MARVEL UNIVERSE 10-INCH (TOY BIZ)
“Transporting himself back to the present day, the Spider-Man of the year 2099 materializes right in Avengers Mansion. Facing Captain America and She-Hulk, Spider-Man uses his amazing powers to escape. Scouring his now unfamiliar surroundings, this futuristic Spider-Man searches for the one who possesses the information he needs before he can return home – Wolverine!”
Okay, I know I’m not supposed to critique the bios, but this one’s really odd for Cap. Like, all of the 10-inch figures from this era did this whole odd scenario used to tie together a bunch of random characters thing, but the fact that the bio goes out of its way to single out Wolverine and Spider-Man 2099, but just gives a passing mention to Cap seems a little bit odd. *sigh* I’m getting distracted….
Hey everybody, and to my American readers, Happy Fourth of July! To my non-American readers, happy Tuesday, I guess. I’m honoring this Fourth of July the same way I honor it every year: by reviewing a Captain America figure. Let’s get onto the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America was released as part of Toy Biz’s Marvel Universe 10-Inch line in 1997, alongside the also mentioned She-Hulk, Spider-Man 2099, and a Wolverine of some sort. Cap is seen here in his classic costume, more or less. The figure stands about 10 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. He’s built using the same body used for the un-flamed-on Johnny Storm figure from the Fantastic Four line, which is quite amusing nowadays, but was completely un-connected to anything back when this figure was new. The body’s okay for him, I suppose, though it’s a little small for Cap. It also lacks the buccaneer boots, though those weren’t going to happen without all-new tooling anyway. There are some artifacts of the old sculpt’s costume, which look slightly out of place, but are generally not too obvious or distracting. The head is an upscaling of the Electro Spark Captain America from the 5-inch Spider-Man line. As I noted in my review of the smaller figure, it’s a bit angry for my taste, but it’s not terrible. Honestly, I think it looks a bit better at a larger size, so that’s actually pretty cool. The paint is generally pretty decent. The colors are all pretty bright, and the application is rather clean. I’m not sure why he’s missing his pupils, but worse things have happened. Cap was packed with his mighty shield. It was a cool piece, but sadly mine was lost somewhere along the way.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy came from one of my family’s summer trips to the beach back in the ‘90s. My parents always took me to get something from the KB Toys in the nearby outlets, and this was the figure I decided to get that year, no doubt purchased alongside a VHS with some episodes of the Ruby-Spears Captain America cartoon. He was one of the earlier Cap figures I owned, probably my second after the Electro Spark figure. He was definitely one of my favorites of the 10-inch figures, and I still like him quite a bit, even if he’s a bit goofy.