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Sharon Carter

Falcon and the Winter Soldier
by yo go re

This is going to be an interesting time in retrospect for toy collecting, the period when you could tell which lines got delayed because they're still rolling out with the old-fashioned packaging.

In hiding after breaking the Sokovia Accords, Sharon Carter inevitably finds herself entangled in Sam and Bucky's globe-trotting fight.

The MCU had a problem with Sharon Carter: originally introduced in Winter Soldier, her entire character was framed in relation to Steve Rogers, and now that he's gone, she has nothing to do. The fact they forgot about her entirely between Civil War in 2016 and Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2021 kind of underscores that fact. The Avengers literally forgot about her, not bothering to get her a pardon for siding with Cap like they got everybody else. The show did something logical with her, but since fans are averse to change, it apparently wasn't well-received? "That doesn't make sense with what she was like before!" Well, yeah, but it's been five years since you even thought about her name, maybe she's been through some things, hmm? Anyway, now she's back to being a little bit of nothing. Hope you're happy, everyone!

Sharon has been played from the start by Emily VanCamp, who had to swing from sweet, charming girl-next-door ingenue to icy, competant secret agent at the drop of a hat. It's hard to compete with Hayley Atwell in the fight for Steve's attention, but she managed. (It's much less creepy now that Sharon is Peggy's neice, rather than her sister.) The sculpt has a nice likeness, aided further by the Photo Real painting. The paint also gives a realistic fade between colors for her hair, rather than making her look perfectly cartoonishly yellow.

Since she's not a superhero, Sharon doesn't wear a costume. And since she's just a civilian at this point, she doesn't even get a fancy spy uniform, either: this is just a nice, plain, "average human" addition to your display. She's wearing chunky boots, black jeans, a black top, a blue hoodie, and a green jacket, all of which are new sculpts - that's right, there are now two different "woman wearing jeans" molds in the Marvel Legends library! The art on the box shows her with her hood up, so it's kind of a shame they couldn't devise some way to do an alternate head like that, but it would have required an entirely new inner jacket piece (since the one here is molded with the hood falling against her back).

Her articulation is absolutely standard for Marvel Legends: a barbell head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/​hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed chest, balljointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, and swivel/hinge ankles. You may think that's overkill for a plain human in a superhero world, but is it? Even leaving asise that that's how plain humans move even in our world, think back to Civil War, when Sharon was one of the ones fighting mind-controlled Bucky, using all the same kind of moves that Black Widow normally does. She's a spy, not a school teacher.

The figures comes with two accessories, one of them kind of dull and the other kind of stupid. First, she's got a silver baton with a black grip, which is a fine choice, but if it's meant to be one of those collapsable weapons, the front half should be thinner, and at the end of the day it's just a stick. The other accessory is a knife, supposedly, but it's unpainted black PVC, and it's larger than her forearm; it doesn't feel like it's scaled for a 6" figure. Presumably it's the one she took off the bounty hunter in Buccaneer Bay, but that wasn't this big.

The figure includes three parts of this series' Build-A-Figure, Infinity Ultron: the head, and both halves of the spear.

It's not surprising Sharon Carter hasn't had a movie action figure before now, and given the reaction to her in Falcon and Winter Soldier, it might be quite a while before we see another. There's nothing standout about this toy, either good or bad. And honestly, doesn't that sort of perfectly suit the character in the MCU?

-- 12/12/22

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