MARVEL UNIVERSE (TOY BIZ)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
Union Jack is one of those characters that’s rather hard to group within the Marvel Universe. As effectively the British equivalent to Captain America, he generally tends to get fitted in there, but in the ’90s, when Cap wasn’t quite as much of a bankable power-house, that made getting a Union Jack figure a sort of a meandering task. Enter the world of exclusives!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Union Jack was offered as a mail-away offer in ToyFare #7, made available to order in March of 1998 and shipping out later that same year. At this point in time, the current Union Jack, Joey Chapman, was wearing a radically different costume, but this one of course had the appeal of potentially being any of the three of them, and Joey would eventually return to it anyway, making it a solid choice. The figure stands about 5 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. He gets everything that was standard for these figures in terms of movement, as well as getting universal joints on his shoulders. Yay for extra movement! Union Jack is a repaint of the Spider-Man line’s Web-Glider Spider-man. It was a pretty basic, clean base body, so it works overall. The only slight downside is the presence of peg holes on the outsides of the calves, the back, and the sides of the torso. They’re generally pretty small and easy to miss, though, and ultimately worth the trade-off of everything else the body offers. It’s nicely balanced in terms of proportions, and just works well for the character. He also gets a soft-goods belt piece, which is a little ill-fitting and goofy, but fits with the general aesthetic of other figures in the style. His paint work is generally pretty solid. They’ve done a nice job of capturing the distinctive layout of the character’s costume. Some of the edges are a little fuzzy, and he makes the usual mistake of getting the pattern of the Union Jack inaccurate, since the white border is more or less uniform on all sides. Still, it’s not horrible for what it is. Despite a usual lack of accessories with these figures, Union Jack does get one: his knife. Not typically his main go-to, but it’s one of the two weapons he’s always seen carrying, and it can even be stored in his belt.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Seeing as I’ve already stated that Havok was my entry point on these exclusives, I suppose it’s fairly obvious that this was another one I didn’t get new. He’s a relatively recent addition to my collection, picked up not too long before I started the site in 2013 (in fact, he just missed the window of me starting to look at new additions to my collection by four figures, according to my list; cut that one very close), courtesy of Cosmic Comix. He’s a fairly basic figure, but also a rather well done one. Probably one of the better ToyFare exclusives.