Monthly Archives: March 2016

Toy Biz Captain America Turbo Coupe

I love looking at toys from the 90s. I know the sculpts were crude and the paint apps were almost non-existent, but something about Fire-Armor Batman carrying a golden bazooka just makes me smirk. While today’s toys are way more high-end in sculpts, articulation, attention to detail, and, well, pretty much everything, there really is something to be said for the gimmicky nonsense that was being pumped out in the early 90s.

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Take, for example, Toy Biz Toys’ 1990 release of the Captain America Turbo Coupe- part of the Marvel Super Heroes line. Now as far back as I can remember, Cap has always elected to take to the streets on some sort of motorcycle, but even today toy companies prefer to put the Star-Spangled Avenger behind the wheel of something on four wheels. I don’t really know why.

So, much like Batman, Captain America got a sweet lil’ ride in his Turbo Coupe, or, as I will refer to it for the remainder of this review, the CapCoupe.

The CapCoupe measures in around 12″ long and is decked out mainly in white with some blue and red paint apps around to complete the ‘murica! look. Most of the details are painted on, like the solid black windshield and the stripes along the side, but the car also features some stickers with the Captain America logo. It looks suitably “CapCoupe” even without the logo on it, but I guess Toy Biz wanted to make sure you didn’t confuse it with the rarely-seen presidential muscle car Reagan used to tear through town in.

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Now one thing that bugs me about the construction of the CapCoupe is that while the toy is made to put a figure inside (only one will fit. Sorry, Bucky) the design, with its full roof and painted windows, doesn’t really let you SEE Cap in the driver’s seat. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’d like to see that I have a toy in the car. I guess since the CapCoupe doesn’t come with a figure it made it easier for kids to pretend they had someone driving to the rescue, on the off chance they got the car but had no Cap to go with it, but it irks me.

The front of the car is adorned with Cap’s trusty shield, or some battering ram version of. The colors are a bit off, and I’m not really sure if there was any real reason to change it other than someone in at Toy Biz didn’t want to get up from his desk to grab the control art.

When it’s in a “resting” position, the shield looks like a giant hood ornament-  but criminals beware! With one push of the red button on the hood, the shield launches out and knocks the villains into next Tuesday! Oh yeah, I loves me some cheesy gimmicks!

Back in the 90’s, though, it wasn’t enough to just put Cap in the seat of a fancy car with a face-smasher on the front . Oh no, a patriotic Batmobile just wouldn’t do. Let’s say Cap gets to a crime scene, but the bad guys are no where to be found. Oh, they are clever, these generic fiends- they know Cap would show up in his CapCoupe, so they take to the rooftops for their well-planned escape. Ha! There’s no way the stalwart hero will be able to follow them!

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Well think again, you devilish crumbums! With the roof opened up, all Steve Rogers needs to do is activate his CapCoupe’s hidden weapon- a jet sled thing! Yep, just lift the spoiler from the back of the car and the guts of the vehicle come with it!

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The “Glider Wing”, as the box calls it, is essentially the seat and spoiler of the CapCoupe with some jet engines on the sides and retractable landing gear. I don’t understand why a glider needs engines, or how something that can lift off from a dead-stop on the ground can be called a glider, but hey, it’s freakin’ neat!

Some sort of propeller on the top would have been cool, and it would help me understand how the physics of this work, but as it is, the Glider Wing is a fun little “surprise” inside the cereal box that is the CapCoupe. It is cast in the same white plastic the rest of the vehicle is in and features a star symbol on each side.

Sadly, the CapCoupe will never be as recognizable as the Batmobile, or even as sought after as the X-Men’s Blackbird, but as a 10 year old Cap fan, this toy was well worth my parent’s hard-earned money. And as an adult, it’s worth every inch of shelf space it takes up.

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Hasbro Marvel Legends Red Skull Series CAPTAIN AMERICA Figure

Hasbro has, in recent years, really stepped their game up when it comes to their Marvel Legends line, so even though we’ve already gotten several different versions of Captain America it was only a matter of time before they doubled back to him for an update.

Here we have that very figure- a new take on the classic Cap look. While many people tend to cringe whenever a new version of Cap, Iron Man, or Wolverine gets released instead of a new character, I always just cross my fingers and hope that this will finally be the “default” Cap for my shelf ,and dethrone the still gorgeous, if not outdated, ML Series 1 Cap made by Toy Biz so many years ago. Well, here’s hoping.

