Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure review

Captain America: Civil War seems poised to be one of the all-time biggest Marvel Studios films what with Captain America and his team of Avengers battling Iron Man and his squad. Hasbro is making sure not to get left out of the fun with a thinly veiled Civil War theme line of Captain America Marvel Legends filled with a mix of comic and movie versions of the characters along with some related characters.

As the longest term relationship in his storied history, Sharon Carter has a significant place in Cap’s legacy. Agent 13 saw her stock rise significantly during the Ed Brubaker run on the title where she played a prominent role in the epilogue of Civil War in the now infamous The Death of Captain America Omnibus storyline. With a starring role in the upcoming film, Hasbro decided now was the perfect time to give her a new figure. Let’s see if it’s on target.

Packaging: With the focus on Captain America, the pretty standard ML packaging gets some minor adjustments with some smaller fonts. The blue accents get lost against some of the black backdrop. As usual, the sides feature a drawing — Sharon shares hers with Mockingbird under the Agents of Shield subset.

The back package really shortchanges both characters though as it features a generic write-up that works for both without any kind of specifics to the very different characters beyond their allegiance to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Likeness: Hasbro never did really get around to releasing the X-Men Legacy Rogue figure so for those who didn’t drop $150 for the Rogue prototype, this re-purposed head sculpt is all new. Honestly it fits Sharon more than Rogue anyway as the expression is a bit more steely and appropriate for a secret agent than the more easygoing Rogue.

Random preference, I picture Sharon more with her hair out, not in a ponytail. There’s enough reference material that it’s not inaccurate, but it wouldn’t have been my choice. I do appreciate Hasbro using a drawing of Sharon with the ponytail to stay consistent.

Scale: Sharon has never been portrayed as an Amazon among the heroes and looks exactly in line with what I’d consider an average height for a non-powered woman frequently around a bunch of superheroes.

Sharon shares a lot of parts from the Captain America Marvel Legends Black Widow Figure 6 Inches figure, which works against her in terms of reliable standing thanks to those narrow high heel boots.

Since it’s not a typical high heel, the slender back wedge portion doesn’t offer nearly as much stability as I’d like so you’re more than likely going to need to brace her against a sturdier figure in your display.

Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure review - Sharon Carter and Captain AmericaPaint: I really like the white and black color scheme. While it’s awful for covert missions, it definitely helps Sharon stand out on a shelf. There’s not a lot of complicated paint apps since most of the figure is molded mostly in white. There’s a few stray silver marks from the zipper on mine.

I did see one with a bit more paint problems on the chest/torso area, which is definitely pronounced with the white outfit. I’m much more forgiving since Sharon’s eyes didn’t have any issues. The stamp marking is especially annoying since the black lettering really stands out against the white.

Articulation:  It’s only been two years, but the Black Widow body has already been vastly improved upon so the articulation of Sharon is a bit of a step back from figures like Scarlet Witch and the Wasp.

Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure review - heel closeupI already mentioned the boot heels, but it bears repeating — getting the look right isn’t worth it if the figure can’t stand up on the tiny heels.

I kept trying to push the elbows up, but the limited range kills a few of those up-tight gun poses that would take the figure to another level. The figure has:

  • neck
  • shoulders (hinge)
  • bicep
  • elbows (hinge and swivel)
  • wrist (hinge and swivel)
  • torso
  • thighs
  • hips
  • knees (double-jointed)
  • ankle

Accessories: Sharon doesn’t come with a lot by way of accessories. I would have loved if Hasbro took another page from the Black Widow figure’s page and included a separate headsculpt with the hair down to provide some display options. Instead she gets one stray handgun.

It’s certainly not a Rob Liefeld-style big gun/cannon. It doesn’t have any paint wash to help bring out the details, but it’s detailed enough that I liked it more than I thought I would.

Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure review - BAF Onslaught legMarvel Legends Sharon Carter figure review - holster close upIn another negative carry over from the Black Widow figure, Sharon’s holster has two smaller handguns, which are not removable just to tease you.

And as part of the Build A Figure Red Skull from the Uncanny Avengers Omnibus story line, Sharon comes with the Red Skull Onslaught right leg. I haven’t read the full story yet, but I’m much more interested in the figure thanks to the upcoming X-Men wave having the original Onslaught head when it’s released later this year.

Worth it? Sharon not only provides another important ally for Captain America, a Secret Avenger [that book’s original format was switched way too quickly], but gives us another member to add to the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure review - Black Widow, Beast, Captain America, Moon Knight, Ant Man Secret AvengersEverybody’s favorite secret agent group is definitely going to have a decent sized roster with Sharon and the upcoming Nick Fury figure. The more the merrier.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Sharon is a worthy addition to the Marvel Legends line, but the dated articulation and meager accessories don’t make her essential if you didn’t already want her or the BAF.

Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure review - aiming shotWhere to get it? Considering Civil War’s high profile no retailer is going to get left in the cold. I’ve seen the wave at both Toys R Us and Wal-Mart and I assume Target will get them in a matter of time. If you want to avoid the hassle, grab them from online retailers including Amazon.com:


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