Despite my disdain for Marvel superhero movies I was quite fond of the Marvel Legends movie version of Captain America. The next figure in the wave, Winter Soldier, arrived today and while he’s not a terrible figure, he certainly leaves quite a bit to be desired.
Winter soldier comes with a masked head, an unmasked head, sniper rifle, and the left Mandroid leg. He looks pretty good with his masked head on; fitting the look of a menacing villain for the movie. The unmasked head looks pretty awful in my opinion. The sculpt and paint work are very soft, and the eye makeup didn’t translate well to the figure. The sniper-rifle is a reuse of the same weapon that came with the Hydra soldier in the first half of the series.
There are two problems with the included rifle, first being it can’t fit in either of his hands. The second problem is that it comes in a bright red deco for some strange reason. Hasbro seems to have forgotten they have made many six-inch compatible guns in prior waves. Many of them would have been better fits than the rifle we ended up getting with Winter Soldier. I’ll assume using the Hydra Soldier’s gun was a way to save money since they were already manufacturing that gun for the first wave. If you want a good gun for him you, especially if you want one with a movie aesthetic, then you are going to have to improvise.
Since his only accessory is said red gun I went out looking for other accessories to give him. The Predator’s cool sword looks neat, but it’s a little too large:
I thought the bright-colored weapons theme was pretty nice so I let Dutch and Winter Soldier swap:
The Aliens pulse rifle isn’t too bad at all though:
Ok I may be obsessed with finding a better accessory for this guy …
So anyway, I think you have an “okay” figure if you ditch the gun and the unmasked head. I ended up selling off my original Marvel Legends Winter Soldier from the old Toys R Us two-packs a few years back. I did this thinking that since the next Captain America focuses on the character there would be a rut of new and awesome Winter Soldier figures. Well I was wrong. I miss my comic Winter Soldier now. The new movie version of Bucky has a better constructed body than the old comic version (it used that really thin Ultimate Nick Fury/Punisher body) but that’s where the things it does better end. I kind of wish this movie version came packed with Black Widow as well because it has been a real treat tracking her down.
Should you take the plunge and get Winter Soldier? If you have to complete Mandroid you may have to unless you can find someone who just really wanted the figure. Luckily the figure has not been terribly hard to find. He comes two per case which is twice the ratio of Black Widow (no, I’m not annoyed by this at all!). He pops up on Amazon pretty frequently at the $16.99 price point, which is by far the cheapest you will find him at the moment.
He’s not a bad figure but he isn’t great either. This is the typical reaction I give to movie figures in Marvel Legends. Winter Soldier is just very middle of the road. That’s my ringing endoresment for the guy! If you can grab the comic version and you will enjoy it much more.