WW2 CAPTAIN AMERICA & S.H.I.E.L.D. AGENT
Despite the heavy Ultimate Universe bend of some of the early Marvel Minimates offerings, the slightly lowered profile of the Avengers characters meant they were largely pushed back until later assortments, by which point there was more of a move to classic stylings. So, it would take quite a bit of time before we’d see any ‘mates based on the Ultimate-verse’s Avengers-equivalent, the Ultimates. When we did get them, it was all at once, and in a themed Series no less. Today, I’m looking at one of those sets, featuring Captain America and a SHIELD Agent!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
WW2 Captain America and the SHIELD Agent were released in Series 27 of Marvel Minimates, which was a whole Ultimates-themed set. This was actually the variant set, swapping out the WW2-styled Cap for the normal Ultimate Cap.
WW2 CAPTAIN AMERICA
“The only known success in the government’s super-soldier program, Captain America and his sidekick Bucky fought against the Axis and Chitauri forces for years before Captain America sacrificed himself to save Washington DC from annihilation.”
Ultimate Cap is actually one of my biggest sticking points with the whole Ultimates vs Avengers thing. I pretty actively despise the Ultimate Universe’s take on Steve Rogers, since it kind of takes away all the good things about the character, and effectively just turns him into US Agent. If I want US Agent, I’ll read a story with US Agent. Sorry, I’m getting distracted. Anyway, I don’t hate the Ultimate Universe’s updated take on his WW2-era costume, which is what led to me picking this guy up. The figure stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He uses the standard ‘mate body, with add-ons for his helmet and jacket. Both pieces were new to this figure. The helmet’s seen some subsequent re-use, but the jacket was a one-off. Both pieces do a nice job of translating Bryan Hitch’s design to the ‘mate form, and I quite like the sharp detailing on the mask and helmet. His paintwork is pretty straightforward, mostly basic color work. I do like the slightly lower-key colors on this one, and the detail work, especially on the face is pretty great. The face is a little bit misaligned with the mask, but it’s minor, and you can get it seated a bit better with minor repositioning. Cap’s packed with his original shield, which he can wear either on his wrist or on the back of his jacket, as well as a Thompson machine gun, and an extra hairpiece for an unmasked look.
“Run by General Ross and later General Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a clandestine military organization dedicated to creating or controlling the most powerful super-humans in the world, including the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Ultimates.”
Believe it or not, this was only the second ever army-builder in the Marvel Minimates line, and it was the only SHIELD Agent until Series 42 gave us a more classic design. This one’s more a generic soldier type thing, as was the case in the Ultimate-verse. Like Cap, he’s built on the standard body, and he’s also got a helmet and a coat. Both pieces are quite well sculpted, and I rather like the helmet. His paintwork is a bit more involved than Cap’s, with the camo and the fully detailed buzzcut under the helmet. It’s quite a nice attention to detail there. He’s even got a cool SHIELD insignia on his shoulder, and detailing for the pockets on his pants. I appreciate the level of work that went into this guy. It makes what could be a boring ‘mate a good deal more interesting. This figure’s packed with an assault rifle, which is a little large for his hands, but a cool piece nonetheless.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up this set new from Cosmic Comix back when they were first released. I remember pretty excited for the SHIELD Agent and the army builder concept in general. Cap was sort of just along for the ride, but in the end, I was pretty happy to have gotten him. This is definitely a case of ‘mates helping me to appreciate a property I wouldn’t have otherwise. Not a bad set at all!