Packaging - ***1/2
The cardbacks and bubbles look great on the peg, and bear a striking
resemblance to some of the recent (pre-Clone Wars) Star Wars packages.
Their best feature is their personalization, with a drawing of the
specific character on the front, a photo of the actual figure on the
back, plus a decent bio. They also briefly explain the online feature,
although until you can actually enter the code, how useful it will be
Sculpting -Iron Man ****; Wolverine, Black Panther ***1/2;
I have to say that I like three of these figures far better than any of
the four I reviewed at QSE. Oh, Surfer and Spidey are still good to
pick up, but Iron Man, Wolverine and Black Panther are all better
looking, better posing figures.
so for the pathetic Punisher. What the Hell happened with his head? He
looks like the Punisher as drawn by Seth McFarlane. I don't know if he
looks more like Peter Griffin or Stan Smith, but he sure as Hell
doesn't look like a human...even a comic book version of one.
head is easily three times the size of the Blank Panther, who is pretty
much the exact same figure with some minor sculpt differences. And yet
the score is a mile apart, because of how badly they flubbed those
As I said, there's that head.
It's so bad that
I have to assume there was some sort of manufacturing mistake where the
pantograph was set to the wrong scale, or someone had a seizure while
doing the math.
And then there's his left hand.
If you thought
the hands on the DCIH figures were big, you ain't seen nothing til you
see the gorilla paw this guy has. It's too widely sculpted to hold any
of the weapons properly, and it looks just like when a cartoon
character gets an appendage ran over by a steam roller.
talk about the better figures, like Black Panther. He has pretty much
the same body as the Punisher, but with slightly retooled boots and
gloves, a properly sized head, and better sculpting on the hands. The
left one is still a little big, but after seeing the flapjack Punisher
is carrying around, anything would look better.
Wolverine is the
same style body as Daredevil, and it's stumpy here too. But
unlike Daredevil, this look actually works for Wolverine. Oddly enough,
I didn't have nearly as much trouble getting good poses out of him
either, making him one of my favorites of the bunch. I'm not real keen
on how the uniform is sculpted like it's bunched up on his thighs, but
the soft claws are easy to form into fairly straight lines with a
little hot water/cold water, and the expression is stern without being
the Panther and Wolverine are good, Iron Man is great. The
is crisp and sharp, with well defined armor and proper scale all
around. The hand poses work perfectly, and even the expressionless mask
emotes a kind of tough determination. Even with the bulky armor, the
design allows for the improved articulation (more on that in a minute)
to work extremely well, making him the most poseable of the bunch.
The average height here is about
4", which is a little bigger than Star Wars or Joes. Folks
looking to pose these with DCIH figures will be a bit
disappointed, as they are slightly larger. It wasn't as noticeable on
the thinner, more svelte figures like Torch or Surfer, but with figures
like Iron Man or Black Panther, it's much more obvious. Because these
different figures are slightly different heights and use different body
parts, how any one specific figure is going to look with any one other
specific frgure from a different line is going to vary quite a bit.
Paint -Iron Man, Black
Panther ***; Wolverine **1/2; Punisher **
Keep in mind that these guys are all only about 4" tall. Paint in that
scale can be quite a bit more tricky than with 7" figures.
that these are mass market, I thought the quality on these four was
generally solid. Black Panther really only has his eyes, which are
clean, but his body is cast in the black plastic you'd expect. There's
some slight variation in finish and color between parts, but it's
Wolverine has quite a few
for a Hasbro figure. There's some overspray on the uniform, and not all
the cut lines are completelly clean, but these issues are really only
noticeable under magnified scrutiny.
Iron Man is the best of the
bunch, especially when you consider how tricky vac-metalizing can be
in any scale, let alone on a four inch figure. There's still a couple
blips here and there, including one right under his left eye, but you
really have to be looking for them to see them, and a close up photo
Poor Punisher is the worst of
the bunch again, with a
sloppy hairline, bad eyes, and lots of overspray between the gloves,
boots and black costume. The chest symbol is fairly clean though, at
least on the one I picked up.
Articulation - Black Panther,
Iron Man ***1/2; Wolverine, Punisher ***;
Now here's a weird thing - there's quite a variety in the articulation
across this series! I had expected these four to be much like the other
four I reviewed at QSE, but no - only Wolverine is similar, and he
actually poses far better then they did.
has the ball jointed neck, but he has a slightly thinner neck (or
perhaps it's the higher jaw line) that allows for a bit more movement.
He also has the ball jointed shoulders with the bicep joint, pin
elbows, cut wrists, ab-crunch, ball jointed hips, double pin knees, and
pin/post ankles that allow the feet to turn.
I complained about
this body with Daredevil, but I had much better luck getting it to pose
with Wolverine. Not sure why, and your mileage may vary.
other three figures have a very different articulation scheme. The ball
jointed neck is there, as is the ball jointed shoulders, but there's no
bicep joint. The elbows are pin/post style, considered ball
by some. Since there is a post that goes up into the bicep, the elbow
can turn as well as move forward and backward, making the bicep cut
unnecessary. In many ways, this joint design works far better than the
cut joint by the shoulder and the simple pin elbow. The cut wrists are
also present, and the arms pose quite well.
