Click past the jump to see my full review of this limited, hulking, 13-inch tall cold cast statue of the New Captain America!
Figure Name: New Captain America Fine Art Statue
Figure Maker: Kotobukiya
Retail: US$157.99 (¥24,800)
Available at: HobbyLink Japan (on sale for chump change at the time of writing!)
As I mentioned earlier, Cappy's box is pretty huge. Inside the box, he's protected by a block of Styrofoam and is separated into two pieces (by the way, if you see any white specks in this review, it's some of that stuff I missed when I took the statue out). The base which includes the sculpted Hydra troopers is on one side, and Cappy himself is on the other. He attaches to the base through some metal pegs that slide into the base with no issues at all.
If you're wondering why the base is only half of the shield though, it's because you could pose this statue together with the previously released Winter Soldier Fine Art Statue and have both incarnations fighting back to back. There's a picture of that on the back of the box above.
Bucky's pose here is basically smashing a Hydra trooper's face with his knee while he gets ready to lay down the law with his shield and fists on the rest of them. I love the power in his pose, and the statue looks great from all angles since it's so dynamic. It's best displayed with Cappy facing out toward you, though, especially if you don't have the other half of this set.
Here's a look at the guy whose face is getting knee-smashed without Cappy on top. That hole there is for the peg, and it wedges in flush. I like the shattered look of the eye piece there, and he's got an appropriately angry look on his face. By far one of the better statue expressions I've seen in a while has got to be this derp over here, though:
Geeze, he is having a rough day.
Moving along... let's stare at some abs. This, ladies and gents, is a very well-sculpted torso. I mean, this is a Captain America I can believe in. That aside, you've got a truly solid paint job here, and some bold colors that look great in any kind of lighting. It's got a slightly metallic and matted finish to it that really gleams.
His back is equally powerful-looking. The way the suit is shaped, it makes him look like he's literally bulging out of his skin. There's no decoration back here besides the one star, which is really all he needs.
Further down, we've got his handy-dandy utility belt. He's got some pockets, weapons and a flask to keep him going. There's some neato work here with the sculpting and painting to make them look flexible and worn, which I appreciate despite the slightly spotty painting with the buttons. Please do note, though... those paint defects are not at all noticeable on the statue once it's on display. These are just things you notice when a camera is all zoomed up on them.
One of Cap's arms is flexed back like he's ready to punch the face he just broke, and the other is hanging on to Steve Roger's shield. The straps on the shield are made of actual fabric, so it has the feel to match its look. Both of Bucky's shoulders are decorated with the star symbol as well.
Here's a look at the shield, of course. If you rub your hand over it, you can feel the texture of the paint that's layered on there.
What I love about his shield is that the red offsets the rest of his outfit perfectly along with the stripes at his front. It's just the right amount of splash of color that the statue needs as a whole. Yes, I know that the color scheme is a set design. I'm just appreciating what I've got in front of me.
On to Cappy's head, he's decorated with little wings and an "A" on the forehead. It all has the same sort of liquid look that the rest of the statue sports so well. And even with such a small portion of his face exposed, there's plenty of expression to take in. He's angry.
Seriously? Bucky is going to wreck your face.
The big thing that stood out to me here are his beautiful and clear blue eyes. As for the molding, the hood is layered over his face realistically and isn't simply a blue layer over his skin. The rest of his face looks fine, of course. He's got the snarl thing going for him.
So, would I recommend this statue? Absolutely. If you're a comics/Marvel fan, especially a Captain America fan, this is a great addition to any collection. Granted, it isn't a depiction of Steve Rogers, but that doesn't really sway my mind. The execution is wonderful and at 13 inches tall, he definitely makes a statement. He's a little bit on the delicate side in some areas (for example, be careful not to grip him at the belt, since those pieces may snap off), but is overall as hefty as his physique.
Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sponsoring this review! If you entered our Halloween-themed contest, you're entered for a chance to win this awesome statue. If not, you can still purchase it at a great price. This is a limited release of only 1,000 pieces, so once he's gone -- he's gone.Photo Gallery: (30 images)
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