One of the cool surprises at Toy Fair was the reveal that HasbroPulse was going to carry Marvel Legends Hydra Soldiers. It’s probably impossible to have too many goons for Captain America and the Avengers to beat up on and the Hydra figure was great for army building. It’d just become prohibitively expensive to stack up a worthwhile army. Until now.
Hasbro Pulse not only made army building an easy one stop shop affair, but it’s cheaper than ever before. I was shocked to get that familiar email from Hasbro Pulse saying a package was on the way and my Hydra army got some much needed reinforcements.
Packaging: I kinda dig the packaging as it’s sleek and features a countless array of Hydra soldiers. That’s really all I need for my Marvel Legends packaging for this kind of setup, but it does look cool.
The figure itself comes in a plastic baggy like old school mail-in figures.
Likeness: I just started reviewing Marvel Legends right after these guys came out so I never actually reviewed them despite them being regular punching bags for my various heroes.
The Hydra Soldier uses the Bucky Cap mold with different boots and gloves. It features some web gear with a big H on the left side. Easily the most distinguishable aspect of the figure is the head sculpt with the red lenses and stern henchman expression.
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It’s basic and perfect for a nondescript army. I do wish the design retained the old skirt and the classic H in the attire, but the web gear comes close to capturing that subtle visual touch.
Paint: The paint is very clean on the figure as most of the detail is centered on the lenses and silver accept. The H came off without a problem.
There’s some slight differences from the early Hydra soldier. The green and yellow both seem slightly darker, the nose is unpainted like the comic book outfits and there is a Hydra logo on both soldiers.
Scale: Hydra Soldiers are regular guys and are eye to eye with standard size heroes like Hawkeye and Black Panther, but will have to look up at Cap, Iron Man and Thor.
Articulation: Hydra Soldier has the standard Marvel Legends articulation and this buck holds poses very well, essential for a guy who should be on the receiving end of a flurry of punches and blasts consistently.
Hydra Soldier has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: In an improvement over the original we get a machine gun, which I’m sure was repurposed from an earlier Punisher figure and a pistol. No goofy oversized blaster guns this time. I appreciate getting two guns as that’s a big help in fortifying the Hydra army.
Worth it? You’re getting any army builder without the excess packaging and Build-A-Figure piece for $15. That’s a good clearance price for your standard Marvel Legend so this was a good deal not to mention the almost immediate shipping.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I’m grading this on a curve. This isn’t the same kind of you must own this figure like the 80th Anniversary Cap, Thor, Iron Man and Hulk figures. It’s more for the clever way Hasbro is cranking out army builders on a solid mold and making them widely available to anyone who wants them. I grabbed three, but I can easily see adding a few more to the army.
Where to get it? You can only order the Hydra soldier from Hasbro Pulse.