Marvel Legends Wave 3 Captain America

Marvel Legends Wave 3 Captain America

Tom - November 24, 2007

Package Description
On the day Steve Rogers walked into an Army recruiting office in New York City, he was just a scrawny art student desperate for a way to serve his country. Rejected outright by the recruiter because of his limited physical limitations, Steve was offered a chance to take part in a top-secret program that turned him into the super soldier known as Captain America. Armed with enhanced strength, reflexes and an indestructible shield, he battles injustice, tyranny and fear wherever it is found. He is the living symbol of the American ideal, a fierce individualist who is nonetheless willing to sacrifice everything he has for the sake of the greater good.

Cap is modeled after his first appearance look. Like Bucky, Cap looks very different stylistically from Toybiz Marvel Legends. He has a very plastic look, and the red is very bright. His body shape is buff, and heís about the right height for Rogers. The shape of the upper torso is elongated, and goes in at a sharp angle into the lower piece, which is very flat. The abcrunch is the only really visible joint on this figure, and it is an ugly one.

There arenít a whole lot of details in this figure other than the sculpted in scales. There is texture added to the gloves and boots, the belt is sculpted, and there are seams on the mask, but there isnít much else to set apart this sculpt. Itís the large fields of blue that really characterize the look of this figure, and it looks plasticy. It helps to have the shield across his body though, because that at least is painted.

The head sculpt is done well in his original, campy style. The facial expression is good for fighting or standing still, which is a plus compared to the Face-Off Capís stern look. This figure captures pretty well the presence of Captain America, particularly his strength and pride. Overall, Iím happy with the figure except for the bright reds of the gloves and boots, and the strange shape of the torso.

Cap has joints that are very close to the standard Toybiz joints. The differences are the ball jointed wrists and ankles, and the lack of toe and finger articulation. He gets a good range of motion on all his joints. The shield is only a clip to go on the wrist, and the clip is pretty tight. Itís a little difficult to get the shield in the place on the arm you want.

Cap doesnít go well stylistically with Toybiz figures or most first appearance figures. He is made to match Bucky fairly well from this series. In dynamic posing, it can be hard to get the shield in the correct position, and the ball jointed ankles can cause balance issues. He can do most Captain America poses you would expect, although the shield isnít as eye catching as it should be. Overall, his biggest problem is that he should be a lot more interesting visually in a display.

Final Judgment: 6
I think this figure could have looked a lot better done in a more realistic style, however unlikely in a first appearance figure. The sculpt is done well, it just looks like it could have been done better. The paint, in particular, could have made this figure more eye appealing. Overall, heíll fill his place in the first appearances lineup, but may disappoint some looking for a figure to go in a general display. This figure wonít be taking the spot of the default Cap in established displays. There is definitely some appeal to this figure, but nothing extraordinary.


10. My favorite possession.

9. My favorite action figure.

8. One of my favorite action figures.

7. An exceptional action figure.

6. A good, but not exceptional action figure.

5. An adequate action figure.

4. Not worth the money I spent.

3. I'll give it to somebody's kid.

2. I'll give it to somebody's dog.

1. It's going to lose a fight with my car.

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