The package is the now-classic Marvel Legends box. There have been some changes since the last wave, specifically adding the “Legends” logo to the top of the box and moving the theme title at the bottom. Seeing as this is Cap, we get a mostly blue package with some new artwork of Captain America himself along the sides. What I love about it is that when you walk into a toy store you instantly see this wave on the pegs since the blue really stands out from the red used on all the other waves.

Inside the package you get the figure, some accessories, and a Build-A-Figure piece for the “Red Onslaught” figure. Since that last piece of plastic really has nothing to do with Cap, I’m just going to gloss over it, but it will certainly come in handy as the back armor for our big-bad.

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Cap is built on the new “Large” body Hasbro first gave us with Grim Reaper. This body is a HUGE improvement over the past Cap figures Hasbro has done as it’s both taller and bulkier than the previously used bucks. I’ve always had an issue with Hasbro’s Caps due to the lack of size, but this version finally gives us something that is more of a presence on a shelf. I mean, he’s finally taller than Spider-Man, and that’s pretty important.

As far as I can see it’s an almost entirely reused buck with some Rogers-esque additions. The cavalier boots look new to me as do the gloves. Cap also sports a belt piece that, again, I think is unique to this figure. The last new piece is the figure’s head, which, differs from the earlier Cap figures because it not only has a sculpted “A”, but also, FINALLY, we get a Captain America figure that has the classic wings on the sides of the head!

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As many people have pointed out, the head on this figure is a little on the larger side, but to be honest, I don’t really mind it once I have it in hand. The face sculpt is really cool and (to me, at least) has a  Rik Levin/Ron Lim vibe to it. Since it’s a classic Cap and they both drew the book in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I really think it works.

Articulation is as good as it has ever been on Hasbro’s Legends run, which to me means it’s even better than what Toy Biz did so well. I’m not going to go through and list all 30 points of articulation, but I will say that there’s enough here to get Steve into damn near any position you’d need him to be in. Take that however you perverts want.

The paint on Cap is good, but not quite great. There isn’t a lot of it to speak of since Hasbro doesn’t do the whole “highlights and shading” thing Toy Biz loved, but I’ve never really minded that. However, like many people, I do wish we had gotten something in the way  of the chainmail paint app similar to what the original Legends figure had, but I don’t think it’s a “make or break” thing, just a personal preference. My big problem comes from small areas around the figure like the spot around the abs. I just think it was an odd choice for Hasbro to bend the white stripes outward at the top of Steve’s six-pack when they could have just gone straight up with it and made it look a lot cleaner. It would have done a lot to hide the articulation, too.

The area around the elbow bugs me as well, but it’s more of a plastic issue than a paint one. Hasbro painted the bicep but the elbow and lower arm are just cast in an almost-white, meaning that the two pieces of plastic don’t quite match up. Under normal house lights you can’t notice it, so I don’t think it’s a major deal, just a tad bothersome.

Aside from those two minor hiccups, the paint on ‘Ol Man Rogers is pretty tight. The white-on-blue is clean and there isn’t much bleeding. The star on the chest is just painted on, and that can lead to some iffy outcomes, but this time around we got sharp lines and a very well-defined emblem.

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In addition to a solid build and good paints, Cap comes with a good deal of extra pieces and accessories. For starters we have Cap’s trusty shield. This time out is looks like a different shield than we’ve gotten with the previous releases. As opposed to the sculpted details in the older shield, this new one is just a smooth surface with painted circles. I actually like it since it is supposed to be a more comic-accurate version and I’ve always pictured it as smooth. I have heard of some people saying they thought it was too small, but it looks like a good fit to me.

Cap has the ability to either clip the shield on his wrist or mount it on his back. Either way looks good, but I’m a “wield your weapon” kind of guy, so that’s how I’ll be displaying him. What’s coo though is that if you do decide to harness the shield, Cap also comes with plastic shoulder straps so it looks like the shield is actually hanging from his back. While the idea was awesome, the execution fell a little short. The individual plastic pieces don’t clip on, so they just hang on his shoulders, meaning that they don’t hold well and I had a difficult time keeping them in place.

Cap also comes with two alternate hands- a pointing hand and a saluting hand. They just pop in and out easily and gives us some more posing options for the figure. I would have liked a fist hand or two, just for the options, but what we got isn’t bad.

