UMPIRE REVIEWS: HOT TOYS – THE FIRST AVENGER – CAPTAIN AMERICA

Written by on July 8, 2012 in Hot Toys, Toy Reviews - 19 Comments

He’s the first and original Avenger. Captain Steve Rogers fought to enter World War II, then fought to survive it. In the end he ended up as what Tony Starlk callously calls a “Cap-sicle”. First Cap wanted to go off and kill Nazi’s, but then Hydra reared up it’s nasty heads and he had to go after Red Skull. and his forces. All in all a pretty exciting time in the cinema. Now the talented group over at Hot Toys have come out with their Captain America, the Original Avernger figure.

Packaging:

The cover of the box is an iridescent close up of Cap’s iconic shield. It’s a great look and the photos of the character are quite nice. Upon opening the box you are greeted by a header with a short bio of Captain Steve Rogers and in the inner box lid are the shield, pistol, Thompson sub-machine gun and ammo belt, all sitting behind clear plastic. Once the header card is taken off it reveals the figure below. The masked Cap lays among many choices of hands, some extra wrist joints (which is a nice touch as well.)
There are included instructions and a nameplate base and stand included. Cap is fully dressed in his uniform .

Costume:

The costume is movie accurate and made of a slightly stiff cloth, that holds the look and cut of the outfit, but makes posing a little difficult. All in all though, the stiching and finish is top notch and all the small working belts, bluckles and gear looks great. Cap has gaunleted hands and the hand parts are easily interchanged so he can grip his guns as well as the sheild. You can see the still pictures and note the army issue boots are nicely distressed.
Harness looks great and so does the ammo belt that you can hang over his shoulder.

Figure:

Cap only comies with his helmet/mask on, which is cool as this is how I would rather display this figure. One limitation is that his arms only raise to 92 dfegrees, which is slightly higher than shoulder level when holding a pistol in front of the first Avenger.
I don’t know if it’s a limitation of the costume or of the figure body, but it means Cap can never raise his hands in surrender….
There are 30 points of articulation and other than the arm raising limitation, I found no other glitches.

Accessories:

The shield is incredible. The paint is shiny and metallic, and ultra sharp. There’s an easy hanger that hooks onto the back of Cap’s harness so you can hang the sheild from his back. Very cool indeed. The Thompson and Colt pistol look great and both have removable magazines. Other than the many hands this figure is pretty simple, but so was life back in WWII.

Overview:

I really enjoyed the look of this figure and the awesome costume. The face, or as much as we see of the actor Chris Evans looks movie accurate as does the costume. I love the little details that Hot Toys throws in. You can always tell the immense importance they feel in getting the last detail just right.
I think at this time the figure has been sold out from Sideshow Collectibles, but you can check with their retailer network or god -forbid, eBay. It’s worth the coin you’ll drop on him, and you’ll need him to kick ol’ Red Skull in the butt.

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19 Comments on "UMPIRE REVIEWS: HOT TOYS – THE FIRST AVENGER – CAPTAIN AMERICA"

  1. mdarrow27 July 8, 2012 at 11:20 am ·

    oops- disregard first comment ,. as my
    mdarrow27@yahoo.com wasnt in the comment line.
    very realistic design & absolutely desireable for a collector!

  2. wyldemusick July 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm ·

    There was one shot there of the face that made it look like it was modeled on Jeremy Renner, but the rest are pretty good looking — I wouldn’t mind having a figure like this on display…in my copious spare room, of course…ahem, anyway….

    thatwhichliesbeneath@gmail.com and I’ll take that in Iron Man. :)

  3. SandyAphid July 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm ·

    Unbelievable detail. The figure just seems to have jumped off the comics page and into reality. danl_thompson@hotmail.com

  4. Ronster July 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm ·

    Awesome detail! Great review! I agree, they did a great job with the costume, and overall sculpt! It’s a great likeness to actor Chris Evans in costume.

    oliverspendulum@yahoo.com

  5. Sliding Lock Man in PA July 9, 2012 at 12:31 am ·

    Another great review from Umpire, and another amazing figure from Hot Toys. The level of detail is, as usual for them, just astonishing. Everything, from the packaging to the accessories to the perfect likeness of Chris Evans, is just perfect. And while all the weapons are uncannily detailed, Cap’s shield is just the best. It looks like it was made from a chunk of Vibranium!

  6. Sliding Lock Man in PA July 9, 2012 at 12:32 am ·

    I did it again. Forgot to include my e-mail in the comments! Here’s my email: tomgflan@verizon.net. And here’s my comment again; please delete the other one? Thanks!

