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One area of great improvement with these new Captain Action costume sets is in the ease of dressing. The tailoring is more precise and the cloth outfit slips on fairly easily, with some coaxing needed to get it over the figure’s hips. Iron Man has a base costume made of cloth with vinyl panels. The vinyl is printed with added detail. The boots and gloves are plastic. The two-part headpiece is also molded in a more rigid plastic, instead of the usual rubber used for the CA masks. There is also a two-piece hard plastic chest piece that really finishes the set and looks spectacular.
The gloves snap onto the wrist-pegs with ease and the dressed figure poses well with no binding or balance issues. Round 2 has changed the design of the belt to one that is much better at staying fastened. That was a bit of an issue with the earlier uniforms. I’m happy to report that they have listened to complaints and responded quite well.
Package art appears to be from the John Romita Jr./Bob Layton era of the early 1980s, but I may be mistaken on that. The back has Tony Stark’s alter-ego in an iconic pose that may be the work of Gil Kane.
The end result of all this is an impressive 12″ action figure who would look right at home with the original 13 Captain Action characters. Truth be told, this costumed figure is far more faithful to the comic book character than many of the orginal 1960s versions were.
Hawkeye, originally a villain, comes off a bit as Marvel’s answer to The DC Comics’ Green Arrow. Clint Barton reformed and turned from a life of crime to life as an Avenger. Created by Don Heck with Stan Lee, Hawkeye had become a bit of a cult figure in the Marvel Universe before breaking out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as played by Jeremy Renner.
This costume depicts Hawkeye as he appeared in the 1960s with his purple and blue tunic and tights, his mask plus his bow and a quiver full of trick arrows.
The level of detail is incredible. I waited until I got all six pieces of this set to open the plastic bags they were in so I could assemble him for the photo shoot. I was very pleasantly surprised when I discovered a nice little bonus. I pulled an arrow out so I could post Hawkeye getting ready to do what made him famous, when I discovered, clinging to the arrow head, a tiny little Avenger, Ant Man. Many times in the comic books, Hawkeye would use an arrow to launch Ant Man into battle. This was a very cool surprise indeed.
Because some of the uniform parts were made during the earlier runs of Captain Action costumes, there is one issue. The belt requires help to stay closed. A little double-stick tape should do the trick, but it’s nice to know that they’ve fixed this little problem.
Once dressed, Cap as Hawkeye looks terrific. Hawkeye always had a cool and under-used color scheme, and it’s very well-captured with this costume set. It was well worth the wait of eighteen months or so to complete this set, but happily, Round 2 has announced that although they will continue the “Build-A-Costume” concept, in the future the costume pieces will only be spread out across four sets.
Already-announced for the DC Comics “Build-A-Costume” set is Aquaman, whose costume parts and mask will be found in the uniform sets for Batman, The Joker, Superman and Brainiac, all coming in 2014.
Iron Man and Wolverine, containing the arm and wrist bands and mask for Hawkeye, should be in comic book shops on November 13. These are great for the CA collector. I’m thrilled to be adding three new guys to my superhero shelf.