I’m back in the saddle today with a new review. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my first gig back. I have a couple ideas for a Truetorial or two. I figured I should start with a review. And while I have Hydron pics taken during my uh, exile, I decided to go with Captain America instead. We watched the new movie over the weekend. I won’t spoil anything here, other than to say it was fabulous. I loved it. And I’m not just saying that because Cap is one of my favorite Marvel characters. The movie is just good. A few plot contrivances here or there, but I was so entertained, I didn’t care. I also have to applaud the folks behind the movie for the trailers – they did a great job reorganizing the movie in unexpected ways. It’s a silly thing, but I appreciated even that attention to detail. Man, I need more toys from it.
Luckily, I already have some. As evidenced by my Black Widow review, I have run across Wave 2. I only had funds for the Widow or the Winter Soldier and wisely chose to bring the Widow home, so I’m still short on the Winter Soldier, but I’ll score him soon enough. I was lucky though, the third figure from that wave hung around long enough for me to go back and snag it: Captain America in I guess what we’re calling a Stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. suit, though the toy makes no attempt at doing so.
Honestly, it’s probably good they don’t. Otherwise this figure would be called Marvel Legends: Captain America: The Winter Solider: Infinite Series: Stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. Suit Captain America. Whew. I’m tired just typing all that. I better start diving into this review before I get too far gone. I hope you’ll pardon me as I get my review legs back. Uh, forgive me if it goes astray?
While I will end up finishing the Mandroid, and I do love this particular iteration of Cap’s costume (love the comic version too), I first bought this figure because I want a good Movie Cap on my ML shelf. The Avengers Cap just doesn’t work ultimately. I loved that Avengers line, but the figures succeed at varying degrees. Cap was the low point (if you overlook that they skipped Black Widow). It’s not entirely Hasbro’s fault – the Marvel Film folks can’t quite figure out what to do with Cap’s costume and the first figure just might have been doomed from the start. Maybe if Hasbro had executed the articulation and details better, they could’ve done something, but it just didn’t work out.
The new film uses a couple costumes, but the Stealth Strike suit figure will probably be the defining look, for that film at least. It looks fantastic and it gave Hasbro a leg up this go round. Even better, they almost nailed it.
The figure appears to be a 100% sculpt. It reuses nothing from the previous Cap, but I’m not totally up on all my ML parts. I’m pretty sure it has to be original though because all the details seem to be just right top to bottom. It’s light years ahead of the Avengers release, and looking at Cap and Black Widow, I can only hope Hasbro keeps operating at the level. The sculpt on the body is fantastic and integrates really well with the articulation which I’ll cover in a minute. Oh, I do have to point out some weird things going on at the collar. The neck is a seperate piece and attaches to the collar, but there is some leftovers from the render or something that made it to the mold stage. Oops.
The only thing about the sculpt I don’t like is the head. Which isn’t to say it’s bad – I actually love the sculpt itself. I prefer the included unmasked head because the helmeted head suffers from the being mold blue with the face painted – that just doesn’t look as good anymore – while the unmasked is molded in flesh tone. Both heads are technically great, and they look like Cap.
But they don’t look like Chris Evans. I almost might catch him in there somewhere, but I’m starting to wonder if they have his actual likeness rights? Black Widow is amazingly spot-on, so why can’t Hasbro do that well here? I still love the figure, but it could be that much better if they just got a great likeness on the two noggins. Continue to Page 2…