MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Donning a brand new suit and wings from Wakanda, Sam Wilson proudly takes on the mantle, ready to unite people as the world’s new Captain America.”
When Steve passed the shield to Sam in Avengers Endgame, Sam’s taking up the Captain America mantle seemed pretty inevitable, but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier devoted a lot of its time to showing that even when something is the inevitable or even most common sense outcome, that doesn’t mean that the journey there is always the easiest. Much like Steve, Sam’s own hesitance at accepting the role, coupled with outside factors believing him wrong for the role based on superficial factors, are ultimately the very reasons that Sam is the right choice for the part, and the show pulls double duty of convincing both Sam and the audience watching that there’s really no other choice for the new Captain America. And, if he’s going to be the new Captain America, then he damn well better get a cool new action figure while he’s at it, right? Right. So, let’s look at that, huh?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Following in the footsteps of Homecoming‘s Vulture, Captain America is both the final single release in the Disney+ series of Marvel Legends and its Build-A-Figure, by virtue of his wings being parted out amongst the other figures, while the core figure himself is sold by himself. This allows the wings to be far more intricate in their design than they might otherwise have been, while also giving people the option of just getting that main Cap look, which Sam does, admittedly have for quite a bit of his screen time. The wings are certainly less key a piece for him than his Falcon design, or even really that prior Vulture figure, so I think it was a pretty wise choice. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation in his single-packed form, with an additional 6 points courtesy of the wings when he’s fully assembled. His articulation scheme is pretty well balanced. The wings can be a little floppy in certain poses, but they hold up alright, and the core body is on par with the rest of this line-up’s articulation. Sam’s got an all-new sculpt based on his final episode design from the show, and let me take a moment here to once again discuss how strong many of the costume choices have been for these shows. Much like Wanda’s Scarlet Witch design, Sam’s Captain America uniform is a quite faithful adaptation of his Cap suit from the comics. I was quite a fan of that design in 2D, and I think it translated amazingly well to live action. Rather fittingly, it’s also translated quite nicely into toy form. The costume details match up quite nicely with those seen on the screen, and the head sports Hasbro’s best Anthony Mackie sculpt so far (which is saying something, because the prior Legends version was pretty good to begin with). Most impressively, this time around the goggles are actually a separate piece, with a slight translucent feature to them, so you can ever so slightly see his eyes peeking out from beneath them. If I have one complaint, it’s that he does still seem maybe a little too thin for Mackie’s build in the show. That said, it’s not quite as bad as the prior figure, and on top of that, Mackie has also slimmed down a bit as his appearances have progressed, so it’s not terrible. He still looks pretty good. Generally speaking, his paint work is decent. It’s not quite as sharp as some more recent MCU offerings, I think partially owing to just how much is going on with it, and there’s a few spots of bleed over and slop around the edges, but for the most part it looks okay. I was certainly glad that they actually put the proper color change ups on the wings. The core Cap figure is packed with the collapsed version of his wing pack, as well as his shield (which is distinctly different from Steve’s, as it should be). I was a little letdown that he didn’t get any alternate hands, since he’s just got the open gesture ones. They aren’t as limiting as just fists, or something, but I do still wish we’d gotten at least one more set, just to have the option. The Build-A-Figure parts add in the whole extended wing pack, of course, which swaps out for the collapsed piece. It also gives him the upgraded version of Redwing (which I really love that we got), who has his own flight attachment on the pack, and a stand to held support him when he’s got the full wing pack on. While the core figure is perhaps lacking a touch, the full BaF treatment definitely makes him feel more complete.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
There was debate after Endgame about whether Sam should really be the next Cap. As a longtime classic Cap fan, I’ve always felt he was the always the logical choice, so I was definitely there for it. I really enjoyed seeing his journey to claiming the mantle, and I absolutely loved seeing his full Cap look in action, so I was definitely down for getting it in figure form. I think the whole Build-A-Figure set-up worked pretty well for him, and the resulting figure is the best MCU version of Sam we’ve gotten so far, certainly worthy of the quality of the show.
I am, at this time, going to again get into some post-Jess stuff here, so another fair warning. The MCU Falcon in Legends form definitely has some strong ties to Jess for me, because Winter Soldier was the first movie we saw in the theater together, not long after we started dating, and she also put a very large amount of effort into making sure that I got the first Legends MCU Falcon for Christmas the year it was released. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was also the last thing that the two of us got to watch start to finish together. So, there’s already a fair bit of meaningful attachment to this guy. But this whole set of figures gets an extra final little push, courtesy of some incredible generosity on the part of Jason over at All Time Toys. Throughout all of Jess’s treatments and struggles, and our personal battles, Jason and the rest of the team at All Time Toys have been nothing short of amazing, doing whatever they could. In the case of this particular round of figures, on the day Jess passed, Jason showed up at my house with this set in tow. It’s a not small gesture, and it gave me something to focus myself on in the days immediately following losing Jess, which was an invaluable resource for getting myself back on my feet. I was already poised to really like this set of figures, but now it’s a very special symbol of both the wonderful times I had with Jess and of the people who have been supporting me through these trying times.