Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective PX Previews Exclusive Commander Rogers REVIEW!
Captain America is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, and was created by back in 1941 by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
He was originally designed as a patriotic super-soldier who fought off the Axis powers of the Second World War, and was very popular both as a comic book hero and a cultural icon throughout this period.
But the appeal of comic book superheroes waned following the war and the Captain America comic book was discontinued in 1950, with a short-lived revival in 1953.
However Captain America has remained in publication since 1964 after Marvel revived the character.
Captain America is usually depicted as the alter-ego of Steve Rogers- a frail young man who is picked to undergo a radical experiment where he is injected with an experimental serum which turns him into the perfect super-soldier to aid the United States government's efforts in World War II.
But towards the end of the war, he was trapped in ice and was in suspended animation until he was revived in the present day. Cap usually refers to himself as the "man out of time", a description of his struggle to maintain his ideals in the modern world.
Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with a nearly indestructible shield made from vibranium that he throws at foes.
Since I already had reviewed the Mezco Toyz modern version of Cap, I was really excited when they came out with the Commander Rogers S.H.I.E.L.D suit version, although it was slightly more expensive, with it being a PX Previews Exclusive. There are some pros and cons to the figure but I'm really glad I got him.
The figure comes with Mezco Toyz's standard high-quality packaging, and comes with a removable slip cover. There are two plastic trays for the figure as well as the accessories.
Commander Rogers doesn't come with a lot of accessories, but however what's important to note is that his shield is of a translucent design, which is different from the modern cap version. His knife is also different, similar to the Mezco Toyz Punisher figures. But the best part is that his costume and pants! They really look good and give a nice alternate look to Steve Rogers.
He comes with eleven hands, a knife, shield, as well as display base with posing post.
You'll definitely appreciate what Mezco Toyz has to offer if you're a Captain America fan. The sleek costume design, and the military-style cargo pants give off that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D vibe very well and complements both Mezco's classic Cap and modern version nicely.
I really like the fact that Mezco Toyz went with the translucent shield and not his normal one, as I believe it pays homage to the comics at a period where Cap assumes the role of S.H.I.E.L.D director and hands over his mantle (and shield) to Bucky who temporarily becomes Captain America.
He then uses a shield made up of energy, hence the translucent look.
But I do wish they made the magnets on Cap's arms as strong as they did them for the modern version. Commander Rogers magnets can hardly be used to hold the shield on its own.
Commander Rogers is as flexible as your average Mezco Toyz figure from the One:12 Collective line, and I'm happy to note that the costume does not hinder his articulation in any way. His hands can move and rotate just fine, and he does have a waist swivel.
The issue, for me at least is with his lower torso. It's quite a challenge to get to bend or squat, and even if you do, the bigger challenge would then be to get him to stay still without toppling over.
BUT having said that, he is able to come up with some sweet-ass poses:
I had hours of fun posing Commander Rogers and trying out some different outdoor shots, for once haha. Despite some limitation in articulation, Commander Rogers makes up for it with a superb sculpt, costume and design.
Commander Rogers is a must-have for Captain America fans, and if you already have the modern and classic version, this will fit in your collection nicely. But if you're fussy about the articulation you might want to check out some other reviews before purchasing this figure.
Oh, who am I kidding. Just buy him already! :)
Big Bad Toy Store has him for US$80 (RM353.60) while Collector's Hunt has him for US$101.36 (RM448)
OVERALL SCORE- 7.5/10
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