A few weeks ago, I imported the action figure of Captain America from the Amazing Yamaguchi line. This is the best figure that I have ever owned, because unlike most of the toys I’ve collected as an adult, I enjoy playing with this one.
The Amazing Yamaguchi line sticks out. With a price tag of about 5000 yen in Japan and 60-75 USD in US online retailers, it looks so different than other mid-range premium figures from other brands like S.H. Figuarts or Figma. Rather than going for a specific incarnation of character from a movie or TV series, Amazing Yamaguchi is more of a stylized version of a character. It more most closely resembles Captain America from the Marvel Vs Capcom game than Chris Evans in the MCU. For some, the bulky, anime-ish design might be a turn off, but it has a lot more personality than the Dark Knight movie Figuarts figures of Batman and Joker that I own.
The stylized design also allows for unbelievable flexibility in the figure. The joints flex and move around in seemingly unnatural ways but result in the most dynamic and paradoxically natural poses. This causes me to regrettably look at my Christian Bale Batman, and admit that while flexible, there is a hard limit to its range of motion. The downside, however, is in some angles the gaps and awkward joints can be distracting and not “realistic”. This is a stylistic choice, and one I have absolutely no problem with.
The figure comes with two different faces and one unmasked head. The unmasked head has strange features and probably the most disappointed optional accessory in the package. A multitude of hands cover a range of fists, open grips, one pointing hand, and one saluting hand. The strangest addition is a hand with space to grip a pistol despite no such weapon included in the box. I would assume that this is a nod to collectors that either use weapons from other toys or create their own custom accessories.
The shield is the most remarkable accessory of the bunch. The metallic painted finish is top notch. The shield has a weight and balance that along with the joint construction showcases the value of the figure. However, attaching the shield to the figure is a process that is suboptimal and far too delicate. Two separate plastic straps need to be attached to the shield and arm. One of the straps is composed of two pieces and hook into a peg hole of one of the optional hands. Unfortunately one of these straps does not fit flush into the shield on the figure I received (I could probably sand down one of the pegs to fit better). While annoying, the shield itself will still stay solidly attached. This is not ideal and a bit of a disappointment considering I paid over 50 USD plus shipping for this figure. But even this oversight was not able to distract from my overall enjoyment of this awesome figure.
Other minor accessories include a stand that is something most figures do not have. I love that an amateur collector like myself does not have to spend extra to get these figures into the poses that I desire. The Figuarts toys do not have these included at all. Another interesting feature is a small tool that will change the eye positions of the two faces. While creepy and cumbersome to do, the extra detail makes all the difference in close up shots, and something I haven’t seen in other similar priced figures.
The Amazing Yamaguchi Captain America figure is a great figure with poseabilty that is off the charts. It is fun to figure out different action poses. I love the anime-ish, video game style the figure features. This is a great buy, especially if you can find it at retail value of 50-60 dollars. If you find one at a price lower than 45 USD, I would be wary as there are a ton of counterfeit fake figures floating around online, especially on ebay. I’m already thinking of buying my next one.