AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (HOT TOYS)
In a turn of events that I suppose is all rather fitting, today, the last day of 2021, also marks my 3000th review here at the site. Pretty crazy, huh? I never really foresaw myself making it quite this far, and yet, here I am. 3000 is a very big number, and a bigger number than the the total quantity of figures I had in my collection when I started this thing. Moreover, I’ve made it all the way to the end of 2021, a journey that I would very much be underselling with the description “turbulent.” A lot’s happened, and it has not been easy. But I’m here. And I’ve got a thing to review. And I suppose that’s the most important thing in the moment. So, let’s jump back to 2018, back to the throws of Avengers: Infinity War, specifically Captain America and his rather disheveled look from his own rather turbulent year. Fitting, I suppose.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America is part of the Infinity War tie-in component of Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Series, where he’s figure MMS 481, which made him the sixth of the IW tie-in figures. The figure arrived not too long after the film’s release, hitting in the fall of 2018. There were two releases of him, a standard and a “Movie Promo Edition” which was a Sideshow-exclusive in the US. The difference between the two comes down to a few accessories; the figure proper remains the same. This Cap is based on his Nomad appearance from the film, which is of course the only look he actually has in Infinity War, so I guess that makes sense. The figure stands about 12 1/2 inches tall and he has over 30 points of articulation.
While most Caps these days include multiple heads, this release only has the one. It makes some degree of sense, since he doesn’t have the helmeted look in the film, so I suppose he only needs the one head. It’s only the one facial expression, but that’s not uncommon for unmasked heads from Hot Toys. This one does live up to Hot Toys’ usual penchant for very lifelike sculpts. It sports a pretty spot-on likeness of Evans in the film, at least facially. The hair is perhaps a little bit too orderly for proper film accuracy, but it’s not too far off, and it’s certainly closer than either Hasbro or Bandai’s attempts were. It avoids the seam at the sides of the head that the Endgame release had, but trades it out for a rather noticeable join at the back of the head where the longer hair attaches. It’s still not the worst thing, but at this price point, you do hope for a little better. At the very least, the paint work topping it all off is really good, up to Hot Toys’ typical standards for face paint, with a very lifelike quality to the whole thing.
In Infinity War, Cap is, at least canonically, supposed to still be wearing the suit he had in Civil War, having had not time on the run between films to swap out. In actuality, there are a few changes to the suit beyond just the expected wear and tear of being on the run, but they’re generally minor. In terms of how the suit works on the figure, it’s pretty similar to the Endgame figure, being two main parts, with a lot of layers attached. As with that figure, this one’s belt sets perhaps a little low, but it’s otherwise a well-tailored outfit that works well with the underlying body of the figure and captures the look of the outfit seen in the film quite nicely.
The underlying base body appears to be the same one used for Endgame Cap, which was a good fit for Evans’ build for the character, as well as doing a good job of balancing aesthetics and functionality. As with that figure, the movement of the base body is somewhat impeded by the nature of the suit design, which does have some notable restrictions at the hips and shoulders. Still, there’s plenty of movement to be had, and he can get some pretty solid range on most of the joints.
When it comes to accessories, Cap gets quite a few, including:
- 8 hands
- 2 Wakandan shields
- Outrider corpse
- Corvus Glaive’s Spear
- Proxima Midnight’s staff
- Display stand
The hands include a pair of fists, a pair of gripping, a pair of relaxed gesture, and a right pointing/left open gesture combo. They give all the important needs for posing and working with the included accessories, and also do a good job of capturing the look of his gloves from the movie. They’re a little tricky to swap out, but not impossibly so. The two Wakandan shields are designed for specifically right and left sides, and are able to be fully collapsed or extended, which is certainly nice engineering. The display stand is the same style as we saw on the Endgame figure. I dig the hexagonal shape. And that’s all of the standard release stuff. The exclusive also adds a fallen Outrider corpse piece to sit atop the stand (along with a printed piece which looks like dirt ground), as well as both Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight’s weapons.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I missed out on the standard release of this guy when he came into All Time. I mean, not really missed out, I suppose, since he was in stock, and I just dragged my feet on him, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to jump back into Hot Toys. Once the Endgame release truly broke me on that, I regretted passing on this guy, so he went on my list of figures I was definitely planning to snag should they get traded in. As luck would have it, this guy wound up getting traded in within about a week of me getting the Endgame version, which was a solid thematic thing. He’s the best version of this design available to be sure, and he’s honestly the version of Cap that most reflected my personal mind state as I navigated the last year. A little broken, a little lost, and his resolve a little shaken. But he’s still him deep down. A fitting send off to the year.