    Another great review from Umpire, and another amazing figure from Hot Toys. The level of detail is, as usual for them, just astonishing. Everything, from the packaging to the accessories to the perfect likeness of Chris Evans, is just perfect. And while all the weapons are uncannily detailed, Cap’s shield is just the best. It looks like it was made from a chunk of Vibranium!

  7. Chucky215 July 10, 2012 at 7:30 am ·

    Thanks for the great review umpire! Hot Toys has set the bar high for future Captain America action figures, with its unprecedented attention to detail. The facial features clearly capture Cap’s genuine heroic persona, that in my opinion sets him apart from other super heros. Although his costume is nothing spectacular, it keeps true to Cap’s simplistic way of life. Hot Toys appeared to devote most of its attention to the shield and guns, whose realistic look can easily be mistaken for movie prop replicas. In regards to the limitations on arm movement, Captain America doe not need to raise his hand over his head because he would never surrender!
    cajrang81@gmail.com

  8. ptrott July 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm ·

    Nice figure. But where’s Bucky?!?

  9. Chucky215 July 11, 2012 at 6:08 am ·

    Taking another look at this magnificent action figure from Hot Toys I can not emphasize how realistic the guns look. Hot Toys attention to detail is clearly shown right down to the removable clips. My only concern is the durability of the removable parts and whether or not it will be able to withstand the rough play of a four year old. Although, Captain America’s uniform appears to be missing some of the detail of the other components, Hot Toys hits a home run with the accessories. Keep up the good work.
    cajrang81@gmail.com

  10. grimm1 July 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm ·

    These guys do a fantastic job on all their figures. I wish they could get the license for some of the comic book versions of the marvel universe. I would love a comic accurate Wolverine or Thor from Hot Toys. The quality here is unmatched. I hope they continue to expand their license and keep the quality where it is or higher. Overall this is another home run for Hot Toys.

  11. grimm1 July 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm ·

    craig.grimmett@adelphia.net

  12. crboyd July 12, 2012 at 12:00 am ·

    A must have for sure, I for one love the detail and the great work out into making this one. So stoked to see the Cap getting so much love these days. :) crboyd1@gmail.com

  13. Chucky215 July 14, 2012 at 12:44 am ·

    I agree with grimm1, I would love for Hot Toys to get include marvel universe in their line up of action figures. I would especially like to see Venom. Hot Toys consistently comes out with action figures that demonstrate exceptional realism from the numerous points of articulation to the precision detail in facial expressions. I look forward to seeing what they will come out with next. Keep up the good work.
    cajrang81@gmail.com

  14. crboyd July 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm ·

    So awesome to hear about the next installment for Captain America, “The Winter Soldier” coming 4/4/14. There are so many great stories that could be told, so many adventures that would look great on film, and so many great chances to make even more amazing collectibles too! A long time to wait? Maybe, but gives them time to make it great, as it should be. :)
    crboyd1@gmail.com

  15. drjones July 18, 2012 at 3:30 am ·

    Any figure of Cap ought to be as good. This is a super piece for anyones collection of a greates super soldier of all time!

  16. Chucky215 July 20, 2012 at 6:00 am ·

    One of the things I admire the most about Hot Toys is that they continue to make realistic looking action figures. Captain America is almost an exact replica with emphasis on attention to detail. Hot Toys continue to produce movie replicas that surpass all my expectations. I appreciate that they resisted the urge to make Captain America look bigger than he actually was in the movie. Living in a society where bigger is often viewed as better, Hot Toys keeps to his original body type without making him look unreal. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait for “The Winter Soldier”.
    cajrang81@gmail.com

  17. crboyd July 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm ·

    Glad to see that Hot Toys got the “A” on Captain America’s helmet centered well. Sideshow released one a little while back and they came to us collectors with the “A” slightly off center. Not really a horrible thing, but once you noticed it it really stood out every time I looked at him.
    Also, wanted to applaud the packaging on this beauty. This is one of the times when the package itself would really make a great addition to the display of the figure. Well done Hot Toys!
    crboyd1@gmail.com

  18. Prize Monkey July 22, 2012 at 4:44 am ·

    The winner is Chucky215.

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    • Chucky215 July 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm ·

      Hello Prize Monkey,
      Sorry for the late reply. If possible I would like a Captain America guitar. When I was looking at the reviews for the Captain America figure my 4 year old son fell in love with it. He will be a future comic book fan and I want to encourage his love for action figures. Thank you.
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