Packaging - ***1/2
While the deluxe costumes don't include the cool vintage box, they are
completely collector friendly. Cut a couple pieces of tape, and that's
about all the damage necessary to free the goodies.
package is also very sturdy, and shows off the majority of the
accessories well. The only hidden accessory is the 'BAF" Hawkeye piece
(the boots with Captain America, the bow and arrows with Spider-Man),
which is tucked away inside the interior box.
These boxes also
remind me of the flat boxes that the original costumes came in. No,
they aren't identical, but they have enough of a similar style to bring
back the memories.
Sculpting - ***
This is sort of a weird category for these costume sets, but it's still applicable.
faces aren't head sculpts - they're masks which fit over the standard
Captain Action head. How well this works depends on what the mask is
trying to accomplish.
If it's really supposed to be a mask, as in
the case of the Spider-Man outfit, it works pretty well. It's still a
little big, but your mind expects it to be - it's a mask over a
person's head. The final photo shows it on the normal Captain Action
body, and the second to last photo shows the whole Spidey outfit on a
TrueType (38) body next to the Captain America suit on Captain Action.
When it's supposed to be a full human face,
as is the case with the Rogers and Parker masks, it doesn't work as
well. They end up too big, even for the broad shoulders of the body. If
you read my previous review, you'll know I was hopeful that the wide
shoulders on this new body would help make the masks look a bit more in
proportion - I was sadly wrong.
The Rogers is worse than the
Parker, perhaps because of the widely set eyes or the extra wide
jawline. While it might look like that jaw isn't completely over the
head in my photo, trust me - it is. I worked hard to get these on as
tightly as I could, and that's the best I could come up with. Peter
isn't awful, but he's still not as good as the standard Spidey mask.
Captain America is someplace in between, because there's a mask...but
half of the face as well. It doesn't look quite as bad as the complete
Rogers face, and his jawline doesn't seem quite so ridiculous. He's
still more bobble headed than I'd like, but it isn't outside the
kitchy-ness of the general appearance of the overall figure.
these are hollow masks, they'll never have the level of detail of a
full head sculpt, but there's more stranding in the hair and detail
around the eyes than I expected.
Like the standard Captain Action, the fisted hands are too small, while the open grip hands are properly in scale.
Paint - Spider-Man ***; Captain
paint work on Spider-Man, including the Parker face is decent if not
exceptional. Like the regular Captain Action, I'm not thrilled with the
lipstick lip color, and the skin tone is a little light, much lighter
than the body. But the edges are clean and the eyes straight, which
can't be said for Captain America.
More specifically, it can't be
said for the Rogers mask for Cap. The eyes are awful, with one so lazy
it makes Marty Feldman look normal. The hair line is a bit sloppy as
well, but the Captain America masked face is much better. There's still
a little dirt in the paint one one side, and the edges aren't perfect,
but it's a huge improvement of the human face.
Accessories - Captain America
***1/2; Spider-Man **1/2
In this category, Cap takes the lead on Spidey.
comes with his Steve Rogers face mask, as well as the Captain America
masked face. I've already discussed the pros and cons of each.
his black rubber belt, and four small brown pouches. Since the belt
goes through the back of the pouches and it has to also feed through
belt loops on the costume, think about how you want it to look in
advance. You'll need to thread a pouch on, thread the belt through a
loop, thread another pouch on, etc, til you get the look you want.
He has a modern round shield, as well as a more classic triangular shield. Both have extremely bright, clean paint jobs.
are four brown rubber straps included for the shields. Two are short,
and intended for using the shield on his arm. The other two are longer,
designed to fit over his shoulders and hold the shield on his back.
Switching between them is pretty easy, but the pegs on the back of the
shield are tiny, so don't crank on them when pulling the belts off.
are two sets of gloves - one fisted and one gripping. He doesn't have a
lot to grip, but you never know. Swapping the hands is pretty easy, and
the wrist pegs are close enough in size to other bodies that
transplanting them is also pretty straight forward.
Captain America comes with one paper extra - a scaled newspaper
headline proclaiming he lives again. No need to take the paper out of
the plastic wrapper, as there's nothing on the inside fold.
Spider-Man has some very similar extras, but not quite as many overall.
he has the two masks, one of Peter Parker and one for his superhero
persona. I like the Parker better than the Rogers, but a big part of
that is the awful paint job on Rogers.
Spidey also has a similar
newspaper, plus there are three Peter Parker photos of the superhero,
ready for submission to the Bugle.
He also has two sets of hands. There's one fist, one splayed, and two web shooting poses.
stick with the Parker theme, there's also a camera. A really, really
small camera. We're talking spy camera size, here. In fact, it's so
small, that I dropped it and can't find it - I've never lost an
accessory before. Trust me, it's small.
The one other accessory
that I couldn't quite manage to use is the web shooters. This is a more
traditional Spider-Man of course, which means he has mechanical web
shooters. There are two silver devices which are supposed to fit over the
wrists, but I couldn't get them on easily. I do think it's possible to
get them over the 'shooting' hands, but I've had enough trouble with
breakage and damage lately - I didn't want to tear them trying. I
included a photo of them next to the hands, so you can compare. They
will go over the fists of course, but then that doesn't really look
Outfit - ***
only included the body suit, boots and belt here, since I've already covered
the rest of the extras in the Accessories section.
