Winter Soldier

Profile

  • Real Name: James “Bucky” Buchanan Barnes
  • AKA: Bucky, Bucky Barnes, Buck, Captain America, The Man on the Wall, Canary, W.S., Jim Barnes, Sidekick, Buckaroo, Captain Asshat, Cap
  • Family: George M. Barnes (father, deceased); Winnifred C. Barnes (mother, deceased); Rebecca P. Barnes Proctor (sister); “Gramma” Hubbard (grandmother, deceased); Ida (aunt, presumed deceased); unidentified niece and nephew; Proctor (first name unrevealed, brother-in-law);unidentified niece and nephew; Scott Proctor (grandnephew); Kimberly Proctor (grandniece); Bucka, Bucky (alleged previous incarnations, deceased)
  • Base of Operation: Formerly Thunderbolts Clubhouse, North Pole, formerly forty miles south of Fort Sumner, New Mexico; Mobile
  • Identity: Public Identity
  • Citizenship: American
  • Martial Status: Single
  • Occupation: Adventurer; former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, assassin, Army mascot, student
  • Education: High-school dropout; military training
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
  • Weight: 260 lbs (117.93 kg)
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Brown
  • Unusual Feature: Bionic Arm
  • Origin: Human outfitted with a cybernetic arm, trained as a master assassin; former sidekick to Captain America.
  • Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)

They used to say “the only people to stay dead in comics are Bucky, Jason Todd and Uncle Ben”. Well, some one better check Uncle Ben’s grave. Introduced in Captain America Comics #1 (1941) by Joe Simons and Jack Kirby, Bucky was originally portrayed as a young teenager that stumbled on Captain America’s true identity and force Cap to make him his sidekick. It was later revealed (rather retconned) as being a cover story. He was instead a highly trained young soldier that was assigned to be Cap’s sidekick by the military. He would join Cap and his allies on many missions during WWII, even going on secret solo missions. Before the end of WWII, Bucky joined Cap in a mission in England to stop Baron Zemo from launching a drone mission. Both Cap and Bucky both tried to jump on the plane but only Bucky was able to grab it before it exploded. Cap believed Bucky to have died for many years.

While he would reappear in many incarnations of the Legion of the Unliving, it was actually revealed that he survived, though he lost his arm, and was placed in a form of suspended animation similar to Cap, He was eventually founded by a Soviet Sub and taken back to Russia. He was then brainwashed, given a new arm and trained to be an assassin to the Soviet Union, being place in cryostatis during each mission. In between a few missions, he was assigned to train a young Natasha Romanov, the future Black Widow, who he began a brief relationship with, and later was assign to kill the future Wolverine’s wife under the order of Romulus. He eventually was placed in a long term cryostatis eventually coming under the ownership of Aleksander Lukin. All these missions made him an urban legends that became known as Winter Soldier.

He would eventually be reunited with Cap when he was sent by Lukin to kill the Red Skull to gain the Cosmic Cube and after killing Jack Monroe, the former Bucky and Nomad. Cap would try and save Bucky, eventually using the Cube to restore Bucky’s memories, but Bucky used the Cube to escape as he was disgusted with what he had done. He would continue to work underground helping other heroes in the shadows. After the death of Cap at the end of Civil War, he was approached by Iron Man to become the next Captain America, under Rogers request to save Bucky. He would remain Cap for many months, becoming a member of the Avengers. He would remain Cap after Steve was revive but was later believed killed during Fear Itself. It was later revealed that he fake his death so that he could go under cover and evade Russian authorities, who wanted to bring Bucky back to Russia to stand trail.

Bucky would go back to be the Winter Soldier, working behind the scenes. He was later summoned by Nick Fury after the murder of Uatu, eventually taking Fury’s role as the “Man on the Wall”, prevent treats to the universe. He eventually went to investigate Pleasant Hill, where he learnt the truth of the facility. He rescue Kobik, the living embodiment of the Cosmic Cube, and would help her recruit the Thunderbolts, leading them to protect the child. They were eventually hunted down by the evil version of Captain America and was believed killed by Zemo. He worked together with the Avengers to rescue Kobik and bring back the true Captain America. He has since returned to working in the Shadows.

Bucky was never a character many people know about until he was revived in the Winter Soldier arc. Since then, he has become one of the most popular character in Marvel, making the jump into the MCU. His first ML was in the third Hasbro wave, the Brood Queen wave, as the Bucky figure, alongside First Apperance Cap. He would later receive a 2-pack with Black Widow, a winner of a Fan Poll. However, of the 3/5 Fan poll 2-packs, Winter Soldier was the only one not an option in the poll. He would later get a new figure in the Arnim Zola wave as his Captain America version, which would become the standard body for many male figures. Finally he gained a new Winter Soldier version in the Black Widow wave.


Bucky

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Brood Queen Wave- Bucky

  • Background:
    • Because every comic characters of the 40’s had to have a sidekick, Cap had a sidekick in the form of Bucky. His death is the reason why most heroes in the Marvel Universe refuse to have sidekick, unlike the DC universe, where every hero has a sidekick.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are a Cap fan, then this is a must (Ham-burglar look aside) especially if you have the FA Cap. It is needed for all WWII characters collectors, like the Young Allies, Invaders and All-winners as well. If you only collect Winter Soldier figure, this is needed. First Appearance fans, like myself, would also like this as well as building the Legion of the Unliving. Otherwise it can be skipped.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes. I want this to be redone on the AIM mold with sub machine guns.

Winter Soldier

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Black Widow Crimson Dynamo Wave- Winter Soldier

  • Background:
    • After Bucky was revealed to have survived, he was given the codename Winter Soldier. He would begin wearing this costume during most of his missions. It would become his standard look, so like many, it would be drawn differently over the years, with added pouches and a red or america star on his shoulder.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are a Cap or Bucky fan, then this is a must. If you had to have only one Winter Soldier or Bucky, then this is the one to get as it is now his most iconic look. It can be used in either Cap’s allies or villains shelfs.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Captain America

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Arnim Zola wave – Captain America

  • Background:
    • After Steve Rogers was killed after Civil Wars, Bucky was given the chance to become Captain America. Rather then wearing Steve’s old suit, he redesigned his old spin on the suit, as he felt he didn’t deserve to wear Steve’s suit. He would wear this until he faked his death during Fear Itself.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Again, a must for Cap fans. Avengers fans will want this as well.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • 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.