I loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier! So much so that it was on the top of my list of favorite Marvel Studios films until Guardians of the Galaxy usurped it. 2014 has been an amazing year for these comic book movies. One of my favorite parts of the film was the addition of The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. The character of Sam Wilson was a little bit of a change from that of the comics, but who can argue when Marvel Studios does things so well.
Here is Sam Wilson’s comic book bio (via Marvel Wiki):
Sam grew up in a tough Harlem neighborhood. His father, a minister, had been killed trying to stop a fight. Sam did his best to try and do the right thing, but when his mother was killed by a mugger two years later, Sam’s grief and anger consumed him. His grief and anger consumed his personality, eventually led him down a criminal path. The once-respected community volunteer took on the name of “Snap” Wilson, becoming a racketeer while working for the mob. After an assignment in Rio de Janeiro, Sam’s plane crashed in a remote Caribbean island where the Red Skull and his henchmen, the Exiles, were hiding out. The Red Skull sought to use Wilson as a pawn against Captain America, who was currently on the island searching for the villain. The Skull reasoned that Wilson’s idealism would appeal to the Captain enough to become his crimefighting partner. Then, at some later date, the Skull could use Wilson against his enemy. He used a Cosmic Cube to revert “Snap” into Sam and give Sam the ability to telepathically communicate with birds, especially a bird that Wilson had bought named Redwing. Sam helped Captain America defeat the Skull and did indeed become his partner as the Falcon.
When it came time to put out action figures based on the movie the only way to get your hands on a figure of good ‘ol Sam in the range of the 1/12 to 1/10th scale was via Diamond Select Toys, and thank the Gods because I love what they do with their Marvel Select line! You can always count on DST to deliver some of the best sculpts and paint jobs in the industry. The other great thing about the company is that their action figures are always at a decent price point for what you get. DST’s figures tend to be a little larger than your standard 6 inch ones, so there are times when you are getting a collectible that is WELL worth your money. First let’s check out the packaging:
Marvel Select figures are presented in a standardized clamshell, that all of their figures come in. If you are someone who keeps their figures in box then the box works really well for display and organization. With each character being represented on the side of the packaging with beautiful artwork, it is easy to see who is who. On the other hand of things, once you open Falcon, he’s out for good! There are also twist-ties that hold the figure and its accessories into place, so getting it out can take a little bit. I’m not one for keeping my Marvel Selects in their packages so these just go right in the garbage afterwards, since there is no hope of returning the figure to its box.
Falcon is in the 7 inch scale and fits in great with most figures around that size. The figure is sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, a personal favorite of mine and one of the best in the industry, so you can understand why I love this guy so much. Sam is intricately sculpted to appear in his military duds and GG does a great job at recreating his look from the film. I love how the wrinkles of his clothes are done, making the figure look that much more real. Falcon’s backpack/wings match up nicely with the rest of the figure, even though the backpack is done in a harder plastic. Though unremovable, the wings themselves are, which allows you to choose to display the figure with or without the wings. The straps from the backpart are also part of the body sculpt and they look great. The figure has kind of a half soft plastic belt that adds an extra dimension to the entire figure. Nice job there!
His face sculpt looks very similar to actor Anthony Mackie, but also gives me a little bit of a Blade vibe. Nothing wrong with that. His goggles are a bright red and this is a great contrast to the rest of the colors on the figure. The wings, which I will talk more about later, also have a some red in them which probably represent “Redwing” from the comics, Falcon’s faithful bird. This little splash of red was perfect when it came to choosing a background color to shoot the figure against. The paint on this figure is near flawless and all of the lines are very, VERY clean.
Articulation-wise, Falcon comes with 16 points of movement. Here’s what you get:
- ball-joined head
- ball-hinged shoulders
- swivel and hinged elbows, ball-hinged wrists (side-side swivel)
- swivel torso, ball-hinged hips
- front-back hinged higher and lower knees, and ball-hinged ankles
There are a few more points of movement I would have liked to seen added to this figure, but at the same time in order for Falcon to support his massive wings, I figure some points had to be eliminated. I love the fact that you can display him with ease and the figure does not topple over when in “wing-mode”.
When it comes to accessories, the only items I would have liked to see added would be a pair of pistols. I am sure I can find these somewhere in my collection when it comes to replicating some of the scenes from the movie. I guess you can call Falcon’s wings an accessory, he is also packed with the standard display base, that most Marvel Selects come with. This one is from either the Helicarrier or some S.H.I.E.L.D. base.
Just like the movie it is based off of, the Marvel Select Falcon action figure is one of my favorites from the series. You can always count on Diamond Select Toys to produce high-quality action figures based on our favorite Geekly properties!
I give the Marvel Select Falcon action figure a 9 outta 10 stars
This month I will be taking a look at a couple more of the older Marvel Select figures, Black Widow and Ghost Rider, in honor of our Amazing Spider-Man contest that just ended. We teamed up with DST to giveaway some awesome AMS2 Minimates and the DVD of the film. We will be announcing the winners soon so keep it tooned to DFAT for that!
Also look for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to hit 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD this coming Tuesday, September 9th!
Until later, make mine Marvel Select!