CAPTAIN AMERICA — TECH-ON AVENGERS
S.H. FIGUARTS (BANDAI)
There’s something of an irony to the most recurrent character at the center of my S.H. Figuarts reviews for the last couple of years has been Captain America, but, well, here I am. And you know what? I’m gonna do it again. In 2021, Marvel partnered with Bandai Namco for a Super Sentai-inspired Avengers series, Tech-On Avengers. Marvel’s part was publishing a six issue tie-in miniseries, while Bandai’s part was releasing some Figuarts based on the designs seen in the comics. The premise is pretty simple: the Avengers lose their powers due to shenanigans caused by the Red Skull, so they all have to be outfitted with Stark-designed armor, to become the Iron Avengers. And I, being me, have the Captain America, which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America — Tech-On Avengers is the second Tech-On Avengers release in Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line-up, following the Iron Man from earlier in 2022. Cap started arriving domestically towards the end of the year, in that early to mid December area. The figure stands right at 6 inches tall and he has 45 points of articulation. The articulation on this guy is a little bit finicky; Figuarts often are, but they’ve been getting less so as of late. This guy’s even more finicky than usual, especially when it comes to the pelvis area. The waist folds inwards on itself, and the hips are just generally kind of a little tight, which is only made potentially worse by having the waist folded in too far. There’s also a floating pelvis piece to contend with, which just further complicates movement. You can still get a decent range out of the figure, but it can take some getting used to. On the plus side, the way the shoulders are laid out is actually pretty intuitive, and gives him a solid range of motion. Cap’s sculpt is an all-new one, based on his tech-ed up look. It’s honestly a pretty fun look, and I kind of dig the Ultraman manga vibe going on here. It’s a good merging of the Cap, Iron Man, and Sentai vibes, while still maintaining the classic Cap vibe through and through. The sculpt is quite nicely detailed. It’s very sharp and clean, and appropriately sleek. The construction uses just a little bit of die cast metal, which appears to be confined to the feet. Not sure exactly why, but I guess it at least makes him rather sure footed. His color work is generally pretty classic Cap fare; red, white, and blue, or at least a close variation of it. I dig the metallic blue and the varying shades of red, but I’m a bit less sold on the light grey in place of white. It lacks some of the pop that it should have. At the very least, the paint work is cleanly applied. Cap gets an impressive selection of accessories, including five sets of hands (in fists, gripping, flat, open gesture, and with pegs for use with the blast effects), a slightly more tech-y version of his usual shield, four different styles of straps for said shield (for mounting on his back, proper gripping, loose hanging, and one for throwing), a throwing effect, four different blast effects, and a display stand. One of the gimmicks for Cap’s armor is the ability to use his shield as an extra armor-up feature. To facilitate that, this guy gets an alternate larger set of hands, forearm guards, shoulder pads, front, back, and lower torso plates, a version of the shield that’s opening up for the armor up feature, and effects for the shield, the front of the torso, and his fist.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Overall, Tech-On is a concept that I don’t have much use for. It’s a bunch of gimmicky variants of characters I have plenty of times over, and they’re all rather on the expensive side. That being said, I’m a sucker for a fun Captain America variant, and that’s what this guy is. He’s still perhaps a bit on the pricey side, but there’s plenty going on with this guy that makes him feel worthwhile. And he’s even got fighting fists? How can I not love a Cap that has fighting fists?
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