With Marvel Legends returning, a new Cap figure was as inevitable as the Thor & Iron Man that we’ve already reviewed. I was pretty happy when I found out Hasbro had elected to do a recent look for Steve, when he wasn’t Captain America, but rather Steve Rogers, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Just a heads up, this review is for the variant figure, but the change here is just with the accessories and not the figure itself. While Steve’s sporting this look, Bucky’s busy using Cap’s regular shield. In turn, Steve pulled his old electro-shield out of mothballs. While it can’t replace the iconic metal shield, I always enjoyed the electro-shield. I was happy to see it in Secret Avengers and Steve Rogers: Super Solider, two books that got me back into reading Captain America comics.
Long story short, Hasbro gave the regular Steve figure the traditional “metal” shield, while the variant ended up with my coveted electro-shield. Lucky, for me the variant case hasn’t been that difficult to come across (I’m actually still hunting the non-variant blue Ghost Rider, even though I’ve seen the orange once twice). On that note, we’ve got Klaw & Constrictor reviews in the pike, and we’ve previously reviewed Hope, Thor, and Iron Man & his variant. Not bad considering that I was only planning on buying this very Steve Rogers figure before I ran across them in the wild (oops…).
If you’re not familiar with Steve in this look, then you’ve been missing out on some cool Marvel comics (and remember, I’m usually a DC fan first and foremost). Everyone thought Steve was dead and Bucky had taken up the mantle. When Steve returned a couple years ago – he didn’t want his old job back, opting to leave Bucky in the role while he took over as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This figure represents his look from that time period up until just recently, when the crappy inevitability of comics took hold and the status quo resumed.
The figure reuses a buck that Hasbro had made standard over the last couple years with use as various S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, including Fury himself, but, if I recall correctly, I think this is actually a Toy Biz buck – the Face off Punisher maybe? Steve does get a few new details to get the sculpt of his costume right like the head, lower arms, and lower legs. Some soft plastic pieces for the belt and chest harness help to finish off the key details. I should mention that Steve should have some type of detail to this costume, not an armored one so much, but like a “weave” or some type of detail to show that’s it isn’t just spandex. Not a big issue for me, but I did want to point it out.
I have to laugh a bit and be disappointed by the chest harness. It looks kinda silly because the straps around the shoulders have no connection between them. There’s no strap along the back, no holsters for the guns, it’s almost as if they’re just they’re for decoration – like Steve is wearing child-size belts around his shoulders. The thing is though – that’s not a flaw with the figure! I hadn’t been paying attention, but that how he was depicted in (at least some of the) comics. I never noticed how silly it was until I saw it in three dimensions. I like the look from the front, but seriously those straps need a purpose… it’s buggin’ me now.
Ironically, the MU figure (review here) added a strap between them to make it more sensible, but no holsters. And I get the holsters thing, the arms would eternally be stuck out to the sides, but I do wish there was a spot to stow the guns nonetheless.
Like his little counterpart, Steve has new gloved hands, the gaiters for his legs, and the belts. It’s funny seeing them together and seeing just how good Hasbro has gotten over the years, this version of Steve received a top notch MU and ML in consecutive years. Though putting them side-by-side does reveal one shortcoming I hadn’t really noticed about the ML on his own, he’s way too dark. The “super soldier” costume is depicted as blue in the comics, but it looks almost black on the figure.
My favorite part of the sculpt is the head though. I think it looks like Steve as much as any figure can look like a guy drawn by so many different iconic artists. I love the details and the expression. There is the issue of its size – is it too big? I do think it’s a little on the large size, but action figures tend to be pinheaded, so I think our perception is skewed a bit. Honestly, I like the side of the head, but I think the body could stand to be a little brawnier. Not-Cap is supposed to be at the peak of human perfection, so I think his build should be a little more Superman and a little less Flash.
In any case, when it comes to the subject of if the head is too big or not, I’m just going to stand him next to the new ML Thor because everything looks smaller next to him.
The paint on the figure was sharp. The stripes on the arms and legs are clean, the head is great, but there is a little scratch on the symbol. When I wasn’t sure if the variants would be rare, and really wanting the electro-shield, I grabbed this figure despite the scratch. I had intended to exchange him if the chance arose. Then, as he sat here – I kinda decided that the whole thing was just silly. Yes, I still think QC is important and yes I did pay $18 for this guy, but it’s a little scratch and I’m probably going to scratch him up plenty more during my time with him, so I opened him up without a second though. The scratch hasn’t bothered me a bit and if starts too, I’ll whip out some paints. Continue to Page 2