I’m almost caught up on my backlog of Marvel Universe figures, as I’ve got just a few more new acquisitions to feature here. Today we’re going to check out Falcon. I’m actually kind of surprised they didn’t save Falcon for the “Comic Series” of Captain America’s movie line, but the timing of his release was still fairly on point. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of the character, but I certainly don’t mind him when he makes an appearance in whatever I happen to be reading. He was definitely a challenging figure for Hasbro to tackle what with the heavy reuse in the line. Did they pull it off? Let’s see…
Standard Marvel Universe packaging. The character artwork is quite nice. A bit more gritty than some, but you get a nice shot of him flying out of the card with Redwing in tow. Falcon certainly has no trouble filling out his bubble as his wings are spread behind him, and actually detatched from the figure, along with his personalized figure stand and his little Redwing accessory. It definitely feels like you’re getting more than your average amount of plastic on this card.
Despite being a relatively newer release, Falcon’s sculpt and articulation feels dated for the line. The paint job and the wash on the figure itself also makes him feel more like one of the somewhat lesser quality comic pack figures that we were getting back in the Secret Wars series. I don’t want to rag on him too badly, though, because in overall design and appearance, I think he makes up for those vibes. Hasbro nailed the look of the character quite nicely, particularly the head sculpt, and while I do find the wash over the white parts a little cheesy, the rest of the figure’s paintwork is quite nice, particularly the deco on his chest.
I’m still pretty undecided on the wings. They’re sculpted in translucent red plastic, which makes for a very nice effect, but the way they clip into the slots on the back of his biceps is a bit questionable. When he’s just standing there, I think they look pretty good, and you can get some pretty nice poses out of him if you’re focusing on the positioning of the wings. On the other hand, putting Falcon into some pretty standard action poses makes the wings look kind of wonky and awkward. I’ll confess, I’m not sure I could have designed a better solution, though, so I’ll defer to Hasbro on this one. All in all it works, most of the time.
Redwing is a nice little sculpted piece with a clip on the bottom so that you can attach him to Falcon’s arm. The bird itself looks great, but I would have preferred the clip be turned 90 degrees. Not only would I prefer that for clipping him to Falcon’s arm, but I think it would have looked more like Redwing’s legs and feet, rather than just a giant ring clip underneath him. I’m nitpicking, I know it. For a little 3 3/4″ scale bird, he’s pretty good.
When all is said and done, I’m quite pleased with the way this figure turned out, but it does still feel like one of the earlier MU figures, rather than one of the more recent waves. Maybe Hasbro had to save some money on the body to cost out the extra plastic for the wings. Either way, it’s not a deal breaker for me. I think he’s well worth picking up as I still consider him to be a fairly iconic character and he looks damn fine on my shelf.