ANT-MAN & FALCON
There are a lot of different standout characters in Civil War. For a great number of people, it was Spider-Man, and for an almost equal number it was Black Panther. Me personally? Vision and Scarlet Witch all the way. There was also a pretty sizable contingent of people whose favorite bits centered around Paul Rudd’s (Gi)Ant-Man, who made the most of his screen-time. As such, it’s not a huge surprise to see the character turn up amongst DST’s offerings for the film. Alongside him, my favorite character from the last Captain America film (as well as one of my favorite parts of the Ant-Man film), Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Ant-Man and Falcon are the second TRU-exclusive set for Civil War, and were released alongside Series 67 of the main line (meaning the hit in late July/early August). It’s easily one of the better pairings we’ve gotten so far.
Like so many characters before him, Ant-Man was one of those MCU characters who’s costume changed just enough from one movie to the next to warrant a new figure (hey, at least he’s more different than Vision). I myself never got the basic Ant-Man from his solo movie (bad me), so this guy was actually pretty cool to get, and I can’t deny that the new design is pretty sharp. The figure is built on the basic ‘mate body, and as such stands a little under 2 1/2 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He has one add-on piece for his helmet. It’s new to this particular figure and is a pretty faithful recreation of the helmet he was sporting in the movie. The paintwork on Ant-Man is nice and sharp, detailing all of the various bits of his costume, and overall looking pretty accurate to the source material. That’s especially refreshing with regards to the helmet, since none of the Ant-Man movie merch got his helmet down right. Ant-Man includes a spare hairpiece for displaying Scott sans helmet, as well as a clear display stand.
As cool as I think Falcon’s comic book costume is, it’s understandably a little hard to adapt to real life. So, it wasn’t much of a surprise that he was sporting more or less real-world fatigues in The Winter Soldier. That being said, it wasn’t the most exciting design. Over the course of his cinematic appearances, his uniform has slowly evolved into something a bit more akin to his comics appearance. His Civil War design is his most exciting yet, keeping the real world nature of the Winter Soldier design, but also adding the the color scheme from his comics incarnation. Structurally, Falcon uses add-ons for his goggles and backpack, as well as a unique set of upper arms (with removable posable wings), and two different gloved hands. The end result does a very nice job of converting his onscreen appearance, and improves in a number of ways on the last MCU Falcon (which was already a pretty awesome figure). The paintwork on Falcon is decent, though not quite as clean as the work on Ant-Man. The detail lines are all pretty sharp, and the colors are nice and bright. The only real downside is the sloppiness on some of the basic color work, mostly on the shoulders. The overall look is pretty cool, though. Falcon includes a handgun (why just the one is a little baffling, since he always has two in the film), Redwing, two different styles of flight stands (one for him, one for Redwing), and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed this set while out and about looking for those pesky X-Men Legends at various TRU’s. I was actually quite happy to find it, since these are two of my favorite characters from the movies (and the comics, truth be told). Ant-Man is a pretty solid addition to the roster of Ant-Men, though he may not be the most exciting ‘mate to people who have the last two ‘mates. Falcon is a really nice improvement over the last MCU Falcon, and even more welcome since that one’s a bit hard to find now. Probably one of best sets to come out of the Civil War Minimates.