These three use the same packaging as every other figure in the DCUC
series. It works fine, and the inclusion of the wave number as well as
graphic of which CNC part is included on the edge of the bubble is
extremely helpful when looking through the pegs.
Obviously, they aren't '
collector friendly', in the sense that to
remove the figure you'll have to destroy the package. I also have
concerns that they aren't always spending enough design time on the
interior trays, because the knees and ankles on some of the figures are
coming out bent and warped. Since the issues with the joints seem to be
on going, this extra straining on them isn't helping a whole lot.
Sculpting - Killer
Moth, Superman ***; Mr. Miracle ***
really loving Killer Moth. Who? Yea, you heard me, Killer Moth. Now, my
love for all things Batman does tend to color my feelings towards some
of the figures based on him and his enemies. But this time, Killer Moth
deserves all the love.
In modern times, Killer Moth
much of a villain, but back in the latter days of the Golden Age and
early days of the Silver Age, he was quite the nemesis. And he wore one
of the ugliest costumes in all of comic book history.
Most of the
ugly comes from the paint though, and we'll get to that in the next
section. The sculpted helmet looks fantastic, creating a retro Flash
Gordon type look that translates to his insect-like attitude perfectly.
The sculpted, hard plastic wings look not like real wings - which they
shouldn't - but like mechanical devices, just what they are. The
original Killer Moth was just like Bruce Wayne - rich, no superability,
just a guy with skills and toys, who happens to live on the dark side
instead of the light. While there's plenty of reused body parts here,
this Killer Moth sculpt makes him damn tough looking, quite a feat
considering he is, well, Killer Moth.
I would have gone so far as
to score Moth with a perfect four, if not for the ugly and obvious mold
lines, particularly on the outside of both thighs.
is fairly standard, but he sports the long hair. The sculpt is a little
soft in the face and on the belt, but he's a decent version of the
Mister Miracle adds one more to
the New Gods
line up. With Big Barda coming up (his wife), and other characters like
Orion, Kalibak and Darkseid already on the shelf, he makes complete
sense to include. He also has a ton of reused parts, but the high
collared cape looks great, and the retooled cuffs for the boots and
gloves look nice.
My big issue with Miracle is his
Put Barda behind him with her hands on her hips disapprovingly, and
this guy's expression will work perfectly as the hen pecked husband he
was portrayed to be. I'd rather something a bit more heroic than this
"somebody shot my dog" grimace.
All three of these figures are
that general 6 1/2" or so height range, fitting in as average sized
with the rest of the heroic line up.
Paint - Killer Moth,
Superman ***1/2; Mr. Miracle ***
Black and yellow might get behind a fellow, but red and yellow sure do
cause the paint department conniptions.
have been reports that the paint ops seem better with this wave - I'm
not seeing it, at least with the characters of Mister Miracle and
Captain Marvel. The red and yellow combination proves to be too much on
both of them, and here we see the red showing through quite clearly on
the yellow paint over Miracle's face and head. The yellow is also
inconsistent in it's coverage in other areas, with a very thick, almost
gloppy coat on the cape chain, and a very thin - almost too thin - coat
on the forearms. Some of the cut lines are also weak, with over spray
here and there. Mine is not as bad as Captain Marvel, but he's not top
However, I have to say that both
Killer Moth and
Superman are very clean. Supes has a little slop on his belt, and
painted lips would have gone a long way to adding some depth to the
soft facial sculpt, but these are really minor nits considering that
these are mass market figures.
And Moth is practically a thing
beauty. Here's a guy wearing the most audaciously colored outfit, and
yet he manages to pull it off. From the orange and green tights, to the
purple upper body, to the bright orange wings, this guy just screams
acid trip. Even the stylized moth symbol on his chest has a passing
resemblance to the cannabis plant. And yet, it works. Just look at the
very first photo at the top of the page and tell me he doesn't have a
perfect Flash Gordon/Buck Rodgers/ Rocketeer look to him.
almost went four stars on the Moth, but the lines between the orange
and green stripes on his legs aren't *quite* perfect enough for me to
go that far. Still, he has one of the coolest paint jobs of any of the
DCUC figures so far. I love Hawkman, but Killer Moth is going to give
him a run for his money on my list of best DCUC figure this year.
Articulation - Superman, Killer
Moth ***1/2; Mister Miracle **1/2
Others have been reporting that their wave 6 figures seem to have put
the joint issues behind them as well. That's not been my experience
after buying and working with 5 of them.
you know if you read my previous review, Hawkman's leg broke and
Captain Marvel's right shoulder was practically fused in place. Add
Mister Miracle to the list of figures in this set with joint problems
that gloucosemine ain't gonna fix.
