waiting to break out in a country line dance (or do the “domino”), but I don’t have the space.
When I bought my awesome new s helving units last year, I said that I wanted my toy collection to fit on those shelves. That, with some exceptions for complete lines with less loved figures in storage, that anything beyond what fit on those shelves was probably stuff I didn’t need. I don’t want a massive collection in storage. Then I basically filled those shelves up no sweat. And then I went and bought Fortress Maximus, Castle Grayskull, and the Hot Toys Batmobile last year. Space is at a premium.
And when you’re trying to decide if you need favorite character War Machine out on display in his comic or movie form (not to mention this happens in both 6” and 4” scale, oh, and there’s that Hot Toy War Machine too…), then do I really need to make sure to have room for Dick & Harry Army Builder? The smart money says no. But then you buy two Sandtroopers. Or two Parademons. Because, hey that’s not army building, that’s symmetry.
When Captain America 2’s Marvel Legends started hitting, I made a short list – I was getting Black Widow, Baron Zemo, and two A.I.M. Agents (Kirby Symmetry, even better). Then they came out and I bought Red Skull because he had the best damn head sculpt yet. I will buy the movie Cap & Winter Soldier because the Mandroid drove me to it. And that left me not skipping several figures, but just one: the Hydra Agent. I have no really affinity for Hydra. They don’t have the cool suits. The terrorist/snake thing is a bit overplayed. They are green, there’s that. But being a DC fan, I’d take a Checkmate Agent or a Kobra Blackadder before Hydra Agents. There was just one problem though – I’m apparently not a big enough fan of $20. Or I’m just easily swayed by any little thing. Maybe both.
Cause I still bought a Hydra Agent. Hasbro made it rather easy. He’s built on what has become there standard dude buck. It’s well sculpted, free of any real oddities like past bucks, and moves great. I think the feet are a little small, but that’s about it. The Hydra Agent needed only a belt, a chest harness, and a new head to get his specifics and Hasbro went for all three. I’m not sure if any are used for previous characters, even previous Hydra Agents, but this figure looks sharp. The colors are mostly done with molded plastics and the figure looks pretty sharp overall. They make it easy to buy toys when it looks good in the package.
But, as I mentioned, the articulation is also a lot of fun. There’s a ball-jointed head, shoulders, wrists, hips, and the inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps, thighs, and boots, double-hinged elbows & knees, and the torso articulation is the classic ab crunch and waist swivel instead of anything funky. It all works great. The only knock I have on him here is that the hips pegs are again a little rickety, like Carnage. He stands fine, but then they give and the figure leans a little bit. I’m not sure what’s not quite working here, but others have reported it happening in the Carnage comments, so I’m not alone. Continue to Page 2…