They’ve both played the role of Cap’s successor, and their both going to be starring in an upcoming Disney+, but back in 2014, we were just getting a taste of the cinematic takes on Falcon and Winter Soldier, starting with this comic-based lead-in for the two of them!

The Packaging

As noted in the Cap & Skull review, the packaging by this point was all pretty standard issue.  It’s the slightly updated window box we’d been seeing for a while, but it was orange. The color still seems slightly off for a Captain America-themed assortment, but it’s fine, I guess.  For pictures, head on over to the Database entry.

The Figures

Marvel’s Falcon

“Sam Wilson was once Captain America’s sidekick, but it was the Black Panther who gave him his fantastic flying harness, and the Red Skull who gave him a mental bond with his falcon Redwing, as well as other birds.”

This marked the Minimate debute of Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon.  Oh, sorry “Marvel’s Falcon.”  ….TM….  The Falcon is depicted here in his more modern outfit, specifically the one he wore during Brubaker run on Captain America.  I would have preferred his classic outfit, but after 54 waves with no Falcon at all, I took what I could get (a classic Falcon would follow suit in two years later in Wave 69).

Falcon features 5 sculpted add-ons:  2 2-piece wings, and a hairpiece.  The hair looks to be new to this figure and the wings were originally sculpted for the Vulture  in the Spider-Man Friends and Foes boxed set.  I would have liked for the mask to be separate piece, so I could swap out the face for one without a goatee, but it looks okay.

The paint isn’t perfect, but it’s serviceable.  The work on the face is sharp, but the body doesn’t quite match up, with some fuzzy lines and a little bit of slop.

Falcon includes his sidekick Redwing, a flight stand, and a clear display stand.

At the time of this release, Falcon was pretty long overdue for the line.  While it wasn’t my first choice of costume, it was a good place holder until the one I wanted showed up, and not a bad place holder at that.  Maybe he’s not the most exciting ‘mate, but he’s pretty solid nonetheless.

MMC Score — 7 out of 10

Winter Soldier

“Captain America’s sidekick Bucky was believed lost over the Atlantic during World War II, but his frozen body was found by a Soviet submarine. Brainwashed and given a robotic arm, he became the USSR’s greatest assassin.”

There used to be a joke that nobody stayed dead in comics except for Uncle Ben, Bucky and Jason Todd.  I am still eagerly awaiting the big summer event that brings back Uncle Ben.  Winter Soldier is depicted in his look he sported during the initial Winter Soldier arc.  The key difference between this look and more recent ones is the longer hair and the red star on his robot arm.

Winter Soldier features 4 sculpted add-ons: Hair, shoulder holster, belt, and leg holster.  The hair was originally used on Warpath and the shoulder holster originated on the wave 42 SHIELD Agent.  The belt and leg holster look familiar to me, but I can’t figure out for sure where I’ve seen them before.  The leg holster doesn’t quite keep the gun in place, which can get a bit annoying.

The paint is well done on this figure, with no noticeable slop.  The facial expression looks pretty dead-on for the character, with a dead-set determination.

Winter Soldier includes 2 different handguns, a sniper rifle, and a clear display stand.

Like Falcon, Winter Soldier was long overdue for the line.  He was, however, right the first time, and this is still pretty much the definitive version of the character.

MMC Score — 9 out of 10

Agree? Disagree? Why not vote for yourself below, or comment further over at the Minimate Multiverse MMC Review Forum.

Review and pictures by Glantern.

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