If you were a child of the 80s you no doubt remember all the amazing toys we had. GI Joe, He-Man, Transformers, and more. I personally have always been a super hero guy. I loved the Marvel Secret Wars line. It was based off of the comic book limited series at the time where the good guys lead by Captain America we're battling Dr Doom and his army of villains on another planet. The figures we're cool, but they we're not the best of both worlds so to speak. Captain America, who is my favorite could only raise his arms up and down, same for the feet. Basically he had 4 points of articulation. He was ok to play with, but he didn't look that cool to display.
Now we flash forward to 2018. My son, who loves superheroes, and knows I do as well just bought me the Diamond Select Bucky Barnes as Captain America figure. This my friends is the best of both worlds.
The Marvel Select Captain America (Bucky Barnes) is a 7” figure featuring 14 points of articulation, and is accompanied by a wall-mountable cityscape display base. Clad in a metallic blue costume and equipped with the sovereign patriotically-themed shield as well as a pistol, this version is based upon Captain America #34. In the aftermath of Captain America’s death, subsequent to commandeering Captain America’s shield, James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes ultimately arrives at a truce with Tony Stark and fulfills Steve Rodger’s wishes by taking up the mantle of Captain America.
So let's break this down in both parent and collector terms.
For me this Cap is great. He looks just like Bucky did when he took up the mantle. The detail is amazing. His utility belt is perfectly sculpted and has a removable canteen, knife, and a revolver that fits perfectly into the side holster, although I leave mine right in his hand. The shield is also a perfect replica that is detachable as well. No attention to detail was spared. From the new Black tights to the old school American flag top this figure is an amazing replica. Mine is opened, because he needs to be displayed. He has holes on his feet to mount into the pegs on the base for a sturdy display.
Believe me when I say these pics do not do it justice. I currently have him sitting on my dresser in my bedroom, much to my wife's enjoyment, yes that's sarcasm. So as a collector piece it's a top notch product.
Now, as it is Captain America, and as my 8yr old is an Avengers fan it's obvious he's going to want to play with it. Now normally in the case of display figures it diorama displays a collector would be against this. I am not. These figures from Diamond Select are made very durable, there perfectly ok for children to play with. Designed with 14 points of articulation instead of the 4 that I grew up with kids can have all kinds of adventures. Now Captain America can use his gun on the Red Skull, or perform a variety of realistic martial arts and wrestling moves. In fact I will have you know Cap battled The Rock in a WWE ring yesterday. I'm not sure who won. And at 7" these Diamond Select figures can match up with other straight action figures.
Now I know what you may be thinking. These run on average between 20.00-25.00 for the 7" figures. Now for a collector who displays them, that's a steal, but parents my be wondering is it worth that for an action figure? Let me solidly say yes. These are sturdy, and unless you kid is beating these with hammers or throwing them full force on to concrete there going to last.
I've seen, and experienced tons of figures losing legs, heads, and arms. This won't happen with Diamond Select toys. And one other sell point. As they have a display base and looks so cool your kid probably won't leave them laying on the floor. He will actually stand it up to look at it, hence cleaning up after himself.
With Avengers Infinity War upon us this the line I'm recommending going with for kids and collectors. Click HERE to see the entire line, and in the meantime go pick up the Captain America Bucky version.
Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 Stars