Back in the action figure dark ages there was G.I. Joe, America’s first “action figure”. A couple of years later, from the same creator of Joe, Stan Weston, came Captain Action. Weston licensed costumes of other characters as well as his own new creation Captain Action. Batman, Aquaman, Flash Gordon and more. But, Captain Action was not just a framework to dress up as other characters, he has his own storyline fighting off the horrible Dr. Evil, alien threat from outer space. Captain Action only sold for two and a half years before Ideal canceled the line, it is still remembered fondly to this day and the old costume sets still command a high price on the secondary market.
Fast forward to 2011 and Round 2 along with CA Enterprises have released a new version of Cap, along with Marvel licensed costumes.
I’ve seen a lot of packaging, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen any as nice as this new Deluxe figure and costume sets. Clear plastic showing off the figure as well as accessories, a short bio of Captain Action, the Deluxe Captain Action figure even comes complete with a coffin box decorated like the boxes from years back. The greatest thing, and probably the most collector friendly design I’ve seen in years is the ability to replace the accessories into their boxes, so parts don’t get lost and you have a way to display unused sets.
Kudos to designer Robert Plant. We’ve already nominated this packaging for our 2012 Best Packaging Award.
The classic Captain Action had kind of a soft sculpt, I guess for ease of putting on different masks, but it made him look a little doughy, but the new version has changed this. Cap has chiseled features, with sharp paint ops.
The hands are very pliable and hold ther accessories very well.
Captain Action is dressed once more in his blue and black outfit with velcro instead of snaps that can tear off or zippers that can foul. The one-piece is nicely proportioned, and there is no bunching anywhere to be seen. It seems very dkurable and can withstand a youngster’s vigorous play sessions with no problem. The triangular CA logo on his chest is very bright and bold. The Captain also comes complete with his trademark hat that fits perfectly, no falling off when handling the figure.
Captain America and Spider-Man Deluxe costume sets:
These sets are deluxe versions as they have parts to make up Hawkeye from the Avengers. Capt. America comes with a pair of boots, two sets of gloved hands, a copy of the Daily Bugle, Classic triangular and the newer round shield. 2 short straps and 2 long straps for placing the sheild either on the arm or on the back of the figure. 4 ammo pouches, and of course the Steve Rogers mask and the Spider-Man mask. I love the fact that the boots and gloves are soft material and easy to put on and take off. The straps fit onto prongs in the back of the shields, they snap on easy and the two sizes make it easy to have Cap carry his sheild over his back. Another plus is the great fitting uniform.
Spider-Man comes with Quiver, arrows and a strung bow for Hawkeye. There’s a nice spider design on the chest and spiderweb netting under the arms of the costume. This set also comes with two sets of hands, web slinging and open. A copy of the Daily Bugle along with some pictures of Spider-Man thrown in for good measure. There’s a tiny camera that fits into a belt. A Peter Parker mask and Spider-Man mask are also included.
The Deluxe Captain Action comes with an armload of accessories and extras. Spare set of punching fists, ray gun with holster, sword with belt clip, communicator with flip up faceplate, CA portfolio with cool set of plans, map, secret document and photographs. There is also a set of blueprints done in lifesize scale for the communicator.
What I love about this set is that all the parts while small seems very durable, the sword bends but comes right back to a perfectly straight form. They seem to say: “Play with me, I can take it.”
Paint ops are nice and tight, there just seems to be such a feeling of quality about the product from packaging to the smallest detail.
Captain America and Spider-Man
I love all the accessories that I detailed earlier, I especially liked the soft rubbery boots and gloved sets of hands that can be quickly interchanged from the CA bare hands. Kudos to Round 2 for the option of using the shield on the arm or on his back. The straps are also made of pliable plastic and are made thick enough to take on kid playtime with ease.
Spidey shares the same nice interchangeable hands and boots. The one thing you have to be wary of is the small size of the camera, If you’re not careful it could be lost. Other than that the accessories here are also superb, Round 2 really must be applauded for all the hard work and detail that went into these sets. The Daily Bugle addition just made me smile as I pulled it from the box, everything about these products seemed to tickle my inner geek.
I have to say I’ve been waiting for this product to hit shelves since last year. I was anxious to see how the delay in production would effect the end product. I have to say I was tremendously and very happily surprised. Whatever tweaks needed to be done were well worth the wait.
I know times have changed, and many kids drop figures earlier and pick up electronic gadgets, but holding Captain Action in my hands once more brings me back to the years that I spent alone or with my friends from the neighborhood, digging around our backyards, making up stories. Utlilizing our little minds to create forts from bricks, lean-to’s with broken shrubbery and giant enemy bases with straws and a few plastic cups…
Captain Action stands on his own, fighting the alien Dr. Evil, there’s enough room for any kid to use his imagination to dream up a universe of fun. Of course that’s only the beginning. The costume sets allow you to expand into the world of superheroes. All this just adds to the fun.
As a collector, these figures are beautiful to admire and display. The high level of quality and design permeates the product line and I know that I will be eagerly awaiting Thor and Loki and all the other character costume sets as well as the expansion of the Captain Action universe. My shelf is begging for a Dr. Evil figure.
These items should be hitting anytime now. Toys R Us as well as online retailers will be carrying them. The deluxe Captain Action set will run approximately $40 while the Marvel sets will cost about $30. This is extremely reasonable if you’re looking at the cost of action figures on the markty today.