The thing that has really struck me about the Marvel movie lines is the lack of baddies for the heroes to face off against. All three of the individual Avengers movie lines have been over ripe with the heroes. The endless Iron Man repaints versus just a few bad guys. Thor had versions with and without sleeves and helmets and such. It’s just recently that the main action bad guy has made it to shelves. So why should I be surprised Captain America followed suit?
The single carded non-deluxe Hydra Soldiers have been some of the toughest figures to find from the line. Rare means they are really good figures right?
I’m sorry. As of this writing I haven’t watched Captain America yet. The DVD is here, but there’s a bunch of stuff on the DVR. I’ll add some notes after I see it.
Let’s face it. He’s a generic soldier. Maybe it’s all the great GI Joe figures I’ve reviewing lately, but this guy looks like a knockoff to me.
The head is probably one of the main contributors to this issue. It looks like there’s mold marks are something interfering with the detail. The face reminds me a bit of one of the old Adventure People space characters. Despite that, the eyes are well painted, as well as the tiny Hydra logos on the sides of his helmet.
The second main contributor to knock off look is the web gear. It just looks really big and bulky. The fact that the red stripes continue from his jacket bottom to the belt doesn’t help. They are easily moved off location. The back pack is integrated into the gear. The power line for his weapon is also integrated into the webbing. The arm straps help it and don’t look grossly oversize. My complaint is that it stops at his wrist and any movement makes it shorter. So essentially, you are left with a power cord that can’t reach it’s intended weapon.
The arms are black except for a green patch covered up on the right one. The left arm gets Hydra logo at the shoulder. They are okay arms, probably one of the part part of the figure.
The chest is mostly covered by the web gear. Except for the spot where the big silver smear is on mine. This is the only one they had at the time, so beggars couldn’t be choosers. It does give the figure a cheap get it out as fast as possible look. though.
Well. He is a generic solider for Cap to beat up on. And I’m sure there are folks who are army building this guy. He’s not bad for that purpose. Just not great.
This Hydra does come with a couple of guns. the first is an oversize affair. I’m assuming this is what the power cable on his arm is intended for. It has a couple of spots of paint on it to represent the power “glow” blue light. It looks okay for the most part. The handle is hidden in the ring with the paint. The front handle is offset a bit, but I still couldn’t find a good pose for him to hold it.
He also comes with the same projectile firing weapon Red Skull did. It’s not really any worse than his primary weapon is concerned in my opinion.
Like I said above, maybe I’ve been spoiled by GI Joe. While this soldier be okay for backgrounds and army building, he doesn’t really merit a prime spot as a foe for Cap.
Engineernerd Score: 78/100