Way back in the 1990s, Captain America was not exactly hip. If it weren't for Chris Evans, he may not be now - he was playable in some Capcom fighting games, he showed up in the comics of course, and once in a while you'd get an action figure from Toy Biz. He couldn't carry much of a line on his own back then, so if you're like me and weren't a super hero comic kid you probably didn't quite get super excited when he showed up here and there. But in a Kenner line? After having sat through over a decade of Marvel movies of varying levels of excitement? I'm on board for that.
He uses the "wide body" which was used for (unsurprisingly) U.S. Agent, Loki, Falcon, Black Panther, and others. Heck, he was part of those preview two-packs on Hasbro Pulse. They made for darn sure you'd have a crack at Captain America and even gave him some really fantastic package artwork. It's vibrant, it's dynamic, and it shows scales on his armor that the figure doesn't have at all. Well, can't win 'em all.
Cap has a shield that clips on his arm or can be held in his hand (by the clip), giving you a shot at making it look like he's throwing it around. It's not particularly large, but it seems about the right size for an accessory from the 1980s Kenner era. By the 1990s, Kenner accessories were huge - sometimes comically so. Thankfully they did something consistent with the rest of this line look, but if you're anything like me you also pine for a world where Kenner made a Cap with a ridiculous shield disc launcher that could shoot a star-spangled circle across the living room and under the couch, never to be seen again.
Thanks to his uniquely sculpted boots and gloves, Cap looks like Cap and not like a generic buck painted like Cap. The head doesn't hurt either - mine has a ding on the nose, but it also has the "A" and the wings which do a nice job distracting from it. The colors are nice and bright, with eyes glaring up on my sample. I don't love that, but at least the star and stripes are cleanly painted. The figure doesn't have a heck of a lot of complex paint on him, but he looks great. Like the others in this line, his wrists swivel along with his shoulders, neck, and hips - and there's a hole on his back. I assumed this was for shield-stowing, but the shield lacks a peg for that purpose.
As of my writing this, you can still get Cap for close to his original retail price. However, the line is over and it's pretty small - so I assume your days for doing so are limited. For ten bucks or so he isn't bad, but we had figures of similar quality for $5-$7 not too long ago. That's the collector market for you - the Kenner name and some spiffy card art, and a figure like this will sell through at retail without much fuss. It's also good enough that I don't think I need to buy another Captain America figure, which is about as high as I can go in terms of praise.
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