SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (TOYBIZ)
By the time this review is posted, I will have seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’m hoping that I love it as much as I am expecting to, but I’ll just have to wait and see (EDIT: I saw it! It was amazing. Go check it out!). In the meantime, to celebrate the release of the movie, I’ll be taking a look at my very first Captain America action figure. Back before Cap was the household name he is now, the only way to get a Cap figure was in the tie-in line to the Spider-Man cartoon, of all places. Cap had just made an appearance on the show, so Toybiz was gracious enough to put him in the eighth series of the line, dubbed Electro-Spark. How does the figure hold up almost 20 years later? Let’s find out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Spider-Man line was 5 inch scale, but Cap was a big guy, standing almost 6 inches tall and featuring 9 points of articulation. Toybiz seemed intent on depicting Cap as quite the hulking figure (not that one). He’s so big, it’s almost like his super-soldier serum took super-soldier serum. This was not a Cap you wanted to mess with! The sculpt had some nice touches, particularly the scale texture on Cap’s torso, which is simple, but very effective. The gloves and boots also show a nice level of detail. There’s lots of folds and creases, making them stand out nicely. The face depicts Cap in a very angry state, which wouldn’t be my first go to for the character, but it was the 90s. Everybody gritted their teeth like that. The paint work on Cap was simple, but it fits with the time, and it was fairly cleanly applied. I quite like the stylizing of the “A” on the forehead. Cap included his mighty shield, though this is probably my biggest issue with the figure. The shield was reworked to give it some sort of light-up feature, which means it’s really small and like an inch thick. Plus, the star’s not even the right color!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I mentioned in the intro, Cap was my very first figure of the character. It was also the only version available for a few years, so this is what I had to live with. The figure is probably one of the most dated sculpts of the old Spider-Man line, but I can’t help but love it. I guess I just got used to what I had. AS a kid, there was no thrill like getting to watch my VHS copies of the Ruby-Spears Captain America cartoon while holding this figure.