Marvel Crossovers Captain America Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Marvel Transformers

Marvel Crossovers

General Information:
Release Date: 2009
fPrice Point: $15.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Spare Tire/Shield Weapon

Images:

In the Marvel Universe Captain America is one of the feature characters that epitomizes what a super hero is. It's no surprise that this character would have been chosen as one of the members of the Marvel Universe to receive a mech based on his costume.

Vehicle Mode:
Captain America's mech has a vehicle mode that fits very well with the military and patriotic theme of the character. His vehicle mode is a bulky Humvee. This is clearly a machine built for battle with armored panels everywhere including the sides, back and even on the "spare tire" as evidenced by a lot of the raised ciruclar "bolt" patterns. He has a lot of the key features of a Humvee including the very bocky, squared off shapes and the angled section in the back. There are also a lot of raised sections and angles on the front end that give the vehicle a sleek, modern look. I also like some of the "Captain America-centric" details such as raised stars on his hood, the sides of the wheels and on top of the spare tire. I also dig the steps sculpted into the sides that allow an imaginary driver to get up into the vehicle. It's a small detail I admit, but it shows the care that went into the sculpt. Overall, I'm really pleased with the sculpting, though some may find the hex pattern on the front end a bit odd, but that's related to the robot mode.

In this form, some may find the colors rather odd and I'd have to agree. I mean, being all "USA Patriotic" is fine but one has to admit seeing a red, blue and silver Humvee border lines on being a bit silly. I think a lot can be forgiven if you consider the vehicle's alternate mode and its more colorful (no pun intended) comic book origins. Most of the plastic on the front end and covering the canopy is blue. The rest is red. The wheels are grey. Silver, red, blue and black paint are the paint colors used for this figure. The silver is found on the front grille and on the various sections with stars on them. The red is used to provide some color break ups on the blue section along with the silver. Blue paint is found on the shield in the back and black is found on the windows. I'm thankful for the black color since it provides some nice dark color contrast to the otherwise very brightly colored vehicle. Not that the shades are blindingly bright, but they are a smidge loud.

The Captain America vehicle rolls on all four wheels and they're rather rugged and set high, something a lot of vehicles in the Transformers line don't have.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the shield/spare tire. Press the star in the center to expand the four sides out.
  2. Lift the blue piece on top that covers the top of the vehicle.
  3. On the sides, pull out the rear doors and rotate them back and connect the peg into the hole behind the rear tire.
  4. Pull the rear bumper/light section back and swing it up.
  5. Swing the rear half of the vehicle back to begin forming the robot legs.
  6. On the bottom of each leg swing out the heel and foot piece.
  7. Separate the halves of the rear section to form the robot legs.
  8. Swing the covers of the front wheel wells up.
  9. Swing the robot arms out.
  10. On each forearm, swing the window panel and the step panels against the arms.
  11. With the figure standing, swing the front half of the vehicle forward.
  12. Rotate the front around, then connect the two pegs on the waist piece to the two holes on the underside of the vehicle's front end.
  13. Rotate the top half of the vehicle around.
  14. Fold in the rear half of the blue canopy piece on the back of the robot, then push that panel against the main body.
  15. Lift the panel on the front of the vehicle with the star up and forward.
  16. Lift the robot head up.
  17. Push the star panel back down.
  18. Push each of the arms back at the shoulder joint (this section is a bit counter-intuitive in that you may have to use quite a bit more force than you want to in order to "lock" the joint in place, just be careful as you do it).

Robot Mode:
I showed this figure to an uncle of mine who was an old skool Marvel fan. The Captain America he remembers is the version from the 60's to the 80's complete with pirate boots and bit wings on the sides of his head and to him, this figure was instantly recognizable as some incarnation of the character (though he found the concept of Avengers using mecha amusing), so kudos to the designers for staying true to key elements of the character. You'll actually find quite a bit of design elements carried over from Captain America himself. These include:

  • The head sculpt is fashioned after Captain America's, complete with the wings on the side of the head, a crest shaped like an "A" and even a chin piece that resembles a strapped in section of a helmet. There are some tech look details too including vent lines under the crest and on the sides of his mouth (giving him a somewhat Optimus Prime-esque appearance).
  • The detailing on the top section of the robot has a hex pattern sculptd into it that resembles the pattern on some incarnations of Captain America's suit.
  • On either arm are two holes allowing you to attach the shield accessory, resembling the way Captain America holds his famous shield in the comic books and films.
  • The lower legs are designed with parts of the vehicle forming armor at the knees. This is reminscent of the extra piece of material around the top of Captain America's boots, particularly the older incarnations (not the current ones that most people know from the live action film).

Other interesting details work their way into the robot mode as well. This includes an "X" pattern indicating an armored area on his feet, hinges and lines suclpted into each section of his fists and a lot of mechanical looking detail on the insides and back of the shield accessory. Overall the robot mode looks somewhat clunky, but that's largely due to the bulkiness of some parts such as the lower legs and chest. However, there is some genuinely nice sculpting work here and I do like the robot mode quite a bit. However, I also would understand why some Transformers fans may be turned off by the aesthetic. There is a very bulky "Generation One" style of design here that isn't as sleek or super detailed as some figures from say, the "Dark of the Moon" toy line.

It is in this form that Captain America's colors come together nicely. Most of the upper body is blue with his forearms and lower legs set in red. This matches up nicely with Captain America himself, whose outfit is largely blue with red gloves and boots. A bit more red and silver paint is exposed in this form on the arms. The head has some silver paint on the "feathers", face and crest. There's also extra silver plastic exposed on the shield. Overall it's a nice color scheme. My only wish is that the lower half of the body needs some paint. There's nice sculpted detail on there, but it could do with some emphasis with paint applications.

Captain America's mech has twenty four points of articulation. This includes five points on each arm and six points on his legs. Most of these joints are very tight such as the hip joints which are ratchet joints. I was very pleased to find certain unexpected points of articulation including the ability of his wrists and forearms to turn in and out. I was also very happy to see waist articulation, something which Transformers seem to have less and less of nowadays.

Final Thoughts:
The Captain America mech figure isn't the best the Marvel Transformers line has to offer, but it is a solid figure (metaphorically and literally) with some nice sculpting. At the time I'm writing this the figure is no longer available at retail but you should be able to find it relatively easily online at a price close to retail. I think it's well worth it, especially for fans of both the Marvel and Transformers universe. It's not the most intricate and amazing Transformer ever but it's a fun toy with some nice (but chunky) aesthetics. Recommended.



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