SECRET WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Recruited by Nick Fury for an undercover mission, Captain America serves SHIELD in the pursuit of justice.”
Comics like to re-use names. Take, for instance, this figure, and the story he’s sourced from. Is “Secret War Captain America” from Secret Wars, Marvel’s cross-company event designed to help sell action figures? Or perhaps Secret Wars II, its sequel? Or how about Secret Wars, the 2015 cross-company event designed to help sell that comics were still a relevant thing and these crossovers were still totally worth doing and you should really buy them all? It’s a resounding “no” to all three. No, he’s from Secret War, a Brian Michael Bendis-written event from 2003, which, despite its name, is completely and totally unrelated to the three other events I listed. Oh, Bendis.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Secret War Captain America was part of the Abomination Series of Marvel Legends, which was the last of the three Cap-themed Civil War tie-in assortments released in 2016. Hasbro was eager to get as much mileage as possible out of the new Cap pieces they’d tooled up for the Reaper body, and also needed a third Cap variant, so this guy got the nod, being based on Gabriele Dell’Otto’s stealth uniform Cap from the previously mentioned event series. Cap’s costume from this series is apparently a favorite for toy companies, since its had both a Legends and a Minimates release, while none of the other heroes costumes have graced toy form. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. As I noted above, this guy was built on the Reaper body, specifically the one with all the Cap-specific parts that was first used for the Cap-Wolf figure. That means he’s got the flared boots and gloves. He also re-uses the head from the RoML Ultimate Captain America, since it lacks the 3D head wings of Cap-Wolf’s standard head. Also, doesn’t have that same horrible, hideous face, so that’s a plus. He does get one new piece, an add-on for his belt, which appears to be fairly accurate to the source material. Of all the things to spring for new tooling on, this one seems a little odd, but to be fair, it’s really the only new piece he needed. The main changes are made via the paint, which really gets the stealthier colors of the design down. He’s still got the trappings of your standard Captain America color scheme, but toned way down to allow for something slightly stealthier…even if it’s not like he’s really actually hiding who he is. Whatever the case, it looks cool. Cap is packed with the same shield as all of the post-Reaper Caps, and also includes the throwing effect for the shield, which I reviewed with the 80th Cap, but was debuted with this particular figure. As I noted in that review, it’s a fun extra piece, and definitely added some pop to what could have been a drab release. Cap was also packed with the right arm of the Abomination Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
At the time that this assortment hit in 2016, I was kinda between jobs, so I didn’t really have the funds to go all-in on it (nor did the line-up or the Build-A-Figure really inspire me to do so), meaning I only picked up the figures I really, really wanted. Cap didn’t quite make it on that list, and I just never saw him in person again by the time I had the money to spend on him. Fortunately, All Time managed to get a few of them in as part of a trade, and so I was able to grab one for my Cap collection. He’s not a standard version of the character, but the stealth look is a cool one, and he was certainly an improvement on the Cap Wolf figure.