The one thing I don’t like about Fortress Cap is his limited articulation. He has a ball jointed head. His shoulders and hips are swivel/hinges. His elbows and knees are hinge joints, while he has cut joints at his wrists and thighs. I know they were trying to cut down articulation that the armor might have blocked, which is fine. But that doesn’t excuse them for not giving him a swivel waist and biceps. Not only are those two areas not blocked, but this is supposed to be a “deluxe” figure. Sure, the armor is a great add-on. But as is, this Cap only looks good standing there in it. It’s a bit difficult finding cool action poses for him to take.
Aside from the armor, Fortress Cap comes with a couple of accessories. First is his black and red shield, the bizarro twin to US Agent’s. That was the original reason Noisy bought this figure, so that his US Agent could have a decent shield that mostly looked like his original. But, as Noisy warned me, Fortress Cap grows on you. If he were in my collection, I imagine he’d be keeping his shield. The only thing about the shield that I don’t like is its use of straps instead of the peg/wrist clip. I’m a big fan of the Cap figures being able to carry their shields on their backs. Especially with a character like this, whose primary weapon requires two hands.
Cap’s second weapon is a missile-launching-battering-ram-cannon. I don’t know if this weapon has shown up before, but I’ve never seen it. It has a great sculpt with a lot of little details you don’t normally see on a missile firing toy. I also love that both handles are on joints, so the cannon can be positioned various ways. I’m not the biggest fan of firing weapons, but aside from the way-too-big missiles this is actually a pretty cool accessory.
Aside from the downgraded articulation, I was really happy with this figure. Yeah, Noisy just bought him to give the shield to US Agent, but he’s a cool looking figure in his own right. If he were staying on my shelves, he’d be a new character in the Marvel Universe. Heck, he might just start his own team…