America's costume is old school style, and fits the CA body well. The
Velcro strip in back is fairly unobtrusive, and stayed closed through
the photo shoot. I mentioned his black belt, which is rubber with a
buckle that has two small posts. These posts fit inside two holes on
the belt, and it works surprisingly well.
also has his Lycra outfit, and like Cap, it can fit on other figures
but it's a tight one. It has some very vintage styled webbing under
both arms. Again, he has a rubber belt, which attaches the same way. I
had a harder time keeping this one in place on the wide hips of the CA
body though - it worked better on the narrow hips of the TT.
costumes have sleeves that are too short. They are stretchy - you can
pull them down and cover the arms. However, they pull back up again.
Fortunately, the gloves with both these costumes hide the issue in most
poses, and if it really does bug you, you can always use a couple of
those clear rubber bands to keep them in place.
Cap has his own red rubber boots, and the deluxe version also has
Hawkeye's purple boots, which just so happen to be the same basic sculpt.
Cap's red boots are a bit sticky to the touch, which can be concerning.
If the paint is having trouble setting up with the rubber, they may
never stop being sticky, and you should take care storing them in
contact with other rubber or PVC items.
boots don't exhibit this same stickiness, so I'm hoping it's limited to
Captain America. His boots look good, although they are a bit
over sized. Again, this fits in with the general nostalgic feel of the
Fun Factor - ***
While the basic Captain Action wouldn't be a toy most kids these days
would find a whole lot of fun, I do think that combining him with these
well known costumes might be something the 5 - 7 set might
enjoy. They aren't as sophisticated of toys as some, but they are just
as good looking as the large scale figures we're getting for the
Avengers, and these have the 'dress up' quality that they lack.
Also in their favor is that they
are fairly sturdy, although you will want to watch those pegs on the
back of the shields.
Value - ***
While I had my issues with these sets, cost wasn't one of them. That's
a rare thing these days, when almost everything seems overpriced.
The regular costume sets will be
$20, while these deluxe versions will run $30. Considering the overall
quality and quantity, I think that's a very solid value.
Things to Watch Out For -
Just the same issue with the potential of snagging the costumes on the
Velcro strip. Oh, and don't drop Spidey's camera.
While swapping the brown straps
on Cap's shield wasn't too difficult, I could see the potential for breaking one of the small pegs if you're too forceful.
Overall - ***
When judging these overall, I tried to remain true to the original
concept - these are re-issues of the classic series. However, lots of
people are going to look to these for other things, and I suspect will
be less happy because of it.
Captain Action basic body is shorter than standard, which isn't an
issue when you're only looking at these to be Captain Action. But for
customizers looking for another body source, it's a disappointment.
smaller body means the costume is also too small to easily transfer to
another body. That's going to disappoint folks looking to swap these
costumes onto most standard TT or other bodies.
The hands and
accessories aren't an issue, and there are ways to make the costumes
work. But kitbashers and customizers aren't going to get the slam dunk
out of these sets they were probably hoping for.
mentioned earlier, I included a photo with the Spider-Man costume on a
TT38, a fairly standard Hot Toys body. You might be better off going
with a narrow shouldered version as well, but it's not really the
shoulders that's a problem - it's the height. You can get the outfit
on, but it's mighty tight. Another choice is to cut the toes out of the
costumed feet, allowing them to pull up the foot and ankle. That might
solve the issue and make for a better looking fit on the larger bodies.
You'll need to use a shorter neck post (I didn't have one handy for the
photo) but the hands, boots and belts work fine.
If you're just
looking for a nostalgic trip back to your youth though, you'll be
happier with the outcome. The costumes do fit the smaller body well
with the exception of the short sleeves, and you can correct for that
with a couple of those clear rubber bands you have lying all over the
place. The material is stretchy enough that you can pull them down
inside the gloves and band them tight.
While most folks
will shun the Rogers mask (and probably Parker), putting them on the
shelf with the masked heads works fine for me. I actually like the
Parker enough that I may go with a similar pose to the one in the
seventh photo down on the left.
Of the two, Spider-Man is my
preferred set overall, but Cap comes with far more accessories. With the
basic Captain Action body and accessories costing just $30 at Toys R
Us, the price is right to pick up one for each costume you really like.
The TrueTypes would cost you that much or more, and cause you more trouble than
they're worth in this case.
While these costume sets are nice, I
do think Round 2 might be missing out on the stronger nostalgic factor
by not expanding on the basic Captain Action concept more. Going for
more generic accessories for him, along with adding in new concepts,
might be a worthwhile avenue for them to explore.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ***
Paint - Spider-Man ***; Captain America **
Accessories - Captain America ***1/2; Spider-Man **1/2
Outfit - ***
Fun Factor - ***
Value - ***
Overall - ***
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
- Big Bad Toy Store
has the figure set for $40, and the individual costume sets for $30.
Collector has the Captain America and Spider-Man outfits for
Earth has the regular figure set for $43, and the individual
costumes for $33.
- Sideshow has the figure
set for $45, and each costume
set for $35.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
I covered the deluxe Captain Action earlier this week, and
Cast-A-Way Toys has also done a smaller scale (9") version of the good captain and his nemesis, Dr.
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