Vault Review: Captain America
International Patriots 3pk

Now the most frustrating part of the review, the paint jobs.  Finding a decently painted movie toy can sometimes be a challenge.  The worst thing about this set is you have to times that by three.  This makes the odds of finding three well painted figures in the same box nearly impossible.  I try to solve this problem by trying to find the best paint job on the figure I want most.

Captain B was the priority here for me, and he turned out acceptable.  There’s a bit of slop here and there on his lines, but nothing I can’t ignore.  Ironically each pack’s Captain America was painted near perfectly, which leaves poor Guardian with the short end of the brush.  This was the best one they had, and there are white marks all over him.  The worst ones being on his head and torso.  It’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a dab of black paint, but that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed.

Back to a happier topic, the accessories.  Each figure comes with one accessory, and they’re all pretty cool.  Cap gets his shield of course, which I’m pretty happy with because it’s huge.  It’s also made of hard plastic, so it’s very sturdy.  And it has one of those swivel clip/pegs, which I like much more than the straps.

Cap B comes with Excalibur again.  It’s the same accessory that came with his body double, the New Excalibur Cap.  But this time instead of gold they painted it a shiny steel and silver color.  They didn’t have to recolor the sword, so it’s a nice touch that I really appreciate.

Guardian comes with his shield also, but like I mentioned earlier it’s not his round comic book version.  I don’t really mind though, because this shield has an ornately sculpted two-headed griffon-like creature adorning the front.  It reminds me of something a knight would carry into battle, and is much nicer than the simple star on a circle.  They also put a clip/peg on it, which is cool.  But unfortunately this shield is made from soft plastic and tends to bow in on itself a little.

I am actually pretty happy with this three-pack.  The lack of a decent paint job is certainly frustrating though.  Also, making this a K-Mart exclusive makes it a bit harder to track down than normal.  Which is really a shame because this is the only modern Captain Britain so far and possibly the only time we’ll ever get a figure of the Red Guardian.


8 thoughts on “Vault Review: Captain America
International Patriots 3pk

  1. I bought this pack the second I saw it at K-Mart. 20 bucks for three great toys is a no-brainer. Last time I was there it was even on sale for I think 17.99. Crazy good deal. Great review!

  2. I really liked this pack, but I was a bit down on the Britian, I was upset over the fact his arms don’t bend a full 90 degrees, that actually bugs me MORE than the lack of Wrist articulation with Cap and Guardian.

    On Guardian, Just type in “Winter Guard” on a google search and you will see a pic of Red Guardian with that shied. He is the modern one, but the colors inside his one appearence do not match the figure (the shield is black but red on the cover which should be what you pull up).

  3. Odd thing about Red Guardian figure’s shield… even though it’s the wrong colour if your’re talking about comic book accuracy (as zedhatch noted, it’s black in the comics), it’s actually far more accurate in terms of “patriotic” Russian colours, as the coat of arms of Russia indeed features a heraldic eagle on a red field.

    1. Thanks, I did forget to mention that, also I think that is why they got it wrong (or right depending on your POV) on the cover

  4. Great review, dude! I actually only want the Red Guardian from this set. No K-Marts where I live, though. I did actually see one in a specialty store, but it was abt US$50 so it was an easy pass.

    Good eye on noticing the torsos for the Captain Britians are the same. I instantly thought they were different bec of the paint like you said. 🙂

  5. I only want Britain… largely because Ewan pointed out that he has the sexy ankles with side tilting. Ideally I’d just grab the single version, but lately I’ve been unable to find one that doesn’t have pink stripes instead of white ones. For any issues that 3-pack version might have, he doesn’t look like he has pink stripes!

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