Hey look! A Bonus Saturday Feature! I saw Winter Soldier yesterday and loved the hell out of it. I’d gush on and on about it here, but since we’re here to talk about Comic Book cap and not Movie Cap it seems like it wouldn’t be appropriate. Nonetheless, I still wanted to express my Captain America love in some way so I decided to dig into the Marvel Legends Infinite bag again. I’ve already featured two of the three movie based figures from the Legends line, but since I’ve yet to find Black Widow, that’s why we’re moving on to the comic based figures. Let’s start with Cap…
The packaging is pretty much the same as what we’ve already seen in this wave. Since there’s not much new to talk about here, I’ll take this opportunity to say how much I love Hasbro for mixing the comic figures in with the movies. It’s a clever way to sneak the more collector orientated comic figures onto the pegs of retailers who always seem willing to lay out cash for movie toys that almost always tank horribly. On the flipside, you all know I’ve been a huge supporter of Legends since its return, but the Targets around here still have pegs crammed with Klaw and Hope Summers from the first wave. I could understand why they would be leery about seeing more comic figures coming in the door. So when Mr. Walmart Buyer sees Marvel NOW Cap or Baron Zemo he doesn’t see a comic book figure, all he sees is a figure with a multi-million dollar movie marketing campaign behind it. Is that how it really happens? I have no idea, but I’d like to think so.
I’m a big fan of Cap’s current look in the comics and this figure brings it home. Granted, Cap’s costume isn’t a huge departure from past traditional versions. You do get the grey padding under his arms and the grey kneepads. It’s not really a traditional part of the costume’s color palate, but I don’t think it detracts from his iconic look. If anything, these parts add a certain amount of tactical design to the outfit that makes it as real as a guy running around in a red, white, and blue costume could without losing that comic flare. I especially dig the sculpted honeycomb pattern on the top part of his costume. It just adds character to the suit. The portrait on this figure isn’t anything special, but it gets the job done. Of course, the coloring here really backs up the sculpt beautifully. The vibrant red and blue and the striking white is a celebration of bright comic book brilliance. I love it!
Articulation here is mostly great. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders, have double hinges in the elbows, swivels in the biceps and both swivels and hinges in the wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have swivels in the thighs and boots, and double hinges in the knees. The ankles have both hinges and rockers. He has a ball joint and hinge in the neck and an ab-crunch in the torso. I’ll note that the muscled arms tend to restrict the elbow hinges and the shoulders don’t quite go as high as I would like without rotating the whole joint 90 degrees. Also, the absence of a waist swivel is rather baffling. Still, the joints are very solid. There aren’t any of those soft rubbery hinges. He’s a damn fun figure to play around with.
Naturally, Cap comes with his trusty shield, and this time it’s a return to the clip and peg style that we got with earlier Legends Cap figures. In fact, without grabbing one of my old figures to compare, I’m pretty sure we’ve seen this same shield plenty of times already. I tend to like this one because it can store on his back, although it does ride rather high over his shoulders, it’s still nice to have the option to put it there. I also like having the peg as Cap can grab it and adopt a throwing posture. And of course the clip works perfectly.
Everything about this figure delights me. I realize some collectors may be getting Captain America fatigue by now, but then those collectors are likely just filthy anti-patriotic communists who secretly want to murder Americans in their sleep. Sure, we’ve had a crazy number of Caps since Marvel Legends returned, but you’ll hear no complaints from me. Cap ranks among my favorite Marvel characters and I’m always happy to get a figure that is accurate to how the character appears in the current run of books. It also doesn’t hurt that I love this modern look and the figure pulls it off brilliantly. This Cap figure has secured a place in the front ranks of my Marvel Legends shelves.