MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“When, in 1941, a frail young patriot agreed to be a test case for an experimental “super-soldier” serum, he was transformed into Captain America – the living symbol of freedom. His body is now physically perfect, his courage unmatched and his fighting skills cannot be equaled. Cap joined WWII and helped the allies win the war. After spending the decades following the war in suspended animation, he was revived by the Mighty Avengers, a super hero group this charismatic born leader would eventually command.”
Hey, remember way back, when I was having to space out my Marvel Legends reviews, because, like, there weren’t a ton of them? Well, I’m not *quite* back to that level, but I’m still kind of needing to space some things. I mean, it’s been more than two weeks, which feels like a fair bit of time. Also, last time I left off on a standard Captain America, and this time I’m picking up with a standard Captain America. You know, for consistency sake. Back in May, I took my first look at Hasbro’s celebration of Marvel Legends‘ twentieth year, with their fancy updated take on Iron Man. They’re working to recreate the whole “Series 1” line-up from Toy Biz’s run, so joining up with Iron Man is the aforementioned Captain America!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America is another of the four figures in Series 1 of the “20th Anniversary” sub-line of Marvel Legends. Though he was the first figure shown off, Cap’s trailing Iron Man and Hulk in his arrival at retail. As with the whole line-up, Cap’s a Fan Channel-exclusive, so he’s not at big box stores. It’s a nice change of pace, given that the 80 Years Cap was a Walmart-exclusive. While Iron Man was a slight deviation in terms of design from the 80 Years figure, Cap is more or less an equivalent update, though this one is without the Alex Ross-inspiration. He’s a more straight-forward update of the look of the original Legends Cap, which certainly makes a lot of sense for this release. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. From the neck down, this figure’s sculpt is the same as the 80 Years release. It’s a good, strong sculpt for a classic Cap, and it’s only gotten the one use before, so I like seeing it crop up again. He gets a brand new masked head sculpt, which is rather different from the last one. After years with the weird scowl-face, the 80 Years was a step in the right direction. It was a bit specifically inspired by Ross’s art, which is a little less on the multi-purpose side. This one, sculpted by Paul Harding, is more general in its design, and it’s very definitely my favorite Hasbro Cap sculpt to date. Definitely a worthy successor to the original Cap sculpt, and that’s saying quite a bit. Cap’s color scheme is much brighter on this release than the 80th figure. I like it. I like it a lot. It’s bold and very eye catching, and there’s a ton of really well-rendered accenting, especially on the scale mail. It really helps the sculpted elements to pop. Much like Iron Man, Cap is quite well-accessorized. He gets an unmasked head, a corresponding pulled down mask piece to go over the neck, three sets of hands (fists, open gesture, and a flat/pointing combo), a shoulder harness, his shield, three different styles of effects pieces for the shield, and a display stand with a cardboard backdrop. The unmasked head matches up well with the masked one, and it’s a pretty solid sculpt in its own right. I dig that ’80s style hair for Rogers. The hood piece is kind of loose and floaty, but it serves its purpose well enough. The hands are all re-used, but they work well, and provide him with a host of cool posing options. The shoulder harness is a new piece, distinctly different from prior ones. I like its more simple design. The shield is at once an improvement on prior pieces, and also the worst thing about the figure. I really like the larger size of the shield, and I like the effects pieces…in concept. In practice, it results in three permanent holes in the shield, rendering it rather odd looking when the effects pieces aren’t in place. So close, and yet so far. Perhaps a future release will re-work the piece to remove the holes, and then we can have it all. Cap’s display stand is the same one included with Iron Man, and his backdrop is likewise double sided, with an illustration of the original figure’s stand on one side, and the cover to the issue of Captain America packed in with the Series 1 release. Yes, unlike Iron Man, Cap’s cover is actually the same one was the original figure. So, that’s a pretty cool touch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I liked a lot about the 80th Cap, but I felt like he was just shy of hitting that perfect Cap mark. I definitely liked the look of this one from its announcement, and I was thrilled when it turned out to *not* be a Walmart exclusive. It was very definitely my favorite and most anticipated of the Anniversary figures, and it’s been a little bit of a wait, but it was very definitely worth it. The shield thing is a bit annoying, but that issue aside, this figure’s absolutely fantastic, and undoubtedly the best Legends Cap to grace the line. I really, really like this figure.
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