Since all of his old supporting cast were stuck back in the ’40s, for The Winter Soldier, Cap needed a new back-up team.  Fortunately, he got them, in the form of his Avenging pal Black Widow and his new best friend the Falcon, who pair off for today’s set!

The Packaging

This assortment takes the standard Marvel-style packaging and gives it the very on-brand appearance for all of the film’s tie-in merch.  The design’s not super exciting or anything, and the realistic cap Cap illustration is strange, but it’s a little more eye-catching than the TFA stuff was.  There are bios are back as well, which means they don’t look quite as devoid of info.  For pictures, head on over to the Database entry.

The Figures

Black Widow

“After the Battle of New York, Natasha Romanoff returns to work as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., reacting to threats around the world, often alongside Captain America.”

Black Widow is presented here in her SHIELD jumpsuit look that she sports early in the film and in the final act. I was actually a bit surprised by how little she has this look, but it’s definitely the one to go for if you’re doing an action figure.

She features six sculpted add-ons: hair, belt, two holsters, and two widow’s stingers. The holsters where originally used on the Avengers movie version of Widow, but I believe everything else is new to this figure. I was again surprised to see a new sculpt for the stingers, but I guess they thought they could use an update. The new pieces all look pretty great, with nice detail work and a decent amount of accuracy to the movie.

The paint on Widow is pretty great. The detail lines are all really sharp, and the base paint is better here than it was on Cap. I did notice some slight bleed over from the whites of her eyes, but it’s actually not too bad, and it’s hardly noticeable. I also love the fact that they’ve given her a more “battle-ready” facial expression, as opposed to the more vacant expression a lot of female figures get. It really adds some character.

Widow includes two hand guns and a clear display stand.

Widow was four ‘mates in for the MCU at this point, but this one really upped the ante, and remains possibly the best version of the character available.

MMC Score — 10 out of 10


“Captain America’s newest friend, Army veteran Sam Wilson was given a set of wings that made him smaller and more maneuverable than a fighter jet.”

Getting a second ‘mate quite quickly after waiting so long for his first, this Falcon is based on the character’s look during the final act of the film. It’s the character’s true “Falcon” look, and while it’s been replaced by better incarnations as the films have progressed, it was cool at the time.

He features eight sculpted add-ons: goggles, gloves, a jetpack/harness, two shoulder pad/upper wing pieces, and two lower wing pieces. With the exception of the gloves, which were previously seen on the Age of Ultron Nick Fury, all the pieces were brand new to Falcon. They all look pretty great, and are very accurate to the source material. I’ve seen a few complaints that the harness is too bulky, but the harness from the movie looks pretty bulky to me, so that seems about right.

The paint work on Falcon is overall great, with one exception. While he head has a great likeness to actor Anthony Mackie, my figure has a clump of dried paint right on his forehead. Once the goggles are in place, it’s mostly unnoticeable, but it’s still kind of annoying. The rest of the paint work is really great, especially the camo work on his pants.

Falcon includes two handguns (different from Widow’s), a flight stand, and a clear display stand.

Falcon’s MCU debut was a great one, and his corresponding ‘mate is a pretty solid one in its own right.  I believe later releases improved on some of how this figure was handled, but this one still has some value to it, and was certainly a great offering for the time.

MMC Score — 8 out of 10

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Review and pictures by Glantern.

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