Comic books are full of cool groups acting behind the scenes to keep the world safe, and none is more famous and popular these days than Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. The acronym currently stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate in comics and Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though it’s had other meanings as well. Whichever bulky and unwieldy title you prefer, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a secret intelligence organization out to stop bad guys no matter where they might appear. Its agents have access to all sorts of neat gadgets, technology, and weaponry, and they work hand in hand with superheroes and friendly governments around the world.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been represented in HeroClix, with the very first set in 2002 featuring characters like the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, S.H.I.E.L.D. Medic, Gabriel Jones, and Tia Senyaka. Over the years, WizKids has expanded the S.H.I.E.L.D. roster to nearly 200 figures sporting the keyword, and which run the gamut from the 10 point S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent fodder to 300 point juggernauts including Iron Man and Hulk. All of that means building a S.H.I.E.L.D. team gives you a ton of options in personnel and play styles! There are many inexpensive generic agents in the game for building out a force or filling up remaining points, and the most recent expansion, “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” brought eight more with Section Chiefs, Elite Agents, Infiltrators, Field Agents, Bodyguards, Recruits, Paranormal Investigators, and Cyborgs.
If generics aren’t your thing, there are plenty of named S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in HeroClix. For our game, we of course had to start with the man himself, Nick Fury. Formerly a soldier and CIA agent, Nicholas “Nick” Fury became one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most accomplished agents and rose up the ranks to become the organization’s Director. Our S.H.I.E.L.D. team used no fewer than four Fury figures from the latest set that bore his name! #001 Nick Fury is an inexpensive team player and you can play multiples of him as Life Model Decoys (LMDs); they can even swap places to keep your opponent guessing and your “real” Nick safe. Meanwhile, the Super Rare #056 Nick Fury, straight out of the recent “Original Sin” storyline, is a grizzled 120 point sniper who can shoot through just about anything or anyone. He gets bonuses for attacking his most powerful enemy, has great attack values, and rocks a special power giving him Probability Control and the ability to shut off a power on an enemy. Our S.H.I.E.L.D. team also included #033 Nick Fury, Jr., a good lieutenant who can fight and aid his allies. Speaking of, any version of Fury knows how to pick the right agents for the job and so the team also featured Maria Hill, Sharon Carter, and Captain America (Sam Wilson).
Beyond the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. is more popular than ever thanks to the TV spinoff of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And now, thanks to the Nick Fury set, you can play the characters from the show in HeroClix! In the Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set you can find Agent May and Agent Ward (commons), Fitz, Simmons, and Skye (uncommons), and Agent Coulson (rare) plus other classic Marvel comics characters who have appeared on the show like Peggy Carter and John Garrett. There’s also a tie-in S.H.I.E.L.D. Fast Forces pack featuring Coulson, May, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye along with Nick Fury, Jr. and Fitz’ holographic helper monkey H.E.N.R.Y.! The figures in the Fast Forces share the same sculpts with their main set counterparts but come with different dials and point values for more team building options and S.H.I.E.L.D. fun.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. teams look like. See the outcome of our S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Hydra game in the video at the top of this page; the result may surprise you.
You can catch the Season 3 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this coming Tuesday, September 29th on ABC, and join us every Friday at 4pm Pacific on Geek and Sundry’s Twitch channel for live HeroClix games on Group Hug!
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