Packaging - **1/2
I neglected to include a packaged photo
in the first half review, so I've corrected that here. As you can see,
the packages are taller, a trend that started with the Green Lantern series 1 set.
I don't mind, although I'm not a huge fan of change for change's sake.
They didn't improve anything here, just tweaked what they already had,
which will probably annoy the MOCers - consistency works better
visually if you display your figures carded.
More of an issue is
the warped ankles that many of the figures in this series exhibit. The
posed figures and tight trays are causing issues, and Mattel might want
to re-examine the process.
On the plus side, I will say
that the almost total lack of annoying twisties and even rubber bands
is a welcome tweak.
Sculpting - Jonah Hex
****; Robin ***1/2; Creeper; Bane ***
love westerns, and the Jonah Hex comic was always a favorite. Here, the
Four Horsemen have given us a disfigured, scarred visage that would
scare the crap out of just about anyone, and yet it doesn't look over
the top or too extreme.
They've also matched the Clint
Man with No Name stare perfectly to the rest of the expression. The
proportions are good, and there's plenty of small detail work. I love
the sculpted crossed swords on the Confederate hat, as well as the fine
detail on the rope braid encircling it.
On the opposite end of
the spectrum is the Creeper and Bane. While neither is awful, I
couldn't help but feel like we'd gotten better versions before.
Creeper has that Joker-esque appearance, with a similar hair style,
nose, and maniacal grin. The Jay Leno jawline helps differentiate him a
little, but in the end he reminds me too much of the Clown Prince with
jaundice and a very hairy back.
The elongated legs and arms that
they used on the Creeper really don't work for me either, and when you
add in the problems he has remaining upright, he ends up at the bottom
of my list for this wave.
Bane is the first Collect and
(or Build A Figure) figure that I recall liking less than the majority
of the wave. He's very pinheaded, to the extreme, and the bulky torso
also looks a bit out of place with the thinner legs. He stands great on
his own, though, which sets him above the Creeper in my book.
leaves this classically styled Robin. I like the old school head
sculpt, and the detail work on the costume is good. He stands fine on
his own, and the hands are sculpted to work with the accessories. As
much as I'm a Batman fan, I'm not much of a Robin fan, so while he's a
solid figure, he just doesn't trip my trigger the same way Jonah Hex
Paint - Jonah Hex ***1/2; Robin,
Bane, Creeper ***;
I didn't have as many paint issues here as I did with the other three,
but there wasn't a lot to get excited about, either.
is the clear winner, with a nice dirty wash over his uniform and some
dry brushing to bring out the high points. While there's some slop
here, it's actually used to effect, giving the impression of a hard
ride on the trail.
In contrast, figures like the
and Robin need sharp, clean lines on their faces and costumes. There
isn't the excessive slop I had with something like the Riddler, but the
work isn't as clean as I expect given the price point.
Articulation - Jonah, Robin ***;
Bane, Creeper **1/2
They've added quite a bit of additional articulation with series 16,
but not all of it is as useful as I'd like.
actually has less articulation than the average DCUC figure. He looses
the ab-crunch, and the shoulders are a little more restricted due to
the sculpted design of the coat, but considering how good he looks,
it's a price well worth paying. He has all the rest of the usual DCUC
joints, and they are all tight and solid.
Robin and the Creeper
both add the double pin elbows and knees to the standard DCUC package.
The Creeper's problem is one of remaining upright - you might get him
to finally hold a standing pose unassisted, but he won't hold it long.
regular readers know how much that bugs me, and he takes the biggest
hit here because of it. Of course, a big part of the problem is the
heavy 'fur cape' on his costume, but had the other joints (especially
the ankles) been better designed, you could have worked with the
weight. The ankles have almost no forward and backward movement due to
the sculpt, and for the life of me I can't figure out why this
happened. Creeper also has some stuck joints, especially the lower legs.
On the plus side, Creeper also
has the pin/post wrists that we just saw with Mercury, and which are
also available on Robin.
also has the double pin knees and elbows, but his worked smoothly on
both sides. He also has pin/post wrists and ankles, although the ankles
are pretty restricted by the Tinker Bell booties.
