AVENGERS: ENDGAME (HOT TOYS)
These days, I pretty much exclusively save my Hot Toys reviews for monumental numbers, but I’ve gotten to the point now where anything less than 500 doesn’t seem worth it, so it’s literally less than one a year. Despite my last one being not even a whole year ago, when I crossed the 2500 mark, I’ve actually picked up a new one that warrants reviewing, and I don’t particularly want to wait seven months to review him, just to get the numbers to line up right. If he’d actually come out when he was *supposed* to, I would have been golden, but nooooooooo…. So, anyway, I’m breaking the structure. I know, you’re all so broken up about it, right? Let’s jump back to 2019, when the world sucked a great deal less, and discuss the culmination of a decade’s worth of movies in Avengers: Endgame, and, more specifically, Captain America!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America was released as part of the Endgame component of Hot Toys’ core Movie Masterpiece Series, where he’s figure 536. He winds up being the sixth release of the Endgame figures, though he was originally meant to be a little bit earlier. His initial release date was projected for June of 2020, but he wound up being about a year later than expected, making him so far the most delayed of the Endgame figures. Presumably, the need to add some more final battle-specific parts contributed to this at least a little bit, but there was also that whole pandemic thing going on, which I’m sure did not help. He’s finally here, though, and that’s the thing that matters the most of all. Cap is based on his all-new super suit from the movie, which places him as a specifically third-act version of the character, which is really where he gets his best look, so I’m all about it. It’s definitely Chris Evans’ Cap at his Cap-iest. The figure stands about 12 1/2 inches tall and he has over 30 points of articulation.
As is the norm for masked characters, Cap is packed with two different heads for this release. The first is a helmeted look, which is a quite nicely layered sculpt that looks like he’s actually got a separate helmet and everything. For this head, they’ve given him an extra joint at the base of the jaw, for some extra mobility. It works pretty well, but does result in a slightly noticeable seam at the back. It’s certainly an improvement from earlier versions of such designs, though, which is good. The head has a solid likeness of Chris Evans under the helmet, showcasing an improvement even on the already really good likenesses of the older Caps. Much like the DX12 Batman, the helmeted head has three different mouth plates that you can swap out for different expressions. The standard is fairly neutral, and has the most versatility, but he’s also got one with the mouth slightly opened, and one with the teeth firmly gritted and bared, which is perfect for the more intense battle poses. The plates are attached with magnets, and can take a little bit of doing to place, but stay nicely once set, and swap out without too much trouble. It certainly works a bit better than the straight up pegs that were on Batman. The paint work on the head is up to the usual HT standards, with a very lifelike appearance for the face, and some really nice wear and tear detailing on the helmet. The second head gives us a proper un-helmeted look for Steve. Originally, the photos showed the same unmasked head that was included with the Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, and Civil War releases, but prior to release, Hot Toys replaced it with an all-new sculpt that more accurately depicts Evans as seen in Endgame. It’s a very strong sculpt, with a really impressive likeness, perhaps even better than the one on the helmeted head. Unlike the helmeted head, this one doesn’t have the extra joint. It makes for slightly less posability, but looks better aesthetically, and given his more composed appearance, it’s not really meant for crazy poses anyway. The only real downside to this sculpt is that there’s a rather noticeable seam on the sides of the head. Fortunately, it’s not too bad when not directly lit, but at this price point, you would hope for it to be just a little bit better.
Cap’s new suit for Endgame‘s final battle was a fairly strong point for the movie. It’s kind of indicative of the MCU movies as a whole, taking various elements that worked previously, and rolling them all into one slightly more perfected, more direct comics-directly adapted final product. It looks really cool, and it just really works. It’s construction is also a bit more involved than earlier designs, as well, which is reflected in its translation here. His underlying “body suit” is two distinct pieces, a shirt and pants. The pants have some molded knee pads glued in place, and the shirt has plastic plating for his chest and shoulders, as well as a sculpted insignia at the center. Beyond that, the detailing is down to tailoring, which looks pretty solid for this scale. Some of the stitching is a little bit larger than it should be, but, of course, there’s only so much that can be done about that. The base suit is topped off by his harness, belt, and boots. The harness is largely cloth, as you would expect, and is again a well-tailored translation of the design seen in he film. The belt sits a little bit low, but overall looks alright, and is attached permanently to the suit. The boots are sculpted, but unlike earlier sculpted boots, which sacrificed articulation for the sake of aesthetics, these ones are jointed at the ankles, allowing for much better options when posing. It’s definitely a much appreciated improvement for me.
Cap’s underlying body captures Evans’ proportions pretty nicely and is one of the more basic ones, which prioritizes function over form. After the first few Caps placed him on slightly less articulated muscle bodies, I do appreciate one that’s more cleanly designed for posing. The nature of his costume design does impede some of the movement ever so slightly. For the most part, the upper torso fares alright in terms of range, though the shoulders are a little tight for some poses. The pants are rather restricting, especially at the hips, but with some slight shifting, it’s workable. He just won’t be getting into any deep lunges or anything.
In addition to getting the previously mentioned extra head and mouth plates, Cap gets a rather extensive selection of other extras for a whole ton of options for display. Included are:
- 7 hands
- 2 shields
- Empty helmet
- Display stand
The hands include fists, gripping, pointing (right), open gesture (right), and loose grip (left). They pretty much cover all of the needed options for posing, and look suitably realistic, including some solid detail work on his gloves. They also swap out pretty easily, considering my prior experiences with Hot Toys. The two shields give you both standard (if a bit scuffed), and damaged, which also includes the broken shards, which I certainly wasn’t expecting. The shields also include a piece that can swap out for one of the straps, which allows you to hang one of them on his back. Mjolnir is similar in styling to the one included with Thor, but this time around the top is plastic, rather than metal. While it doesn’t have that same impressive heft, it also won’t leave his wrist joint all floppy and loose after a few months posed holding it aloft. The compass is properly hinged, and even has the small photo of Peggy in it, as seen in the movie. The helmet matches the helmeted head, minus the head, of course, and can be held when he’s using the unmasked head. The stand swaps out the old basic oval design for a hexagonal design featuring a design based on the movie branding. It does its job well, and has a rather clean design, which works pretty well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Completing the first Avengers line-up was really my last hurrah for Hot Toys collecting, and I’ve not really been keeping up with it since. However, when I walked out of the theater after seeing Endgame, I pretty much wanted this Cap design in any form I could get. I placed my order for this guy as soon as he was available. It’s been quite a long wait for him, given he was supposed to be slated for last year, but I was certainly okay with being patient. Ultimately, this figure wound up as part of my path to figuring out my new normal, since he finally shipped just a week after Jess’s passing. It’s weird, I suppose, but maybe sort of fitting, since I had moved past Hot Toys collecting when she and I started dating. It was definitely weird not getting to experience this one with a companion, but I’m starting to find my footing on what I like purely for me. I do like this figure. I took me a little bit of time to get back into enjoying a Hot Toys figure the same way I used to, but he’s a good re-entry into the style. I’m not jumping back into these full force, but I am going to keep up with my Captain America chronology at the very least.