MARVEL SELECT (DST)
The retail product for the fourth Avengers film, Avengers: Endgame has officially started hitting shelves in preparation for the film’s April 26th release date. However, with Endgame coming out just one year after its predecessor Infinity War, there’s just a touch of overlap, as the last of the IW product is still making its way to shelves. I’m doing my best to keep up with it all (I ended up having to do a lot of picking and choosing during the onslaught of IW stuff) and to that end, I’m looking at Diamond Select Toys’ take on Captain America’s Infinity War appearance.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America is one of the four Infinity War-based figures from the 2018 lineup of Marvel Select. He ended up taking a little while to make it to shelves, and just started showing up in full force a few weeks ago. The figure stands 7 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. As far as scaling goes, he’s definitely nearer the taller end of Selects. I had ever so slightly been hoping he might follow Daredevil’s lead, and potentially be closer to Legends scaling. Of course one can’t really blame them for sizing him this way; he’s in proper scale with most of their other offerings, which wasn’t really true if DD. This figure has a sculpt, handled by Gentle Giant Studios (who handle most of the MCU Legends as well), which appears to have at least some parts in common with the Civil War figure. It’s really for the best that this figure arrived so long after the movie; Cap’s “Nomad” design went through quite a few changes right up to production of the film, resulting in a lot of inaccuracies on his other figures. This one is far more accurate to the final product. He’s got his proper hair length (which neither Hasbro figure had), as well as both gloves, properly styled, and all of the appropriate wear and tear to his uniform. The details of the uniform are also nice and sharp, and I really dig that texture work. The head sculpt is probably the weakest aspect of the figure. Its detailing is on the softer side, and it doesn’t quite have a spot-on Evans likeness. That said, the likeness is still closer than all of the Hasbro attempts barring the unmasked Civil War head and certainly an immense improvement over prior unmasked Cap heads from DST, and the softer detailing may be more linked to the paint. Speaking of the paint, slight thickness on the head application aside, it’s not a terrible offering. The general appearance is accurate to the film, and there’s quite a bit of accent work going on. In addition to the accuracy of the man figure, something else that really sets this guy apart is his accessory compliment. In addition to a selection of eight different hands, as well as a display stand, he includes his Wakandan replacement shields in both collapsed and deployed configurations. Prior Cap figures have been lucky to get a single shield, but this one can appropriately dual weild, and the deployed versions even have a sliding segment in the front like we saw in the movie. By far, these are the most accurate versions of the shields we got on a small scale figure, and I would count them as a major selling point.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Legends version of this Cap was definitely the biggest disappointment of that set for me. I really liked the Nomad look, and such an inaccurate figure wasn’t cutting it. I considered the Figuarts release, but he just traded in some inaccuracies for another set of them, and lacked the shields entirely, so I passed. Once I saw the prototype for this guy, I was definitely on-board, making him an easy buy when he showed up at Cosmic Comix when he showed up a few weeks ago. While I’m a little bummed that the best version of this guy out there doesn’t quite fit with the rest of my IW figures, there’s no denying this is a solid figure, and he’s nice enough that I’m probably just going to fudge the scale a bit on my shelf.