ShartimusPrime takes a look at the new 1/6th scale Captain America: Civil War Ant-Man figure from Hot Toys. You can pre-order this figure now from BigBadToyStore.com.
Hot Toys has created another Captain America Civil War figure with the Movie Masterpiece MMS 362 Ant-Man 1:6 Collectible Figure! Before we get to it, I just want to put it out there that I wanted this figure more as a Marvel Legends Collector than a Hot Toys Collector; so please keep that in mind while reading/watching my reviews.
PACKAGE - As always, Hot Toys has produced some impressive artwork for the outer sleeve of the box. So far, all Civil War figures have had a wrap around image, and this one is no different. What's interesting to me is how all the other characters look blurry and out of focus to give the illusion that we are the same size as the Ant-Man. I noticed the succulent lips of Scarlet Johansson on the cover and had pay the price for it. Married men, be careful.
ACCESSORIES - We get the standard issue Civil War base with the nice spot varnished text and a glowing blue shield indicating that Ant-Man is #TeamCap, as well as a beautifully engraved metal plaque with a little ant as a symbol of some kind. The figure includes 6 interchangeable hands (all even pairs; fists, relaxed, and grabby). Switching the hands out is a pain in the ant-hole! 80% of the time the entire peg comes with the hand when the peg is supposed to stay in the figure. If I bend the wrist 90 degrees and then try to remove the hand from the peg that way, I have better luck, but I'm still more likely to remove the whole peg. GAHHHH!!!! If one of those pegs break, at least Hot Toys provides 2 spares. We get the tiny little Ant-Man, which is about as tall as a finger nail. I like the amount of paint we get on this little guy and I like his stoic, both hands on the waist pose. It comes with a little black stand for him to be placed on, but this little piece will stand on it's own without it too, which is a bonus. Then there's the Paul Rudd head-sculpt. Okay, decide for yourself, but I think it looks like Paul Rudd and a lot of people have expressed that he looks nothing like him. What can I say? It looks like Paul Rudd to me. Do I like it? Not so much because I don't remember seeing him without his helmet on while wearing the suit, and I wish Hot Toys gave us a Paul Rudd face under the face-plate like the first Ant-Man figure. But whether or not you think it looks like the college guy from Clueless (teaching us young men that we have to watch CNN if we want to score with beautiful blonde bombshell Batgirl babes), they did paint this head sculpt very well and there's a lot of nice details. I especially appreciate the combination of paint applications and sculpt for the 5 o'clock shadow.
THE HELMET - To my surprise, I love the helmet sculpt. I'm surprised I like it so much because it's a fairly simply design and I didn't think there was a lot Hot Toys could do here. What I appreciate most are the detailed grooves in the "metal". That is consistent throughout the whole piece and it really does a lot for me. The top of his head is a gray color with a carbon fiber checker pattern that is also quite impressive to me . . . most impressive (sorry, stoked on Star Wars still . . . ROGUE ONE, YEAH!) What is also most impressive is the sculpted eyes under the translucent red lenses on the helmet. It really looks like there's a face under there and that might be one reason I'm disappointed in not having a removable face plate. The reasoning behind that is, is that we get light-up features . . . that don't work so well. The instructions show to insert 3 tiny batteries, but the figure comes with 2. After putting these in and having to use a tiny screw driver that was not included with the figure, the light up feature looked good for a couple minutes. I want to say I left it on for about 20 minutes and then realized the lights had gone almost completely dim. While the lights were working, you could see the eye lenses brighten up red, and then a couple of slits at the bottom of the helmet and the back of it lit up red too. Would be cool if they didn't fade so quickly, because while shooting the video the following day of inserting the batteries, the lights were still very dim. Bummer.
THE BODY - The sculpt for the suit is fairly detailed with a faintly sculpted checker pattern throughout all the dark red and black sections. There's some fine silver tubes which outline parts of the arms, torso, and legs that I think make the figure pop. Of course I love the added "metal" pieces added to his shoulders, forearms, and waist. The parts around his waist do bother me a little because I feel as though they hinder the articulation in the torso. The overall feeling of the figure is that it is pretty stiff, but it does feel durable. As fair as paint detailing goes, there isn't much, and I do wish Hot Toys included interchangeable stickers or pieces for the parts that glow blue when he's giant so that I could make this an official Giant-Man, because of course I want a bigger Giant-Man for my Marvel Legends. Going back to the paint though, aside from the Paul Rudd head, the dirt on the boots are the only part of the figure that have detailed paint applications.
ARTICULATION - I wish both heads on this figure could look up more, but aside from that there is a fair amount of head articulation. The figure is pretty limited in movement overall. The shoulders can be moved out to 90 degrees, but the directions recommend you only move them out 45 degrees. Of course we get a butterfly joint at the armpit, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, and decent wrist articulation. The torso is limited with only a slight turn left and right at the diaphragm, and not at all at the waist. Both diaphragm and waist crunching together allow for a little bit of movement forward and back. The amount of torso pivot on the figure is fairly weak. The under section and butt of the figure leaves the checkered design we see on the rest of the figure in exchange for some black yoga pants. This allows the figure's legs to movement outward only a bit, and even less when kicking forward, which really bothers me when it's difficult to get a figure in a decent running pose. The knees will only bend to 90 degrees, but the ankle articulation is great! The ankles move up, down, side-to-side, and great ankle pivot without getting loose either.
SIZE MATTERS - The figure stands just a little over 12" tall, and when comparing him to other Civil War Hot Toys figure like Captain America and Hawkeye, I think it fits into fairly good scale measured at the height of just in between those 2 figures. As far as my Marvel Legends collection, he's not quite big enough to be in proper scale, but would fit very well in a Marvel Universe 3 3/4" figure display. I still like having him posed with my Marvel Legends, and I still think it looks good while displayed with Marvel Legends MCU figures.
In conclusion, I think it's a decent figure. I like how the original Ant-Man movie figure looks more than this one, but even though I think the articulation on this piece is a little weak, it's still more posable than the Ant-Man movie version. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this review, and please leave a comment down below to let us know what you think. I'll catch you guys later! PEACE.