Heil Hitler! …in America!
Marvel Universe Spider-Man and Captain America. These are 1/18th scale figures, much like G.I. Joe or Motion Revive Series.
Both figures look pretty good, with lots of nicely molded detail. However, both suffer from sloppy paint work. Spider-Man here is a tad better as I was able to select from a few different Spideys in the store, but most of them (including this one) will have the paint on the side of their arms not be immaculately applied. Also, watch out for the eyes, as the paint for some Spider-Man figures’ eyes might be a big shoddily applied. Captain America fairs less well for me. Since this was the only Cap on the pegs and I didn’t feel like going through the trouble of searching for another, I picked this guy up despite the paint splash on his face. There’s quite a bit of blue on my Cap’s exposed face, as well as the mask just not being cleanly painted on.
All in all, it’s the same infamous, shoddy paint application that Hasbro seems to come out with. I don’t know why though. I mean, it’s all the same factories in China right? So I’m not sure why there’s always these sloppy works. Maybe the guys who keep getting put on these projects know they can get away with it or something.
Anywho, other than the paint, the sculpts are nice. Spidey’s pretty scrawny, and Cap’s right leg seems crooked, but I can live with ’em. Heck, there’s even a bit of scale to them. Cap is clearly taller than Spidey, which makes sense. While Cap is technically supposed to only be 6′ 3″ though, considering how he towers over Spidey and other 3.75″ figures, he seems closer to being 6′ 6″ thereabouts. Oh well. The point is, there’s some scale there, and there are worst things in the world than having a tall and beefy Captain America.
Now we come to articulation, and here’s my biggest gripe with the figures. Oh, they have plenty of points of articulation. That’s not the point. The point is that all their joints seem pretty damn fragile! The mid-torso joint in particular, are quite prone to floppiness. I’m typically very gentle with my toys, but I got to admit, I feel like I can’t afford any accidents with these guys.
I’m not saying they feel like they’ll fall apart if I look at ’em funny, but they definitely don’t have the sturdiness of a Joe or Star Wars figure. And while they can hold a pose, I wouldn’t expect them to be able to hold any prop or accessory of noticeable heft.
Otherwise, there’s plenty points of articulation, heck, even more than a Joe. Buuuuut I really don’t have the mood to pose and play with ’em, as evidenced by the lack of pics for this review.
Accessories… I wouldn’t say there’s nothing special to them. In fact, I’d say there’s something VERY special to them. Cap comes with his signature shield, and Spidey comes with a useless piece of webbing. Pretty standard stuff, and you’d think that’d be all no? NO! For they also come with a code to unlock secret content on the Marvel Universe website. AND, they also come with a flimsy character bio card, detailing their stats and story, as well as a picture of ’em on the back.
Sounds pretty unimpressive no? EXCEPT… they each also come with another flimsy piece of paper. A “Top Secret” piece of paper that for some reason, other reviewers have not mentioned. And these flimsy pieces of paper ROCK.
Cap’s “Top Secret” document is a letter from Reed Richards to Tony Stark, urging Stark to not be the asshole he’s been since Civil War. It states that while this Captain America is pretty similar to the (presumably) Captain America who was snipe-killed, that it was morally unconscionable to leave this guy displaced, and that he belongs to his own universe (presumably the Ultimate universe).
Spidey’s secret file is a daily report from (again, presumably) a random S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, describing a typical day for our friendly neighborhood web-slinger.
I find these pieces of paper to be intriguing. They add far more personality to the characters than a straight up bio would. I’m almost tempted to collect these figures just for these little info tidbits. Good job Hasbro/Marvel guy!
I’m not impressed with these Marvel Universe figures. While I understand that these two do not represent the best of the line, and that they’re actually perfectly serviceable toys; the shoddy paintwork and the comparative lack of durability really hurt them. I won’t say I regret having got them, since I needed a Cap and Spidey anyway, but I have almost zero interest in getting anymore Marvel Universe guys after this. I might pick up the Amazing Bag-Man for the novelty value, but otherwise, I’m giving the entire line a big, fat miss. Which is a shame, since I actually really want a Brown Wolverine. Oh well.
These are not bad toys per se, and they have enough positives that they should technically belong in the “good” category. But I don’t think I’d feel right putting them in that range. Spidey’s better than Cap, but if you’re gonna drop some bones for some plasticrackin’ love, I’d recommend getting G.I. Joe or even those Rise of the COBRA figures if you simply want figures of this scale. At the very least, you’ll get some nice accessories to offset the price.
Pros: Detailed sculpt. Awesome writing for the secret files.
Cons: Shoddy paint apps, loose joints and just feels fragile compared to other 3.75″ toys. Not much value for money.
2.2 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent