Marvel Legends Wave 3 Hydra Soldier

Marvel Legends Wave 3 Hydra Soldier


Tom - November 16, 2007

Package Description
Emulating the mythological serpent of the same name, every severed Hydra head produces two more to take its place! Quite possibly, the most dangerous army of organized criminals ever assembled, this merciless troop of villains will stop at nothing to achieve global domination. With secret ties to government and industry, they have amassed an unthinkable arsenal of weapons in order to crush S.H.I.E.L.D. and bring the world to its knees.

Appearance
This figure looks like a generic Hydra soldier, which is to be expected. There are a few nice little details in the sculpt that are nice. There are buckles and straps on the boots, pouches and bullets on the belt, an “H” on the back of his head, an even a Hydra emblem on the rifle. However, the lack of details in the large fields of dark green is what makes the figure look dull in color and texture. The bright yellow adds color, but the paint edges are not always distinct. This adds to the plastic feel of the figure.

The Hydra soldier is a little large compared to other Marvel Legends figures. Everything is proportional, but he is taller, wider, and his head is bigger. It is noticeable enough that it looks slightly odd when two Hydra soldiers are standing at the side of figures like Baron Von Strucker. With most of the heroes being at least 6’, it is odd for henchmen to be bigger and taller.

For the most part the joints are well hidden. The folds of the clothes hide the arm joints. However, the knees are very obvious and ugly. There is a separation between the pieces, and the horizontal line is obvious against the plain green. The hands are molded to hold guns though, and so look awkward doing anything else. The head sculpt is well done though, having an effective grimace good for fighting or being part of an army. Overall, I’m happy with the look of the figure. He could benefit from some paint, but they’ll blend into a fight scene well. With a great paint job, he’d probably look as good as most Toybiz figures.

Articulation
The Hydra Soldiers have pin jointed ankles, cut wrists, ball jointed knees, and ball jointed elbows. As would be expected, the tunic limits the range of motion of the legs. The knees and elbows are the most disappointing, with a terrible range of motion. They don’t even bend as far as Hasbro’s usual ball joints. Overall, Hydra has a severe lack of range of motion. The only area he isn’t lacking is he can bend all the way forward in the torso.

Poseability
The Hydra Soldier looks lacking next to a lot of Toybiz figures. It’s alright with multiple Hydras, because the attention should be drawn to whoever is fighting them. But with only one Hydra this figure doesn’t look very good. The other factor limiting poseability is the movement of the knees and elbows. It is difficult to get a good pose of them holding their guns, which is essential for a good army builder. Overall, don’t expect a dynamic villain.

Final Judgment: 5
There’s nothing about this figure that really inspires confidence. He’s got a fairly plastic look, a limited range of motion, and is hard to pose. There’s just not anything really special about this figure, and unless you’re a big Hydra fan, I would recommend waiting for other army builders for making an army. As a stand a lone figure, Hydra Agent is nothing special.

SCALE

10. My favorite possession.

9. My favorite action figure.

8. One of my favorite action figures.

7. An exceptional action figure.

6. A good, but not exceptional action figure.

5. An adequate action figure.

4. Not worth the money I spent.

3. I'll give it to somebody's kid.

2. I'll give it to somebody's dog.

1. It's going to lose a fight with my car.

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Brebro - 2007-11-19 @ 8:50 pm

Good points about these having useless articulation and flat, cartoonish paint and hydrocephalic heads and hamhands. However, the main cheapskate limitation of this figure that bugs me most is that they didn't even make the holsters real so the Hydra could, oh I don't know, PUT THEIR damn GUNS in there!!!!! What a croc!

I still bought six of them.

kreyonkid - 2007-11-19 @ 5:38 pm
Is it possible that this figure has less/worse articulation because it was part of the group of army-builder characters that were going to be released from toy biz with less articulation? Do we have pics of that original Hydra Soldier?

Oooohh... I don't like that the colors don't match between the hydra soldier and Baron Strucker. Not cute.

And i don`t like the height either: the soldiers have a bigger head and they`re taller than Strucker.

Well, yeah. Strucker's the mastermind, and these guys are just goons. Of course they're bigger than him. It's the only reason he keeps them around.