The big thing here, and this is monumental, is the fact that we get an alternate head which is unlike any we’ve gotten with a Cap figure before, and to be honest, one I never thought I would see.

CAP-WOLF! Freakin’ Cap-Wolf, man! I mean, c’mon! I realize that there are plenty of readers scratching their heads over this part, so let me clarify…

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The head is great and has a very detailed sculpt. It looks like it jumped right out of the book and onto our toy shelves. The only thing that sucks here is that we only get the alternate head. I would have loved some extra hands and evens feet to complete the look, but I’ll take whatever Cap-Wolf I can get!

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Considering the large buck, the great sculpts and paint apps, and the outstanding accessories, I’m going to go ahead and say it. Wow, I never thought I’d get to. I HAVE A NEW DEFAULT CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE! No, it isn’t perfect, but considering everything that came before in the Legends line, this, to me, looks like Captain America more than any other figure. Now if Hasbro could just give me a Falcon and a decent Red Skull.

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Lego Captain America’s Motorcycle set coming soon?

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I don’t know anything about this set at all, but it popped up on Toysrus.com for $3.99. It’s not available for purchase yet, but Captain America’s Motorcycle has the “Civil War” logo on the bag, so I would expect it out soon.

In my personal opinion it’s a neat little set so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it.

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Funko Marvel Collector Corps Captain America Founder Statue 2015

A year ago Funko Toys, makers of POP! Vinyls, Dorbs, Mystery Minis, and other space-filling collectible goodies, started a new “Loot Crate” type subscription program where people would receive one random box of Funko goodness every two months. They called this venture the Marvel Collector Corps, and fans worldwide were treated to a year filled with brown boxes containing all manner of Marvel collectible.

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They also promised that those who signed up for the entire year during its initial subscription period would get a special treat- a reward given only to those who helped get this thing off the ground. That’s where this bright golden idol comes from.

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The Founder gift for the 2015 year was this 9″ tall Academy Award stand-in designed to look like Marvel’s own founding hero, Captain America. Yes, Namor and The Human Torch came first, but they weren’t exactly super heroes back then.

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Despite not signing up for this club- I was getting married and was trying to save money- I knew I would eventually need to get this statue, so the second they shipped out and started to pop up on ebay, I pounced.

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As I said, this guy stands about 9″ tall and is just a solid piece of bling attached to an equally glossy black base. The entire thing seems to be an ABS plastic and most of the weight comes from the solid base, which has a piece of green felt on the bottom to stop it from scratching up your tabletop. It’s got that vac-metal chrome look which always worries me, since any action figure collector will tell you that these things are prone to chipping, but it looks good right now and I plan on keeping it in the package, so I think I’ll be safe. Obviously there’s no articulation, so it all comes down to presentation on this guy,  and for that I’ll just let the photos do the work.

If you signed up for the Marvel Collector Corps as a founding member, you can expect to see this guy showing up at your door any day now, but if, like me, you are planning on scoring him solo, expect to pay $40-50 for one, as that seems to be the going rate on the aftermarket right now.

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Captain America Legends: The Dream Wave (or, “What I want from Hasbro”)

Marvel Legends. That name has become synonymous with amazing super-hero themed action figures, and if you’re a fan of Marvel you likely have at least one of these 6″ plastic guys in your collection. However, for this fan, there are still some glaring holes in my collection that Hasbro seems to be ignoring.

That is why I’ve decided to throw together my own personal wishlist for my dream wave of Captain America Legends, and just pray that someone who can make things happen takes note. So without further ado…

1. Armored Captain America

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Yes, I know, another Captain America. But, y’see, you can’t have a Cap-themed wave without some form of Cap. It’s a rule. But unlike all the other Cap variations we’ve gotten, that have just been rehashes of his Ultimates duds, we need something new. Enter- Armored Captain America! Cap would require some new tooling- mostly boots, gloves, chest and of course a new head, so I wouldn’t expect him to come with much in the way of accessories, but maybe an extra head so we can either have him as young Steve or old Steve would be cool. Relive the 90s, baby!

