CAPTAIN AMERICA & FALCON
Infinity War saw a lot of familiar faces returning, and by extension so have the accompanying toys. The Minimates have been split into two main assortments, and by far the most noticeable absence from the first one was the Star-Spangled Man himself, Captain America. Fortunately, he’s headlining the second assortment, alongside his frequent partner in crime, the Falcon!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Cap and Falcon are part of the second assortment of Infinity War-themed Marvel Minimates. They’re one of the two sets shared between specialty and Walgreens (and were originally supposed to be offered at Toys R Us).
Captain America’s got quite a different look this time around, owing a lot to his appearance during his days as Nomad in the comics. Given the similar thematic elements between the storylines, it’s a well-chosen look, and it aids in filling us in on how things have gone for him since he abandoned the shield at the end of Civil War. Cap’s construction is very similar to his Civil War figures, which is sensible, since it’s the same costume and all. He uses the shield harness, gloves, and belt from that set-up, and swaps out Ego’s hair for the usual close-cropped fare. The end result makes for a pretty solid approximation of his design from the movie. Sure, the shape of the buckles on the harness isn’t movie accurate (they should be circular), but that’s an exceedingly minor change that DST is forgiven for overlooking. In terms of paint, Cap is pretty well-off. The face is sporting a pretty decent likeness of the bearded Chris Evans, and the rest of the details on the uniform and such are very crisp, and all of the important details are there. The intent from his missing star insignia is clearly defined, as are all of his pockets and such on his uniform. It’s a shame his uniform isn’t showing the small rips and tears like in the movie, but that’s another small detail. Cap is packed with an extra set of hands, featuring his replacement Wakandan shields. They’re a bit on the small side, and it’s kind of difficult to tell the difference between them and the standard hands. That said, they’re new pieces, and they’re certainly better than nothing. He also includes the usual clear display stand.
Unlike Cap, Falcon’s look for Infinity War is largely unchanged from his prior appearance in Civil War. However, the Civil War release was exclusive to Toys R Us, so it’s sensible that DST would want to give buyers another chance at the character. Falcon is built from the same collection of pieces as his Civil War figure (reviewed here). They worked very well the first time around, and they continue to work here. As it’s the same costume in-movie, it would be silly for DST to try and recreate these pieces wholesale. Falcon’s paintwork is also rather similar to his last figure, but there are a few minor differences. His facial expression has changed slightly, closing his mouth, but still keeping his angrier appearance. The colors of the costume have also been subdued a bit, which actually brings him a bit more inline with how he appears onscreen, since the Civil War release was using an earlier color scheme. Sadly, Falcon takes a little bit of hit in the accessories department. He’s got his flight stand and gets both of his twin guns (as opposed to the single one from last time), but loses the Redwing drone. It doesn’t get any play in Infinity War, but it’s still a little sad to see him with less extras than before.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Cap’s the undeniable selling point of this set, and he’s a very strong entry. After getting a lot of very similar looks in the first round of Infinity War ‘mates, this distinctly different looking Cap is definitely a breath of fresh air, and a fun figure in general. How much you like this FALCON figure is going to be very connected to whether you got the last one. He’s still a solid release, no doubt, but he doesn’t have much new to offer.