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Civil Warrior

Shang-Chi
by yo go re

Into the Gamerverse!

In an alternate Earth ravaged by civil war, Captain America assumes the mantle of Civil Warrior.

Yes, but he only did it after killing Tony Stark in battle. Imagine unintentionally murdering your best friend in a war, then naming yourself after it under the pretense of honoring his memory. Maybe "Civil Warrior" can join a cross-time team of other Steve Rogerses who made the same bad decision at different points in history. The Big Wonder. World War Two-fer. The 38th ParaTrooper. Vietnamaster. Operation Desert Stormtrooper. The War on Terrorist. The possibilities are endless! And stupid!

In retrospect, we should have guessed The War of Northern Aggressor would be released at some point - other than the hands, the molds are entirely the same as Hydra Supreme. Since that toy was based on the comics, and the comics were based on Civil Warrior's appearance in the Contest of Champions game, releasing the game character is a no-brainer.

The pants have a cloth-like mesh texture, which doesn't seem like it would be very protective when compared to the angular armor that covers his upper body and shins. His helmet and boots are the existing parts of his costume, just retrofitted with Stark tech, while the chestplate is just painted to look like the old suit. Rather than a round unibeam in the middle of it, he's got a star: in the original game design, the star was slightly beveled, raising to a point in the center, but on this mold it's smooth.

The figure has swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, a swivel waist, hinged chest, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and balljointed head. A lot of the joints feel slightly soft or gummy, not as sturdy as we normally expect from Marvel Legends (but neither are they the worst we've seen). For example, the chest moves forward and back, as it should, but there are no detents, no "ratchets" as we often call them, so help hold it in any specific pose. And though the legs bow out slightly at the thighs, they come back in at the knee, instead of being straight.

Cee-Dub only includes on accessory, his shield. It's a new mold, because no previous Captain America has had a shield with a stoplight-sized Arc Reator in the center of it before. Yes, that means he can fire blasts from it like a cannon. The reactor is fully sculpted, as is all the Stark tech on the back of the shield. There's no paint on the back, but the battle damage scrapes on the front are straight off the game files. Although the shield has one of those hinged C-clamps on the back, the figure doesn't have a hole in its back where the peg could be of any use.

Civil Warrior includes the head of this series' Build-A-Figure, Mr. Hyde.

Until now, this costume was only available as a 4" Marvel Universe figure or as a NYCC 2017 exclusive Minimate, so getting it in the 6" scale is a nice treat. It's not the most thrilling release in the line, but it's also not as bad as the Iron Man.

-- 05/22/21


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