San Diego Comic-Con 2016 begins in one week and one day, but believe it or not, there are still new exclusives being announced each day! And today’s SDCC exclusive Marvel announcement is one that comes totally out of left field. This year’s “Captain America Hydra Sleeper” plot twist is the most controversial plot twist in the Marvel Universe in ages, and the first-ever action figure of Hydra Captain America is coming our way in an unexpected form: the SDCC 2016 Exclusive LEGO Hydra Captain America minifigure!
Past exclusives have included headliner characters like Phoenix, Sam Wilson Captain America and Spider-Woman, but this year’s SDCC LEGO Marvel exclusive will be Comic Con’s first-ever exclusive Steve Rogers Captain America–in his all-new, all-different Hydra Sleeper costume!
I actually really like Nick Spencer as one of my favorite Marvel comic book writers of the past few years, but I’m not gonna lie: I groaned a lot when I found out about the “Captain America has secretly always been a Hydra Sleeper Agent” plot twist. This has been one of the worst-received and most controversial Marvel storylines in many years, and certainly the one that I’ve seen the most vitriol directed at from casual fans.
Given all the drama around “Nazi Captain America”, the absolute last company that I would ever expect to produce a figure of Hydra Captain America turns out to be the first: LEGO! Yes, the largest toy manufacturer in the world whose products are aimed at kids and adults of all ages is actually producing a Nazi Captain America minifigure for SDCC 2016. Crazy, right?
I ordinarily abhor LEGO SDCC exclusives, but this is the one instance where I’m actually happy that TLG is making this figure a limited con exclusive, because releasing this particular Steve Rogers Captain America at mass retail would be an unmitigated disaster and a real crapstorm of bad press for TLG.
As usual, there are only expected to be a few hundred to a few thousand of this SDCC Captain America minifigure produced, and those attending the con will be able to enter an instant drawing giveaway at the Pavilion Terrace at 12:30 p.m. each day to attempt to win that day’s minifigure (with one drawing each day and one drawing per person). Winners will be notified and given their prize “Hail Hydra” Captain America LEGO minifigure on the spot if selected.
TLG has also announced that those not attending Comic-Con will also still have a chance to win their own Nazi Captain America minifig keeping a close eye on @LEGO_Group and the hashtag #LEGOSDCC on Twitter on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, so if you’re not attending the con and really want this crazy variant, don’t despair yet!
What do you think of this year’s LEGO Marvel SDCC exclusive figure, Marvel collectors? Will you be stalking SDCC and/or Twitter this weekend to try to claim your own Nazi Cap?