Next up on the Captain America Marvel Legends series we have Hasbro’s take on the iconic Baron Zemo.
We’ve had one other Zemo to date and that was way back in the Toybiz series 14 Mojo build-a-figure wave. The good with the original figure is that there was a variant unmasked version. The bad was pretty much everything else. Like most Toybiz Marvel Legends time has not been kind to the original Baron Zemo. This new version is based on of the modern Thunderbolts design, and he is paired off with the A.I.M. Soldier under the moniker of “Soldiers of A.I.M.”
The nice thing about this “running change” is that it actually is packed in the original cases. It gives collectors peace of mind because Hasbro doesn’t have the greatest track record of releasing these running change figures. We’re still waiting for two versions of Jean Grey, Classic Hawkeye, Blade, Green She-Hulk, and a few other alternate packaged figures. Hasbro does from time to time tell us that they are working on getting these out. Usually that involves sending them all to the UK, so people anywhere but there will have to try to talk down British toy hoarders.
The good Baron comes packed with a couple of accessories: a gun, sword, and a Mandroid arm. He has a holster for the sword, but they did not include one for the gun. He has a couple of guns sculpted into holsters on his chest straps, but this still doesn’t leave a place to keep his fabulous leopard spotted gun. The sword is pretty simple. A great aspect of the Marvel Legends basic body is that it does allow him to hold his sword with both hands.
I decided to turn on the Adam Sandler smash comedy “Jack and Jill” as background noise as I write this review. I think this may have been a mistake because now I’m mentally taking note of the movie while trying to come up with stuff to say about our good friend Baron Von Zemo. I know this may be a bit of a tangent, but saying that Jack and Jill is the worst movie ever made is pretty short-sighted. The movie is by no means good. However there have been thousands of unwatchable movies out there far worse than this. I guess it’s no different from the people who came out of “The Dark Knight” claiming it to be the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!
Now what does a really bad Adam Sandler movie have to do with Baron Zemo? Not much. However it’s worth reiterating that this is by far the best Zemo made. Hasbro is really clicking with these Marvel Legends “Infinite” waves. A lot of classic characters have gotten much-needed updates, and they have been released alongside very strong movie based figures. I took no pictures of the boxed figures, but it is worth mentioning that the new packaging is great too! It’s like getting DC Infinite Earths (wait a second, that name sounds familiar!) figures without having to worry about paying Mattel prices, locking in subscriptions, or being shamed for not being a good enough customer.
Hasbro has decided to take the route of just releasing Marvel Legends on their own schedule. These two “infinite” waves weren’t even announced long ago and they have already hit retail. I dig the new unstructured model along with their renewed attention to what makes six-inch figures great. This wave gives me a lot of hope for the future of the Marvel Legends line, and I look forward to whatever is new for 2014.
If you don’t feel like leaving the house Amazon has the Baron up as well as the rest of the wave. I’ve noticed that my Targets burned through these figures leaving only spare WW2 Caps and returns that people put other figures into the package … scumbags!
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