Captain Action’s New Mug
March 10, 2011

For those of you that listened to our Toy Fair interview last month with Ed and Joe from Captain Action, you will remember our mention of the updated head sculpt for this new release of the 12" Captain Action figure.  While we were in NYC for Toy Fair the gang from Round 2 posted a blog about the updated head sculpt for the Captain. In the interest of that news not getting lost in all of the Toy Fair chatter I thought it would be worth reposting it here for fans to see.

From the Forever Fun Blog:

Cap’s facelift was a matter of some debate. There are those who consider Cap’s original appearance a thing of sacred (that is  “sacred” — not “scared” or “scarred”) beauty. That said, Cap had already been re-released, under the Playing Mantis regime, with (more-or-less) his original face. So, for this new release, did we want to go to that well one more time, and not mess with the supposed visage of perfection that our rose-colored glasses of nostalgia showed us? OR, did we want to look to the present, (nay, the future!) with our 3-D, HD stereoscopic spectacles and modernize our beloved Captain Action, youthify and meanify him so he fit more within a modern aesthetic?

With the blessing and assistance of our friends Joe Ahearn and Ed Catto at Captain Action Enterprises, the current licensor for Captain Action, we decided to give Cap a subtle facelift, a look that is slightly more modern, while not abandoning his classic appearance entirely. This Cap may have a stronger jawline and a more determined look, but he still has that subtle, fun-loving smirk that his original incarnation sported — a look that says he’s ready for adventure, fun and fighting off the bad guys!

And now here’s a color test of that new sculpt:


What do you guys think of the updated head sculpt? You can discuss it here on the AFi message boards.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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