The first of Marvel family to be added after Billy Batson was granted his powers, Freddy Freeman became Billy’s side-kick Captain Marvel Jr, the member of the Marvel family with more name-changes than even the Big Red Cheese himself. He proved a popular character in his own right, and was even Elvis Presley’s favorite comic book character (and would in fact serve as an inspiration for his later career appearance). When Freddy was confirmed as a main character for the movie, it wasn’t that much of a wild guess that he’d be granted his alter-ego, whatever his name might end up being. Freddy’s alter ego (and all of the Shazamily’s, for that matter) ended up being confirmed not by the movie itself, but rather by his toy, which I’m looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Freddy is another figure from the basic Shazam! line from Mattel, and is the first of the extended family figures. He’s also the heaviest packed after Shazam himself, which is probably a pretty sensible choice, given his prominence in both the comics and the movie. The figure stands 6 inches tall and has 20 points of articulation. From the neck down, Freddy’s identical to yesterday’s Shazam figure. They had essentially the same costume, and a fairly similar build. Plus, it was a solid sculpt the first time around, and it’s still a solid sculpt this time. He tops the re-used body off with a brand-new head sculpt, which sports a pretty decent likeness of older-Freddy’s actor Adam Brody. It’s at the very least on par with the Zachary Levi likeness on Billy, and makes him distinctly different from that figure. Assisting in him looking different? The color scheme. Freddy’s traditional blues are here in true form, and it’s definitely a nice look. Like Shazam, there’s the printed eyes, which make for a fairly lifelike appearance. Freddy’s also packed with one of the Sins, this time Pride. Again, it’s a soft rubber stretchy sort of thing, so it’s largely gimmick. But hey, I’m not going to complain about extra stuff!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, I saw the pictures of these figures before seeing the movie, meaning I knew about the big twist going in. It also meant that I knew these figures existed going in, and therefore wanted a Freddy figure as soon as I got out of the theatre. Fortunately, he’s one of the easier figures in the set to track down. Like Shazam, Freddy’s figure is a pleasant surprise coming from Mattel. He’s a solid offering, and definitely worth the price, especially if you liked his appearance in the movie.