Crossbones

AKA; Bingo, Bing, Frag, Mr Bones

Everyone should have a fan. However, for Cap, Crossbones is Red Skull’s biggest fan. Introduced in Captain America #359 (October, 1989) (as a shadowy figure but he he got his full appearance next issue) by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer, this neo-Nazi grew idolizing the Red Skull and adopting his ways. After attacking a young Diamondback and killing her brothers, he joined Taskmaster’s academy and became one of his greatest students, even becoming a teacher at some point. During a mission for the Communist Red Skull, he met the real Red Skull, who he impressed and gave him the name Crossbones.

His first encounter with Cap was when Helmut Zemo tried to revive his family with the Bloodstone but he destroyed the stone. He later kidnapped Diamondback to lure Cap into a fight but was told to flee by Skull. He would later recruit other to serve Skull as the Skeleton Crew. He led this team until Skull fired him to allying with Viper. After a few encounters with other heroes (like Gambit) and villains, He returned to Skull employ. When Skull was believed killed, he blamed Cap for it and attacked him. He later kidnapped, brainwashed and became a relationship with Sin, the Skull’s daughter. After the Civil War, he worked to pretend to assassinate Cap and was sent to prison. When Osborn took over, he tried to help transfer Skull’s mind to Cap’s body but was stop. He was sent to the prison where he was forced to become a member of Luke Cage’s Thunderbolt. During this time, he gained super powers thanks to the Terrigen Mist.

He eventually lost his powers and when the Serpent’s hammer choose Juggernaut to be one of the Worthy during Fear Itself, he escaped and helped his girlfriend find another hammer. After working with Doc Ock and fighting Agent Venom, he began working with Zemo as part of the new Hydra but was defeated by Sam Wilson (now Captain America) and Misty Knight. He was sent to Pleasant Hill and during the massive escape attacked Old Man Rogers, only for Kubik to turn Rogers young again. He escaped and return to Skull to form a new version of Hydra. He later began secretly working for Hydra Cap, he witnessed the death of Red Skull and became loyal to this new Cap. He all later seen running a prison that was invaded by the heroes.

As even Cap considers him one of his most dangerous foes, Crossbones has gotten a few figure over the years. However, for Marvel Legends, he has only gotten one figure that was released twice, both times as an exclusive, one for Walmart and another for the 2013 SDCC exclusive.


Classic

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Black Widow Wave? – Crossbones

  • Background:
    • This is Crossbones are he originally appeared in Cap’s book. This would be his default costume up until they gave him an upgrade in the Winter Soldier Arc.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are a classic collector or have missed the previous 2 version, then this is the one for you. Also the 2 below are on a really outdated body and is too large for the character (they tower over even Thor.) So if you need a Crossbones, this is the one to get. Otherwise, this is absolutely needed for a Cap collection as well as an Avengers, Thunderbolts and Hydra. For anything else, it can be skipped.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Winter Soldier arc

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Walmart Marvel Legends Ares wave Crossbones

  • Background:
    • Unlike his original design, with the exception of the signature mask, Crossbones has began wearing mostly army gear for most of his appearances, usually involving a marine jacket and combat pants.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • As one of Cap’s most frequent foes, it would be nice to have in your collection. He also can be used for Agent Venom, Gambit and many others. However, not only is the figure on an older build (TB Hulkling), but this figure makes him way over sized. Also, and more importantly, he was part of an extremely short lived and low distributed exclusive wave, so it has become one of the more expensive figure out there.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes on a smaller body.

Thunderbolts

Recommend Figure: Hasbro SDCC Exclusive 2013 Marvel Legends Thunderbolt box set Crossbones with Ghost, Satana, Moonstone and Luke Cage

  • Background:
    • After Norman was defeated during Siege, Luke Cage was place in charge of running the Thunderbolts out of the Raft, using many criminals by placing shock chips in their bodies. Crossbones was one of the prisoners made to joined the team.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This is mainly just a repaint of the Ares wave one and while it is slightly easier to get, it is still extremely expensive. Only get the figure if you are getting the whole set as it has 3 character not available anywhere else.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes on a smaller build.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

Created by:

Mark Gruenwald | Kieron Dwyer

Alternate Versions

Family

Allies

Enemies

Agent Venom

Team

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