UMPIRE REVIEWS: ROUND 2′S CAPTAIN ACTION & CAPT. AMERICA & SPIDER-MAN DELUXE EQUIPMENT PACKS

Written by on March 26, 2012 in Marvel, News, Toy Reviews, Uncategorized - 52 Comments

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.

Packaging:
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.

Sculpt:

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.

Clothing

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.

Accessories:

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.

Overview:

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.

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52 Comments on "UMPIRE REVIEWS: ROUND 2′S CAPTAIN ACTION & CAPT. AMERICA & SPIDER-MAN DELUXE EQUIPMENT PACKS"

  1. crboyd May 7, 2012 at 10:29 am ·

    Is it bad that I remember…and liked the original???? Well who cares, the new incarnation is here and it looks to be improved in all the right ways. Captain Action is back and ready for….er, ummm…..action. ;)

    • m_binion May 8, 2012 at 4:14 am ·

      Awesome review on the greatest action figure ever!

  2. grimm1 May 7, 2012 at 11:08 am ·

    These look pretty cool. I can’t wait to see the Iron Man costume. Thor looks pretty good as well. These look very much like giant ultra-detailed Mego’s.

  3. LBofWD May 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm ·

    I haven’t seen Captain Action in any of my toy stores. I’m a bit too young to have had a Captain Action but I really hope they get the rights to make DC figures as well. I really want to put together Hawkeye for the Marvel one!

  4. Gemini Jones May 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm ·

    I Love the nostalgic late 60′s early 70′s feeling I get every time I see a Captain Action figure. There’s something about seeing those dated accessories that opens the memory flood gates of happiness.

  5. videokyle May 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm ·

    Love Captain Action… it would be fun to do vintage style stop motion with him!

  6. Ripley May 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm ·

    Had the lame repro’s from the 90′s, and the original “lair” from Speigel my mom picked up at a yard sale for a quarter!

  7. comicinker May 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm ·

    Didn’t see them at Toys R Us in Houston over a week ago, but that is kind of a small TRUS. The Steve Rogers head looks way too big, but otherwise they look nice. I had some original Capt. Action stuff I sold in college (wish I hadn’t), a few vintage pieces I acquired from eBay and some of the Playing Mantis stuff. Never bought a GI Joe as a kid, but I sure loved Captain Action. It just bugged me how some of the accessories would melt onto each other. Otherwise I would never have sold them (and I had Spidey, Cap, Superman, Aquaman, Sgt. Fury & Batman).

  8. drew-p May 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm ·

    I really dig the new Captain Action. Serious chin on this guy. I think getting the license for Archer would be awesome as it would be a perfect fit to make an Archer figure. Would be in line with the old Gilbert Man From Uncle figures and James Bond figures. Spys are back baby!

  9. Keiths51 May 8, 2012 at 2:29 am ·

    I was leery of the updates at first, but I’m warming up to them. I absolutely love the deluxe version of the Captain America outfit with the two shields and the Steve Rogers mask. Captain America was one of the outfits I had for my original CA back in the 60s, and I wore it out. I like the poseability of the new CA, but the nostalgic part of my kind of misses the old constipated look on CA’s face. Would love to see some of the other old outfits updated, as well as a new Action Boy with a less statue-like Khem. It would be great if a licensing agreement could be arranged with DC similar to the one with Marvel. Go with the older versions of Superman, Batman, etc. form the 60s, like they did with the Marvel characters. I’ve had a ball taking pictures of the new Captain so far.

  10. Sliding Lock Man in PA May 8, 2012 at 2:33 am ·

    The good Captain’s spy gear alone is worth the price of admission! That Buck Rogers ray gun? Fantastic. And the Spider-Man gear looks, well, amazing. The only thing missing is a functioning Spider Signal. The belt camera and web shooters are just So. Well. Done!!!

  11. orion24 May 8, 2012 at 2:57 am ·

    The only thing I miss is the Eyeball Aliens who’s story was told in the Original CA Booklet in 1966, I wish they would make them Action Figures, They were really menacing, :p

  12. Jonathan the Bellboy May 8, 2012 at 3:49 am ·

    I don’t remember the head being so freakishly large with the masks on but it was my sole action figure so I wasn’t too judgmental about it. I may need to get this.

  13. m_binion May 8, 2012 at 4:17 am ·

    I have a few original pieces and love seeing him brought back. Awesome review on the greatest action figure ever!

  14. atomicspaceman May 8, 2012 at 4:18 am ·

    The new figures look fantastic! It’s a funny thing, when I was a kid “Tomart’s Price Guide to Action Figures” ran a huge article on the Captain, with pages showing of all of the vintage costumes. I must have spent hours pouring over those pictures, wishing I could afford the (even then) incredibly expensive vintage costumes. I must be the only guy in his twenties who feels nostalgic for my childhood with Captain Action. It looks like I’ll finally be able to add Spidey and Cap to those Playing Mantis sets I got a couple of years back, and THESE will even have the gloves those vintage sets were painfully missing! Thanks, Round 2!

