MARVEL SUPER HEROES (TOY BIZ)
“U.S. Agent is the ultimate super soldier of justice. And with his awesome shield, he proves it. To prepare shield for crime-fighting action, gently push the extension of his shield along the top of the shield-launcher until it locks into position. Wrist launcher and shield can both be attached separately to his wrist, thus making him ready for any – and every – attack!”
When they first took over the license, before building all sorts of different lines, Toy Biz’s Marvel toys were initially split into X-Men and a larger Marvel Super Heroes line, which covered literally everything else. The line ran five series, with its final assortment being entirely re-hash…or at least very close to re-hash. There were a couple of re-paints, and only one actual new character, whom I’m looking at today. Yes, it’s time for another version of John Walker, aka U.S. Agent!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
U.S. Agent was released in the aforementioned Series 5 of Toy Biz’s Marvel Super Heroes line. The figure stands just under 5 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation. U.S. Agent’s entire existence in the line was due to his easy parts re-use, so he’s a complete re-use of the standard Captain America molds. Cap’s sculpt was honestly one of the best from this line, though it’s kind of the best because it’s so specifically Steve Rogers as Cap, which works just a little bit against this figure’s intended purpose. The clearly denoted sections of chain mail, as well as the vertical stripes on the mid-section, and the star symbol on the front of the chest are all elements that don’t work quite so much for the U.S. Agent costume. Likewise, the face is very definitely Steve, not John. That said, the paint does its best with the material, and it’s honestly not terrible looking. It helps that a lot of it’s black, which hides more of the extra details, and it also helps that the paint work is pretty sharp, so it at least looks pretty good. U.S. Agent is packed with the same shield and launcher as the basic Cap. It’s a little clunky, but honestly a fun gimmick, since the shield still functions as a shield, while also working with the launcher. The shield has been appropriately re-colored, and looks pretty nifty.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve owned this figure three times over. My first one came to me as a gift from my Nana, who had gotten him for both me and my cousin Rusty, I believe as a “good job with school” gift. Mine was well-loved, but also wound up losing his foot at one point, in an incident I was never able to explain. Rusty was kind enough to give me his, so I had one with two feet again, but I lost the shield and launcher from both over the years. Enter the third one, which was given me just a few years ago by Max, who had gotten a sealed one and decided he didn’t really need it. As U.S. Agent, this guy’s not quite there. As The Captain, he’s actually not bad, so I’ll just consider him that way, I guess, because at least then I can enjoy him unimpeded.