Bane has the
standard Collect and Connect articulation, but I had a major issue with
the left leg. There's a huge gap at the calf cut joint, and try as I
might, I couldn't get it corrected. Hopefully you'll avoid this issue,
and that would result in a much better score here.
Accessories - Jonah, Robin
***1/2; Creeper **; Bane Bupkis
it might seem odd that I'm mentioning Bane here, since he's an
accessory himself, it's not that unusual for a BAF or CnC figure to
have some accessories added to sweeten the pot. I merely include Bane
here to educate, not as a measure of his overall quality.
The Creeper has his Bane piece,
but that's it. If you're not interested in Bane, that makes this
category a moot point.
Robin and Jonah Hex come with not one but two additional accessories,
which is getting to be a bit of a rare occurrence with this series.
has two guns, a sawed off shotgun and his six shooter. Both are fairly
soft plastic, but fit in the hands well. The revolver doesn't fit
particularly well in the holster (the holster is a little too short),
but it's a minor issue.
Hex's bandoleer is also
removable, so I
suppose you can count that as an additional accessory as well,
depending on your point of view.
Robin has a small batarang as
well as a grappling gun. The gun fits perfectly in his right hand, and
has a reasonably long (about 8" or so) string that attaches the gun to
the multiple tipped hooked. I had a photo of him using it to climb a
building, but didn't end up using it. Still, it works as expected.
Fun Factor - ****
don't know how many times I can say the same thing - these are great
action figures. Hex is particularly cool, and any kid that loves action
figures will find a ton of fun with this character. A gruesome
disfigured cowboy? It's tough to get cooler than that.
Value - **
The price point is killer. Mattel is doing what
they can to incent you to buy the whole series with the variants and
the Collect and Connect concept, but I think we might have hit the
breaking point once prices rose above $15 at even brick and mortar
Things to Watch Out For -
course, you'll want to pick out the best paint if you have choices on
the pegs, and also watch for any excessively twisted legs or arms in
Overall - Jonah Hex
****; Robin ***1/2; Creeper, Bane ***
found the articulation a bit wonky on three of these four figures, and
oddly, the least articulated was the easiest to work with - Jonah Hex.
The others all were hurt in hurt in this category, although I'm not
that surprised. Mattel is trying something new with some of these
joints, and there's still some bugs in the designs.
Out of the
entire wave, Jonah Hex is my favorite. I scored him the full four stars
even considering the various smaller issues. This is one of those cases
where the sum of the parts most definitely adds up better than any of
the individual pieces might indicate.
The Creeper is decent, but
I think we've seen better versions of both him and Bane in the past.
Robin is a solid buy to complete the silver age look, but if you're not
a major Bats fan, he may not be as necessary.
Still, overall wave
16 was a very good release, greasing the skids for me to pre-order all
of 17. I may hate the price, but I have to admit that I'm in this one
for the long haul.
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - Jonah Hex ****; Robin ***1/2; Creeper;
Paint - Jonah Hex ***1/2; Robin, Bane, Creeper ***;
Articulation - Jonah, Robin ***; Bane, Creeper **1/2
Accessories - Jonah, Robin ***1/2; Creeper **; Bane Bupkis
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **
Overall - Jonah Hex ****; Robin ***1/2; Creeper, Bane ***;
Where to Buy -
Mass market brick and mortar retailers should start getting these in,
but I picked them up online at Entertainment
Earth. Other online options include:
Comics N Stuff has them for $17 each.
- Big Bad Toy Store
has them for $17 each.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
Other DCUC reviews include:
- the first part of this review
covered Riddler, Mercury and
- I covered the first half of wave 14, but I'm still
on the hunt for Todd.
- I covered the new GL wave 1
set with part 1 here,
and part 2 here.
- I finished off wave 15 in two
parts, one here
and one here.
- the SDCC Plastic Man was the previous review.
- I split the wave 13 up into
two sections, part 1
and part 2.
- I covered half of wave 12, but it
took awhile to pick up the second
- prior to that was part 1 and part 2 of wave 11.
- big surprise, wave 10 was
before that, with some here
and some here.
- 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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