Diamond Select Toys Marvel Retro Figures (Review) Mego Meets Captain Action
Diamond Select Toys Marvel Retro Figures
In case you haven’t noticed there’s been a huge resurgence in retro collectibles. Diamond Select Toys (DST) threw their hat in the ring back in May of 2014 teaming with Marvel Comics to bring back Mego style 8” action figures with cloth costumes. Mego made them hugely popular back in the late 1960s through most of the 1980s with their “World’s Greatest Superheroes” line giving kids like me, ok back then I was a kid and these figures were and still are the coolest! However (DST) took it one step further combining the retro mego style boxed figure and the Captain Action style extra costumes. At least that’s what I thought of as soon as I saw these limited edition collectors boxes. You get one 8” figure in the mego style box packaged inside a larger display box with two extra costumes, extra heads, hands, and props. Each figure has 14 points of articulation allowing you to display them in all sorts of action poses or you could just leave them in the boxes they come in (perfect for displaying) but what fun would that be? Each box comes with seals telling you what the number of the limited run that you own. Yes, I was almost having a nervous breakdown when I carefully cut through those seals to open these boxes for this review. Guess what kind of collector I am? Once I did that, however, I couldn’t stop playing with them. Until my eleven years, old asked when it was her turn to play with my new dolls. Dolls! I yelled these are action figures! So yes she helped me carefully change costumes, heads, hands, and props. My suggestion to you, that is if you decide to open yours would be to get an Exacto knife because you’ll need it to carefully remove all the pieces. I would use either small clear plastic cases or zip lock bags to keep each costume and all the pieces (some of which are quite small) separate and organized.
Diamond Select Toys was gracious enough to send me four different figures for the review of this collectors line. Wolverine, Captain America, Thor, and DareDevil.First I’ll break down by character just so you know exactly you get with these four figures since the pictures don’t do it justice.
The classic tiger-stripe costume comes inside the retro box on this version the claws are extended (thicker claws) built into the gloves. The removable mask that snaps on. All three heads have different sculpts. Classic has the removable mask with Logan’s head underneath. The second version that I’ll call Patch, no he doesn’t have an eye patch sorry. The third head, however, is molded with the brown & orange costume head. The Patch costume is jeans, boots, white tank top, and a leather jacket. Each version has costume specific boots. Patch has ungloved hands (closed fists) with 2 small holes on the back of each hand where separate claws can snap-in. Modern Wolverine has two sets of hands one set open and one set closed. The closed set will let you snap in the same claws that the Patch build uses.
Classic mego styled after the 1970s version in the retro box.Including his shield with the red, white, and blue decal over it. Then you have World War II Steve Rogers costume with a steve head army boots, brown pants, belt, beige shirt, and his army helmet. Along with flesh tone hands. Modern Captain America comes in the darker blue and color and implied texture changes on the costume with two pairs of hands matching boots. There is also a modern color molded shield as well as a golden age shield.
Classic version in the retro box with version 1 of his hammer next is his old secret identity as Dr. Donald Blake with scrubs, shoes, lab coat, stethoscope, walking stick, and Don Blake sculpted head. Modern Thor costume. Head sculpt, helmet, hammer version 2, updated helmet.
Classic 70s Thor with doll hair like the original Mego version. Modern Thor with molded hair. Also classic and modern share a single pair of boots. There a 5 extra single interchangeable hands on top of the pair on the assembled classic figure.
Much the same as Wolverine was never released in the original Mego line. This box is seemingly reversed from the previous boxes with the older version not assembled in the retro box. So the modern DD in the retro box he has a belt with a second loop around the leg holsters his billy clubs. Or you can place them in his hands to simulate stick fighting or connect them together for a single stick with a longer reach. Next is his business suit, dress shoes, sunglasses, briefcase and molded Matt Murdock head to defend the innocent in the courtroom for his day job. Followed by his classic brown and yellow costume, molded yellow costumed head, matching belt, combat boots. This costume with only a single “D” on the chest.
Unopened these are all incredible display pieces. If you decide to open them up to the classic Marvel Comics artwork on the back of the boxes make a wonderful backdrop to display each figure either inside the retro box or loose. The detail on the costumes and the type and quality of materials are vastly superior to those of my childhood. To say nothing of the props for these newer versions as well. There wasn’t a big selection of Marvel characters that got action figures like there are today so these being sealed and numbered is a vast improvement to this modern collectors market.
There aren’t many cons to these figures but I did find a few. The first was that the figures won’t quite fit in the box with their boots on. So make sure you don’t pull out the wire ties from the clear plastic insert where the boots are stored. Not sure of the reason but only one pair of boots for Thor? Not one for the classic and another for the updated costume? Think that for Thor’s updated head sculpt could have been better, just seems off to me since one is the doll hair like they made him in the 70s and the other molded wavy hair just didn’t pop for me. My biggest peeve was that on Captain America the star didn’t come on his chest they need to be applied. Other than that I had no real issues with these figures. But even my downside on the figures is really just small fixes.
Truly the most important fact is that these are great looking figures some of which haven’t been produced since the golden age of action figures if in fact at all. There are more than these four available check your local comic shop or store where you purchase comic books and related merchandise. A big thank you to (DST) for the opportunity to review your products. Five year old me was thrilled to get to open up these awesome Marvel action figures from Diamond Select Toys (DST). Remember we will be bringing you many more toy reviews for the collector in you right here in OG Nation! Please Like, Comment, Share and Keep, it Geek!