CAPTAIN AMERICA — AVENGERS ASSEMBLE EDITION
S.H. FIGUARTS (BANDAI)
Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line began as something that was mostly focused on Japanese properties, and while they aren’t totally out of the picture by any stretch of the imagination, they certainly have added a lot more western properties to the line-up. In particular, figures based on the MCU have become quite common place. They’ve done quite an Endgame line-up, and now their circling back with a selection of figures based on the first Avengers, under the heading “Avengers Assemble.” I am, somewhat predictably, looking at the Captain America from the set, because that’s what I do these days.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America is one of the four Avengers Assemble Edition figures added to the S.H. Figuarts line-up this year. Cap started showing up domestically in early July, which is a convenient time for Cap figures. He’s based on Cap, specifically in the first Avengers movie, though it does allow you to use him as both an Endgame flashback Cap and a Homecoming educational videos Cap, if you so choose. That said, there was a release specifically patterned on the Endgame appearances of the costume last year. This one sort of tailors him more to his actual Avengers appearances. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. He’s similar to the Endgame Cap scale-wise, which also means he’s on the taller side for Figuarts, meaning he’s also not too terribly far off from Legends scaling. Still a touch small, but you could fudge it if really pressed. He follows the usual Figuarts articulation scheme, so that gives him an impressive range of motion. That being said, he shows some of the improvements we’ve been seeing more recently on Figuarts with how the articulation is implemented, so he’s a slightly more solid figure, with a little more heft to him. I definitely like that. Cap’s sculpt is largely shared with the Endgame version of this costume from last year, which is sensible, since they’d want to get some mileage out of this mold if possible. It’s a pretty impressive piece of work. It’s very clean and sleek, and definitely makes a slightly iffy design work nicely in three dimensions. There’s the usual level of stylization to him, so that he fits in with the rest of the line. I was happy with how well they got his build down, since the Hasbro version of this costume was a little bit scrawny. This version certainly more lives up to the “America’s Ass” monicker. The only thing I’m not really big on is the belt, which has a little trouble sitting properly. It tends to hover a little higher than it should. Cap’s standard head sculpt has the helmet and a more neutral expression, which is a strong set-up. The helmet’s details match well with the films (again, something Hasbro tended to struggle with) and the Evans likeness is pretty strong. The paint work on Cap is quite nice. It’s got the basic color scheme down nicely, and reminds me how much I like the brighter colors of this costume. They also added some accenting on the outfit, so as to give him a little more wear, since he’s supposed to work for the final battle from the movie. When it comes to the accessories, Cap is pretty nicely covered. He gets three alternate heads: masked and angry, and two unmasked. The unmasked are the same sculpt, but one is clean, and the other is dirty. He also has the two necks to match masked vs unmasked heads, as well as two different collars one with the hood and one without. Also included are two shields, again clean and dirty. They get fully folded down straps, plus one for the upper arm, two alternate hands for each side holding the lower strap, and one strap with the additional hook for doing the one handed hold on the shields. There are a total of 14 hands included, which covers the fists he comes wearing, the pair with the straps, the pair with the tab for use with the strap with the hook, two open gesture, two gripping, two relaxed, one pointing with the index finger, and one pointing with index and middle finger.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have the dislike for this design that some people do. That said, it’s toy coverage wasn’t great. The Legends versions were definitely not at the line’s height, and I was disappointed by the Endgame re-release in particular, since I’d been hoping for an all-new sculpt. Alas, that wasn’t the case, so I was still in the market for a good small-scale version of the costume. When this one came in at All Time, it was a pretty easy sell for me. He’s a really strong figure, and easily the best version of this costume on the market. He definitely feels worth the value.