Now, one thing I didn’t like about the paint is the shoulders. Hasbro didn’t get the costume details right here, the lines just end with no star adorning the shoulder. I do miss the costume detail, but it’s surely got more to do with the range of the ball-joint on the swivel (which is excellent). Getting that star paint op over that particular joint probably wouldn’t have turned out well.
Similarly, the articulation/paint causes another minor nitpick at the forearm, the lower piece is molded fleshtone and painted to match, but the paint doesn’t extend to the interior of the joint and looks weird in some poses.
Articulation is exceptionally nice for the figure. The swivel/ball-joint on the new ML heads is fantastic and really opens up the expressiveness of the figure. I still prefer the unfettered SP aesthetic of my DCUCs, but the neck articulation here makes me jealous! There’s also ball shoulders, hips and ankles; swivels at the biceps, mid-forearm, waist, and thighs; double hinges at the elbows and knees, and an ab crunch to top things off. The figure moves in just about every way I want it to, my only complaint being that I want true rocker ankles or the new “peg in the foot articulation” that Terrax is sporting.
Steve includes three accessories: two guns and the electro-shield. The guns are cool and he looks great posing with both, but I detest that he has nowhere to stow them when not in use, particularly when the opportunity is there with the shoulder belts or the actual belt.
And now that electro-shield! Yeah, it’s just the regular shield molded clear, but I had to have it. (I had to have it for the MU Steve too, but I missed that Ultimate Gift Set – why you gotta do me like that, Wal-Mart?).
The electro-shield looks great, even with the molded details on the underside showing through. It completes the look of this figure in my eyes and I’m super happy to have it in toy form. Since the shield is the regular one redecoed, it also features a hinge on the back that switches from wrist clip to a peg, which lets Steve stow it on his back. That doesn’t look as cool with the electro-shield, but if you have the regular version, I imagine it’s pretty spiffy.
Overall, can you tell I’m ecstatic about this figure? I still feel dumb for buying it in two scales, but what are ya gonna do? There’s sstill some room for improvement here, a brighter shade of blue and Hasbro would be smart to add a new brawny torso to this male buck, but I still think Steve came out pretty great. In fact, I have to say the return of ML has been great, I mean, I was only planning on buying this one figure and now I’ve got Terrax built except for arms! (It doesn’t hurt that Hasbro is bring ML back with a vengeance just as Mattel has put their DC 6″ line into disarray).
I know some folks may not be as excited for more modern Marvel looks in the line, but we’ve already got a great Cap (though the scale on the new MLs appears to be a wee bit larger) and mixing in newer looks and characters along with the Klaws and Constrictors keeps folks like me hooked along with the more Marvel-inclined fan. Course, can I be really called less-inclined to buy Marvel toys at this point? I bought the whole first wave, or will when I can find that darn blue Ghost Rider….
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