The REAL Captain America Shield and ME

Real Captain America Shield

This is quite possibly one of the coolest pictures of myself that I have ever had taken.  You may glance at it and think, “Yeah, that’s the Thrifty Jinxy chick with a Captain America shield.”  BUT – it is not any old shield.  It is THE shield.  Not a souvenir from the gift shop, not something I picked up in the toy aisle at Target —- it’s the REAL Captain America shield used in the filming of the movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER!!!

You may have noticed “Stage 26” on the building in the background.  That’s because it is where I actually got to go on set for the filming of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie. This all happened waaaaaaay back last April, but I have been sworn to secrecy until now.


It’s hard to describe how fantastic that day was.  Besides taking my picture above there is another super-cool-awesome picture I will be sharing with you later.  While we were on set, they were working on one particular scene for the film – for several hours!  This piece will probably end up being less than a minute of the film.  I really should have counted how many times they had to repeat over and over and over again.  But everything has to be just right—so no stopping until it’s perfect.

While we had some time between takes, we had the opportunity to speak with Property Master Russell Bobbitt – yes an EXCLUSIVE Russell Bobbitt Interview.  Russell has an amazing history in the movie-making industry.  (Check out his list of credits on IMDB.)  He gave us the inside scoop on the shield and how much work goes into creating and maintaining this essential part of Captain America.  Many different shields are needed for different scenes.  Russell’s team ends up making over 50 shields with materials from rubber, soft rubber, fiberglass to metal all depending on the type of scene, the type of movement and what will look best on camera.

EXCLUSIVE Russell Bobbitt Interview

And YES, we DID get to speak with Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, but I will be sharing a little more about that with you later.

Being on the set was a totally amazing experience and one that is rare for MARVEL movies.  I was honored to be there, especially after talking to several people working on the set who said that it really doesn’t happen very often.  It was quite out of the ordinary for them to have visitors on set.

Speaking to these crew members (besides Russell, of course) was one of my favorite parts of being there.  After making a run to the ladies’ room, I had to wait in a hallway until a break between filming to return to our group.  While there, I chatted with several people, including Chris Evan’s stunt double Sam Hargrave and Lisa Rocco from the Makeup Department.  I love Lisa!!  She shared lots of beauty secrets with me, confirmed several rumors I had heard about what products professional makeup artists find best and gave me other tips – – I’ll have to share them with you all later.  Another awesome person we talked to while there was Lee Malin from the security team.  Actually – – we talked to lots of great people on the set and it made the time there even more incredible.


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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters on April 4, 2014!

Captain America Shield Who Wore it Best
Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during the #IronMan3Event. Any opinions expressed are my own.' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. oh man. that is AWESOME. i hope you frame it!

  2. Well, I think the boys in the house have rubbed off on me because I got excited just reading about this, lol. What a fun post!!

  3. That’s awesome. I’m very much a nerd at heart. What a great experience 🙂

  4. Oh my god, that is AWESOME!!! I love all things Marvel/Avengers and I am super jealous of you now 😉

  5. the FACT that you made this into a WHO WORE IT BEST proves to me that you are my new favorite blogger!!!

  6.' Tracey Tabone says:

    This is pretty freaking cool! What an awesome post.

  7. I am so jealous of this experience. LOVE! Can’t wait for the movie to come out 😉

  8. How cool is this?! I loved learning more about the shield….can’t wait for the movie!

  9. What a memorable day! I would LOVE to tour a movie set, and see how it all goes down up close. Must’ve been hard to keep this to yourself for so long 🙂

  10. my kids would love that opportunity. cool picture to remember a fun time

  11. How exciting that you got a photo with a REAL prop used in a movie. I think you tie with Chris for who wore it best!!

  12. This is seriously THE coolest thing! And of course you wore the shield best!

  13. That’s awesome!! I’d be freaking out to be able to pose with a real prop!

  14. What a cool experience. I am excited to see the movie for sure! Will think of you when I see the shield.

  15. How awesome! This is definitely one of those never forget moments!

  16. It’s just SO neat that you got to hold the REAL deal in that shield. Very, very cool!

  17. Next time you go to a Disney event can I sneak along? I can fit inside a suitcase, I swear!

    Soooo awesome.

  18. That was so much fun! I love he way your picture turned out, you definitely look like a super hero!

  19. That’s so incredibly cool! My son would be beyond jealous!

  20. I am incredibly jealous. I would so love to meet Chris Evans and hold that shield. I can’t wait to see the new movie and all the others that will be coming up. Thanks for sharing.

  21. That is SO Freaking cool, I wish I could do something like that! I think you might now be my husbands new hero though lol

  22. Oh how lucky you are. My daughter and I cannot wait to see Captain America. We both agree he is very easy to stare at for a couple of hours.

  23.' katherine says:

    I’ve never seen the movie but it looks like you had a lot of fun

  24. That is totally awesome! That photo of you is priceless!

  25. I would just pass out being close to Captain America! Love how they have 50 different shields for all different action scenes! Can’t wait to see the new movie!

  26. Very cool! I am so glad you got this awesome experience.

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