I’ve only got time for a quickie today, which works out pretty well since I just so happen to have a new Captain America figure to check out that won’t take me too long. If you’ve been hunting this line, there’s a good chance you’re having the same problem we all had with the Iron Man 2 figures: Lots of variations of the main man himself, in this case Cap, and not a lot of the baddies. I was actually amazed to find one of these Hydra soldiers hanging on the pegs in plain sight, since not only is he one of the more uncommon figures in the line, but I’m guessing some people out there have got to be army building him.
We’ve seen this packaging twice before when looking at Red Skull and Battlefield Cap, but I’ll say it again, I really love Hasbro’s Marvel movie packaging. You get a big illustrated picture of Cap dominating the card and the little Avengers Assemble emblem on the other corner. The bubble is pretty big, and a good portion of the real estate is used to house the Hydra soldier’s terrible gimmicky oversized weapons. You’ll note that this is one of those figures that Hasbro had to add the name “Marvel” to, presumeably over copyright issues, which makes me wonder who else out there owns the name Hydra Armored Soldier. Hmm.
Honestly, I’m somewhat underwhelmed by this guy. For a so-called “armored” soldier, he really isn’t. He’s just a guy in a uniform and tunic with some web gear. I don’t have any particular complaint about him other than he just looks kinda drab and boring. The head sculpt is rather unique, though, thanks to his distinctive looking helmet, but there’s not a lot else to say about him. The body features a good amount of sculpted detail and he even has a tiny Hydra patch painted on his sleeve and little “H”s on his boots. I’m guessing that belt looking thing coming out of his backpack along his right arm is supposed to be belt fed ammo, but I can’t be sure about that. So, basically, this guy is just some poor minimum wage schmuck that Cap can hit in the teeth with his shield. He’s ok looking, but nothing special.
The Hydra Soldier has every bit of articulation we’ve come to expect from Hasbro’s modern 3 3/4″ figures, including those terrible ball jointed hips. Have I mentioned recently how much I hate these hip joints, Hasbro? I really hate these hip joints, Hasbro.
I’m a little more decisive in my take on this figure’s weapons: They suck. He comes with a repack of the huge missile launcher we got bundled with Red Skull, and another equally huge and ungainly weapon. Hasbro screwed the pooch on this one. He should have at least been bundled with some kind of assault rifle.
Every hero needs legions of nondescript cannon fodder and that’s exactly what we get with the Hydra Armored Soldier. I don’t like him well enough to want to army build him, and that’s probably a good thing because I doubt I’ll ever see many more on the pegs anyway. Maybe I could see picking up one more to flank my Red Skull as guards, but that’s it. He’s not a bad figure by any means, and I suppose he could add a little diversity to your GI JOE’s if you want to mix things up a bit. As with all the Cap movie figures, he runs around $7-$8 depending on where you pick them up and that’s not a bad deal.