Like Marvel, it's his right
shoulder. Again, it's pretty much glued stuck in the down position. No
forward and back movement, no outward movement. The freezer might fix
him and Captain Marvel (I haven't had time to try it yet), but that's
still not acceptable.
he has the same intended articulation as is standard for the line. His
ball jointed neck is one of the best in the set, with an excellent
range of movement. He has the aforementioned ball jointed shoulders,
jointed on both sides, as well as pin elbows, ankles and knees, cut
wrists, waist, and thighs, and a good ab crunch joint. If he didn't
have the stuck shoulder, he'd be getting the same score as Killer Moth
and Supes, both of which showed no issues with any of their
If you're wondering, no, the
wings on Killer Moth are not
articulated like Hawkman's. In fact, they aren't articulated at all. If
they were, he would have easily gotten that perfect four star score.
Like Miracle, his neck joint is excellent, allowing you to add lots of
personality to his poses.
Accessories - Mr. Miracle, Killer
Moth ***; Superman **1/2
All three figures come with a piece for the larger CNC figure, Kalibak,
who I reviewed earlier.
comes with a Kalibak arm, as well as Kalibak's Power Mace. Normally,
Supes would have lost another half star here, since he has no accessory
outside of the BAF, but because he comes with not one but two BAF
parts, and one of the is the very cool BAF accessory, I cut him a
Killer Moth does him better. He
has the largest of
the Kalibak pieces, the entire torso and head. He also has his cool ray
gun, with a great retro design. This gun fits perfectly in either his
hand or his belt.
Mister Miracle has a Kalibak
leg, and includes
a couple extras for himself as well. The character has a history as the
God of Escaping (except from his wife, Big Barda), and he has a pair of
manacles designed to keep him trapped. These pop on his wrists easily,
and look good in place.
He also has two disks that
attach to his
feet, which I believe he used for flight/levitation. I'm not a huge fan
of the character though, so my memory may be foggy. They pop on and off
nicely, and don't interfere with most stances.
can't forget to mention his coolest item - he has a removable mother
box under his cape in back! Considering you'd never see it under normal
circumstances, it's pretty cool that Mattel included it.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
The continuing joint issues are all that holds these back from a
perfect four in the fun department. If these joints were of the same
quality as what we're seeing on Mattel's MOTUC line, they'd get full
stars here. It's ironic that the collector aimed, specialty market,
online only MOTUC line are better TOYS than the mass market DCUC line.
Value - **1/2
At around $12 each, these are going for what amounts to a pretty
average mass market retail price right now.
Things To Watch Out For
Obviously, you'll want
to pick out the best paint you can. While the red and yellow paint
schemes of Captain Marvel and Mister Miracle are the most likely to
have issues, that doesn't mean that the others won't have similar
inconsistent quality over the full run.
don't forget to handle those joints carefully, at least to start. I
wouldn't be surprised if I were you and found myself using the freezer
trick to loosen up some of the joints.
Finally, be EXTREMELY
careful with Moth's antennae. They are a soft rubbery material, but
it's still very possible to break them by pressing to hard. And once
broken, these little buggers will be a tough fix.
Overall - Killer Moth
***1/2; Superman, Mr. Miracle ***
I'm a huge Batman fan, and I was only mildly excited about getting a
Killer Moth figure. But much like Deathstroke, once I had him in hand
and out of the package, I realized just how well the Four Horsemen and
Mattel had executed on this figure.
and Mister Miracle are nice to have, but I'm not jumping up and down
over either. Mister Miracle will make the overall 'family' of Darkseid,
Orion, Kalibak, and the upcoming Big Barda and Parademons all that
better, but he does have his paint and articulation issues, as well as
a rather pained expression. Supes has less issues, but there's not much
to really make this particular version stand out heads above any of the
million versions that have came before.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Killer Moth, Superman ***1/2; Mr. Miracle ***
Paint - Killer Moth, Superman ***1/2; Mr. Miracle ***
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - Mr. Miracle, Killer Moth ***; Superman **1/2
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - Killer Moth ***1/2; Superman, Mr. Miracle ***
Where to Buy -
You can try the local mass market folks like Target, where these are
just starting to hit. Online options include:
- you can buy DCUC figures by
the case or single figure from CornerStoreComics.
Some of the wave 6 are still available, as are many of wave 7 and wave
8, including some of the variants in future waves.
- Past Generation
Toys carries some of the previous releases.
Related Links -
I've reviewed quite a few of
the figures. Well, other than wave 5 *grumble*.
- first, check for the other
half of this review that I posted last week, looking at Kalibak, Hawkman and Captain Marvel.
- prior to that was wave 4 which
I also broke into this review,
- 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 what you're looking for.
- 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.
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