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Check out the Captain Action recap from C2E2 on Figures.com Link to full C2E2 wrap-up story: http://www.figures.com/forums/news/29492-event-coverage-2013-chicago-comic-entertainment-expo.html#post77882 Captain Action story mention (photos attached below):
Then there was the Captain Action panel, the world’s original action figure! Ed Catto (pictured above right), the retropreneur and Mike Murphy (above left), the chief designer of Round 2 Toys were present to share some exciting news (See the photo gallery HERE!). Captain Action is coming back in a BIG way. We are talking about an animated television series by Animation House G7 with Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans fame) as the scripter. We are talking comic books by Dynamite Comics and of course we are talking action figures with a sleek new packaging and a modest $20 price point to boot. I have to say I have not purchased an action figure since the mid nineties (Spiderman anyone?) but after seeing the Captain Action up close and personal, I truly wanted to get one. The packaging alone is attractive and in style with the retro look as well.
We at Round 2 are feeling a bit like Arctic Adventurers this week so it is not surprise that I have decided to take another look at Captain Action’s Arctic Adventurer figure. The Arctic Adventurer figure set gets Captain Action ready for top-secret polar missions. To camouflage himself against the stark whiteness of the Arctic, Captain Action gets a customized white and blue permafrost insulated suit, white gloves and white boots.
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One of the most anticipated elements of Round 2’s new Captain Action toy line is the Avengers Assemble Build-A-Costume. The first Avengers Assemble will feature Marvel’s battling bowman, Hawkeye! Each of the six planned Marvel costume sets will include an element of Hawkeye’s costume, allowing collectors to assemble an Avenger with the rest of their heroes! In the first Round 2 costume set releases, the deluxe Spider-Man costume set will include Hawkeye’s Bow, Arrows and Quiver, while Captain America’s deluxe costume set will include Hawkeye’s boots.
Long time fans of the wise-cracking Hawkeye will recall that he fist appeared in Tales of Suspense #57, where he was a villain who battled Iron Man. Captain America later recruited him, along with other reformed criminals, to become the second group of Avengers. The brash and impulsive Hawkeye grew from the griping dissenter to a true hero, leading such teams as the West Coast Avengers and the Thunderbolts. Similar to Captain Action, Hawkeye too has assumed other super-hero identities, Goliath and Ronin. As a mainstay in the current Avengers animated series and after his debut in Thor, Hawkeye is now poised to conquer the silver screen in next summer’s blockbuster film The Avengers!
Round 2/Forever Fun is proud to announce that Joe Jusko has been recruited to produce the artwork for the upcoming Captain Action figure! Joe Jusko is a renowned comic artist who has produced covers for nearly every comic publisher over a 35-year career. The Captain Action team is proud to have Joe’s talents on board for the re-launch of this classic 60s icon!
We’ve got a preview of the artwork that was used on the front of the package:
This piece of art will also be used on the spine of the packaging:
For details on Joe’s involvement with the Captain Action figure, check out the press release here!
Captain Action’s big news this week is our announcement of the Marvel license for Captain Action costume sets! This is significant indeed, as it reunites Captain Action with his old pals Spider-Man and Captain America, and allows Captain Action to venture further into Marvel territory with costume sets of Thor, Iron Man and more! For the full scoop, see the official Captain Action press release here.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of a couple of sculpts-in-process of some special accessories for the deluxe version of the Spider-Man costume set. Keep in mind that these are not final, and are not yet approved by Marvel. Enjoy!
Tanks, But No Tanks!
Fans of the original Captain Action may remember that goofy (but, oh, so lovable!) “web tank” that was included in the original Spider-Man Ideal costume set. (Ominously, it was labeled on the packaging as “Spider Venom Spray.” Ouch.) Although some of those quirky original accessories have become very endearing to fans over the years, it is our intent to be faithful to the original source material. So – instead of Spidey’s questionable “web tank,“ we have opted to recreate those wonderful web shooters that Peter Parker ostensibly hides under his Spider-Man gloves. While these do not actually fit under the 1/6-scale glove/hands (more about that later!), it allows the 1/6-scale aficionado to display our friend Mr. Parker (using the alter-ego mask included with the deluxe set) getting dressed and ready to fight crime as everyone’s favorite web-slinger!
After over 40 years of faithful, superheroic service, we at Forever Fun decided it was time to give Captain Action a couple of well-earned upgrades. First of all, our Valentine’s Day gift to you, dear Captain, is a new and improved face.
Cap’s facelift was a matter of some debate. There are those who consider Cap’s original appearance a thing of sacred (that is “sacred” — not “scared” or “scarred”) beauty. That said, Cap had already been re-released, under the Playing Mantis regime, with (more-or-less) his original face. So, for this new release, did we want to go to that well one more time, and not mess with the supposed visage of perfection that our rose-colored glasses of nostalgia showed us? OR, did we want to look to the present, (nay, the future!) with our 3-D, HD stereoscopic spectacles and modernize our beloved Captain Action, youthify and meanify him so he fit more within a modern aesthetic?
With the blessing and assistance of our friends Joe Ahearn and Ed Catto at Captain Action Enterprises, the current licensor for Captain Action, we decided to give Cap a subtle facelift, a look that is slightly more modern, while not abandoning his classic appearance entirely. This Cap may have a stronger jawline and a more determined look, but he still has that subtle, fun-loving smirk that his original incarnation sported — a look that says he’s ready for adventure, fun and fighting off the bad guys! In any case, here’s a sneak peek at Cap’s new face.
Once upon a time there was an action figure with a blue laser gun and lightning-shaped sword. He had a skin-tight black and blue superhero costume and a captain’s hat. He had sort of a goofy grin on his face and looked a little like the friendly middle-aged neighbor from next door. (But, heck, this was the 1960’s and we didn’t mind if our super heroes looked like our dads.)
The cool thing with this action figure is that you could change him into OTHER superheroes and comic book characters, like Batman, Superman, Green Hornet, Spider-Man and Captain America. This great action figure even had his own alien nemesis, a freaky blue-skinned guy with an exposed brain! (How cool is THAT?!) He even had his own kid sidekick, who had a black panther as a pet! (That’s just crazy, man.)
There are a few of us that still consider this unique toy the best action figure ever. In fact, he was so beloved that a little toy company you may have heard of, Playing Mantis, even brought him back about 10 years ago.
Well, you can’t keep a good man down, and we at Round 2/Forever Fun are proud to be associated with this classic action figure once again.
We’ll have more news in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out this press release on Forever Fun and take a gander at the (very preliminary) images posted below.