Thursday, December 8, 2022

Action Figure Review: U.S. Agent from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro


   When it comes to Marvel Legends collecting my two main interests are X-Men related characters and comic versions of characters who have appeared in the MCU, so the last few months have added plenty of characters I really wanted to my collection. When John Walker appeared in last year's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier I started checking prices on the last version of U.S. Agent (from 2012) and decided I was going to wait, assuming Hasbro would get around to the Captain again. They did! The last few months have been a crazy time for Marvel Legends figures and while I've reviewed quite a few of them, including a few as part of 31 Days of Toy Terror 2022, but today starts a marvelous Marvel Legends mini marathon. Heck, it might just be a full on marathon. I picked up U.S. Agent back in late September, shortly before I reviewed his fellow series-mates Madame Hydra and Quake, but it's taken me this long to get around to him. Let's take a look at John Walker, U.S. Agent, after the break...

The Facts:

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: Shield, four hands, and the right arm and an extra right hand for the Build-a-Figure of The Controller. 

Non-Scalper Price: $23-$25 dollars

The Positives:

* I remember seeing the old Toy Biz U.S. Agent as a kid and thinking his black, red, and white Captain America styled outfit was quite striking. It still is. The red and white really stand out against all of that black, creating a look that seems far more menacing and authoritarian than Cap's red, white, and blue. John Walker uses a body that's been around for a bit (the Walgreens excusive Punisher used it, as have many other versions of Cap) but it works well here. He's got the oversized gloves and boot cuffs, like a pirate, and the belt is a separate piece. Not removable, but separate.

* The portrait shows U.S. Agent in a standard Captain America styled hood but with no "A" on his forehead and a really sour, grumpy expression on his face. 

* While Walker uses an older body, it still works just fine. The articulation is excellent, the plastic quality feels nice and sturdy, and you can have lots of fun posing him in multiple ways. Most Marvel Legends figures are of a very high quality, so you probably know what to expect here. 

* Four different hands are included: A right handed closed grip, an open palmed left hand, and a pair of fists. I really wish John came with some standard grips so he could hold the shield different ways, but what's here swaps out easily enough and gives you a few decent options. The closed grip right hand works well for holding the peg on the shield for something of a shield throwing pose. 

* U.S. Agent's shield is a standard shield that we've seen in the Marvel Legends Series plenty of times. He does have some blue here, kind of a bluish-gray, along with red, white, and black. It's a clean paintjob and a sturdy accessory. 

* There's a peg on the back of the shield and a hole on U.S. Agent's back (it's in the middle of a white star painted on his back), so you can have him store the shield when it's not in use. 

* This series has a build-a-figure of the Controller and Walker comes with the right arm as well as an extra hand. I'm not really planning to build the Controller so if you're interested in the pieces let me know. 

The Negatives:

* I really wish these shields had actual straps of some sort rather than a clip. Using that small wrist clip just seems like a recipe for a broken accessory in the near future. 
   U.S. Agent turned out to be a pretty nice looking figure but he kind of feels very bare bones. No hands for actually holding the shield? The previous releases of the character usually came with a firearm of sorts, too. Where's something for this guy? He's not a bad figure, but he could have been so much better. He gets a solid Good rating from me. I am glad that Hasbro put John Walker/ U.S. Agent back on shelves, though. Shop around right now and you might even find a deal on him. With U.S. Agent slated to appear in Thunderbolts in 2024, we're likely to see more figures of the character if you're down for waiting. 

This is the first figure of John Walker/ U.S. Agent that I've reviewed. For more Marvel Legends Series reviews check out the following:

Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Black Panther 

Marvel Legends Series: Black Widow by Hasbro (2020)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Black Panther
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Nick Fury 

Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
Lady Deadpool 
X-23 (X-Force)
Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange

Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) 
Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Baron Zemo

Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
Mr. Fantastic
Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Groot Evolution

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Gauntlet by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: The Infninity Saga by Hasbro
Captain Marvel & Rescue Armor

Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro (2017)
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Vault Guardsman

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Silk by Hasbro
Silk and Doc Ock

Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Series: Spider-Man by Hasbro
King in Black: Knull and Venom

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)

Marvel Legends Series: Thor by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Typhoid Mary

Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)
Kitty Pryde


  1. If there was a compatible, less grumpy head, we can re-purpose this as when Steve Rogers was the Captain.

    1. That would have been a nice addition to the figure. Then Hasbro could have sold some folks two! You gotta think, Hasbro!


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