AFJ'S TOP 10 CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURES W/ BONUS PICKS
By Jarrett Kruse
It is hard to belived that we are already knee deep into the Summer of 2017 with July 4th somehow already here. I think it is safe to say that Captain America is a character that has transcended as a symbol for the country while evolving with the changing shape of the world. Plus Steve Rogers is the ROCKY of the MARVEL Universe, he was the ultimate underdog and was the country's first superhero as outlined in his classic origin. So here are some of AFJ'S favorite Captain America figures to pick up aonline after you are bursting from one too many cheeseburgers at your holiday BBQ.
10. WALMART EXCLUSIVE THE AVENGERS CAPTAIN AMERICA ($40)
It is hard to believe that we are only 5 years removed from the first AVENGERS film. I remember that summer well because I was in physical rehab every day and did a ton of driving. Not once did I find one of these WAL*MART Exclusives on the pegs! Thankfully eBay made did not make it difficult to acquire.
9. MARVEL SELECT ZOMBIE COLONEL AMERICA ($60)
Before THE WALKING DEAD was a cultural phenomenon and the worldwide zombie obsession hit a fever pitch, MARVEL SELECT had the foresight to release a wave of their classic figures zombified. The ZOMBIE COLONEL AMERICA has always been my favorite!
8. MARVEL LEGENDS SECRET WARS CAPTAIN AMERICA ($10)
Although you can land this MARVEL LEGENDS figure MIB for under $10, I thought it was one of the best Cap figures in years. I really dig the SECRET WARS suit and I loved that HASBRO tried something new with the shield-whizzing action-a daring and fun addition I wish they would do more of.
7. S.H. FIGUARTS CIVIL WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA ($69.99)
S.H. FIGUARTS is on a major roll right now and Junkies are taking notice in a big way. The FIGUARTS line is the 6-inch figure on steroids with bells & whistles that satisfy collectors despite the relatively small stature of the pieces for the price. Once you inbox it, you'll know where that extra money you paid. went
6. NECA 1/4 SCALE MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS CAPTAIN AMERICA ($120)
I specifically remember this awesome NECA 1/4 scale figure because it was my first time seeing one of my favorite toy companies throwing their hat into the MCU. I really love how MARVEL has evolved Cap's suit since his debut in THE FIRST AVENGER all the way up to CIVIL WAR. But their was something about THE AVENGERS suit that was a mix of old school and new with Steve clinging to a past long gone while not understanding the future he is in.
5. MEZCO ONE:12 COLLECTIVE COMMANDER ROGERS SDCC '16 PX EXCLUSIVE ($70)
MEZCO continues to do no wrong with their highly acclaimed ONE:12 COLLECTIVE line so it is no wonder Junkies love this piece. This 2016 SDCC Exclusive was a majorly hot commodity over the past year but has come down in price as of late making this Con Exclusive from last year the perfect patriotic start to your ONE:12 collection.
4.MARVEL SELECT CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER ($25)
I gush about MARVEL SELECT because you simply cannot get more for your money with most new figures being a scant $24.99. Two of DST's new 2017 figures made our TOY FAIR TOP 10 this year alone and the informed Junkie knows that this is a line of figures that continues to get better with age. This was also the first piece I bought that was from the first Cap solo flick and loved how Director Joe Johnston (THE ROCKETEER) captured the utilitarian but functional WWII era suit.
3. MEZCO ONE:12 COLLECTIVE CAPTAIN AMERICA ($75)
Yes, it's MEZCO again with another amazing iteration of the kid from Brooklyn that made good. This is a near perfect Captain America figure with a slew of accessories, unbelievable costumes and a displaying quality like no other current figure line in this price range.
2. HOT TOYS CIVIL WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA ($300)
It is hard to avoid HOT TOYS when making TOP 10 lists but also do not want Junkies to break the bank on their monthly toy budget. Still, look at this brilliant work of art from Howard Chan's little company that could. It is no wonder that HOT TOYS has become the ROLEX of action figures.
1. NECA 1/4 SCALE CIVIL WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA ($105)
I do not know the street date on this upcoming 1/4 scale figure from NECA but it blew me away at Toy Fair! This was the best shit that I could get and although it is not the final product, I was so psyched that NECA was making a 1/4 scale Cap that would not break the bank and be the best and most cost-effective future Cap figure purchase. It is just that nice a figure in person gang so hopefully we will see it before the end of the year at this bargain price.
***AFJ 4TH OF JULY BONUS PATRIOTIC PICKS!***
MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS CAPTAIN AMERICA ($45)
You never forget your first! This was my first non-MEGO Cap figure in the 80's and I still love it as much today as I did back then. We were even treated to jumbo sized versions from GENTLE GIANT but while the original, smaller figure seen here is not that much scratch for a 30-plus year old figure, if it has a high AFA grade, expect to pay at least three bills.
MARVEL GALLERY STATUE CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON ($39.99)
I again unknowingly put a Jean St. Jean sculpted piece on one of my lists! That is just how prolific JSJ is from project to project--he reinvents his style in accordance to the character's look and feel. One thing is for sure, the results are consistently remarkable. Plus I love DST's still relatively new MARVEL GALLERY line and I've been a Sam Wilson/Falcon fan since reading my first MARVEL TEAM-UP issue.
HOT TOYS THE AVENGERS CAPTAIN AMERICA ($350)
This is the Ferrari of Cap figures from the first AVENGERS flick. Seeing the evolution and details of the suit through the eyes of HOT TOYS has been a game changing and breathtaking adventure.
MARVEL SELECT BUCKY BARNES CAPTAIN AMERICA ($20)
Say what you will about Bucky Barnes taking up the mantle of Captain America but their were a lot of Junkies that really dug the sleek almost armor-like suit with the hi-res shine and pistol. Their is also an unmasked variant of this piece, also very affordable!
HOT TOYS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (STEALTH STRIKE SUIT $300)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is arguably one of the best action movie sequels ever. Not just comic book movies; all movies. The complex narrative, clever casting and resurrection of a character that MARVEL used to say, "Any character can come back to life. Except Bucky Barnes." That to me is why seeing the WINTER SOLDIER jump from the comics to the big screen in near record time for a MARVEL character. But when Cap's suit changed in the books, the Russo Brothers made the daring choice to implement into the sequel and it was just plain awesome onscreen. This is the ultimate Cap figure for Junkies that believe TWS to be THE GODFATHER PART II of action sequels!
MARVEL SELECT CIVIL WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA ($25)
Yup, another MARVEL SELECT choice, this time from CIVIL WAR. I loved the streamlined look of the CIVIL WAR suit and DST captured the old & new school styling for the most versatile Cap suit yet. Plus the figure comes with a dope AVENGERS logo bar piece and the company's signature book-spine packaging for easy reference.