Because regular combat just ain't good enough!
Oh, yeah. In order to fulfill the title, ol' Stevie Rogers here needs his toys! And boy does he have them: spankin' space-age soft plastic Vibranium shield, groovilicious gun, and Holycow Hard Helmet!
The funny thing about this figure is that I knew I wanted it. But when I was making the call to the specialty store to put him on reserve, I didn't actually know he correct name for him and couldn't get online to find out. I tried telling the guy it was the movie Cap, but he wasn't sure which that was. So I tried Heavy Duty Cap, Big Bad Combat Cap, and even Final Battle Cap. Yes, I couldn't have been further from the correct name.
But it all turned out well because when i went down to the store to pick up the Movie Cap stuff that I actually got the names right for, he was still in stock. So a shimmy, swoop, and a tuck-and-roll later, he became part of my haul. True, I didn't have to resort to acrobatics, but I couldn't chance someone else springing from the shadows and nicking SC Cap from me. Sure, they did have more than one of this guy in stock, but what can I say? Where else was I gonna show off my years of imaginary super hero combat training? I can't do it here in cyberspace, that's for sure. But what I can do is review the figure! ;P
I'm a big fan of costumes that have a real world flavor (especially for the movies) and are practical. In this case, Cap's meant to be the leader around which the US Army rallies. His colors make him a walking, fighting flag for the Americans but his duds are still like an army uniform, demonstrating his loyalty to being part of a fighting unit.
Like: His articulation. Unlike some of his other versions from this line, Cap has both working wrists and ankles along with the rest of the articulation we've been so spoiled with by Hasbro. The dude's also got the fantastic new leg and thigh cut combo (see below under (Poseability"), which he must have because he's the definitive movie Cap.
Dislike: That despite having all the PoAs we know and love, his arms can't swivel upwards completely because of the shoulder sculpt. I guess for aesthetic reasons they gave him slanted shoulder sockets. So while he can swivel his arms 360 degrees, he can't rotate them into a "straight up" position.
Like: That the shield has rubbery plastic-molded straps which fit snugly into Cap's grip. And seeing that he's got two gripping hands, the shield can held in either!
Like: The removable helmet. When Singaporeans serve in the army at the age of 18, there are two items we're told to never ever leave alone--our rifles and our helmets. Every good soldier needs one if they wanna stay alive, so it's only proper that Cap has one too. In Cap's case, it's less a survival tool and more something else to throw at the enemy just in case he loses his shield. Heh.
Like: The usable holster and his pistol! Giving a figure and handgun as an accessory is well and good but giving it a place to holster it is more than excellent. With the holster, Cap can hold all his gear--shield in hand, helmet on head, and handgun in holster. It's little soldiery things like these that make the best Captain America figures. We all wanna see America's Super Soldier be soldier-like after all and the details go a long way in making him look the part. But more importantly, they also speak volumes about ol' Steve Roger's character as a soldier and as a leader and as a hero, making him more than just your run-of-the-mill super dude!
Dislike: He's slightly out of scale with Marvel Universe figures by just being a tad short The Thor movie figures also suffer from this problem. Maybe it's still excusable for Cap because he's in a team with giants like Hulk, Thor, Iron Man (suit makes him biggish), and Giant Man (oh my gosh I'm hilarious...Get it? Giants like Giant Man...) But while he's a little short next to any MU Cap, he's still broad enough of chest to hold his own against the other figures out of the MU Line.
Like: That they nailed the Chris Evans look. At least what he looks like behind the mask. Lol. It then begs the question: would it be great to have an unmasked version? Aw hell yeah it would!
The interesting thing is that when they did the Hulk movie in '08 and released the toys for it, Marvel Universe hadn't debuted yet. that's probably why I feel the figures from that line aren't really compatible with MU like the Iron Man 2, Thor, and now the Cap ones are. Perhaps this means Hulk will get even more love next year with the Avengers movie? MU scale Movie Hulk, anyone? Ooh, I think I just peed my pants...
Aesthetics: 8.5/10 - Super Combat Captain America has got a great sculpt, good paint (especially on the head and face) and spot on colors. I did wish they'd have given the figure a light wash or some minor dry-brushing to bring out the excellent texture of his costume a bit more. But they've done a bang-up job painting tiny areas like the leather padding under his mask, his eyes, the silver buckles and clips, the stars on his chest and shoulders, and his helmet wings. All his straps are also done well without too much of spillage, blurred lines or bleeding.
Poseability: 9/10 - Despite his hindered arm rotation, Cap's got the works in terms of PoAs and he's also got the awesome hip/leg swivel/hinges that are inherent in this line.
These are the best I've seen in the 3.75" scale outside of certain Star Wars characters. Yes, they may seem tight and hard to manipulate, so I'll repost this "tutorial" as one reader (and commenter) Elliot dubbed it from my Ultimate Cap review (From left to right, click to enlarge! :])
With a little patience, there isn't many a stance Super Combat Cap can't get into. :)
Fun: 9/10 - Super Combat means super fighting skillz means super-duper invincibility in hand-to-hand combat. Just ask all his Avengers teammates. He beats each of them up for fun. Oh, and also to remind them why he's their leader...
|"Assemble! - Or I beat you up!"|
Value: 9/10 - Great value. A unique sculpt just for a unique character and we get it at retail. Throw in three accessories, including a brand new shield (instead of a Marvel Universe re-use) and a usable holster and we've got ourselves a great deal! However, if you can hold off till after the movie, I'm sure most of this line will go on clearance and this guy will be widely available so you can grab him then! (Though your patience would have to as legendary as Cap himself!)
Overall: 8.9/10 - According to the trusty Chase Variant rating system, it's definitely a keeper though I wouldn't quite maim anyone just yet for it.
If you plan to only buy one Captain America, then this is the guy to get. He's movie accurate and has got all the articulation you'll want on a 3.75" figure. If the movie turns out great (and I suspect it will) then you've got yourself a winner. If not, then he's a great "variant" to add to your Cap collection! Come on, I know all of you have accumulated a ton of Caps unknowingly like me. You can admit it. think I have 8 now! :P