Last week I checked out Captain America in one of his new costumes from the upcoming Winter Soldier movie. OMG, I’M VERY EXCITED TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND IT’S ALMOST HERE!!! Ahem, today I thought we’d take a look at the Winter Soldier himself and then I can start digging into the comic-based figures in this wave. Despite getting billed in the very title of the movie, the trailers and marketing hasn’t exactly been saturated with this character. It seemed like only the first trailer really played him up. Maybe Disney is trying to keep it on the down low to spare any non-comic book readers a potential spoiler about who Winter Soldier actually is. Ah, but enough speculation… this figure is our first thorough look at the way the character will appear in the film, so let’s dig right in.
There’s the new Infinite packaging that Hasbro is using for both this film and the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Two movies from two different studios and both are getting the same branding in the toy aisle. How often does that happen? Anyway, this hybrid window box is happy either sitting on the shelf or hanging on a peg and is totally collector friendly giving us the best of both worlds. Oddly enough, the flaps on mine weren’t even taped and I bought it online.
And there’s Winter Soldier in all his blockbuster film glory, or at least that’s what Hasbro would have us believe. There’s something about this figure that doesn’t jibe all that well with what we’ve seen of the character in the trailers and I think it’s the coloring. The figure sports a lot of brown and the film costume looks mostly black to me. Also, the big screen version of the character has a much shinier artificial arm, whereas the figure’s arm is more of a dull matte metal finish. It’s rare that I start out talking about a figure’s coloring, but to me It’s this guy’s biggest stumbling block.
And that’s because the sculpt here is actually quite good. The tactical vest and pants are packed with little details all the way down to the stitching and texturing. He has tiny bullets sculpted into his right arm bracer, all painted copper, and his artificial arm features both sculpted and painted panel lining. The shoulder rig is removable and his belt is sculpted from a separate piece and hangs well on his hips. There are even a couple of non-removable combat knives sculpted into the belt.
As with the last Cap figure I looked at, Winter Soldier comes with two heads. The one that comes on the figure is masked, I find the inclusion of the goggles on this sculpt to be a bit letdown. I like the look of the character with the mask and his eyes showing, and that’s the way he’s been pictured in most of the clips. For whatever reason, the goggled look doesn’t do it for me. Removable goggles? That would have been a good way to go. Personal preferences aside, this head is still a quality sculpt.
The other portrait, however, doesn’t fare so well. It’s a really soft sculpt, particularly when compared to some of the excellent noggins we’ve been seeing in the Marvel Legends line. But more importantly, I have no idea what’s going on with the paint. Is it military style grease paint? Is it supposed to mimic his domino mask from the comics? Is he cosplaying Rocket Raccoon? I don’t know, but I’m not a fan. The few stills that I could find of the character with the paint on had it confined to his eyes like a mask, but here on the figure, it’s all over the place. Neither head really seems to nail the look of the character on screen and in the end choosing which portrait to display on this figure will be choosing the lesser of two evils.
The articulation here is identical to what we saw with Stealth Suit Cap. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders, have double-hinged elbows, swivels in the biceps and hinges and swivels in the wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double-hinged in the knees, swivels in the thighs and tops of the boots, and hinges and rockers in the ankles. Winter Soldier, can swivel at the waist, has an ab-crunch hinge, and both a hinge and ball joint in the neck. The points of articulation here are all great but the hinges are a lot softer than I would have liked.
Let’s move on to accessories, because I bet Winter Soldier comes with some bad ass weapons and… OMG, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?
Grrr… The figure comes with this ridiculous looking bright red and black sci-fi looking rifle… and that’s it. Despite the fact that the figures hands are sculpted for pistols, he doesn’t come with any. He also can’t hold this stupid rifle for shit. And why would he want to? Talk about a missed opportunity. Luckily I have the Marvel Legends Punisher. He can lend this guy some tasteful firepower.
I don’t hate this figure, it’s got some good stuff going for it, but it’s far from what I was hoping for. He looks good enough on the shelf, but a lot about him just feels off. The brown doesn’t look right, I’m not terribly happy with either head sculpt, and the weapon sucks. I’m not unhappy I bought it, but with Cap being such a great figure, this one just disappoints.