Life-Size Marvel Legends Captain America METAL Shield!

Way back in February, Hasbro unexpectedly revealed their line of Marvel Legends Premium Role-Play Prop Replicas, including a super-cool life-size Captain America Shield and Iron Man helmet. Many fans cried foul, though, desiring a genuine metal version of Cap’s shield instead of a high-quality plastic version. And to my surprise, Hasbro has heard and obliged–the Marvel Legends Metal Captain America Shield is now up for order! But it will cost you…

Marvel Legends Captain America Metal Shield Prop Replica

I was really pleased with the Marvel Legends Life-Size Captain America Shield that Hasbro debuted at New York Toy Fair 2016. It may be made of plastic, but pics don’t do it justice–the shield looks awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I went home and pre-ordered one for myself–and I am not a prop replica kind of guy.

But many collectors were angry to learn that that shield wasn’t made of metal–and apparently, there was enough of an outcry that a real metal version is now coming in the fall!

Life-Size Captain America Metal Shield Marvel Legends ToyNow, let’s talk about pricing and logistics for a moment. There’s no way–no way–that Hasbro could have sold a life-size Captain America shield prop replica made of actual metal for the mere $99.99 that the plastic version (with premium metallic paint) is selling for.

I know some folks don’t like the plastic version, but having seen it in person, it is huge and high-quality and amazing and priced such that I’m willing to pay for it. I think it’s going to be a huge hit that collectors who ordered it are going to be thrilled with when they receive the shield.

Marvel Legends Captain America Metal Shield Packaging BoxEven so, for many fans, nothing but an authentic metal Captain America shield will do. And for those collectors, Hasbro has a special treat: a special, limited 75th Anniversary Captain America Metal Shield.

Check out the “premium packaging” box for the Metal Captain America Shield Marvel Legends prop replica above! It looks super-slick and classy! And note the “Adult” label on the box–whereas the plastic version of the shield weighs in at just 2.2 pounds, the metal shield will weigh a whopping 7 pounds–definitely not something you want your small children waving around!

Marvel Legends Metal Captain America Shield Interior Adjustable StrapsWhile it looks pretty similar aesthetically to the regular 1:1 shield Hasbro has had up for order since February (and which they recently raised the MSRP of), the obvious difference here is the real metal construction of this version of this collectible. That metal comes at a heavy price, though: this role-play prop replica will retail for $275–nearly triple the retail price of the plastic version.

Now, $275 is actually really cheap for a high-quality prop replica of this size and construction, but it also makes this the single highest-priced Marvel Legends toy that Hasbro has ever produced. This is definitely not for everyone.

Captain America Metal Shield 75th Anniversary Adjustable Straps

There’s one other difference between the two versions of the 24″ shield besides the material used and the packaging: the metal version’s adjustable straps (which will also allow you to wear the shield on your back) have a “Captain America 75th Anniversary” logo embossed on them, whereas the plastic version’s straps are plain.

Personally, I actually prefer the plain straps without any logo on them, but as this is a special 75th Anniversary limited edition product, I imagine some collectors will like having the logo on the straps. I’ll stick with my non-logo strapped plastic shield, personally.

Hasbro Marvel Legends Captain America 75th Anniversary Metal ShieldThe Marvel Legends Captain America 75th Anniversary Metal Shield is now available for pre-order, and is scheduled to ship in October 2016. This version is a late addition to the role-play lineup for this year and is shipping out later than the plastic version of the shield, but for those who only a real metal shield will do for, I suspect it will be worth the wait.

What do you think of the surprise addition of a metal version of the Marvel Legends Life-Size Captain America Shield prop replica, Marvel collectors? Are you opting for this metal shield, the far cheaper plastic version, or no Hasbro life-size Captain America shield at all?


Life-Size Marvel Legends Captain America METAL Shield! — 8 Comments

  1. I am fine with the plastic version as long as it appears to be metallic. This is just going to hand on the wall in my office. However, the high res pictures on the box make it look much shinier than the other photos (like of the guy holding it on the Amazon link). Can someone who has seen this in person let me know how shiny and metallic the plastic one appears? I can’t tell from the photos or other videos I’ve seen online. I don’t mind springing for the metal one to get the version I want. I know it’s almost 3x the cost , but I’d hate to be disappointed in the plastic one and wind up buying the metal anyway. I guess it would be best to wait for in hand reviews, but I don’t want to miss the pre sales either. Looks like I’ll have to make a decision sooner than later. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • I saw–and touched–the plastic shield at Toy Fair in February and it looked super-shiny. Hasbro is using premium, high-gloss metallic paint on it. If it didn’t look sensational, I wouldn’t have ordered one. 🙂

  2. I prefer the metal shield as it will allow me to more effectively walk through the retail aisles destroying all of the AllFather figs on the pegs that i am SO tired of looking at…

  3. I am surprised you didn’t mention the detail differences of the two shields. For one, the star is a major differences. It has extra movie-accurate etching that the plastic one does not. The back of the plastic one also has almost what looks like plastic rivets on the back whereas the metal one is all smooth, also more movie accurate. Atleast that is what I gather from the pictures.

  4. I recently picked up one of the plastic version of this shield from a local gamestop that just so happen to have 2 left out of their stock of three. I was super excited, and while I can honestly say for the price it is everything you can hope for as a fan; I wish to give you a bit of caution. In the 2016 toy fair video the reviewer stated that the paint had some imperfections and when they asked Hasbro about this they stated that it’s just a prototype and hand painted; that the production version would be perfect. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but my shield however awesome it still was had many flaws from straches, mirco-bubbling, and faded sections of the paint. While gamestop offered to swap or return the item, and both gamestop and thinkgeek offered to open their remaining stock to find one with minimal imperfections; I elected to return the plastic version and go full tilt by pre-ordering the 75th anniversary metal edition shield. Hope this helps.

  5. So I received the Hasbro plastic shield yesterday after pre-ordering it waaaay back in March (been looking forward to it for awhile), and the packaging was the downfall. They pack it with a cardboard strap going across the face of the shield to keep it from moving, which is great on paper, but the cardboard rubs against the middle of the star, so when I got it out of the box, it looked like someone took sandpaper to it 🙁

    Back to Amazon it goes, and I’m going to order the metal version hoping they don’t fail at packaging again.

    • Mine has the exact same issue. I’m sending it back as well. Luckily I ordered the metal one when it was still $275 on Amazon. Hopefully it’s much better quality. I actually like the plastic one but the numerous paint flaws and scratches ruin it for me. Mine came with a big scratch on the star. It would have rally bothered me.