I agree, they're supposed to be the hired muscle. It wouldn't work if they were short like the current FF Marvel Legends, hehe! Goons should look imposing, but these guys can't even move so that's what i'm more irritated about.

SheriffofCoffeeTown - 2007-11-19 @ 7:47 am
Is it possible that this figure has less/worse articulation because it was part of the group of army-builder characters that were going to be released from toy biz with less articulation? Do we have pics of that original Hydra Soldier?

Oooohh... I don't like that the colors don't match between the hydra soldier and Baron Strucker. Not cute.

And i don`t like the height either: the soldiers have a bigger head and they`re taller than Strucker.

Well, yeah. Strucker's the mastermind, and these guys are just goons. Of course they're bigger than him. It's the only reason he keeps them around.

shadowboy_2099 - 2007-11-19 @ 7:39 am
Is it possible that this figure has less/worse articulation because it was part of the group of army-builder characters that were going to be released from toy biz with less articulation? Do we have pics of that original Hydra Soldier?

Oooohh... I don't like that the colors don't match between the hydra soldier and Baron Strucker. Not cute.

And i don`t like the height either: the soldiers have a bigger head and they`re taller than Strucker.

DSmith - 2007-11-19 @ 1:05 am

Is it possible that this figure has less/worse articulation because it was part of the group of army-builder characters that were going to be released from toy biz with less articulation? Do we have pics of that original Hydra Soldier?

Oooohh... I don't like that the colors don't match between the hydra soldier and Baron Strucker. Not cute.

Dark_Phoenix - 2007-11-18 @ 6:47 pm

This figure has the worst articulation EVER. Why was he even given the knee and elbow artic? It does nothing to help pose the figure, you have to use the sholder and hip for the figure do do anything. I realy cant believe people still defend Hasbro after a figure like this!

Every figure with Hasbro artic has terrible possibility. You cant do anything with them

BigBearJahlon - 2007-11-18 @ 3:37 am

Thanks a lot Tom for the review. Loved the pic sof Hydra versus Iron Fist. Now going into my anticipation for HML -3 (for at 4 of the figures at least), I knew not to expect whooping amounts of articulation as this was never designed to be sold individually. This was supposed to be a tie-in/ or packaged in figure for Toy Biz's ML-13, before it became the Bad Guys "Onslaught Series".

While most complain about the elbow joints for posing, Hasbro kills me on the knees joints (the look is TERRIBLE) and the hip joints (now I don't own the Hydra Soldier yet, but if he has what I call the "Taskmaster Hip" instead of the Spider-Man style, then you have to keep moving the ball joint around for natural movement which is a problem with most Hasbro Legends). I wil still own at least 4 of these figures once I find them because a good army of villians of always useful, and Hasbro knows that.

So while I can't blame all of the figures problems on Hasbro, they need to learn from their misakes and do better on the next Army Builder set (hopefully the Hand).

Hyperion - 2007-11-17 @ 10:37 pm

Rob hit the nail on the head. This figure blows chunks due to the lack of those elbows. To give you and idea, you can't give him his rifle and lay it across both arms pointing at someone. This is ludicrious! You have to make slits in the sleeve area to allow him the degree of movement to make it happen. Also, his fingers are like the size of friggin Cucumbers! I have over 85 guns in my Punisher arsenal and thought "hey lemme check out some other sweet guns on these guys since they are so high tech". Wrong answer, since his stubby fingers cant reach thru any gun trigger guards. You will need to slice away at his fingers in order to hold other weapons. Man is this figure frustrating.

operarob - 2007-11-17 @ 3:17 pm

The Hydra figure is meh.

Don't get me wrong, my collection is better with it than without it, But it's not a great figure by any means. And for me it comes down to the same thing thats killin GI Joe for me right now...

The total disregard for this key joint has ruined the Hydra soldier, and completely killed the 25th ann. Joes for me. AND to make matters worse, because of the sculpts you can't even reach a 90* angle with the arms. Hydra is more like a 60* bend.

These figures that carry guns require a double elbow for proper display and mobility. If Hydra were to have had this I could look past the lack of paint wash, toe Articulation, and a lateral ankle.

Please Hasbro, just do what is right for the figures integrity above all else. There's just no point in making a half-assed toy.

drzenith - 2007-11-17 @ 3:45 am

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