Falcon

Profile

  • Real Name: Samuel Thomas “Sam” Wilson
  • AKA: Blackbird, Blackwing, Brother Super-Hero, Cap-Wolf, Captain America, Captain Falcon, Robin, Snap Wilson, Willie Samuels
  • Family:  Paul Wilson (father, deceased); Darlene Wilson (mother, deceased); Sarah Wilson-Casper (sister); Gideon Wilson (brother); Jim Wilson (nephew, deceased); Jody Casper (nephew); Unnamed niece; Mr. Casper (brother-in-law; deceased); Mrs. Wilson (sister-in-law)
  • Base of Operation: Harlem, New York City, New York; formerly Parker Industries, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Stark Industries Airfield, New Jersey; Avengers Tower, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Avengers Mansion, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Gem Theater, Manhattan, New York City, New York; S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
  • Identity: Public Identity
  • Citizenship: American
  • Martial Status: Single
  • Occupation: Adventurer, vigilante; former freelance artist, social worker, urban planner
  • Education: High school dropout, later extensively self-educated
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)
  • Weight: 240 lbs (108.86 kg)
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Black
  • Origin: Human enhanced by the Cosmic Cube
  • Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)

This high flying superhero is the first African-American in comics. Introduced in Captain America #117 by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, Sam Wilson grew up the son of a Pastor, who was killed while he was young. His mother was later killed by a mugger. While he tried to to keep to the straight and narrow, he was forced to to turn to crime to support his younger siblings, working for the mob under the name Snap Wilson. On assignment for them, he crashed landed on an island where he encountered Red Skull. Wanting to use Sam against Captain America, Red Skull used the Cosmic Cube to give Sam his powers and making Sam take the Sam persona again. Sam met and teamed up with Cap, learning that his Snap persona was made up by Red Skull and had never been a criminal at all. As Falcon, Sam became Cap’s partner in crime, first as just an athletic hero with a psychic link to his Falcon Redwing and later, after meeting Black Panther, gained the flight harness he is famous for.

Falcon also became the local hero for the streets of Harem and would later teamed up with Roscoe Simmons, who had taken up the mantle of Cap after Rogers abandoned it. He would later lead a team of SHIELD Super-Agents. When the Avengers were made to make changes in their roster by Henry Gyrich, he was made an Avengers to fill the minority requirement that the team had to have. Although he was glad to help the resent, he resented that he was a token Avenger and soon left the team. Years laters, he was invited to join the Avengers again when many of the UN member were kidnapped. He would blackmail Gyrich into spying on Secretary of Defense Dell Rusk, who turned out to be Red Skull in disguise.

When Cap opposed the Superhuman Registration Act, he joined Cap fighting against it. When Cap was killed, he would team up with Bucky, who had taken the role of Cap. He later began a relationship with Zola’s daughter and nearly sacrificed himself to save New York against Zola’s army. Rogers, now an old man, gave up the role of Cap and handed the role to Sam. He would hold this role for quite some time, eventually becoming the leader of the Avengers. After finding out that (fake) Rogers had turned out to be a Hydra agent and Hydra took over the US, Sam gave up the role and began helping people escape the US. He would eventually lead the resistance against Hydra and when the real Cap return he gave up the role of Cap and returned to being Falcon.

Despite being a huge part of the Marvel Universe, Sam hasn’t had as many figures as he should. This first figure was part of the Mojo series from Toybiz, which had a variant figure as well. He wouldn’t see another release until the Toys-R-Us exclusive 3-pack.


First Flight Suit

Recommend Figure:  Toybiz Marvel Legends Mojo Series – Falcon with Redwing

  • Background:
    • When he first appeared, Falcon could not fly. He was more of an athletic character rather then a flying character. That all changed when he met Black Panther, who was impressed by Sam that he reward Sam with a Flight harness.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you wanted a Falcon figure in your collection, then this or the one below are the only ones available. You will need it for an early team of Avengers that he joined as well as a Cap Shelf.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes.

United Nation Avengers

Recommend Figure:  Toybiz Marvel Legends Mojo Series – Falcon (Variant) with Redwing

  • Background:
    • When the Zodiac kidnapped many of the UN delegates, the remaining delegates asked the Avengers to help. Cap, worried about how they would do it, asked Falcon to join the Avengers again. He was wearing this costume then.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This one is a much harder to find then the one above. Get it if you want a Falcon in your collection with wings. This is for the Cap shelf and Avengers shelves.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes.

Captain America

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Toys-R-Us exclusive Marvel Legends Collectors Edition box set – Captain America with Vision and Kate Bishop

  • Background:
    • During a battle with the Iron Nail, Rogers was turned into an old man by the Nail’s powers. Then during a battle with Zola’s army, Sam took a bomb and flew into the sky, where it exploded nearly killing Sam. Because of his heroism, Rogers decided to retire and gave Sam the role of Captain America.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This one is going to be harder to find since TRU is now defuncted. You will need this for your Cap collection as well as the ANAD Avengers. Otherwise skip, unless you want to get the set for Kate Bishop.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Re-release it with wings this time. Otherwise no.

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.