2. Falcon

This one has been a mystery to me- why hasn’t Hasbro given us a 6″ Falcon figure yet? The old Toy Biz one is okay, but the engineering improvements that Hasbro has been making sorta put this guy in the “he was cool for the time” column. Give us a classic Falcon, or even a modern Falcon- it doesn’t matter so long as he’s decked out in the classic Red and White. Use the now-classic Black Panther base body and include removable wings- maybe an “extended” set and a “closed” set similar to Spider-Woman, and his trusty pal, Redwing, and man, I am sold!

3. D-Man

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No, I don’t consider the Scourge figure we just got as D-Man. Yes, it says Demolition Man on the box, but I want a more icon version of Dennis Dunphy, and not the brainwashed serial murderer. I’d take his classic “Daredevil meets Wolverine” look set on the large “Cottonmouth” body with both masked and unmasked  “bearded” heads.

4. Diamondback

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Rachael Leighton would fill in the required female figure for the wave, and she would make a great addition to any shelf. Cap’s one-time lady friend would only require a new head for tooling, so Hasbro could consider her a bargain! Bright metallic colors would really make this pink-haired vixen pop! She should come with a “diamond throwing” effect that I will likely never use but I would still like to see. And please, Hasbro, no heels.

5. Viper

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Another Classic Cap villain would make a great addition to the line-up. What’s great about Viper is that his outfit hasn’t really changed at all in 40 years, thought that’s partly due to him being dead for 30 of them. His bright green costume would set him apart from the rest of the wave, so from a visual stand-point he’s a no-brainer. Give him his blow gun thing and that’s really all this guy would need to look amazing.

6. Machinesmith

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The last figure in my dream wave was something of a toss-up. I wanted someone who screamed “classic”, but also someone who would look different than everyone else in the line-up. It was a tough call, but I finally decided on Machinesmith. Bright yellow! Red hair! What’s not love about this guy? I’d want his “human” form, but include some interchangeable parts like a robotic head, hands, and those cool “extend-arms” that Machine Man came with to really sell the “he’s a freakin’ robot” idea. He could reuse some pieces from the AIM soldier we got a few years back to help complete his unique look.

BAF- The Sleeper

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Oh yeah, this bad boy is a long-time want of mine. His classic Kirbyesque face, huge bulky body, and wacky color scheme would look INCREDIBLE as an action figure, and his size would make sense for a build-a-figure. Slather him in metallic paints and I could die happy.

I really hope someone over at Hasbro is paying attention since this wave would KILL if it were revealed. But the good news is it doesn’t have to stop there! Dream Wave 2 is right on deck, and there’s a mighty Marvel pool of characters to utilize, so who’s to say a wave 3 couldn’t be coming soon?

Funko POP! Vinyl Civil War 5-pack Disney Store Europe Exclusive

I was wandering through eBay today and stumbled across a listing for this FUNKO POP CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR DISNEY STORE EXCLUSIVE 5 PACK which I had never seen before. The 5 pack includes the standard releases for Cap, Agent 13, Black Panther, and Crossbones, as well as the Hot Topic Exclusive “Unmasked” Iron Man.

The listing is from a seller in Sweden, and it states that it’s a Disney Store European Exclusive limited to 5000 pieces, so there’s a good chance that you’ll end up paying through the nose for it, but if you’re a completionist, then this may be something you’d want to look into.

Funko POP! Vinyls Captain America Civil War line-up

If you’re anything like me then you are easily lost by the flurry of Cap merchandise coming out for the Civil War movie.

One thing I saw that I knew I needed to get, however, was the new POP! Vinyl Bobbleheads being made by Funko. The problem is there’s just so damn many of them that I was getting confused as to where they could all be found.

Below I’ve thrown together a simple list of every one that has been announced and where to get them all.

Enjoy!

Basic Assortment
125- Captain America
126- Iron Man
128- War Machine
129- Winter Soldier
130- Black Panther
131- Agent 13
132- Black Widow
133- Scarlet Witch
134- Crossbones
135- Giant Man (deluxe 6″)

Exclusives
Hot Topic
126- Falcon
136- Iron Man (unmasked)

Gamestop
137- Captain America (action pose)

Walgreens
138- Black Panther (unmasked)

Barnes & Noble
139- Crossbones (unmasked)

Target
140- Crossbones (battle damage)

Walmart
130- Black Panther (Onyx Glitter)

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Unnumbered- Captain America and Iron Man 2-pack (appears to be the same as the standard release figures)

Marvel Collector’s Corps
Unknown- the April box will be Civil War themed, so we should expect at least one more POP variant

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