CAPTAIN AMERICA & MOTORCYCLE
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“When Steve Rogers joins the secret Super Soldier program during World War II, he emerges as the incredibly strong and fiercely patriotic hero, Captain America.”
Ah, here we go, something very familiar: Marvel Legends. These gifts are really hitting that comfortable territory for me now. I mean, slightly more comfortable, I suppose. At this point, “action figures” is comfortable territory for me, so it’s not like anything has really thrown for a loop so far. Whatever the case, I’m certainly alright with a touch of normality, and perhaps even more of a return to it than you might expect. I have previously discussed the “Legendary Riders” sub-line of Hasbro’s Legends, and its sort of up-and-down relationship with the reality of the characters and their described rides. Some of the pairings do end up a bit better than others, and I suppose today’s is one of those slightly more sensible ones, given just how often Captain America has been seen riding a bike from one place to another. Bonus points if it really plays up those World War II overtones, which this one most certainly does.
THE TOYS THEMSELVES
Captain America is the headline offering in the fourth Legendary Riders assortment of Marvel Legends. To date, all of the line’s even-numbered assortments have had just one new pack, which ships alongside the short-pack from the prior assortment. In Cap’s case, he shipped alongside a re-pack of the ’90s Professor X, supposedly hitting at the end of last year. That wasn’t really the case, unless you were one of the very fortunate souls who actually got one of these during it’s very scarce run at retail. But I’ll get more into that later. For this figure, Cap is sporting his WWII-era uniform from The Ultimates. I’m really not keen on the Ultimates incarnation of Cap, but I’ll admit that this particular design has still always resonated with me. Definitely one of Bryan Hitch’s stronger design pieces. The design has been done once before in Legends form, as part of the two-packs that wrapped up Hasbro’s first run on the line in 2009. A decade seems like a good enough wait for an update. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, the vast majority of this figure is the same as the Rescue Cap from the “80 Years of Marvel” set. It was a solid offering the first time around, and it’s still a solid offering here, aided by the fact that the two designs are rather similar in the first place. To complete the set-up, he gets a new head and upper and lower torso. This gives him the goggles and aviator cap from the comics, as well as giving him the slightly more personalized front to his jacket. They mesh well with the re-used parts, and honestly, I think they look even a little better as a whole than the Rescue Cap figure did. Topping things off is a slightly tweaked version of the Rescue Cap helmet, this time without the goggles in place. It’s otherwise the same piece, and works just as well. Something I missed on my review of Rescue Cap, however, was the inclusion of details on the interior of the helmet, right were no one’s ever going to see them. That’s quite a commitment to detailing. The coloring on this guy is accurate to the source material, doing up Cap’s traditional patriotic colors in a slightly desaturated fashion. The application’s all pretty clean, and fairly basic. They’ve opted for opaque lenses on the aviator’s cap, which is less technically involved. Ultimately, I actually like the design a little bit more this way, so I’m alright with it. Cap’s accessory selection’s pretty solid, with his trusty shield, a 1911 Colt .45 pistol, a Thompson submachine gun, and a knife. They’re all the same pieces that came in the 80th set (although the Thompson went to Peggy there), and they work just as well here as they did previously.
Also included here is the part that makes this thing a “Riders” set, Cap’s ride! As I noted in the intro, Cap’s been seen on Motorcycles since early in his career, and it’s been prominently featured in most of his movie appearances. It’s definitely a Harley Davidson-inspired ride, which is consistent with both the movies and the comics, though it bears no official branding, as that would undoubtedly require an extra license. As it stands, it’s close enough to be recognizable, while still different enough to not really be infringing on any licensing. It’s a lot of the same parts as the bike that came with Punisher (and by extension, Wolverine), which is a perfectly suitable point of re-use. It was a good bike when I looked at it the first time, and it’s honestly just better here, thanks to the new updated parts that have been added, as well as the WWII military-style paint scheme. It’s also got a few extra add-on pieces to differentiate it a bit, including two side bags, a holster for his machine gun, and an ammo box on one side. Kinda crazy that Cap’s bike has more weapon storage than the Punisher’s, but I’m certainly not complaining on this front.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was very eager to get this set when it was shown off last year, which made all the more frustrating when All Time (and most retailers, for that matter) wound up getting shorted on this particular round, there by making him a very hard to acquire. I’ve been doing my best to be patient and wait for one to actually show up for me, but it was certainly getting a little disheartening. So, I was quite excited when I unwrapped this guy on Christmas, courtesy of Cheyenne (of Jess and Chey’s Ultimate Toy review, in case you’d forgotten) and her very kind parents. I’m super thrilled to finally have this guy, and boy is he a lot of fun!