At yesterday’s C2E2 show in Chicago, Round 2’s Captain Action and Dr. Evil figures and their new Loki and Thor prototype uniform sets were revealed. The highlight of the group appears to be Thor, although it’s too early to say whether it’ll be a “hit” or a “miss.” Admittedly, these are all still in prototype stage and final production pieces do vary, but I noticed a few things right away that should be addressed.
First, Thor’s helmet wings should be white. They’re painted a solid silver on the prototype. His belt isn’t correct yet either. There’s no “T” in the middle or even a buckle indicated. On the plus side, Thor’s cape is fully POSEABLE. That’s really unique. It has a wire sewn in along the hem so you can fluff it up just like Jack Kirby used to draw it.That’s ingenious on the part of Round 2. Good job, guys!
Speaking of Jack Kirby, the artwork on Thor’s box is no longer by Kirby. What happened there? It’s not even vintage 1960s or 70s anymore. It appears to be a modern-day artist’s rendition of ol’ Goldilocks. That’s really sad if true. Nobody drew Thor better than Jack Kirby. Let’s hope Round 2 corrects this error as well. We need a Jack Kirby Thor box to go with our Jack Kirby Captain America box.
As for the Thor masks, they seem fine, but the uniform itself looks a tad on the thin and cheap side. Again, this early version could be misleading. Let’s hope for a better final job. We’ve seen the Loki prototype before, so no real news there. Dr. Evil appears cross-eyed. Let’s hope they catch that in the painting phase and correct it so he looks straight at you. Additional information came from Newton Gimmick over on InfiniteHollywood…
“I spoke at length with a guy from Round 2 about the new Captain Action figures. He said they were working to try and make sure the masks were a bit better fit and they were very tempted to do swappable heads (which I questioned why they didn’t) but that they felt the fact that Captain Action ‘pulling the mask on’ was a core element of the character. The protos looked fantastic. Unfortunately, I was informed that the costume sets were outselling the Captain Action figure himself by a 2 to 1 (or maybe 4 to 1) margin. That basically meant that it was unlikely we’d see more Captain Action sets. I know I’m not alone in hoping for more wacky old school sci-fi Captain Action stuff.“
Thanks for all the information, Newton. It’s nice to have “boots on the ground” reporting from an event like this. We’ll be keeping an eye out for additional intel on upcoming CA sets as it becomes available. So far, Round 2 seems to be hitting (mostly) all home runs. Let’s hope all the little prototype inaccuracies are addressed before these sets go to full production.