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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Action Figure Review: Nick Fury from Marvel Legends: Captain America by Hasbro
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Pistol, 3 interchangeable portraits, and the left arm of the Giant-Man build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Hasbro really does have the best articulation scheme for a mass market toyline. The amount of poses you can get on one of their Marvel Legends figures is really astounding. After a lot of consideration and comparing, I definitely think they currently have the edge over Mattel's WWE Elite series. Nick Fury can be put into nearly any pose you'd expect of a super spy!
* I love this Nick Fury sculpt. It's darn near perfect. The only thing better would have been if he had a cigar hanging out of his mouth. You know the big H ain't going to let that happen these days, though. This is just excellent work. Even his stubble looks rugged and manly.
OAFE's review of this figure when they published it. Dirk's apparently a Nick Fury parody. Whatever. I just like his maniacal grin and his translucent green eye screen. The Marvel Legends team is really pulling out all of the stops right now and releasing some creative stuff. Maybe they can have a talk with the Star Wars: The Black Series team, eh?
* Last, but not least, the figure comes with the head of a nameless, faceless S.H.I.E.L.D. operative. This is a pretty cool sculpt and essentially makes this figure an army builder. I like the drybrushing on the metal parts of the helmet as it helps the armor to look like it's seen some action.
1980s action star. These are all separate pieces and they're well sculpted with some nice paintwork. They have a dark wash that helps the white to look a bit more subdued and realistic. Fun fact: I count 13 pouches, 5 buckles, and 2 holsters.
* On both of his shoulders Nick Fury wears the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo proudly. I can appreciate someone who isn't ashamed of their job and Fury lets the world proudly know that he's a high-tech super spy. Well, maybe that isn't such a good thing. The print on the logo is really slick, though.
* Fury comes armed with his Electric Needle Gun. It's a nice looking sculpt and it fits perfectly in his right hand for bad guy blasting action (bad guys not included).
* When Fury's too busy using other methods to stop the bad guys he can safely tuck his pistol away in the holster on his hip. How convenient!
* Nick Fury comes with the left arm for Giant-Man. While I'm not planning on building this figure, I'm still glad to have the piece because I can hopefully trade it or sell it. Of course, I'm now 1/3 of the way to completing Giant-Man, so maybe I'll change my mind at some point. It looks like a really cool figure and I love Ant-Man.
* So I praised Fury's articulation above. I still stand by the range of articulation, but I do have to point out that Nick Fury has some very loose joints. His mid-torso hinge is really loose (you can almost see through it) and his neck hinge actually flops around a bit. Shake him around a bit and he'll look like he's moping like a Peanuts character.
* I really do not like this body for someone wearing a tactical uniform. It just looks so chiseled and well defined that it seems more like they're wearing body paint rather than tight clothing. Again, we're not talking normal superhero musculature here; we're talking insanely toned definition. What kind of material could that possibly show through?
* I've decided to take a hard stance; from now on I find it completely unacceptable for a 6-inch figure to feature a weapon permanently sculpted into a holster. Take this handgun in Fury's shoulder harness: How would this not have been improved if it were an actual removable accessory? That would have been flipping fantastic and you know it.
I haven't reviewed any other Nick Fury figures on Action Figure Barbecue but I have reviewed plenty of other Marvel Legends figures, including:
Marvel Legends Series (2016)
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)