It is clear that it is becoming easier and easier to be a fan these days. Thanks to the films and media comics books in particular have become common knowledge. With that comes some consequences, take my wallet for instance. Seriously just take the damn thing because while I work to provide a safe home for my wife and I, the main objective is to buy comics and some times find the right appearal that appropriately defines me as a nerd for all the world to see. However, it seems that that just isn't enough any more. I want my beloved characters to share the same three dimentional space that I share. What could possible quench my insatiable thirst?
Honestly, I've always loved action figures. Taking control of the adventures that your favorite crime fighters are having is so satisfying to a child. So what about a 31 year old man with healthy relationship with his spouse?
Well, I may not "play" with like I use to but man do I love watching them guard my book case or office cubicle while I should be adulting else where. While I am always talking and writing about comics why don't I do one for action figures? All the other cool kids are doing it!
It goes with out saying I'm a huge Captain America fan. When I saw that Marvel Legends had released a 12' Cap figure I immediately reverted back to an 8 year old. First thing that needs to be addressed is how the figure looks. I've been a big fan of the Marvel Now! Captain America for some time now; its the perfect blend of the classic outfit in a modern setting. The attention to detail with this outfit is really quite astonishing.
Right away I am drawn to the star on his chest. I love the metalic feel to it with the tony screws that makes it feel that the breast plate attached to it is a durable metal. Really adds to the "knight" aspect of Cap. I also love the chain mail look to the plate as well. The zipper rising up from behind the breast plate adds a nice feel to it; he's wearing layers, not just a onezie any more.
Here we can see the continuation of the zipper, framed by the signature red and white stripes. The sculputre work here is incredible with the attention to the stitching of the costume giving the feel that this is a kind of fabric. Below we can also see that Cap isn't rocking a totally new uniform by the condition of the knee pads with visible scraps and scuffs; evidence of battle.
Speaking of battle, where would Cap be with out his trusty shield? This figure gives one the option of having cap hold it in his hands or wearing it on his back. You can actually push the star on his chest inward and the star on his back pop out. flip in around and insert it into his back then insert the shield. No instructions shows this feature so I had to figure it out/thought I broke it.
What makes Captain America so special is that he's just a kid from Brooklyn. The super solider formula didn't make him great or improve character, he already was one. That being said it is nice that this figure also give one the opportunity to showcase Steve Rogers with the helmet off; a chance to see the hero underneath.
One of my absolute favorite features about this figure is the separate helmet that comes with it. You can have your very own Steve Rogers pacing back and forth on your book case, contemplating the consequences of being a patriot, what it means to be a American and if it's creepy to date your dead girlfriend's niece.
Of course this plastic Sentinel of Liberty looks just as amazing with his helmet on and shield at the ready to rumble. All in all this is a fantastic figure standing at 12' with nice articulation to replicate all your favorite Cap poses. All this figure really needs is a 12' Red Skull to face off against. If you can't wait for that there are more in this wave from Hasbro that features Iron Man/Tony Stark and Spider-Man/Peter Parker; you could create Cap and Tony fighting over Peter from Civil War!
You can find Cap and his companions and your local toy shop/Walmart/Target for $50.00.