Monday, November 22, 2021

Action Figure Review: Captain Carter from Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro


   Not too long ago I found the three figures I was looking for in the newest series of Marvel Legends figures based on the Disney+ series What If? and I'm going to review all three of them over the next day or two. Let's start off with the figure I most wanted from this series: Captain Carter! What If? was a very fun show that ended up being a pretty impressive piece of MCU entertainment despite also kind of being its own thing, too, and while there were lots of great characters in it Captain Carter still stands out as my favorite "new" element of the show. Hayley Atwell returned to voice a Peggy Carter who ends up taking the super-soldier serum after Steve Rogers is shot by a Hydra agent and becomes the Union Jack wearing Captain Carter. She's a pretty incredible looking figure and due to the somewhat animated style of the line I think she'll fit right in with my Marvel Legends collection that is mostly comic based. Let's take a look at Captain Carter after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 3/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a ball-jointed head.

Accessories: Shield and the arms of the Watcher build-a-figure.

Non-Scalper Price: $20-$23 dollars
The Positives:

* Captain Carter looks incredible in her super-soldier suit. She's sporting a darker blue suit with some red highlights, brown leather boots and gloves, and a bright, bold Union Jack on her torso. Her outfit looks suitable to the World War II era while also retaining enough of a modern edge that she could fit in to any period and look great on your shelf next to most current characters. 

* Hasbro tried to match the What If? based figures with the animation style of the show meaning that they're not quite realistic like the MCU based figures but that they're more realistic than the standard comic based figures. It seems to have upset some folks but I think it allows them to be worked in with most collections. I'm adding this gorgeous Captain Carter to my comic based collection and I think she'll fit perfectly. The likeness to Hayley Atwell is excellent while still keeping an animated edge.

* The back of her outfit is fairly detailed as well. I really like the straps she wear, presumably for toting her shield around (though they're not functional or anything).

* The WWII styled gear pouches on Peggy's belt are also cool. Probably useful for carrying all kinds of spy gear.

* The articulation on Captain Carter is really good and she's fun to mess around with. She has double hinged knees and elbows, something that many of the Marvel Legends figures have been moving away from, but they work just fine here. Most everything is smooth and easy to use. Hasbro has the quality down on the articulation of Marvel Legends figures and it shows. 

* Peggy comes with her shield. it's similar to Captain America's but instead of an American themed motif she instead is sporting a Union Jack design. It's a sharp paint application and looks fantastic.

* Rather than the hinged clip of some shields Captain Carter has "leather" straps on the back of her shield. It looks great and functions very nicely, keeping the shield on her arm with no risk of breaking a clip. 

* Uatu the Watcher is the build-a-figure for this series and Captain Carter comes with his arms. I sold mine off since I wasn't planning on building him but he does look like he'll be a pretty cool figure.

The Negatives:

*Sadly there is some really sloppy paintwork on the Union Jack on Captain Carter's chest. The blue seems to be bleeding through quite a bit and it makes things look pretty rough up close.

* My figure has a problem with Peggy's right ankle. The hinge joint is either stuck or fused but due to the way her boot covers it (which itself is a cool feature) it's difficult to get it unjammed. Anyone else have an issue like this? I'll probably have to heat up the ankle and remove the joint to fix it.

      Despite the flaws on my figure (one of which I should be able to easily fix) Captain Carter is still a Great figure. She looks fantastic, has a beautiful headsculpt, and her shield is a nice extra. I wish her Union Jack were a bit cleaner as she'd easily be one of the best Legends of the year with a bit more polish. She was the only figure on the shelf when I found her and its doubtful most of us will run into more than one of her at a time to pick the best paintwork. I've got two more figures from the What if? series coming in the next day or two, so stay tuned...

This is the first figure of Agent Peggy Carter/ Captain Carter I've reviewed. For more reviews from Hasbro's Marvel Legends Series check out the following:

Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Black Panther 

Marvel Legends Series: Black Widow by Hasbro (2020)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Black Panther
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Nick Fury 

Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
Lady Deadpool 
X-23 (X-Force)
Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Baron Zemo

Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
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Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Groot Evolution

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Gauntlet by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: The Infninity Saga by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Vault Guardsman

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)

Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Typhoid Mary

Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)
Kitty Pryde

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