There’s a certain soft edge to Captain America designs. Round shield. Rounded helmet. Even his old chainmail was usually round-edged. Not Square-Enix’s latest figure in their Marvel Variants line—this Cap is so angular he could poke your eyes out every time you went even remotely near him.
Yes, the latest in the line of Marvel Variants is here, and now it’s Captain America himself getting the Play Arts Kai treatment. Sadly, despite the ridiculous decision to turn every nook and cranny of Cap’s suit into a spiky, angular mess—hell they even added extra folds to his shield for crying out loud— this figure continues the Marvel line’s relatively demure design approach.
They’re decent figures—although sadly I think Captain America is the worst of the revealed toys so far—but there’s no spark to them, something that makes it really stand out from every other Cap out there. Meanwhile in S-E’s DC line we’re getting some ridiculously goofy and wonderful takes on Batman and pals. They might not be to everyone’s taste, that’s understandable, but there’s at least something about them that makes them stand out as Square-Enix’s take on these characters. The Marvel line just doesn’t match up to that yet, and that’s a shame. I’d love to see Square-Enix go a bit more out there with these heroes beyond “dunno, this one’s got spiky armor now?”.
No details about Cap’s availability or pricing were announced, but expect the roughly $80-$100 we’ve seen for past Play Arts Kai figures to apply here.
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