ULTIMATE MECH SUIT CAPTAIN AMERICA
AVENGERS: MECH STRIKE (HASBRO)
“Captain America gears up in a massive, high-powered mech strike suit combat the evil Thanos!”
With a lack of actual Avengers movies to tie into at the moment, as well as a general lack of other Avengers things to really go for (since the game didn’t exactly do the business that they were hoping for), this year, the Avengers are getting a more specifically toy-geared push, with the Mech Strike branding. It’s a pretty simple concept, really: the Avengers are all getting big robo-suits. I know. It’s a real high-art concept, to be sure. I like the Avengers, and I also like big robo-suits, so I don’t hate the idea. I’m looking at one of the resulting toys today, with Ultimate Mech Suit Captain America!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ultimate Mech Suit Captain America is part of Hasbro’s wider-range Avengers: Mech Strike line, which starting showing up at retail in the last month or so. There are a few different price points for the figures, with Cap and the corresponding Iron Man both being at the mid-range $20 price point. These figures are a whole figure and mech-suit set-up, which really gives the whole intended experience, I feel. The core Captain America figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 15 points of articulation. He’s a pretty basic Captain America, following the general look of the “house style Cap” we’ve been seeing since the MCU took off. It’s pretty decently designed, and there are a lot of smaller details on the uniform that make him pretty fun. He’s also pretty posable. Obviously, he’s not quite Legends material or anything, but all of the basics are covered. The only thing I could really drag him on is the lack of waist joint, but that’s fairly minor. There are a few ports worked into the sculpt, as well, which are mainly used for giving him spots to attach the included shield. They’re not too jarring, and generally fit well with the overall aesthetic of the core design. His paint’s on the rather basic side, but it’s enough to get the job done. The basic red, white, and blue is all there, and the application’s mostly pretty clean. The reds are a little sloppier, but it’s admittedly a more difficult color to get consistent. There are definitely some sculpted details that get left unpainted, especially on the blue sections, but this is kind of expected, what with the style and price point. This core figure’s primary function, of course, isn’t really to be seen. Instead, he’s supposed to be the pilot of the aforementioned “Ultimate Mech Suit.” The fully suited up figure stands about 7 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation, all of which are contained in the arms. It’s not exceedingly posable, largely due to it being more or less a shell that folds over the main Cap figure. The arms are, at least, able to get some movement, but he’s otherwise a rather static, and also rather chunk boi. The design’s honestly pretty appealing, at least to me. It’s a big, bulky, and appropriately spangle-y mecha, with very clean line-work. It feels a little bit Ultra Magnus-y to me, but that may be me filling in some things I want to see. Wouldn’t mind him getting some killer shoulder pylons, though. The only slight trouble to how the design of the thing works is that there’s nothing to be done with Cap’s arms once he’s in the mecha; they just kind of hang there, which looks a little silly. Fortunately, they do blend in alright with the sides of the mecha’s torso, if you just wrap them around. Still, it would have been nice to see them come up with something a little bit more clever.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had only a passing familiarity with this line when I got a text from Max a few weeks ago, informing me that he had been in a Captain America mood, which had led him to pick this figure up. It certainly looked nifty, but I wasn’t in a major rush to get one of my own. Upon talking to Max a little more about it, it turned out he wasn’t really feeling it as much as he’d hoped to, so he asked if I wanted it for a good deal. I had just put together a whole shelf of my Captain America stuff, so I had a place to put it, which I guess was as good a reason as any to take it off Max’s hands. Ultimately, it’s still not something I think I would have picked up for myself, largely due to not really being in the main target market for this line. That being said, I do like it now that I have it, and I can’t really knock it’s cool factor. And how many times are we going to get a cool Captain America Mecha? Okay, probably a lot going forward, but this one’s still cool.