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Marvel Signature Series Spiderman: Origins
Captain America

"The following is a guest review.  The review and photos do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Michael Crawford or Michael's Review of the Week, and are the opinion and work of the guest author."

Tonight's guest review is from good buddy Hutt Wigley, who will be covering the 9" Captain America from the Spider-man: Origins 9" line of figures.  Take it away, Hutt!

Thanks, Mike! I pride myself in my collection of WWII-themed action figures. Since the character of Captain America has his fictitious origins during the historic period of WWII, It always bode well with me that I should have the requisite figure of him in my collection. Granted, just about every figure I own is 1/6 scale, so you can say I am a bit biased in my collecting habits. I have been fiending for a decent 1/6 scale, mass-produced Captain America for a long time now. 





When I spotted the Signature Series Spiderman Origins line of 9Ē Marvel figures during a recent shopping trip to Wal-Mart, I was extremely pleased to find a Captain America in the line-up. Granted, heís not 12Ē, but he looks danged cool, nonetheless. Since he was the closest figure in a Captain America to what I really want, I decided to pick him up, and take him home.  

Packaging - ***
Itís kind of a trapezoidal-type thing, with a clear front so you can easily view the contents (Captain America and his shield). The package features Spiderman/Captain America graphics on the front and a bio about Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) on the back along with pictures of the other figures from this line. Personally, I think the whole action figure packaging is over-rated. However, if youíre a ďMIBĒ freak, the box looks sharp enough I guess. I had to cut through 4 pieces of tape, 5 twist ties and 2 rubber bands to free The Captain from his ďprisonĒ, but I think I was still able to do it in under a minute.

Sculpting - ***
The molded parts of Captain Aís likeness were fairly well-done. I mean, I suppose since Iím so used to 12Ē-scale action figures, I might be a little put off by the features of the Captainís smaller persona. His boots and gloves are molded on, and look sharp. His head sculpt is decent, if a bit generic. 

Paint - **
The Captain is going to get dinged for his paint ops. There is quite a bit of flesh-color bleeding over onto parts of his mask. The white of his helmet ďwingsĒ donít seem to go low enough onto his mask. The big ďAĒ on his forehead looks pretty tight though. 

Articulation - **1/2
Again, I am spoiled with all the 12Ē figures I own, and the articulation they bring. As a result, I am disappointed by The Captain. However, his molded-on gloves and boots are jointed at the wrists and ankles (respectively) and allow for some decent poses. He canít kneel or look up, but he can assume several heroic-looking stances.

Accessories - ***
Captain America comes with his trusty shield as his lone accoutrement. Itís good-sized, it snaps right onto his wrist and it features decent paint work.

Outfit - ***
The good Captain comes replete with his bodysuit of red, white and blue Spandex-esque material. It fits the bill well, and looks great on the figure itself. The suit is stitched onto the figure, so unless youíre a decent seamstress, you ainít swapping his costume to another figure!

Fun Factor - ***
Itís Captain America, for crying out-loud! Heís got a shield that can block imaginary bullets, and he can kick butt on all forms of Nazis and Communists! Whatís not to love about Captain America? However, I take issue with the fact that this incarnation of The Captain is smaller than my entire World War II action figure collection (Kinda hard to kick Nazi butt when they tower over you by at least a scale foot or two!) However, as my 11-year-old son pointed out, heís just the right size to do battle with Bionicles! (As soon as I figure out which Bionicles are the Nazis and which ones are the Communists, Captain America will go to work on Ďem!)

Value - ***
I think he was $14.88 at Wal-Mart. I didnít think that was a wholly unreasonable price, all things considered. There were several other figures in this series that may be of interest to other people. I just bought Captain America alone because I like the subject matter. ($14.88 would have been the perfect price if he were about 3 inches taller!)

Things to Watch Out For - 
Nazi and Communist Bionicles! (They are diabolical little suckers!) If you are buying Captain America at a retail store, you might want to look at several to find the one with the best paint ops. Besides that, Captain America is a pretty robust action figure and can handle himself just fine!

Overall - ***
Iím not going to lie: Iím biased. I really like the Captain America character. This particular figure is danged impressive. However, I think itís time someone made a 1/6 scale version of The Captain! Iím talking cloth suit, 30+ points of articulation and scaled to issue a beating to the entire Dragon, BBi and 21st Century Toys lines of Nazi figures on the market. (A figure like that would definitely get 4 stars in my book!)

SCORE RECAP:
Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ***
Paint - **
Articulation - **1/2
Accessories - ***
Outfit - ***
Value - ***
Overall - ***

Where To Buy - 
Wal-Mart is your best brick-and-mortar bet. At the time Iím writing this, Kbtoys.com is the one place Iíve looked for them online that had them.


Figure from the collection of Brian Santore.

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