CAPTAIN AMERICA — GAMERVERSE
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Injected with an experimental Super-Soldier Serum, Steve Rogers has the peak potential of strength, endurance, and dexterity.”
Alright, I took a bit of a break for the weekend, but let’s jump right back in to Marvel Legends, shall we? I looked at the comics-based half of the most recent Avengers set last week, so now I’m jumping into the video-game-based segment, all of which hail from Square Enix’s Avengers game, originally due out this May, but recently delayed until September. I’m kicking things off with the game’s altered take on Captain America!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America is the first of the three Gamerverse-specific figures in the Abomination Series of Marvel Legends. He’s based on Cap’s standard design from the game. All of the core team designs have been fairly highly criticized, and Cap’s probably got the worst of it, with the general consensus being that it looks a little bit low-rent cosplay for a Cap design, especially in contrast to the MCU’s far better recieved “real world” adaptations of his classic comics get-up. I don’t hate it quite as much as others, but I definitely have my qualms with a few of the design choices. Still, it’s not the worst choice for toy coverage. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Cap’s sporting a brand-new sculpt to replicate the game design. It’s a pretty spot-on recreation of the models we’ve seen so far, for better or for worse. It honestly benefits a bit from being seen in three dimensions, as the depth to the various parts of the costume is a little better viewed this way. Some of the iffier design choices, such as the larger head wings, also look a little less odd here. His face does seem maybe a touch square, and his hands seem a little small by my metrics, but I do generally like the look of this figure, and Hasbro certainly took advantage of the extra costume details to help keep the sculpt interesting. The paintwork on this guy is pretty decent, with a little bit of a caveat. There’s nothing wrong with it from a technical standpoint. The application is all pretty clean, and they even used the face printing to make him a little more lifelike. He’s an accurate recreation of the colors from the game. There in lies the problem. While the design looks better on the figure from a sculpting standpoint, the colors don’t translate so well. They’re really just too muted, and I’m not super crazy about some of the color placement. In particular, I think he’d look better if the white on the shoulders and the blue on the biceps were swapped, and if he had more red overall on the costume. As it stands, he looks a bit more like an adaptation of Cap’s Secret War costume, rather than his more classic gear. Cap is a bit light on the accessories front, with just his shield. It’s an all-new sculpt, representing the slightly tweaked design from the game. While it’s not a bad design in its own right, it doesn’t stay on his arm very securely, which is a little frustrating, but it does at least plug into his back without any trouble. Not giving Cap one of the BaF parts is okay, but it’s a shame he didn’t at least get some extra hands or maybe an unmasked head to help fill out the package a little bit more.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I wasn’t immediately won over by this design, I don’t think it’s the worst thing ever, and I’m a sucker for a decent Captain America, so I was certainly interested in this guy from the get-go. He wasn’t as high on my list as, say Mar-Vell, but I was a little excited. Ultimately, he’s not going to win everyone over, but I do think he makes for a really solid Captain America figure, and I think he’s going to look pretty cool alongside Hasbro’s new G.I. Joe line.
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