Back in the day, Bucky Barnes was right where every American boy wanted to be – fighting at the side of America’s own champion, Captain America. He grew up on a military base, and was raised by his dad’s fellow soldiers after being orphaned at the beginning of World War II. By the time he was a teenager, he was already an ideal soldier. After teaming up with Captain America, he battled America’s enemies around the globe, alongside the most powerful heroes of the day, including the King of Atlantis, and the original Human Torch. Wearing a grin, and constantly cracking wise, Bucky and his pals took on fascists, Communists and terrorists until the very end of World War II when a bomb set by the evil Baron Zemo apparently took his life.
Bucky is tall and skinny, even for a gangly teenager. I always envisioned Bucky as resembling more of a kid than a grown man, so the figure doesn’t quite fit my personal vision of Bucky being a little shorter than heroes like Cap and Namor. The face is a little off too, not having the youthful appearance how he was drawn in the early comics. The star on his chest is not comic accurate too. It looks fine to me because it goes with the star on Captain America, but it may bother some.
The blue of the shirt is good, but the red is bright and unnatural. At least Hasbro had the foresight to make the red of Bucky match the red used on FA Captain America of the same series. Stylistically, Bucky goes well with FA Cap, and with other Hasbro figures. But the style differences between Hasbro and Toybiz really stand out on this figure, even with the reused body mold. Next to Face-Off Cap, the skin tones on Bucky are awful, and the body plastic has unnatural colors. Bucky does not go well into an established display of Toybiz figures.
The joints are fairly obvious on this figure, especially on the bright red. Because of the reds and blues, the outline of the figure is very obvious. Thus if the pose is unnatural at all, it’s very noticeable, and is exacerbated because he is stretched out. The figure also looks as if it has no neck, and sits awkwardly on the collar. There is a big improvement to this figure with a Tommy Gun. The one Bucky is holding in the pictures is from DCSH Two-Face. Overall, the figure just doesn’t look good by itself. At the very least, he needs FA Cap to display with, because he doesn’t go stylistically with Toybiz figures, and he isn’t on a team with any Hasbro figures except for Cap and Namor. This figure should have been executed a lot better.
Bucky has standard Toybiz articulation because the body is a re-used Patriot. He gets his full range of motion, and has a decent center of balance. There’s nothing really special about the articulation on Bucky.
Bucky’s main problem is style, as talked about earlier. He has to have other Hasbro figures to be posed with, because he doesn’t look good by himself. He also doesn’t do well in action poses, because of the campy style and plastic childish look. The tommy gun does a world of good with this figure, but it can be hard for him to hold it sometimes because of the shape of his hands. Marvel Legends Series 1 Captain America goes with Bucky well, but Bucky sorely needs some Invaders to be posed with.
Final Judgment: 5
Bucky gets a low 5 because this figure is only worth getting if you’re a Cap fan, or trying to complete an Invaders display. He looks awkward, doesn’t go with Toybiz figures, and doesn’t pose well without a gun. He does go well in an Invaders display, which I tried to show with some pictures. But a figure should be capable of going on display by itself, which Bucky doesn’t do very well. Overall, this figure should have been much better executed.
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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