Now that I’ve let the Hot Toys Black Panther settle a little bit, I think it’s now time to hit you with another Hot Toys review. This time around, we once again have Anthony Mackie as Falcon in his updated Avengers uniform.
Hot Toys definitely took their time with their figures from this movie, but I rather have a quality figure than something rushed and put together. But it’s been so long since Captain America: Civil War has been out that the movie is now playing on Netflix (as of this writing).
I was waiting on this one. I was mildly impressed with Hasbro’s 3.75″ offering for this character, but a little set back with their 6″ Marvel Legends version. Those to me were light appetizers to what I expect the Hot Toys action figure to be. The original Hot Toys Falcon figure won the 2015 Black Action Figure of the Year…so does this one stand up to that one? Check out the review…
As you might expect, the packaging for this Hot Toys figure is the same layout and design as the Black Panther figure, although this time in blue (instead of red). We get the sleeve with Falcon on the front and some other characters on the back. Slipping off the sleeve, we get a box with a picture window and our first look at the figure and accessories inside. On the back, we get credits to those who worked on the figure.
Same look, feel, and design as the Black Panther packaging…and if you read that review, I really wasn’t all that excited over that packaging. With that said, it will get the same score as the other packaging. But personally, the more I see this packaging, the more I really don’t like it. Luckily, I’m a “take the figure out” kind of guy (to the dismay of some of my fellow collectors) so I will throw the packaging in storage and keep the figure out.
Packaging Score: 7 out of 10
It’s with the accessories where this figure really shines. Gone is the depression of only receiving two extra set of hands like with the Hot Toys Black Panther figure. Now is the time to see what this thing came with…and best believe, the box is noticeably heavier than the Hot Toys Black Panther box.
This figure came with 3 extra sets of hands in various poses, goggles, a PNW waterproof backpack, a foldable Redwing figure that folds into the backpack, two guns (whoa, what an original thought, a Falcon figure with weapons! *Middle finger to Hasbro*), a figure stand, an additional pole for Redwing to be posed on the figure stand…and of course, Falcon’s signature wings that have magnetic attachments for the wing missle launchers (come in both open and closed versions…do not actually fire).
DAMN that’s a lot of accessories! They really had me with the wings and Redwing…oh, and the weapons. This figure even comes with a weapon extender for the gun on its left wrist. Freakin’ love it!
Okay, so let’s talk about the wings. The wings were supposed to come with additional articulation that would make poses even more dynamic. After watching the movie, I honestly expected that the wings could have been qualified as a separate character in their own right.
Unfortunately that was not the case. Hot Toys promised more articulation, and yes, we technically got more, but it wasn’t what I expected. Looking at the pictures, the wings start in the down position in about the same place. But taking a look at the next picture with both Falcon figures to the maximum extension. And that’s it. They don’t fold forward or back or do any fun tricks.
With that in mind, the wings do curve up quite nicely. But in all reality, if you are purchasing this figure and you already own the first figure, keep in mind that you are only purchasing it for the outfit change, which to some may be a deal breaker. For instance, I’m not getting another Hot Toys Winter Soldier because I already got the first one. Not much has changed there.
The most noticeable addition has been the Redwing figure, which is detachable from the backpack. I absolutely love how the movie handled the Redwing character (seeing that he’s an actual falcon in the comic book, which Sam Wilson maintains a psychic link with). In the movie, Redwing now acts more like a detachable drone that Falcon controls and uses offensively and defensively.
Good figure, great accessories, but the wings did not turn out to be as revolutionary and as different as I wanted. Luckily, the Redwing figure makes up for some of the disappointment I had in the wings.
Accessories Score: 8.5 out of 10
This is another weird category for me, and I’ll tell you why. It is apparent when putting the two Hot Toys Falcon figures next to each other that they re-used the same sculpt for the head. But I kept looking and looking and it started to bug me…because they started not to look like each other.
It was almost what I call the “Tia and Tamera Mowry Effect”. Basically, you have virtual identical twins, but in the case of Tia and Tamera, one was definitely hotter than the other (I’m Team Tia). The same goes for here. We have two identical action figures, but the original figure still looks like Anthony Mackie to me while the new figure looks like his strangely different looking identical twin.
After minutes of staring at it, I think I figured out what the issue was. The new figure’s head is painted in slightly different tones than the original. I know, I know, a total nitpick situation…but it ruins it for me somehow. I don’t think the picture shown can illustrate that one is slightly different from the other. But that’s what bothers me.
Don’t get me wrong…the sculpting is (still) great, and the likeness is always Hot Toys top notch. But I am going to dock them for using the same sculpt (Hot Toys, yall suck for doing that), and also dock them for different paint scheme on the head. It is slight but noticeable.
On the plus side, the uniform is as always completely movie accurate. Gone is the military-like uniform from the first film…now we have the full fledge Superhero Falcon we knew he would become.
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 8 out of10
With little to no surprise, this Hot Toys Falcon figure comes with over 27+ points of articulation without the wings, and possibly well over 30+ with them. But like always, I have to point out the bad before the good.
We talked about the wings in the accessories, so I won’t harp on that. It is what it is. I do want to mention that the uniform has limited some crucial articulation including the abdomen hinge crunch (limited to now just a slight swivel) and the waist swivel.
Some changes include the different elbow hinge/swivel, a change from the elbow double-hinge that I have seen in the past. In my opinion, it is probably because they wanted to try and limit the amount of joints that you actually see on the figure. A double-hinged elbow without a uniform/costume to cover it would have looked like a Marvel Legend figure. So while it bothered me that the Black Panther figure has it but Falcon does not, I can certainly understand why.
Like the last Falcon, Hot Toys included the extra special figure stand they usually include with their more aerial figures like Iron Man, or Spider-Man, so Falcon will very likely be posed in a flying position with his Redwing drone when the figure makes its way to its permanent home on my shelf.
Articulation Score: 8.5 out of10
I’m not going to lie…I may have been a little let down with this figure. From the previous figure winning my 2015 BAF of the year, to the 2016 announcement of the new figure, I knew this one was going to be supremely special. Unfortunately, as it turned out, I’m glad that I have it, but it hasn’t been world-changing like the first figure was for me.
I do appreciate so many things with this figure. From Redwing, to the extension in the wings, and all the way to the movie-accurateness of the uniform. There is so much to love with this figure.
If you did not get the “Captain America: Winter Soldier” Falcon version, I definitely recommend you pick this one up, especially as this is his definitive uniform and has worn this in more movies than his original one (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant Man, Captain America: Civil War).
If you did get the original Falcon, you may want to think long and hard about this one. To me, it was a no brainer, but this is a premium purchase and you may want to expand your outlook on other characters you have not picked up yet.
In any case, a good sophomore figure. Let’s hope if they make one for Avengers: Infinity War, that Hot Toys ups the ante and delivers something above and beyond what the first two figures did.