CAPTAIN AMERICA & PEGGY CARTER
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
When it comes to the MCU, I’m a very big Captain America fan. His solo outings are all highly ranked among my favorites, with The First Avenger and Winter Soldier being two of my very favorite amongst the line. I have a particular soft spot for TFA, which helped to remind me just how much I liked the character, and is my go-to MCU film for re-watching. The fact that the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years sub-line only gave us Red Skull left me really feeling the lack not just of one of Cap’s coolest looks, but also of one of the MCU’s most important characters. Fortunately, the 80 Years of Marvel line is swooping in and offering up both of those very things, in one convenient package.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Cap and Peggy are one of the two exclusive 80 Years of Marvel two-packs (the other being Iron Man and Iron Spider from Infinity War), and they are available via Amazon. While I’m still iffy on how many of these things are being handed off as exclusives, at least this one is relatively easy to acquire.
“Driven to help out his country during World War II, Steve Rogers enlists in the military as part of Project Rebirth. After he impresses the scientist in charge of the project, Steve is injected with Super Soldier Serum, increasing his strength and physique. He becomes the patriotic hero Captain America, fighting for freedom throughout the world.”
Before he became a full-fledged costumed hero, but after he’d given up being a patriotic monkey, Steve throws togething this distinctive number to go and rescue the POWs from the Hydra camp, in perhaps my favorite sequence of the movie. Hasbro wasn’t doing dedicated Legends for the movies when The First Avenger hit, so obviously there was no chance for a Rescue Cap there, but even worse, they didn’t even include one in their smaller-scale line. To get this look previously, you either had to settle for the Minimate or shell out the big bucks for the Hot Toys version. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Cap is sporting an all-new sculpt, though it’s one that’s already been earmarked for re-use for the upcoming Legendary Riders WWII Cap figure. It’s clearly been designed for accuracy to this particular look first and foremost, however. After a number of MCU Cap figures that were a little bit scrawny, this one does a respectable job of looking the part. The neck is a touch longer than I’d like, and some of the details on the uniform are softer than other recent offerings, but by and large, it’s a solid sculpt, and does the design justice. Cap includes two different heads, which are slightly difficult to differentiate at first glance. The one he comes wearing is a more straight-forward un-helmeted head, which has Evans with his pre-Winter Soldier hair. It’s a decent likeness, though again softer than some recent sculpts. As an added bonus, it’s the first Evans head to be compatible with the Quantum Suit body, which I was certainly happy about. The second head has a far more compact hairstyle, meant to fit under the included helmet. While they could have probably gotten away with just including a separate head with the helmet permanently attached, this way he can carry the empty helmet when using the non-helmet haired head. I can certainly appreciate that. Cap’s paintwork is all pretty standard. The basics are all covered, and he’s using the face printing technique, which works pretty well here. He’s packed with his original shield, a pistol, and a knife. Both the pistol and the knife can be stashed on the figure, while the shield pretty much always goes on the arm. Also included is the unpainted version of his standard shield. It’s just a repaint of the Studios shield mold, meaning it has the star at the center, which isn’t technically accurate, but it’s close enough for such a relatively minor extra, and I’m honestly just happy to see it turn up at all.
“A British agent with the Strategic Scientific Reserve, Peggy Carter is a capable soldier and strategist. She is part of Project Rebirth, which developed the Super Soldier Serum that was injected into Steve Rogers. When Project Rebirth ends, Peggy continues to assist Steve as he becomes the world’s first superhero, Captain America.”
The lack of a proper Peggy Carter figure has been one of the most glaring problems for just about every MCU-based line (barring Minimates, which was previously the only way to get Peggy). Heck, we got a figure of the MCU version of *Sharon* Carter before Peggy. Do you know how crazy that is? It’s mega crazy, let me tell you. It’s about time she finally got her due, with a figure based on her primary appearance from The First Avenger. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and has 29 points of articulation. While she has the expected issues of restricted hip articulation thanks to the skirt, beyond that she’s actually surprisingly well articulated. The waist joint in particular has some really solid range, effectively negating the lack of any mid-torso joint. Definitely a good example of tailoring the articulation to the design. Peggy’s sporting an all-new sculpt, and one I don’t imagine we’ll be seeing again soon (unless Hasbro feels like giving us a TV show Peggy, which I certainly wouldn’t mind). It’s another strong offering, working the articulation in well, while still getting down a pretty realistic set of proportions and properly adapting the details of the uniform. While the head’s not a spot-on Hayley Atwell likeness, it’s strong enough to sell who this is meant to be, and it’s about on par with the Evans likeness on Cap. Peggy’s paintwork is decent for the most part. The face paint is a bit messy on mine, and there was some excess glue from the hair, but boy do I love that the got the seams on the backs of her legs. That’s a really cool touch! Peggy includes a Thompson machine gun, or at least I’m saying that she does. It’s packed next to Cap in the packaging, but Peggy clearly is meant to hold something, and does use a Thompson in the film, so I’m counting it as hers.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I love The First Avenger. I love Rescue Cap. I love Peggy. There was no way I wasn’t buying this set as soon as I got the chance. That made it slightly distressing when we went so long without any release information on this set. It was one of the first 80 Years offerings shown off, but ended up as one of the last to be placed. It kind of worked out in my favor, though, since the announcement that it would be at Amazon came alongside it being in-stock at Amazon, meaning I had it two days after it was officially solicited. That was very nice. This set isn’t without flaws. Cap’s sculpt is a little softer than I’d like, and Peggy’s face paint is iffy, but honestly I’m just beyond thrilled to finally have both of them in my collection.