CAPTAIN AMERICA & CROSSBONES
MARVEL LEGENDS — MARVEL STUDIOS: THE FIRST TEN YEARS
“Although the Avengers survive a strike by Crossbones on Lagos, dozens of civilians are killed in the altercation. As a result, the team is presented with the Sokovia Accords – an agreement designed to keep the heroes in check – and must individually choose which side of the law they stand with.”
Like Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War was fortunate to come late enough in the MCU game that Hasbro was finally comfortable actually doing a pretty decent line-up of tie-in Legends. However, while it got greater coverage than prior entries, it also had a far larger roster of characters in need of figures. While Hasbro did their best to include everyone they could (and then to follow up and fill some of the gaps using Infinity War), the heroes really ate up all of the slots. If nothing else, this Marvel Studios anthology line has really been about the bad guys.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Cap and Crossbones are entry 9 in the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years sub-line of Marvel Legends. Both figures are based on the characters as they appear in Civil War‘s opening battle.
Now, before we get to the new hotness, let’s review the old busted. Okay, perhaps “busted” isn’t a completely fair assessment of things here. While Cap wasn’t without a figure from Civil War (he got two, in fact; helps to have your name in the title), there’s no denying that the figure we received had some issues. This one is meant to amend….some of those issues. I’ll get to that. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Pretty standard stuff there. Now, the good news is that Cap has received not one, but two different new head sculpts. He’s got both helmeted and un-helmeted. Both heads are very good sculpts. The helmeted head has a decent likeness of Evans (or at least what you can see of him), and via its use of a separate piece for the helmet, has a great sense of depth to his look that prior MCU Caps have not. The un-helmeted head edges out the other one just a bit, in no small part due to the absolutely spot-on likeness of Chris Evans. After years of “close but not quite,” this guy gets it down nearly perfect. Alright, I’ve raved about the good. Ready for the bad? You know those two amazing head sculpts that Hasbro produced, that can finally replace the two sub-par ones we’d been dealing with since Winter Soldier? Well, they went and slapped them on the slight variation of that body from Age of Ultron. I was already frustrated by its re-use for the original Civil War release, given the inaccuracies of the costume details, as well as the somewhat scrawny nature of the limbs. It’s made even more egregious by the fact that Hasbro created an entirely unique mold for the Infinity War Cap, which is, canonically, wearing the same uniform as this figure. With a handful of new pieces, that mold would have made for a far more accurate body for this figure. Instead, for the third time, we get a Civil War Captain America whose costume is just incorrect. That’s a real shame. On the plus side, he does get new paint to match those new parts. The body isn’t far removed from the prior release, but both heads are now sporting the face-print tech, which makes a world of difference in terms of making him look like a real person. In addition to the new unmasked head, Cap also has his shield, which is another new sculpt. I like this one better than prior releases, though I can’t really say it’s too noticeably different.
And here we have the new hotness. Crossbones may not be in Civil War for super long, but he had a very important roll to play, and, more importantly when it comes to toys, he had a pretty sweet design. At the time of the movie’s release, he got a Minimate and one of those Microverse figures, but that was all. Obviously, that means this figure is a very welcome addition. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Unlike his pack-mate, his sculpt is completely new. It’s quite an impressive piece of work, with lots of separately sculpted pieces that just give the whole figure a ton of depth. I love the helmet, especially the way they’ve handled the eyes; they’re a separate piece from the actual mask, so it looks like there’s really a whole face under there. The vest and his “fighting fists” are likewise separate pieces, although in this case they’re removable. The vest isn’t really meant to be removed, though, so the underlying torso’s a little off. The figure’s legs also end up looking a little bit wonky, but that’s about the only complaint I can come up with, and even that’s a rather minor one. Crossbones’ paintwork is fairly decent. A lot of it’s very subtle, with just some slight variations of black and dark brown. The white parts stand out quite well, though, and I love how the eyes turned out. Crossbones is packed with an extra un-masked head, depicting his scarred visage from the film. It’s actually a little bit toned down from the movie, but close enough to get the point across.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Cap and Crossbones are actually the last of these figures that I got, though they were still picked up for me by my Super Awesome Fiancee. They arrived at her work about a week after the others. This set was second on my list, after Ronan. Crossbones was just a really cool design that I really wanted a good figure of, and I was hopeful that the second try at the Civil War Cap would be much better. Crossbones lives up to my expectations, no denying that. Cap? Well, like the last several MCU Caps I’ve gotten from Hasbro, he’s frustrating. Sure, the new heads are awesome, but saddling him with the same old body is super weak, and prevents him from being the definitive Cap I was really hoping for. I guess there’s always Avengers 4…