CAPTAIN AMERICA — FINAL BATTLE EDITION
S.H. FIGUARTS (BANDAI)
Bandai Japan’s S.H. Figuarts is a toyline that I’ve looked at a handful of times previously on the site, but the very vast majority of the items I’ve looked at from the line have been, rather predictably, I suppose, based on Japanese properties (well, excepting of course Freddie and K-2, but they were sort of stand outs). They’ve been dabbling in plenty of American properties over the years, but up until now, I’ve been totally content to stick with the domestic options on those. As of late, they’ve been really getting into the MCU side of things, with Infinity War and Endgame both getting a noticeable focus. Today, I’m taking a look at their latest take on Captain America, specifically in his Endgame attire.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Final Battle Edition Captain America started showing most places in the last month or so, right alongside the similarly Final Battle-themed Iron Man from the movie. This marks our second Endgame Cap in the Figuarts line; the first one hit closer to the film’s theatrical release, and featured a much more paired down accessory selection, largely to avoid spoilers and the like. Even as a basic release, it sold out pretty quickly, so Bandai was fairly quick to get another version out there. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. He’s on the taller side of the Figuarts spectrum (due to Chris Evans being generally a pretty tall guy), but he’s still going to be a little small to scale with Legends. Obviously, that’s kind of expected. This release of Endgame Cap appears to be using the same core sculpt as the prior release. The articulation is a little bit on the obvious side, falling back in line with what I’m used to from Figurarts. There’s a pretty amazing range of motion, though some of the joints on mine, particularly his left elbow, are a little looser than I’d like. I do wish the tolerance were just a touch better there. As with any Figuarts sculpt, it’s definitely got a little bit of a stylization to it, to bring him in line with the rest of the figures. It works pretty well for Cap, though, and gives him even more heroic proportions than usual. It also looks astoundingly svelte when compared to the Hasbro version, which was itself a bit beefy, I suppose. It’s not a bad match for Evans’ build in the film, though, albeit in a slightly caricaturized way. It does manage to get the costume details down a bit more accurately, I think, than the Legends release. There are three separate heads included with this figure: masked with calm expression, masked with battle expression, and fully unmasked (which also gets its own separate neck post, since there’s a little bit of the helmet visible on the standard neck). Of the three, I the neutral masked is probably the weakest. The likeness just isn’t quite there, and he looks a little void of personality. I really like the other two heads, though. The intense expression is great for battle poses, and the unmasked head has a pretty fantastic Evans likeness on it. The paint work on this figure marks a difference from the original release, which gave us a slightly more pristine Cap. This one takes the “Final Battle” title and runs with it a bit, so he’s got a bit of grime and dirt. It’s not enough to make him look “damaged”, but it gives him a little extra flavor. All three heads have printed faces, which look a little wonky from up close, but great at a distance. The gold color used on the hair of the unmasked head looks a little weird, but after having him in hand for a bit, I don’t actually hate it. The major selling point of this guy is his accessory complement. In addition to the three heads mentioned above, Cap also includes five pairs of hands (fists, relaxed, hammer gripping, flat, and with the shield strap in hand), his shield in both regular and broken forms, with interchangeable straps to go along, and Mjolnir with interchangeable energy effects. The hands offer up some fun posing variety, and the flat palmed ones even have a tab to allow the corresponding strap with hanger on it to be attached, letting Cap actually hold his shield by its edge. The shield’s straps also allow for use on either arm, one-handed hold, or mounting on his back, again really giving posing options. Both shields are great pieces, and it’s awesome to finally have the destroyed one in toy form. Mjolnir practically steals the show here, though, as the swap out panels with the energy effects are pretty amazingly dynamic for posing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t typically jump into the Figuarts realm for stuff that has other 6-inch lines, but I’ve been kicking myself for passing up the chance to grab the AoU Cap at a good price, and I was a little bummed when I missed the first release on Endgame Cap. Fortunately, the updated version came along, and he’s even better, so it works out well. When All Time got these figures in stock, I came very close to grabbing this guy right away, but ultimately held off. However, Super Awesome Wife was nice enough to work with Jason to get me one for my birthday, and I really couldn’t be happier. He’s a really fun figure, and goes great with the rest of my ever-growing Captain America collection.
If you’d like a Cap of your own (or the Iron Man that goes with him, perhaps), he’s still in-stock at AllTimeToys.com. And, if you’re looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.