Toy Review: Marvel Select Winter Soldier (Diamond Select)

With the sequel to the Captain America, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, coming out later this year, we are already starting to see toys based on the film and based on the comics, hit the stores.

So it’s really no big surprise to anyone that Diamond Select came out with a Winter Soldier to go with their Marvel Select line of action figures, as a Disney Store exclusive.

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At first glance, you might think that this figures doesn’t look like at all how the Winter Soldier appears in comics. The sculpt is actually based on the book’s cover art by Lee Bermejo, who’s best known for the Lex Luthor: Man Of Steel mini series and the Joker graphic novel. You might hear some people complain about it, but in looking at it, I really like it. It has a more “real world” look to it, and it’s very tactical. Which is perfect for someone like the Winter Solider.

Now all the pouches on it doesn’t make it look like a 90’s comic throwback. It makes sense here. He looks like a solider, not a Rob Liefeld disaster.

The paint apps are really good here. The entire figure has a weathered look to the costume, except for the mask, which has a gloss coat to it.  But again, it really works here.

Another thing that I noticed that he has better points of articulation than previous Marvel Select figures. Very poseable which really works with his accessories. He comes with a sniper rifle, a handgun, and a machine gun, and has no problems holding any of them. The machine gun is hooked to his back, so you either let it hang free or use it for a pose. The sniper rifle is massive, but very detailed, but he can’t hold it perfectly but this is minor. The gun has it’s own holder on his side, but there’s just a plastic peg that holds it down. This is the only feature that bugged me, but honestly in the scheme of things, kind of  minor. I feel that’s the only thing the needs an improvement.

Winter Soldier comes with a base that looks like a broken window. You can either put him in front of the window, or turn him around to use as a sniper’s perch. The base also comes with a removable box. I honestly haven’t found a use for this yet. I tried putting a bent leg up there, but just couldn’t get it right. So currently, I just put it aside.

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All in all, the Winter Soldier is a solid figure and really a good buy.  I’m extremely impressed with this figure, and happy to have bought it.

The Winter Soldier is currently available at the Disney Store or you can buy it online from the Disney Store website.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.