  15. polyvinylman May 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm ·

    I like that CA Enterprises and Round2 chose to update the look of CA and the costumes while still staying in the spirit of the originals. The old Playing Mantis sets were more like the originals and thus fun for nostalgia, but they suffered from the same drawbacks as the originals as well. At first I was put off by the bulkier body, but it has grown on me. Can’t wait for the Iron Man costume!

  16. PoorMansJB May 9, 2012 at 12:17 am ·

    I’m not a Marvel fan so while I was pleased to see the Captain resurrected once again, I was nonplussed overall. However, the just-announced Rocketeer costume has me thinking differently …

  17. barry bernardi May 9, 2012 at 12:20 am ·

    The greatest Action figure ever just got greater! One suggestion would be to introduce a larger ‘hulking’ Captain Action sidekick who could portray some of the larger Marvel super Heros with costume sets/body suits for The Hulk, The ThIng, Kingpin,Thanos etc…..Hey the Captain would make a great Reed Richards as well? Love the reintroduction of this classic, peerless figure…keep up the Super-Katie work Round 2!

  18. redrocs May 9, 2012 at 12:20 am ·

    I stumbled across Captain Action while at a Toys R Us in Denver, Colorado. I’m sure I wass stalked by the eyes-in-the-sky while I justified purchasing the figure and a costume – but I wasn’t sure if the Captain could hold up to the figure as I imagened it. However, I brought one home (to the relief of store security). Captain Action is better than I could have imagined. His character kept me company during rush hour traffic; I only wish I had bought the costume. I spent an hour on line looking at the reviews, and I have to have the delux figure and costumes as well! I think I’ll have to construct a secret base for him and hide him from the kids (and wife). Captain Action reminded me how cool being a kid was.

  19. ninjaropeassassin May 9, 2012 at 5:20 am ·

    My neighbor had an original Captain Action when I was a kid. It was a “hand me down” from his father’s childhood. I was fascinated that he could be turned into Superman or Spiderman. Saw one at my LCS on Free Comic Bppk Day. Damn impressive.

  20. rboral May 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm ·

    I am just about as old as Captain Action, but he looks so much better than me at this age. And he has a much cooler wardrobe. I am so jealous.

  21. namtab39 May 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm ·

    Way back when metal western pop guns could be found in almost every toy aisle the Captain Action figure was practically the only choice you had for superhero play. I don’t recall which costumes I had (Batman & Robin, of course) but I lost all of the great CA stuff in a flood in the late 60s, later picking up somewhat complete sets of the Dynamic Duo at conventions in the 80s. I still have a black and white photo from a Christmas past that shows me holding a CA with a Superman outfit on (blasphemy, blasphemy, blasphemy), a metal cowboy pistol in the other hand wearing a cowboy hat and my then new Batman boots (there ya go) and evidence of a runny nose as there is a sore around one nostril where I had rubbed the skin raw. Those were the days! Maybe I’ll bring back some of those days and get some of this great new product.

  22. clark_savage May 12, 2012 at 12:08 am ·

    I have 2 of these from Preying Mantis, anyone know if the clothing will fit? Are the huge heads really a big problem? The new Thor set’s promotional picture frankly looks a little ridiculous, but I appreciate the effort made by Round 2 — they are an awesome company which really caters to the true fans.

    When these show up at my local TRU I will take a good look and decide which one to get.

  23. Xanadude May 12, 2012 at 5:07 am ·

    The details on this are amazing. Loved Capt. Action as a kid – had a friend make me a JLU sized Captain Action and Dr. Mego :)

  24. hotmitts May 15, 2012 at 9:32 am ·

    The costumes and figure look really nice. Hope these become available in the UK somehow!

  25. bender44 May 15, 2012 at 10:08 am ·

    I’m glad Capt. Action is back! The detailing on these are extraordinary. They really look like larger, modernized megos! I can’t wait to the new waves come out!

  26. collector60 May 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm ·

    Ive been a Captain Action collector ever since i was a kid back in the 60′s,…then collected all the CA Playing Mantis figures and outfits,..and loved them more for making a comeback,…but now,…he’s BACK!!! Even with a new look,….and this is so awesome!!!! The Captain has returned once more,…LET JUSTICE BE DONE!!

  27. bdcutler May 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm ·

    I love the new Captain’s face – very strong looking … I did notice it is bent forward a tad (which is probably like most people) .. but very cool.

    With the Avengers movie, it would be SO cool to do a Nick Fury (original) and a modern one. here’s hoping!

  28. biggs33 May 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm ·

    Great review, and ironic that he is posed next to that awful GI Joe repro Walmart had a few years ago, clearly shows wrong way vs right way. Improvements over the vintage:
    1) Gloves for costumes! (how about some black gloves for Captain Action’s basic uniform?)
    2) Accurate accessories! (what was going on with Captain America’s laser gun, and Spidey’s tank of web fluid?)
    3) Finally a place to put Captain Action’s sword! (I hope the belt isn’t as crazy tight as the original!)

