MARVEL’S CAPTAIN BRITAIN – ENERGIZED EMISSARIES
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Heroes from around the globe team up to vanquish evil wherever they find it.”
Okay, so that’s not as good an intro for this guy as I’d hoped…
Hey, so I looked at an older figure of Captain Britain yesterday, why not look at his newest figure today? That seems fairly reasonable, doesn’t it? Of course it does!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain Britain—sorry, *Marvel’s* Captain Britain—is figure three in the Abomination Series of Marvel Legends. He’s officially titled “Energized Emissaries,” a name he shares with Wonder Man. It’s sort of an odd choice of name, and their sort of an odd pairing, but they’re far from the worst shared name figures Hasbro’s given us (Vision and Doctor Strange’s turn as “Marvel Heroes” is still way more forced). This is Brian’s first Marvel Legend since the Toy Biz figure I reviewed yesterday. Rather than going for the same costume, Hasbro’s decided to use his New Excalibur look from a few years back. It’s certainly not a bad choice; it hits all the proper Captain Britain notes, but also allows long-term collectors a slightly different look for their money. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. Brian is built on the Hyperion buck. It’s not a perfect body and, as one of the oldest bodies still in regular use by Hasbro, it’s starting to show its age. That being said, it’s definitely a far better fit for Captain Britain than the Black Panther body used on the TB version. If nothing else, the scale is much better this time. Brian gets a new head, forearms, hands, and lower legs, and also makes use of the belt add-on from the most recent basic Captain America (and, by extension, Red Guardian). The new pieces are all quite nice, and fit well onto the pre-existing parts. The head is actually made from two different pieces, allowing for his helmet to actually look like a helmet, and not just a simple mask. Also, another figure that avoids the dreaded Hasbro scowl that cropped up on like 90% of their male Legends figures in the last few years. Yay! The new arms and legs both feature a surprising amount of detail, showcasing some slight folds and wrinkles to make his costume actually look like, you know, clothes. That being said, I must say I’m perplexed by how his pants are super skintight on his thighs and knees and then really baggy at his shins. The belt piece works well enough, but it’s worth noting that, since it was designed for a smaller figure, it’s very tight on this guy. Captain Britain’s paintwork is pretty decent overall. There’s some slop here and there (mostly on the white sections of the costume), but for the most part the application is pretty clean, and the colors match up pretty closely with how this design was portrayed in the comics. Captain Britain’s only real accessory is the left arm of the BAF Abomination. It would have been cool to get Excalibur, since he carried it from time to time in this costume, but oh well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When I was ordering Scarlet Witch online, I noticed that Amazon also had this guy in stock for about 40% his usual price, so I figured that was as good a time as any to grab him. Despite not really being a huge Captain Britain fan, I was pretty excited to get this figure. There’s something about the design that just looks really cool as an action figure. While I can’t say he’s quite as “wow’-inducing as Scarlet Witch, he’s still a solid figure, and a definite step up from the Toy Biz version!