Packaging - ***
The packages continue the tradition built over the last 10 series, with
decent graphics and a nice inclusion of personalized character
information the back. The photos of each figure in the wave on the back
is also useful, particularly if you're determining whether you've found
that variant you're looking for or not.
did add stickers to the front of the bubbles on some of these, like
Steppenwolf ("First time in 6 inch!"), calling out special details.
Steppenwolf, Question ****; Supes, Shark *** 1/2
I wasn't expecting to love this series - I'm not a huge Green Lantern
Corps fan, and none of these figures really excited me.
once I had them out of the package, I realized this whole wave was a
home run. Out of these four, The Question was the biggest surprise,
because he's just a dude in a suit. And yet the detailing on the outer
coat is so good, the smooth expression on the blank face so perfect,
the overall look so dead on, that he really wowed me.
is another big hit. There's lots of details in the added armor, and the
face is sculpted with fine lines and sharp cuts. Even the small rivets
are sculpted, a level of detail we don't always see with DCUC.
also has the cool backpack, attached to his ax. There's a slot to store
the ax, Ghostbusters style, and you have several options for displaying
it in place.
I haven't opened the green
version yet, but he looks
even better than the red, particularly if you're a fan of the more
classic style. We just recently saw this costume on Batman: Brave and
the Bold, so kids may be more familiar with it.
scale, Cyborg Supes has an incredible amount of detail in his metallic
components. I've always been a fan of the Cyborg look for the Man of
Steel, and they've done a nice job in the small scale translation. He
does score a hair lower though, because the head is a tad too small for
the very wide shoulders. It's quite obvious from some angles, but from
others, he can pass.
I also docked Shark slightly
too, again for
the head sculpt. I love the fact that this grade B (and I'm being
generous) character got a plastic version in the DCUC series, but he
didn't translate perfectly. This version of the Shark is a mutated
tiger shark (there is another version of the character who is actually
a human villain, wearing a shark mask), and is an enemy of the Green
Lantern. Because of the standard base body, the sculpted head looks
exactly like what it is - a sculpted shark head popped on a human body.
The transition around the neck doesn't work well, with the gills and
jawline sticking out from the neck post quite a ways.
a pretty minor quibble though, and getting this character in 3
dimensional form is pretty cool. The fins on his back, arms and legs
look great, and his hands are both fists, which works since he has no
accessories to hold.
All the figures are in the
scale, and use the same bodies as previous figures. That means they all
fit in well, especially with the rest of the Corps.
Paint - Steppenwolf, Supes,
Question ***1/2; Shark **1/2
The paint work is fairly strong across these four, with some obvious
Question and Supes have the most complex paint jobs. The Question's
outfit has layers, each with a different color scheme. He doesn't have
a ton of paint details, but the small buttons are done cleanly in black.
has a very intricate paint job, as he is wearing the Sinestro Corps
outfit. The cut lines between the red and black are all quite sharp,
and the silver has a nice metallic appearance.
As I mentioned, I
haven't opened the green Steppenwolf so I can't be sure about him, but
the paint job on the red version is also extremely nice. Again, he has
some very sharp cut lines, particuarly around the face. The moustache
and beard are a *smidge* messy, but you'll only notice his
imperfections under close scrutiny.
Finally, there's Shark. He
has a good job on the eyes, but the teeth are quite sloppy. It's too
bad, because the salmon colored uniform looks great, and without the
sloppy teeth, he woudl have scored much higher here.
Articulation - ***1/2
These figures have the same great articulation design as the rest of
the series, just as you'd expect since they are using the same base
bodies. There's the ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, cut
biceps and thighs, pin elbows and knees, cut wrists, cut waist, crunch
ab joint, pin ankles, and special hinge hips that allow for a
tremendous number of poses.
base bodies also allow for some of the most naturally fluid poses in
this scale I've evern seen. They simply couldn't get much better...
for the neck. Once again, while it is a ball joint, there's almost no
ability to tilt or rock the head. I got a little more mobility out of
the Question, but not much, and had the neck worked they way it should,
these would get a full score here.
