Sculpting - Iron Man,
CA ***1/2; Wolverine ***
The sculpting on Cap remains pretty much the same, but I have to
reiterate that I really like the smirk. They put greater detail into
this modern day face and hair, but didn't go so far over board as to
lose the feel of the original.
Wolverine has a rough hewn
jawline, with the exaggerated comic book styling. The size of the mask
is much improved, fitting the head far better this time around.
Iron Man's mask is also much
improved, and is sharply defined and edged. I'm particularly impressed
with how well they hid the seam between the front piece and back piece,
making it look like one solid helmet.
Because of the underlying head,
it is a bit rounder in shape than the actual traditional yellow and red
helmet - you can tell the difference right from the box art. But taking
into the constraints of the medium here, they did a pretty good job
getting the right look.
These are slightly smaller than
most modern day sixth scale figures, coming in just a bit over 11 1/2"
tall in their mighty boots.
Paint - Iron Man ***1/2;
Wolverine, CA ***
The paint work on the Iron
Man mask and torso armor looks terrific - clean, consistent and with
almost no slop. There's a little bit of paint bleed into the mask eyes,
but it's very, very minor.
The work on the Captain himself
is good, especially with the eyes, lips and hair. This isn't a $200
figure, and isn't going to have the kind of production paint ops of
one. But what's here is fairly clean, and there's no silly lipstick or
I really like his sly look, with
both eyes looking off slightly to his left. It works well with the
Wolverine has a bit of a gloppy
look to the skin tone on the mask, but the rest of the work is very
clean, particularly the black and yellow on the mask.
Articulation - CA ***
Since the Iron Man and Wolverine suits are just that - suits - there's
no 'articulation' score. But it's worth talking about the basic Cap,
since that's who will be wearing the gear.
This is one of the areas where
Round 2 really upped the ante when compared to the original version.
While the 60's body was excellent for the time, they've given him far
more joints, and all of them useful. Check back with my original
review of the Captain to see a nude shot of the new body.
I did have one issue here that
held him back from a higher score. As I worked with him, swapping
outfits and shooting photos, I noticed that the knees got progressively
looser. Nekkid he couldn't even stand, but in the costumes he was still
alright, since the tall boots and tight uniform kept them from
buckling. Still, they need to tighten up the body overall in the future.
You could swap these onto a
TrueType or other body, but go with something that's a) a little
shorter than usual (these are under 12" tall) and b) something on the
more slender side. For example, one of the muscular TrueTypes would be
much too big to work.
Accessories - ***
While the Iron Man and Wolverine sets don't have any other character
specific accessories (other than the suit pieces
do have the extra Hawkeye pieces. Iron Man comes with the very cool
Hawkeye mask, and Wolverine comes with the arm and wrist bands. That
finishes up the Hawkeye build-a-figure started last year.
The basic Captain Action doesn't
have as many accessories as the deluxe set, but he does have the
critical pieces - the hat, gun and belt. I really like the belt closure
here, unlike the other two belts, but more on that in the next
Outfit - ***
Both of these outfits would have scored another half star if not for
one consistent issue.
The Captain's outfit is one
we've already seen, but I think they've improved the tailoring. The
arms seem a bit longer, reaching all the way to the hands in most
poses, and the overall fit is more natural.
He also has the big boots, belt
and hat. While the boots are a bit over sized, I think the look works
for him, and the hat is actually an excellent fit. His belt has a
post/hole closure that works great, and stays in place.
The Iron Man costume includes
the helmet and torso armor, both of which are two piece, a front and
back. These snap together almost seamlessly, and I didn't have any fear
of breakage or damage when putting them on or taking them off.
The torso armor did pop loose under the arms occasionally
was working with him, but it snaps back together tightly. I'm very
happy that they went with the hard plastic helmet, rather than a rubber
He also has his rubbery boots,
gloved hands, and red belt. The boots and hands fit on easily enough,
but it's the belt that really bugs me.
The buckle has a small strap
that is supposed to fit inside the buckle. It doesn't do it
particularly well, nor does it stay in place once you manage to close
Iron Man's final costume piece
is the underlying body suit. It's made of the stretchy Lycra arms and
legs, with a shiny pleathery torso. The entire thing is a tight fit
over the wide hips and shoulders, but both materials stretch enough to
make it. Once on, it looks great, and is very well tailored.
Pretty much the same can be said
for Wolverine's costume. There is the mask (this one is a rubbery mask,
not the two piece hard plastic style of Iron Man) that includes the
lower face sculpt. Unlike some of the first wave masks, I think they've
done a much better job getting the scale within reason. They are still
a little over sized, since this is a guy with a normal sized head
wearing a helmet or mask, but neither one of these suffers from the
bobble headed look of earlier costumes like Captain America.
Wolverine's suit is the older
style of course, sans sleeves. Both suits close in back with Velcro,
rather than snaps, and it holds fairly well.
Wolverine's boots and hands swap
on easily enough, but his belt has the same annoying problem as Iron
Man's. The silly, tiny strap just doesn't stay in place inside the
buckle, making it a bit frustrating.
While I don't mind the over
sized nature of the boots on all three, it is a bit annoying that they
can't stay flat on the ground in stances. It's not something you really
expect at this price point, but it's worth pointing out.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Any kitbasher will tell you how much fun you can have putting together
a new character from parts. Captain Action was the first to recognize
this, and they created a competitive advantage with Marx and Hasbro
during the 60's using this concept. It's still as much fun today as it
was back then, particularly if you're six years old.
Sadly, too many parents will buy
lumps of crap Hasbro is producing for the Star Wars and
Hasbro lines right now, when they could spend another five bucks or so
and get a great action figure like Captain Action.
Value - ***
You can't get much for $20 these days, and certainly less in the sixth
scale arena. Better yet, shop around and you may find these for closer
to $15 each, and that's a steal.
Things to Watch Out For -
When you mix a Lycra type material and Velcro, you really have to be
careful. The Velcro can snag on the suits, and even cause runs in the
material if you're not careful.
Overall - Iron Man
***1/2; Wolverine, CA ***
These are clearly a nostalgia based toy, like the retro Mego figures or
over sized Star Wars figures. If you never played with these as a kid,
or have no real interest in actual toys (rather than figures made to be
collectibles first), then these aren't for you. You'll have as much us
for them as a fish has for a bicycle.
But for the adult collector that
remembers the originals fondly, these releases are great. They can pick
up costumes for a pittance, and actually display them (or better yet,
give them to their kids to play with) without fear of damaging some
ridiculously expensive vintage version.
Personally, I think the key to
doing a new release of a retro figure is improving on the basics while
remaining true to the concept. While the sculpting, articulation, and
overall costume quality has improved, they have kept these fun and
remained consistent with the overall old school idea, right down to
their selection of the classic superhero costume designs.
Packaging - ***/2
Sculpting - Iron Man, CA ***1/2; Wolverine ***
Paint - Iron Man ***1/2; Wolverine, CA ***
Articulation - CA ***
Accessories - ***
Outfit - ***
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - ***
Overall - Iron Man ***1/2; Wolverine, CA ***
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
From Another World has the two suits for just $16 each.
- Big Bad Toy Store has them for $20
Earth has them for $20 each, including this wave 3 CA.
- or you can search
ebay for a bargain.
I've covered several past releases, including Dr. Evil, the deluxe Captain Action, and the Spider-man and Captain America
costumes. Cast-A-Way toys also did some smaller
scale versions of the Captain
and Dr. Evil.
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