Seeing the packaged version of this Hydra set just knocks the value out of the park.
With the options for the vests and weapons and heads, I could easily be in for 4 or even 5 sets of these, just to swap as much of the parts as I can. I also display my Nuke figure without his brown vest, so I can toss a brown vest onto one of these for more options, and I'm not using my brown Captain America vest either. Probably have a gray shoulder harness lingering in a drawer somewhere also, from another random Cap, I'm sure. This set made me rearrange my displays to separate the Hydra key players out to their own space so I can build this army around them. SO excited, and it HAS to be coming soon, right? We saw the Hydra tag in the leaked pic when we found out about Mary Jane and Dark Phoenix, so I wouldn't be surprised if these surfaced by August or September.
And seeing the gold mine they have in putting forth an army-builder pack that is pure reuse and redeco and getting the customer to spend $40 multiple times over, there MUST be strategies for the future. Some things might require new tooling (at least on one of the figures), but here's thoughts for the future of this concept:
There could be some life in the movie Dr. Strange and Karl Mordo sculpts as updated Hand Ninjas. And we know there are enough swords and knives to go into this set. Perhaps some ninja stars/throwing effect hand could be tooled up using the Bullseye throwing effect hand? Alternate heads could repurpose the Fantomex head, Moon Knight head, and some grimacing unmasked head that could be repurposed for an unmasked Sunfire?
Kree Vs. Skrull Soldiers
Thinking back to the original army 2packs that were released with Kree & Skrull warriors, they could repeat this idea, borrowing from whatever is going into this new Super Skrull figure, and possibly add in Skrull version heads that could turn existing hero action figures we already own into Skrull versions of their characters. For Kree, they can do a blue-skin/pink-skin options, and even see what they can do to bring about the soldier version of Mar-Vell.
SHIELD Females and/or SHIELD Males
Between Misty Knight, Mockingbird/Domino, and Black Widow bodies (biker BW or even Vintage Line BW generic body), we have some female bodysuit tooling that could be repurposed into female SHIELD agents WITHOUT using that awful MCU Maria Hill body, which would allow the comic Sharon Carter to still stand out uniquely in her white outfit. Head options could give us Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (I think that's her name), another updated Carol Danvers unmasked head, some helmeted female head could be worked up cheaply, I'm sure, and a few reused female heads with varying hair colors, ethnicities, and hair lengths/styles. Adding some gear could also give us a Daisy Johnson/Quake figure. If they don't want to do two females in one pack, they could reissue the Nick Fury male SHIELD agent with some white vest/harness options, but I think a SHIELD male 2pack on two different bodies (standard Bucky Cap body, and the bigger Grim Reaper body?) would be a good separate investment also.
Hellfire Club Goons & Inner Circle Colonial Attire servants
Bear with me. The Hellfire Club goon in their mask and traditional Blue/Red outfit doesn't leave MUCH room for customizing, so an alternate head could be a battle-damaged masked version to add options. But the second figure could be a suited "colonial style" attire of the servants who are seen at parties, with the high socks and the dusty curled wigs. Head options could repurpose this figure into a Donald Pierce or Sebastian Shaw if the body type is right, with two generic servants as the other head options. Pretty sure Harry Leland would need to be his own sculpt.
X-Men Training Uniform Males
This is money. The recent trend of entirely swappable arms (Hi Nico Minoru! Hi Reed Richards!) allows options for multiple characters who have worn the gold and blue standard issue X-uniform from the 90s. Standard Bucky Cap Body could have head options for Forge, Banshee (smiling face and screaming face options), and an unmasked Cyclops head. Pizza Spidey body (but with a lean new torso that doesn't feature a butterfly joint since that could hinder arm swappability) could have head options for Morph (90s X-Men cartoon, both happy and evil Morph faces please), Gambit, and LEGION (timely, since the FX series will go into a second season). Both bodies are standard in package. The Forge body can have one mechanical swap arm, and one mechanical swap leg (with a fringe boot), and another swappable fringe boot for the other standard leg, and an attachable cape for Banshee, possibly some open collar overlay to add when swapping the Banshee head on. Unmasked Cyclops head would be a great add-on to any of the 73 Bucky Cap Cyclopses we've received already. The lean body would originate in package as Legion, but have a brown jacket sleeve option for both arms, and a short jacket overlay (with X logo) for Morph, and a long trench overlay for Gambit. Plus guns for Forge and Morph, bo staff and card-throwing effect for Gambit and you're good to go. With that many heads, I'm buying 3-4 sets.
X-Men Training Uniform Females
The fortunate thing is there aren't too many needs to distinguish the uniforms from each other, but a lean body and a curvy/muscular body could offer head options for Storm, Psylocke, Siryn, Polaris, Jean Grey, Rogue... you name it. Only one who couldn't work is Jubilee, but a teen girl body wouldn't call for other heads for this costume that make sense. Repeat the Banshee cape pack-in for Siryn, and you have new head updates for a short-haired Storm, a headgear-less Polaris, a sexier Psylocke... lots of potential.
New Mutants Uniform Male & Female
The Bucky Cap body could be a lock for Sunspot, unless you want to stay lean for Cannonball/Cypher. The female Silk body would be perfect for options for Danielle Moonstar, Karma, Wolfsbane (human and hybrid head options?), or Magik. I'm thinking the big yellow X over the black bodysuit. Swappable parts can create the sunspot power up effect, and if you're doing lean body for Cannonball/Cypher, you could do a detachable waist, which can plug into a blast effect for Cannonball or a techno-organic lower half option to turn Cypher into a Douglock option.
Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man
Had to think hard about this, but best option would be a standard Bucky Cap body, with a skullcap head, with three facial expression options in his original Green/Gold bodysuit OR the X-Factor blue/gold bodysuit option. Second body is a Madrox Investigations T-shirt/jeans body (Dr. Strange upper torso for shirt wrinkles or MCU Star-Lord torso?, lower torso is a jean option for a Bucky Cap size body to reuse on Peter Parker or Rick Jones or any future civilian they may want to produce), with a jacket sleeve swappable set of arms, a short-sleeved T-shirt set of arms, and a long trench coat overlay (reusing a Gambit tooling or even Netflix Punisher trench). The Madrox Investigations body has completely unmasked heads with hair, with three facial expression options. Multiple hands for fist and open hand options. And KEY is a conjoined arm for each body, to simulate him splitting into two. If you buy two sets, your Bucky Cap body can use the conjoined arm to plug into the left socket of one figure, the right socket of the other, and ball jointed at the elbow. No lower arm, so the ball joint just connects two upper arms. Buying multiple sets, each containing a left/right conjoined arm, you could technically conjoin as many Madroxes as you want to simulate his powers. Madroxes across America.
That's all I can think of right now!