Tuesday, July 12, 2016

3.75" Marvel Legends - CAPTAIN MARVEL (Helmeted)!

Marvel Legends 3.75" Series - Cosmic Marvels Comic 2-Pack - Hasbro 2016

I just learned some interesting things about the existence of Captain Marvel in the Marvel Universe. Back in the 1960s, DC Comics was suing Fawcett Comics over the fact that their character, Captain Marvel (aka Shazam), was too similar to Superman. As a result, Fawcett had to cease their publication of the character. With nothing being produced under the name "Captain Marvel" for a few years, Marvel Comics was able to sweep in and finally trademark the name for themselves. Eventually DC gained control of the Fawcett characters, but by that time, Marvel had its own Captain Marvel, who was trademarked and not going anywhere, so DC began officially referring to their character as "Shazam." In order to keep control of the trademark, Marvel had to publish some issues featuring this character every few years, regardless of market demand or continuity. That is why since the late sixties we've seen so many variations on the character Captain Marvel. Luckily that all led to here though!

This helmeted version of Carol isn't my favorite figure. I think the head lacks paint detail and her neck looks awkward. Still though, I'm in love with this incarnation of Carol Danvers and it seems like the toy Gods are embracing her awesomeness too. I'll gladly add any action figures of her to my collection.

Carol came paired with the Mar-Vell version of Captain Marvel from 1968. This is a very cool retro character and it's awesome to see a figure of him on the shelves.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here she is with her unhelmeted version which was released in a single-pack earlier this year.


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