  29. MHarrigan May 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm ·

    Can’t wait to see which new figure swaps are going to be released.

  30. deutronium May 16, 2012 at 12:26 am ·

    I feel like I did back in the 1960′s . Playing outside with my Captain Action after dinner. Suddenly, I hear my mom calling to me that it’s almost 7pm, time for Lost In Space! I grab my Captain Action figure and place him in the shoebox. I also scan the grass and dirt for any of his accesories, and dust them of and put them in the box, knowing tomorrow that I will be having another adventure.

    I’m 52 years old now, and the Captain still brings back fond memories, that I hope will never leave me, even as me, myself gros older.

    I love you Dad, and always will!

    Greg

  31. BrianS64 May 16, 2012 at 4:03 am ·

    I loved Captain Action as a kid. I made my mom drag me all over Schenectady, NY to find the blue Lone Ranger costume set….but now CA looks better than ever, thanks to the new sculpts. Heck, he doesn’t look as doofy as he used to! (I was five when the original came out, what did I know?) Plus, Dr. Evil now has THREE removable brains! How cool is that? They’ve kept the spirit of the original and made it even better! Now I get to have a whole new set of cool toy memories…! Thank you everyone at CA Enterprises/Round 2, You’re the best!

  32. tonydez May 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm ·

    I got an original Captain Actin figure for Christmas when I was a kid. Wish now I would have kept it. Hope to win the contest.

  33. jeanprestonhoppe May 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm ·

    Wonderful article. It made me feel 10 years old again and playing with my Captain Action with the neighborhood gang. Those were some if the best times. If I only had a time machine… WAIT… with the new Captain Action line, maybe I do! Thanks.

  34. stevehtx May 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm ·

    It would be great to see a larger selection of costumes. I would buy them!

  35. jerdur3 May 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm ·

    What’s the latest on Rocketeer costume? Is a DC line ion the works? Inquiring minds want to know!

  36. tmazing May 21, 2012 at 12:13 am ·

    They have kept everything that was great about Captain Action and made him even better! The new head sculpt is a great change and the costume packs are fantastic! I missed out on the originals but I’ve got to get these.

  37. fate May 21, 2012 at 5:11 am ·

    I am about to get into these. I wish more actual pictures would show up. If I win the giveaway i know i will be hooked and get all the rest. Thanks for the great review.

  38. jason martian May 22, 2012 at 1:45 am ·

    I really enjoy his normal costume, he will fit in nicely with my MEGO Village People collection.

  39. adventurene May 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm ·

    Clever comment #1729

    Great review, BTW.

  40. DrakeHaven May 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm ·

    From owning one of these from the 60s and then seeing them again today, it’s like stepping into a time machine…WELL DONE! THe world still needs more heroes….Captain Action, to the rescue.

  41. pick362 May 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm ·

    I just finished my collection of all the Playing Mantis re-issue (1st and 2nd sets) and now have all of the newly released ones as well (until they release more). Cant wait to see what new costume sets they release!

  42. RGBiever May 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm ·

    My buddy and I had a couple of Captain Actions between us, plus GI Joes and I had a Sean Connery/James Bond figure. We’d have three or four of these good guys against 14 or so bad guys (he had two older brothers, so we had lots of other Joes, Noble Knights, Johnny Wests, etc.,) to battle. The late ’60s — those were days to be a kid!!! Glad to see the new Captain Action had done “Justice” to our beloved hero of our youth.

  43. misterfusion May 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm ·

    I attend the Superman Celebration in Metropolis Illinois every year, and every year I come up with a new costume. in 2013, it’ll be Captain Action, the hero who is every hero!

  44. JoeMama May 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm ·

    No, I never had a Captain Action figure growing up…and a long line of shrinks have concluded that it may have triggered a chain of events that created the basket case typing this comment today. I hope to rectify this situation shortly…either by winning the contest of by saving my paper route money (not easy at 51 years old) and buying one myself. LOVE AF Times…and “The Captain” (with apologies to Lou Albano.

  45. aiwaloki May 26, 2012 at 5:08 am ·

    I love the Captain.

  46. bonjohnson May 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm ·

    I still have my original Captain Action that I got as a kid! I had kept the Batman suit as well ans only needed a new cape and boots to complete it! Been a fan since the beginning!

  47. paleface17 May 27, 2012 at 2:10 am ·

    These Captain Action figures are so cool that it makes the G.i.joe series look like girly men.

  48. cauger74 June 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm ·

    It all looks awesome! Got my regular figure already can’t wait for the Rocketeer outfit!! Keep up the good work!

  49. Hateaol June 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm ·

    My parents thought it was weird for a girl to love Captain Action, but I did, and I still do!! It’s glad to see him back, and better than ever!

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