The first Captain America film was focused on the character’s roots in the ’40s, but for his second time out, Marvel tapped more heavily into later stories for the character.  The main story was, of course, drawn from Brubaker’s run, but the supporting cast was filled in with mainstays from the ’70s and ’80s, including setting up a few more of Cap’s not-Red-Skull-antagonists.  One such character was Brock Rumlow, later known as Crossbones, who I’m taking a look at today, alongside another variant of the main character!

The Packaging

Much like the packaging for The First Avenger, this assortment takes the standard Marvel-style packaging and gives it the very on-brand appearance for all of the film’s tie-in merch.  It’s not a super exciting design, and the non-Minimate Cap illustration is weird, but it’s not quite as bad as the TFA stuff was.  Additionally, there are bios on the boxes again, which means they don’t look quite as devoid of info.  For pictures, head on over to the Database entry.

The Figures

Stealth Uniform Captain America

“After the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers is put to work as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., reacting to crises around the globe in a newer, less colorful uniform.”

Cap’s seen here in his stealth look from the movie, which has also been referred to as his STRIKE Team look. It’s what he wears during the film’s opening mission and during most of his scenes at the SHIELD headquarters, and it’s also the look seen on most of the promotional stuff for the movie. It’s also one of his more popular designs, and even made a re-appearance in Endgame last year.

To convey this look, the figure features sculpted helmet, shoulder harness, wrist straps and belt add-ons, in addition to the base Minimate body. The wrist straps appear to be a re-use from Wave 34’s 90s Cyclops, but everything was brand-new to this figure. Everything seems to be accurate to Cap’s look in the film, and there is plenty of sculpted detail work on each piece.

The paint work on Cap is pretty good, though there are a few spots of error. The silver detailing of the “A” on his helmet doesn’t quite line up with the sculpted boarders and there are a few instances of underlying colors not lining up with the detail lines. Also, the wings on the sides of his helmet have been left unpainted, but this seems to be consistent across all versions of this figure. Other than that, the paint work is very nice. All the detail lines are nice and crisp, the likeness on the face presents and uncanny resemblance to Chris Evans, and some of the small details on the uniform are nothing short of amazing.

Cap is accessorized with a spare hairpiece, an extra hand for holding the shield, a display stand, and, of course, his mighty shield, this time in stealth colors.

I really liked Cap’s stealth suit in the movie, so I’m happy to see that it turned out well, and that it wasn’t plagued by the same paint issues as the Classic Cap.

MMC Score — 9 out of 10

Brock Rumlow

“Brock Rumlow is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who fights alongside Captain America at home and abroad. Usually armed with a shock baton, he is a fearsome opponent.”

Rumlow’s figure here is obviously based on his look in The Winter Soldier, in his “pre-Crossbones” form.  It more specifically takes Rumlow’s look from the movie’s final act, in a design that takes him the closest he gets to a proper Crossbone’s design in TWS. A lot of the figures in this series take their looks from that portion of the movie, so it’s nice to see Rumlow stick with the theme.

Rumlow features sculpted hair, vest, belt, and holster add-ons to aid with the look. The hair is a re-use from Wave 17’s Eddie Brock, and the holsters are from Wave 45’s Maria Hill. The belt might be a re-use, but it’s a bit too generic for me to tell. The vest was an all-new piece. All of these parts go together well, and result in a pretty much spot on figure of the character.

The paint work on Rumlow is good, but not spotless. The paint on his gloves is splotchy and the edges of his boots have very fuzzy lines, but the detail work is superb, just like the rest of the series. The vest can be removed to show the straps that he had under his vest in the movie, which is a nice touch.

Rumlow is accessorized with two hand guns, a sub machine gun, his electro-shock thingy, and a clear display stand.

It’s nice to get Rumlow, who has was over looked by other lines based on the movie. He was a fairly important character in the film, and this Minimate is a great representation of him, even if it’s not quite as exciting a design as his later appearance.

MMC Score — 8 out of 10

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Review and pictures by Glantern.

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