DCD Shazam! Captain Marvel (Shazam!)

by Tom
December 29, 2007

Package Description
SHAZAM! Ė With an exclamation of his name, a clap of lightning strikes and the wizard SHAZAM! Grants BILLY BASTON the powers of Captain to protect himself and fight evil.

Appearance
Captain Marvel to me is sculpted after his appearances with the Marvel family, albeit in a more realistic style. He isnít overly muscular as drawn in more modern art, but he isnít too small either. The sculpt is a good generic body type and style Captain Marvel. The packaging is different from a lot of DC Directís offerings, but has a classic feel that goes well with the figure. There is one odd thing about his body shape. The top of the ribs stick out beyond his pecks, which looks unnatural. For the most part though, the lightning bolt over this area distracts from the odd body shape.

The paint application is good, I donít see any problems on mine except for the yellow trim on the cape. The cape has a shine to it, which is a nice effect on the figure. None of the joints are obvious except the ďTĒ crotch, which is particularly noticeable against the dark red. In addition the wrists donít look good when the fists are rotated, because the forearm will be bigger than the hand piece in some places. In addition, the fists are slightly angled to the arms, so itís hard to make the hands look good if theyíre not aligned with his arms.

Stylistically Captain Marvel will go with a lot of DC Direct figures based on height and style. I have a small DC Direct collection, and can say he goes well on display by himself, or with other figures of this series too. Overall, Iím very happy with how this figure turned out and looks on the shelf. Thereís not a lot I would change on this figure.

Articulation
Marvel has a T crotch, cuts at the wrist and boot cuffs, and ball jointed shoulders with no bicep cuts. Articulation is pretty standard for DC Direct. The cape limits movement of his right arm some, and he canít look up past level. Overall, I didnít really expect more from DC Direct figure.

Poseablility
Captain Marvel goes well in a display with other DC Direct figures. He doesnít have any dynamic poses he can really do, but is sturdy by himself or on his included stand. Heís too tall to look good with DCSH or DCU Classics, but should go well into an established collection, or by himself.

Final Judgment: 7
Iím not a big DC Direct fan, but I still like this figure a lot. Captain Marvel has a solid sculpt and paint job, and fits my own vision of what Captain Marvel looks like. This figure definitely deserves a chance with DC Direct collectors, and gets high marks.

SCALE

10. My favorite possession.

9. My favorite action figure.

8. One of my favorite action figures.

7. An exceptional action figure.

6. A good, but not exceptional action figure.

5. An adequate action figure.

4. Not worth the money I spent.

3. I'll give it to somebody's kid.

2. I'll give it to somebody's dog.

1. It's going to lose a fight with my car.
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Comments...

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jcjdotcom - 2008-01-02 @ 5:19 am

I don't like Cap, but Mary looks great. I'll stick with my Ross Captain Marvel.

pogoman - 2007-12-31 @ 9:06 pm

Not a fan of the character but I do dig the packaging

shadowboy_2099 - 2007-12-30 @ 12:10 am

Not a Fan of the package graphics, but the figure looks sweet! I`m glad i ordered it.

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