CHAPTER 2 – CAPTAINS’ CONUNDRUM!

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Avengers Assemble-Captain America

If no one’s gonna post about these figures then I will. HA HA!I know a lot of collectors consider these figures to be crap, but I’d like to think of them more as being crap-ilicious or crap-tastic. 5 points of articulation and an accessory(save for the Hulk figure) is all your going to get with this line of Avengers figures. But value wise they’re totally worth it! While the articulation isn’t all there, the aesthetics certainly are. These figures are simple and won’t strike any dynamic poses when photographing them, but are great to display at a work station or next to your CPU. You can mess around with them and not have to worry about any joints snapping off or breaking. This is one set I’ll be trying to complete. Still need Iron Man, Hulk and Hawkeye who I believe will be the hardest of the three to find.Keeping with tradition, every Captain America figure that makes its way into my collection gets to take the Strikefire Transport for an honorary spin.Enjoy the pics!

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FWOOSH!

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The scale is pretty much on point

The scale is pretty much on point

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“We’re movin’ out..!”

It was about a couple of  years ago today that i decided to give this whole Blog thing a try.I had already been a fan of  sites  like  “Revenge from the Cosmic Ark” and Reis’s  “Hey,Look At My Toys!” http://dorkhorde.blogspot.com/.Great blogger’s like Debs from http://www.vintageactionfigures.net/  ,jboypacman from the http://theclawfulpunch.blogspot.com/   and Colin of  http://super-dupertoybox.blogspot.com/  “Super Duper Toy Box”  fame were among the first to comment on Action Figs and Things.These guys not only inspired me,but kindly accepted me into their blogosphere and for that i consider them to be not only a support group of sorts ,but also my friends.Thank you!Since then my circle of  fellow bloggers has grown and more friendships have formed as a result.Ya gotta love Hobby over at http://monstercafesaltillo.blogspot.com/  …so controversial though 😉 Jdub over at http://jessewg.blogspot.com/  “Metal Borgs”…where have you been?!?.Buzzchuck(Kevin) from http://actionfigureadventures.blogspot.com/  whom i honestly believe owns every action figure ever created in the 80’s!Dan over at  http://plasticmayhem.blogspot.com/  who when you least expect it,drops in on you with a comical ,chuckle inducing comment 😉 Love his video game posts,too.Chris still has the most http://ridiculouslyawesome.wordpress.com/  comic collection and also has the distinction of being the first WordPress blogger i ever reached out to. http://figurefanzero.com/   has some of the most awesome reads this side of the blogosphere and http://combollectoractionfigurerev.blogspot.com/   pics are priceless!Oh,can’t forget  http://jasonvorhees2.wordpress.com/  for aiding me in my quest to finally obtain a vintage Thundercats figure(Panthro) among other cool things via trade!And it all started here.In this home from where i am typing this up as we speak.Solitarily sitting on an adjustable,rolling office chair in front of an old Dell computer with my family in the distance giving me all of their support,albeit in their own  special way.They,especially,have had my back throughout all of this ,knowing how much this hobby means to me.And while i’m sure there where instances where they thought to themselves “Man,what the heck does my 36 year old dad see in those little plastic action  figures?!?”,sparingly,not once did they make it evident.My family truly is heroic!Tomorrow will be our last day here,and until we can get  established in our new home ,posts will be few and far between.I find it funny though, how my very first blog post was about my Secret Wars Captain America figure and my final(well until i’m fully moved into the other place)post before i move will also be about a Captain America action figure. I didn’t even intend for it to be that way,it just happened.So as my family and i bid farewell to what has been our “humble abode”,I leave you with The Avengers “Shield Launcher” Captain America!This one’s quickly becoming a personal favorite of mine!Enjoy the pics and i’ll see ya on da flipside!

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Heavy Artillery-Captain America (classic)

I don’t know what it is but lately i’ve been on a Captain America binge,snagging up whatever figures of him i can find.I’ve been wanting to start exclusively collecting Cap’ so why not start now.I’ve been heard clamouring on about not having  and desperately wanting a classic uniformed Captain America figure in previous posts, and while this version doesn’t WOW me,it certainly fills the void.If i were to change one thing about this figure,it would be the shade of blue used on the overall sculpt.I would have preferred a lighter shade,but it’s all good.This is a solid figure for the most part and a most welcomed addition to my small yet growing Captain America collection!

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The Avengers-Arial Infiltration Mission-Captain America

I just realized that A.I.M. would be the acronym for Arial Infiltration Mission.Anywhootin’anny…i’ve been wanting to add a classic Cap to the old collection for a while now but they were always too expensive online and they barely showed up on the pegs round these parts.Marshalls use to have the Captain America movie comic versions with the jet-pack thingamajigger on clearance for as low as 5 bucks, but i always passed on that one.Son of a popper!So the other day i decided to check  the clearance aisle at Marshalls..again…and came across this guy right here.Avengers blah blah blah blah Mission Captain America!And he had the red boots!-CHECK.And he had the red gloves!-CHECK.And even though the rest of the figure was based on the movie version,   he had the three classic red stripes going across his lower abdomen  just like the original Cap!(or so i thought)-CHECK.And it was only 4 bucks!-CHECK.So i bought that muthapiece!Brought it home,opened it up and took off the  parachute web gear to get a better look at those awesome red stripes that obviously paid homage to  the classic….AAAAAARGH!WTF!Little dark blue stripes in between the red ones!AAWW crap i’d been played   😦  It turns out the dark blue stripes are really part of his suspenders,but man why not just paint those suckers white to keep ish real!It looked rather odd to say the least,but the rest of the figure sort of grew on me after posing and messing around with it a bit.I like the lighter shade of blue compared to the darker shade that was used for the first movie version release.The red gloves and boots are also a nice touch and the parachute web gear + parachute helped raise the morale.For 4 bucks i can’t complain.I even thought about getting some white out to paint over the suspender straps,but i hate messing around with the integrity of an action figure.Oh well.Hopefully the Cap i have on the way will better the situation.

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