While Iron Man has
the ab crunch (which does not gap as badly as the one on Silver Surfer
or Human Torch), Black Panther and Punisher both simply have cut
waists. I suspect a lot of folks will prefer this in this scale.
three have the same ball jointed hips, but the sculpting on Panther,
Punisher and Iron Man allows for a greater range of movement. All three
also have the pin/post style ankles, where the post goes up into the
calf, allowing the foot to turn. But rather than relying only on this
joint to turn the foot in or out from the body, they've made the knees
pin/post on all three as well! The post goes up into the thigh, so that
the calf and knee can turn. This really adds to the posability of
these figures, and I hope we see more of this and less of the double
pin knees in the future.
Iron Man has one more
- his shoulder armor. The armor moves on pins so that the shoulders
aren't quite as restricted.
Accessories - Wolverine ***; Iron
Man, Black Panther, Punisher **1/2
Each figure comes with some paper extras, including a small baseball
style card that's fairly thin, a small paper with a secret code on it
to be entered in at the website, and a small sheet of paper with some
sort of 'classified' information on the character. These are
interesting to read once, but it's unlikely they'll last long, and you
probably won't find a reasonable useful way to display them. I didn't
include a photo, but trust me - you won't be buying the figures just
for the paper extras.
But these figures do generally
fair better in the extras department than the other four I reviewed.
Man comes with a large 'blast' flame that can attach to his wrist. The
flame doesn't quite line up with his palm but it's reasonable close
considering the scale.
Black Panther also only comes
weapon, but it's a terrific looking bladed staff. It fits nicely in his
hands, and looks terrific.
Punisher and Wolverine actually
with more than one weapon each, quite the surprise. Wolverine has a
machine gun, which fits pretty well in his hands, and a sword that does
not. The sword is a solid piece of red plastic with no paint ops, and
it's pretty silly. The gun is solid black plastic, but at least that
doesn't look as goofy.
The Punisher also has a machine
similar to Wolverine's. In fact, in the photos I *may* have gotten them
mixed up. The Punisher also has a small handgun, as well as some
ridiculous huge gray cake mixer. Or maybe it's a gun. It's hard to
tell, and even harder for him to hold it.
Holding his weapons is
his biggest problem, what with the poorly sculpted left hand, and the
short grips on both black guns. At least the smaller guns
improve what is otherwise a really dorky looking character.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
While I have some issues with various characters (and the basic design
in some cases), I have to say that these are really fun toys. The
joints are far sturdier than the old Superhero Showdown line, and while
there's a couple more points of articulation they could use, they
didn't go so far overboard as to make them too fragile and difficult to
Value - **
Sorry, but I'm not quite feeling the eight bucks a pop. At least with
Punisher and Wolverine, there's a couple accessories to make it worth a
bit more. But in general, it just seems like these are a good buck to
two bucks overpriced, particularly with the recent extreme drop in
worldwide oil prices.
Things To Watch Out For
Hasbro has had issues
with paint quality, at least when it comes to consistent paint quality,
so pick out the best examples you can find on the shelf. And while the
joints seem very sturdy, you may still want to stick with the freezer
trick to loosen any stuck ones, just to be safe.
Overall - Iron Man
***1/2; Wolverine, Black Panther ***; Punisher *1/2
I wrote the review of the first four - Spidey, Silver Surfer, Human
Torch and Daredevil - for Quick Stop first, then worked on this review.
While I didn't select the figures for each review in any non-random
way, it turns out that three of these four are far superior to the rest
of the 8, and one...poor Punisher...just plain sucks.
fact, I almost gave Wolverine and Black Panther an extra half star
here, just to highlight the fact that I like them better than the
Daredevil or Spider-man. But the problem is that they really are about
three stars overall, and to be honest, so are Daredevil and Spidey.
They aren't amazing, but they are certainly solid and well worth
Iron Man is the outstanding
figure in these eight,
with terrific articulation, sculpting and paint. If they did them all
this way, it would be a complete geekgasm.
the Punisher is just awful. Avoid this figure at all costs. From the
huge head and goofy hand, to the silly accessories he can't even hold,
to the weak paint ops, this is a figure you don't want to spend $8 of
your hard earned money on..Hell, you don't want to spend $8 you found
on the street on this thing.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Iron Man ****; Wolverine, Black Panther ***1/2;
Paint - Wolverine ***1/2; Iron Man, Black Panther ***,
Articulation - Black Panther, Iron Man ***1/2; Wolverine,
Accessories - Wolverine ***; Iron Man, Black Panther, Punisher
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **
Overall - Iron Man ***1/2; Wolverine, Black Panther ***;
Where to Buy -
Like I said, these are just starting to hit retail, but there's a
couple online options as well:
Generation Toys has a huge bunch up for pre-order. Expect to
pay $9 - $12 for most, depending on the figure.
- or you can search ebay with MyAuctionLinks.com.
Related Links -
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