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Agent Jimmy Woo

by yo go re

Where's our Agents of Atlas project, Feige?

Agent Jimmy Woo arrives in Westview to investigate the strange energy field surrounding the town.

In an episode of The Office, there's a joke where Jim and Pam, in order to prank Dwight, have their friend Steve come into the office one morning and pretend to be Jim. They prepped him, of course, filling him in on recent sales numbers, giving him Jim's voicemail password, and even photoshopping a family photo of him with Pam and "their" kids. Naturally, the bit broke Dwight's mind. Anyway, "Asian Jim" was played by Randall Park, who forgot about his brief cameo, but fans on the internet have had a lot of fun pretending to get the two actors confused - and that's why you may have seen people saying John Krasinski couldn't be Reed Richards because he was already cast in the MCU. Now you know!

The Jim Halpert likeness on this figure is quite good. You just expect him to turn to the camera and make a goofy face when you see it. There's something a little bit off about the sculpt, though, in that the face feels like it's too small on the head? Like, the toy looks great from the side or in a ¾ view, but from the front it's like there's too much bone on his temples? It's like a cross between Randall Park and Chow Yun Fat.

In the comics, Jimmy Woo was born sometime during the Great Depression, because he was an adult FBI agent by the mid-1950s, fighting the Yellow Claw. He was eventually recruited by SHIELD, and was part of Dum Dum Dugan's anti-Godzilla squad. Nearing retirement age, he was badly injured on a mysterious mission, but one of his old comrades healed him - healed him to the way he'd been in the 1950s, that is. As far as explaining why old characters are still young and vital today, that's not bad.

This figure is built on the original suit body, with the badly designed feet. No, we're never going to stop harping on that. Not until Hasbro does something to fix it. He's wearing a fairly standard shirt and tie, but his jacket is new. It's a zip-up, with extra snaps along the flap and four pockets on the front. Luckily for fans of humans standing like humans would, the lower edge of the jacket comes down far enough that you can turn his legs the direction they should go without worrying about seeing how badly the sculpt is out of alignment.

Jimmy has his FBI badge hanging around his neck, and alternate left hand flashing his ID, one of the coolest little bits in Wandavision. When he was introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Woo was enamored of Scott Lang's close-up magic. We see him practicing a little, and then eventually get the payoff of him back-palming his card and producing it from nowhere. It's the little details that make the MCU so great.

Agent Woo is part of the Khonshu Build-A-Figure series, and includes bot the left arm and the two-part staff.

616 Jimmy Woo was pretty much overlooked until the 2006 Agents of Atlas comic, which paired him with a bunch of weirdo old pre-"Marvel" characters. An MCU version of that would be fun, even just as a one-shot or What If...? He'd also be a good choice to be their new Coulson, the thread that connects all the disparate heroes and helps pull them together. The new jacket and the "card trick" hand are fun inclusions that keep this toy from being unexciting and plain.

-- 01/14/23

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