When the team lineups were announced for each side in this year’s “Captain America: Civil War” movie, there was one character who really stuck out as being a bit out of their depth: Agent 13. I had my worries that Hasbro might pass on making any merch of Agent 13 for the movie–but while we haven’t heard about a movie-styled version of her, a new comics-based Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure is now available for order! Does this figure satiate my need for a new Sharon Carter toy? Read on…
After seeing samples of this figure posted online by scrappers, a lot of folks were concerned about the head sculpt. Well, as it turns out, while the face on this figure isn’t as nice as it looked on the prototype, I still think it’s perfectly acceptable.
Sharon looks a bit haggard in the super close-up hi-res photos, but once she’s standing a few inches away from you, the sculpt actually look very good to me overall. I think her skin-tone is probably a shade too dark (my wife asked if it was supposed to be a Latino woman), but I think this is still a perfectly passable head.
I love the untucked shirt visible from the back side of the figure, and the belt with holsters on ML Sharon Carter looks fantastic. So far as sculpting goes, I’m content with this representation of Cap’s best girl.
Even so, the painted details that are present have all been applied expertly, including the brown and silver straps on her thighs, the painted guns in her holsters and the painted SHIELD emblems on the sides of her shoulders. From a paint perspective, I’ve got zero complaints about this Agent 13 toy.
And articulation-wise, Captain America Legends Sharon Carter is well-done enough to earn a thumbs up with most of the super-articulation that we’ve come to expect (including double-jointed knees and ankle rockers on high-heeled boots!), although her flexibility is not without flaws…
This mold has never utilized double-jointed elbows, and while I had a faint hope we’d get updated tooling for the new Marvel Legends Agent 13, that’s not the case. It’s not exactly a crippling piece of missing articulation, but the lack of double-jointed elbows–along with no bicep swivels–definitely limits the fist- or gun-raising poses I want to achieve.
In addition to the lacking arm articulation, the Marvel Legends Agent 13 figure comes with a dismal selection of accessories. She’s got a Red Onslaught leg, an unpainted gun, and… well, that’s it. The grey gun is under-detailed and kind of weird-looking, and it was a huge bummer when I remembered that the guns in her holsters were molded in and non-removable.
Even some alternate hands for dual-wielding or doing karate chops would have been welcome additions for poor Sharon, who just doesn’t have many options with only one accessory, one fist and one gun-grasping hand.
Overall: The Captain America Marvel Legends Sharon Carter figure isn’t a bad figure, but it is a “just kind of there” figure that can’t compare to some of the other figures in this wave. I’m satisfied with Sharon Carter’s sculpt (even the head), but the arm articulation, unpainted gun, lack of alternate hands, and guns molded into the holsters are all a bit disappointing. This is a decent Agent 13 action figure overall, but there’s definitely plenty of room for improvement in a future toy of the character.