Batroc can kick it with great figure
It wasn’t an extended sequence, but Batroc had a fairly significant role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Russo Bros. gave one of Captain America’s longtime foes a pretty memorable sequence. Hasbro has mastered the art of timing release of Marvel Legends figures based on their comic book looks around movie appearances. I grabbed Batroc a while ago and finally figured now was as good a time as any to review him. Let’s see how Hasbro did.
Packaging: Standard Marvel Legends packaging. Batroc has the box to himself so his art is on both sides. The bio doesn’t have nearly enough info and I wish Hasbro put more effort into them.
Likeness: Hasbro has been on point with the character likenesses and Batroc is one of their best. The head sculpt just exudes cockiness and his distinct mustache is perfect. Batroc looks all kinds of smarmy and his figure captures that perfectly.
Scale: This is the one category that robs Batroc of a perfect score. In the comics, Batroc is typically portrayed as a fairly solid, beefy guy. At the very least the same build as Captain America. The figure utilizes the Bucky buck. That’s ideal for guys like Daredevil or Black Panther, but not the wider brawlers.
In that regard, Batroc is scrawnier than I’d like since he looks pretty chump next to the updated Captain America figure. Batroc isn’t the kind of character we could expect to see multiple versions of so it’s a bummer Hasbro scaled him too tiny.
Paint: The paintjob is great. Batroc’s gold/purple color scheme isn’t one we see a lot so he stands out. The gold especially looks great. Hasbro accented that further with a pearlescent paint job that makes it pop.
Batroc’s trunks, gloves and boots aren’t sculpted so the line work has to carry the load. The panel lines along the torso, gloves and boots are smooth capping off an impressive paint job.
Articulation: Few Marvel Legends characters primarily fight with their feet so it wasn’t something I particularly bothered with in posing figures. It was a very pleasant surprise to see he could actually be posed on one leg to reasonably showcase his fighting skills.
If that wasn’t enough, Batroc’s hands can be maneuvered around enough so he can grab his handlebar mustache. These are basic ML articulation options, but it’s cool to make use of them for characters that benefit from them.
- ball jointed shoulders
- elbows (hinge and swivel)
- wrist (hinge and swivel)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Batroc lacks obvious accessories and Hasbro didn’t come up with any extras. Beyond a stand to further aid his leaping poses nothing else really sticks out. He does come with the torso for the Build-a-Figure Thanos.
Worth it? Thanks to his movie trilogy, Captain America isn’t lacking for villain options lately from Hasbro. Batroc is one of the best. If Hasbro used the stockier body, he would have the best of the bunch. He currently runs about $15, which is a great price for a very good figure.
Where to get it? You can occasionally still find the earlier recent Hasbro waves at K-Mart. To avoid any needless running around you can grab Batroc from Amazon.com.