If you’ve read IAT for awhile, you know I love alternate costumes. Symbiote Spidey. Electric Supes. Black Batsuit. War Machine. Hooked Aquaman. I could go on… There’s just something I find neat about the tried & true looks being experimented with, but what I really like is when they get figures.
I don’t get to read as many Marvel comics as I would like. I love a lot of their characters, but the post-toy budget I have for comics is usually eaten up quickly by following along with DC characters I’ve loved since I was a wee tot. And, if you factor in that I tend to enjoy comics most when the status quo is temporarily thrown off kilter (DCnU is really testing my limits though), then what ends up happening, and has for years, is that I tend to read more Marvel when something crazy is going on: Spider-Man’s Symbiote Costume, Morrison’s New X-Men, Exiles, Annihilation, Marvel Zombies. And, of late, Journey into Mystery, Future Foundation, and the various issues spotlighting Steve “Not Captain America” Rogers. I really loved Steve’s new look and was particularly glad to see it getting a figure so early… though I almost didn’t buy it.
I swear I once wrote a Truetorial on “To Legend or To Universe”, but I can’t find it. It was probably one of the eleventy billion articles I write up and end up not doing. It might have been a post on the forum… either way, my addled, middle-of-the-night brain doesn’t remember. Anyway, as my toy reviews prove, I’m mostly a 6″ figure collector. I have (& enjoy) my fair share of 1/18th stuff, but given the choice between a figure in 4″ or 6″, I’ll take 6″ just about every time. That presented me with dilemma here for Steve Rogers, Super-Soldier, because he’s one of the very first figures to be released in next year’s new Marvel Legends line.
So, my calm, controlled self instructed my impulsive, collector-self, “we’ll wait for the 6″ Steve and put him with our Legend, with our DC Classics; it’ll be cool.” Collector-self agreed and it was decided… right up until I found the 4″ Steve Rogers at Wal-Mart last week, that is. What’s that old saying? A Steve Rogers in the MU line is worth two in next year’s planned Marvel Legends line? Well, something like that…
With my purchasing dilemma averted by means of surely buying both, let’s take a look at what we have here. Steve Rogers is the best kind of “buck” figure. That is, the buck figure does the basic work and a handful of add-on pieces are added to get the overall look right and leave the collector without having to make compromises about the little details. I should probably go track down a pic of Steve her to make sure, but the only detail I’m not seeing is that this costume tended to be drawn with some texture, a weave, similar to the Trek shirts from the last movie or the movie Spider-Man. I don’t mind it’s exclusion one bit, as that textured look would likely be “overdone” at this scale.
The new pieces that make this figure look so great are mostly add-ons like the shoulder harness, the belt, and the gaiters over his boots. I always enjoy the add-on pieces, particularly the gaiters, because they add real depth to the sculpt. Those along with the new gloved hands and a terrific head sculpt make the figure a great 3-D rendition. The head sculpt was what really sang to me on the pegs at Walmart when I found this figure. It makes me want to snag an extra figure to customize an unmasked Captain America (When Hasbro finally makes a good Cap figure. Some great movie ones, but they’re on the small side.)
The paint work wasn’t as stellar as I would’ve liked, but I don’t have too much cause for complaint. A lot of the little details are painted well: the fingers, the buckles, straps, and the red/white line running down the legs. The two areas that had me sorting through all the Cap figures at Walmart though were the symbol and the eyes. There were more than a few Caps that had the whites of the eyes being a bit enlarged and hurting the integrity of the head sculpt while other Caps had great paint on the face, but the symbol was scratchy. I ultimately found one that was a decent balance, but there were better eyes and symbols in the pack, just not on the same figure. Continue to Page 2…