Accessories - Green Steppenwolf
***1/2; Steppenwolf ***; the rest **1/2
I'm assuming here that you care about the Kilowog figure. If not, you
can take away the **1/2 stars given to the majority of the figures,
because they ONLY have the BAF piece as an accessory.
a bit of a let down, but at least Steppenwolf has a weapon. In the red
outfit, he has an ax (attached to his funky backpack), and in the
classic green outfit he has a sword. The green also has a whip, as well
as a horn, making him the figure with the most accessories out of the
The rest of the figures come
with some piece for the
Collect and Connect Kilowog. I'll be reviewing him with the final three
figures later this week, but let's just say he rocks. Getting this
entire set just to get that figure wouldn't be a surprise.
Fun Factor - ****
These are terrific action figures, some of the best currently on the
market. Excellent sculpts, great articulation - kid's could have a
blast with these, if the characters speak to them. Out of these four, I
think that Shark and Supes have the most kid potential, but all four
are a ton of fun.
Value - **1/2
I'm still seeing these for around $12 - $13 each in this neck of the
woods, but it looks like that with wave 12 and beyond we'll be paying
even higher prices. Right now, I'm giving these an average score here,
but at $14 or even $15 each, they'll be losing another half star.
Things to Watch Out For -
Steppenwolf's ax is a bit on the soft side, so you'll want to take care
when putting it in (and taking it out) of the hands. That's about it!
Overall - Steppenwolf,
Question, Supes ***1/2; Shark ***
This is clearly a Green Lantern series, and it's quite a good one at
that. Of course, Steppenwolf really goes with the New Gods figures,
many of which we've already gotten with past waves. But Supes and Shark
fit in great with your Green Lantern display, and the Question can go
just about any where, although I bet most folks will pair him up with
other Justice League characters.
love the DC Universe Classics series overall, but it's always nice when
a wave surprises me like this one did. I had fairly low expectations,
and yet some of these figures are the best we've seen all year. In
fact, the Kilowog Collect and Connect figure (that I'll review next
time) is one of the best they've ever produced.
Now I just have to find that
damn Deadman with the clear hands...
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Steppenwolf, Question ****; Supes, Shark
Paint - Steppenwolf, Supes, Question ***1/2; Shark **1/2
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - Green Steppenwolf ***1/2; Steppenwolf ***; the
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - Steppenwolf, Question, Supes ***1/2; Shark ***
Where to Buy -
These guys are just now starting to
hit retail stores, so I'd give them a shot for at least the next month.
While finding the variants is never easy, it's gotten less frustrating
to find the regular figures with a little patience.
I've covered a bunch of these waves:
- last was wave 10 of course,
with some here and
- you can find wave 9 part 1 here, and part 2 over here.
- I split wave 8 up into two
parts, one here
and one here.
- prior to that was wave 7
(duh), which I covered here.
- I broke wave six into two
reviews, one here
and one here.
- no, I never reviewed wave 5,
but prior to that was wave 4 which I also broke into this review, and this
- of course, prior to that was wave 3.
- I covered wave 1 in two parts, one here
and one at here.
It took me so freakin' long to find them, I never did review wave 2,
but if you're looking for one, Kastor's
Korner has a great review.
- last up in the DCSH figures
were the Clayface and Bruce
to Bats figures.
- before that was Mongul, who is also one
of the best figures this year and Parasite
- don't forget the 12" version of the
smaller Batman, and the 12"
- in this smaller line, the
fourth series was Superman themed, with Brainiac
and Darkseid. There's also the Batgirl and Superman
from the two packs.
- there's the guest review of series 3 Batman
- a guest review of series 2 Doomsday, and another of
the series 2 Superman.
- my review of the series 2 Bizarro and Supergirl.
- my review of the Batman and Killer Croc
from wave 1.
- and finally, my review of Bane
and Scarecrow that were released internationally as part of
the old Mattel line, and then re-released with wave 1 of the DCSH.
- and while the aren't
technically DCUC, the new Public Enemies figures are close enough for
most of us. I split the review into part
1 and part 2.
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