When I was younger, there was a book called Excalibur and there was a characters named Brian Braddock. That young man also goes by the name of Captain Britain. A few years back, during the whole Secret Invasion stuff, Paul Cornell, with art by Leonard Kirk, made one of the best story lines around with Captain Britain and MI:13 and I was sad when that book got cancelled.
The series ceased publication with issue #15. We see Captain Britain doing some cameo appearances in other books, but I was afraid this would be the end of him in comics. Then, when I found out that Hasbro was going to add himto their Marvel Universe line of figures, I was hoping to get one of these guys and now I did.
Unlike his siblings, Brian Braddock is not a mutant. Until he was a young man, he lived a perfectly normal life. He never considered himself particularly heroic until a string of tragedies brought him into inevitable contact with Merlyn, who flooded him with mystical power. Now, he serves the British Isles as Captain Britain, a hero powered by the magical energy inherent in Britain itself. So long as his homeland thrives, Brian Braddock will protect her.
When you look at Captain Britain you can’t help but see the Union Jack (United Kingdom flag). Sure, this may make the costumed look a bit dorky.Sure, the gloves and the boots are just painted. His pants have a paint wash in light gray to add some shadows, which makes them look even more badass.
Hasbro did a great job on the paint on this new sculpt. The best part of it is the head; his cowl is a truly unique piece and Hasbro did one hell of a job on the paint, as the lines are full of small details. It’s my favorite part of this figure and I think it is an amazing job for it’s size.. It also helps out that he has the classic square-jawed hero look (Thank you Jack Kirby).
Captain Britain also has an all new sculpt that I have never seen before. Sure, if you take the Union Jack off, it is just a plain looking figure, but it is still a great sculpt. I am sure Hasbro is thinking of ways to use this sculpt for some other figures.
There is something I have hated all my life when it comes to Captain Britain: on his back where the Union Jack is just blue. Yet, this has nothing to do with the great job that Hasbro has done with this figure.
So, we have been talking a bit about this new sculpt, but how is the articulation on this guy? Well, you’re in luck! This figure has some GREAT articulation. Ball jointed neck, peg & hinge shoulders, swivel biceps,hinged elbows, swivel wrists, floating torso, ball jointed hips, double hinged knees, and peg & hinge ankles.
So yeah, Captain Britain is ready to rock out to The Clash and listen to London Calling and take down some bad guys at the same time.
Final Judgment: 10/10
So, 10 out 10! You know what I am going to tell you to do, right? Put that cup of tea down, stop listening to your old Beatles vinyls and go on Amazon or run the store right now and get yourself a Captain Britain because this is a great figure.
If you are not a fan of Captain Britain, then maybe you need to go back and read some of his comics because if you have never read him, it is a sad world you live in.