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Hasbro – Marvel Legends US Agent

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This figure leaves me with some seriously mixed feelings. Part of me really wants to like and love this figure. It is a good, solid representation of US Agent. But it’s small; when I think of Walker, I think of a guy bigger and stronger and more muscled than Captain America. Way bigger than Black Panther, and, as such, the choice of base is too small. On the one hand, it is a very good figure that uses the new Bucky Captain America base (Archangel, Black Panther, Modern Hawkeye) with some new gloves; a base figure that I absolutely love! In fact, I bought this figure in order to customize one of the Cyclops that I’ll get from the Wolverine Legends case into a classic Cyclops. I haven’t decided which direction I’m going or if I’ll be doing  a head swap or maybe using the old Toy Biz head or just acetoning US Agent and then painting some yellow undies on him. I’m not interested in a modern Cycke. I want an updated version of “Giant Sized” Cyclops for my collection.

Back to US Agent: I think he needs a bigger buck/base figure. Something in between the AA/BP/HE/BC/USA base and Hyper-onion. I already mentioned this my review of Toy Biz’s Captain Marvel that characters like Mar-vell, Captain America, US Agent, and Wonder Man need a bulkier base. It doesn’t have to be extreme, but a little taller and a little thicker. It’s a perception and visual thing on my side, and seeing US Agent small kinda kills that perception. Plus, this is the same costume that Steve Rodgers used when Walker became Cap and Rogers decided to keep fighting crime as “The Patriot.”

It means that this figure could fill two spots on the display shelf as two different characters. And since Cap and Agent are similar in size, you can get multiples to fill any teams from the era. OK that kind of sounded really nerdy, but you get the point. If Cap is bigger than Bucky Cap, then this figure needs to be physically bigger to represent that.

But it’s not bigger, and hence a let down.

The figure is solid, we’ve reviewed Hawkeye  and Black Panther, and I don’t have much more to say about the figure that Benty hasn’t covered. It’s my favorite buck and a welcome addition to the Marvel Legends shelves. It should replace tons of figures on my shelf! US Agent shares Bucky Cap’s boots, nothing new there, but he has new forearms and gloves, the old buccaneer gloves. They are a little round; I like the shape of the Toy Biz Marvel Legends 2-pack Captain America gloves better, but that’s being anal. Agent’s gloves are solid and will make perfect “Giant Sized” Cyclops gloves.

The articulation is standard for Marvel Legends. There isn’t anything new, and if anything, it’s slightly refined. There is no toe hinge and no articulated fingers. But these are pluses as the toe articulation is a bit useless at times, and individually articulated fingers don’t always function as needed. If Agent Walker wants to hold a firearm or weapon, the articulated fingers don’t always support that. Hasbro eliminates the articulated fingers and gives us some good slit hands. The articulation breakdown is:

  • rocker ankles
  • hinged ankles
  • shin swivels
  • double knees
  • swivel thighs
  • ball hips
  • swivel waist
  • hinged ab
  • ball shoulders
  • swivel biceps
  • double elbows
  • swivel forearms
  • hinged wrists
  • hinged neck
  • swivel head

Overall, I’m pleased with this figure. There isn’t much paint on the figure, just on facial features and the chest logo and the shield — very, very simple. I think the head size is OK; it’s not too small and I think it is OK compared to Hawkeye and Black Panther, but I need to double check. It might make a good masked head for a number of different characters.

US Agent is a solid figure, great toy and is a placeholder in my collection, but it isn’t the US Agent that I’d like to have on my toy shelf. I want something slightly bigger and beefier. If this base figure represents a character 5’12” to 6’1″, then I want a base figure for 6’2″ to 6’5″. And yeah, that’s me being nerdy.

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