With the holidays now behind us, toy shelves everywhere will begin to fill back up – sometimes with new product. Hasbro’s Marvel product in particular has been popping up at retail with new items, Marvel Super Hero Mashers (see review at Battlegrip), new Captain America: The Winter Soldier Legends figures (found mine at Target) and now 3 3/4″ scale Captain America: The Winter Soldier figures. First revealed at SDCC, today’s finds were an Avengers uniformed Captain America, an ‘Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ uniformed Captain America and a Winter Soldier figure. Red Skull, who was on display at SDCC, should also be included in the casepack, but he wasn’t at TRU today. Each figure includes “Super Soldier Gear” which is the usual giant launching accessory, but is now compatible with the ‘Captain America Battle Helmet’. While this won’t be of particular interest to most collectors, it’s nice to see Hasbro adding a new play feature and some additional value into their toys.
Each figure has 7 points of articulation – neck, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees (Avengers Cap features double knee joints) – putting them in an interesting middle ground between the super articulated (now deceased) Marvel Universe and the basic 5 points of articulation Avengers Assembled figures. The sculpting and paint deco are quite good as well – the uniforms in particular have a ton of sculpted texture and details. The head sculpt on ‘Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Cap seems a bit off to me, the unmasked Avengers Captain America figure had a much better Chris Evan’s likeness and the MARVEL Universe ‘Steve Rogers’ figure had a better Steve Rogers likeness…this one looks like someone else. In addition to the giant accessories mentioned above, each Captain America includes his handy shield – which now, instead of clipping on his wrist, has two loops – just like Steve’s shield should. Nicely done. Winter Soldier didn’t include any other accessories – not even a gun, it seems odd there isn’t anything, particularly since both hands are sculpted with him pulling a trigger.
These were found at a local Toys R Us, on my first trip of 2014 – a great start to the collecting year. Now to find Red Skull!