Captain America John F. Walker
By Hervé St-Louis
September 12, 2021 - 16:54
John Walker is an old comics character created in the pages of Captain America #323 as a temporary replacement of the original character Steve Rogers. In the comics, he was a more conservative, edgier, and younger Captain America with contrasting ideals and values about the United States and his mission as its representative hero. John Walker continues this in the Falcon and Winter Solder mini-series albeit with a brief sting at being Captain America.
Of course, the figure’s likeness is based off the character portrayed by actor Wyatt Russell in the Falcon and Winter Soldier mini-series with a costume reminiscent of the one he sports in the streamed television series. Unlike the original cinematic John Walker action figure, this figure has an additional head sculpt based on actor Wyatt Russell.
I find that the character’s build is too thin, but it is the same with Wyatt Russell in the television series. When compared with other recent Captain America action figures, it is quite apparent. Next to the Gamerverse Captain America, Walker seems very small and slender. The texture on the suit is sculpted in and that’s good as it feels like real fabric. On masked head, there is an unpainted skin coloured strap under his left ear that looks quite odd. Even if inaccurate to the television character, it should have been painted dark blue. There is too much gap between the head and the neck’s ball joint. The head appears to be floating and does not look aesthetically good from a side view.
Unlike the G.I. Joe Classified line, Hasbro does not give necks on a ball joint for its Marvel Legends line. It means that while the neck is a separate plastic part, it is not articulated. The head which sits on a ball joint that is too high can twist and rock. There are no shoulder butterfly joints. It limits the movability of the figure for action shots such as when he grabs his shield to butcher his opponent in the television series.
The plastic feels very sturdy and different than the softer PVC often used by Hasbro these days. Of course, it’s probably the same plastic, but the toy does not seem as brittle.
The Captain America shield is not the best. It is the one with the hook that can be fitted on one arm. However, long time collectors will know that this hook often breaks and will probably prefer to peg the shield on the back of the figure. The shield uses very dark grey and has a moulded seam that is quite visible and that starts from the center of the shield and forms a diameter. It is ugly and it feels like the shield is broke. I do not understand why Hasbro produces such ugly moulds. It’s not like it is the first Captain America shield that they have produced.
I paid $33.99 CAD for this figure at Walmart Canada. It retails for about $22.99 USD at Walmart USA.
I am unsure if collectors have been able to pick this toy up easily in the US as the figure was selling for quite an unusual markup from Asian sellers before it was released in North America. I’m glad that I waited to see if Canada would get stocks before trying Ebay. Of the two MCU John Walker action figures, this is the one to get as it has the alternative head and the right paint scheme for the character as depicted in the series. If you find this toy and already have the original, the latter is a good base for a Scrap Iron custom action figure!
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