ZOMBIE CAPTAIN AMERICA
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Captain America’s team were the first responders to the zombie outbreak — and its first victims.”
October may be over, but the spookiness continues….well, for today at least. But it’s in this great sweet spot of spookiness *and* Marvel. Because, well, it kind of has to be, because how else am I going to get all these Legends reviewed. Yay for the crossover potential of Marvel Zombies! First appearing in the pages of Ultimate Fantastic Four in 2005, later that same year Marvel Zombies launched in its own book, spawning a whole franchise within a franchise. Said franchise within the franchise then made its way into the MCU this year in What If…?‘s fifth episode, aptly titled “What if…Zombies?” My opinions on What If…? were a bit mixed, and the zombies episode was itself rather a mixed bag for me, but there’s no denying that the zombies make for a good concept for toys, especially when it gives me a good excuse to buy another Captain America, who, it should be noted, remains a Captain in this universe, rather than getting a promotion to Colonel as his does in *some* zombie universes out there.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zombie Captain America is part of the Watcher Series of Marvel Legends. He’s unnumbered, as the one figure in the set that doesn’t actually include a piece for the Build-A-Figure (ironic that the zombie is the only one that doesn’t include an extra body part), and he’s also the double packed figure for this assortment. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Compared to other MCU Cap figures, the articulation scheme on this one is definitely improved. There’s a better range of motion on most of the joints, as well as use of ball joints at both the neck and the mid-torso, which supports a more fluid range than prior molds had. He also gets pinless construction on both the elbows and knees. While you would think that a Zombie Cap would be a good excuse to share some parts with older MCU Cap releases, this figure shares only the left boot with the Infinity War version. Everything else is all-new to this release. The helmet and shoulder harness pieces are separate parts, adding some nice depth to the sculpt. The uniform is also nicely detailed, and there’s some fantastic work on the tattered remains hanging around the major spots of damage on the body. Speaking of the damage, the actual damage is a lot more gruesome and in depth than I’d had anticipated on a mass retail release. The legs in particular are quite gnarled. It’s some truly impressive work. Aiding the rather impressive sculpted work is some pretty solid paint work as well. All of the base work is pretty straight forward, and matches the color scheme presented in the show, but they’ve also added a degree of blood coverage (albeit in a slightly purple color, so it’s not explicitly blood) around the wounds. Hasbro doesn’t often do this kind of accent work, so it’s certainly nice to see them do it here, especially when the confines of a mass retail release would have given them an easy pass for not including some of these details. Cap’s only accessory is his shield; it’s the same mold they’ve been using since the First Ten Years release, but this time with a bit of that purple splatter on the front of it. It’s a good piece, but he does end up feeling a little bit light compared to other offerings. That said, I’m not really sure what else he could have gotten.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I run hot and cold when it comes to zombies, and I wasn’t super big on the episode this figure was based on, so I wasn’t really sure how I’d feel about this figure in hand. That said, he’s still a Captain America, and I do have a hard time passing on those. I gotta say, this is honestly one of the strongest figures in this set. He’s just a solid figure from start to finish. Really, I just wish we had a more standard Cap that matched this one in quality, but that’s hardly on this particular release. He’s utterly fantastic, really.
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