For the 8-Pack Avengers Figure Collection, the Nick Fury redeco looks pretty good. He has but one weapon, a pistol, and slightly changed deco. For this loss, the average price per figure of this box starts at $6.25, which ain't bad and it's even better if you got it on one of the few sales during the Christmas shopping season on 2012.
Hasbro and Kenner have been giving us some great Samuel L. Jackson figures since Mace Windu in late 1998, a mail-in offer. Even Mr. Jackson said that the original mail-in head was one of the ones he liked the best, although I'm hard-pressed to find the interview. I bring it up because this new head sculpt, created for the original carded release of Avengers Nick Fury in 2012, is OK. It's not bad. The eye detail is pretty good, although the paint on this specimen isn't exactly perfect when you get up-close in a well-lit room with a high-resolution camera. In person and on my desk, it looks OK. Here, it looks a little sloppy, particularly around the facial hair. Due to the various adornments I would say it's difficult to say it's a good sculpt of one of our hardest-working actors... but I guess the skin color is right and so is the hair.
The figure has articulation superior to most of the other figures in this set, and that's because the body is a reuse of a Captain America movie Winter Soldier figure. Clever, but you lose a few paints for authenticity here. As a thing that exists in its own separate world it's tough to knock, but well, eh. The Avengers line will not be remembered for pushing the envelope, but at least it wasn't as hacky/clever as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The silver paint on this Nick Fury is a bit brighter than the carded counterpart, and when I compared single-packed Nick Fury figures with the gift set counterpart, I preferred the boxed set release. For the figure. For accessories, it's carded all the way.
In some respects a figure like this is an argument for Hasbro to just stop pretending that its movie figure lines are for collectors and drop the price. This figure feels cheaper than many of its other toys, even though it has a working holster and north of 16 joints (depending on how you count.) If Hasbro opted to give us a 6-jointed figure for six bucks, maybe they could spend a few extra nickels on articulation. As a fair-weather Marvel collector, this figure is adequate for my needs of just wanting a Nick Fury to futz with. I really don't think I'd shell out $10 for a superior version, but if Hasbro puts out a better-looking sample in the right gift set or individually at the right price? I'd bite. It's OK. I won't lie to you, it's also part of the reason I bought this set... it'd be nice if it was just a smidgen better. Having said that, I still feel I got my money's worth out of the set.
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