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Captain America (aka Steve Rogers) is an archetypal hero from the Golden Age of comics. He first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (1941), created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
Having been refused entry to the US Army, a fragile Steve Rogers agreed to take part in Operation: Rebirth. After an injection of super-soldier serum, some idealism and a healthy dose of ‘vita-rays’, Rogers became ‘Captain America’: epitome of human fitness, strength, speed, and agility.
Visit here for more on Captain America’s in-universe biography or if your interested, this book explores the more academic sides of the good Captain.
A limited-edition variant was exclusively given out at New York Toy Fair 2012.
This variant comes with dark-blue torso, hips, legs, and head, with dark-red gloved hands. The torso and head is printed back and front whilst the legs and hips are not printed.
The head is covered with a dark-blue mask which has black outlines on front and back. The mask is emblazoned with a white ‘A’ and has openings for his eyes and mouth. He has a ‘determined’ expression.
The torso depicts a dark blue suit with black outlines and a white five-point star centred on the chest. The midriff is printed with small zipper, red and white striped belt, and blue and black utility belt with pockets, silver buckle and silver highlights. The suit and shoulder blades are outlined on the upper back and the utility and striped belts extend across the lower back of the figures torso. Silver shoulder straps tie the front and back together.
Its Captain America! And…the torso design is pretty good too. The asymmetrical black outlines of the suit and head are pretty unique and a little better than the standard musculature outlines. I particularly love the way they have outlined the helmet and kept the standard shape, unlike a certain Avenger minifig’s offensively oversized head.
I’ve been a fan of Captain America longer than I have been a fan of LEGO so I had pretty high expectations of this figure. Whilst I was not wholly disappointed, there were a few omissions that should go into future variations. Firstly, the boots – sometimes minifigures can look a little odd with boots but in this case, Cap’s boots are pretty iconic. Secondly, no wings? I suspect this is a limitation of the head printing process but still…little white wings on the helmet would be nice! Lastly, no leg printing? Many of the other Marvel Super Heroes minifigures have leg details so Cap should too!
This austere little guy was released in April 2012 and is available in Captain America’s Avenging Cycle.
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