DC Direct Raven and Cyborg
Posted 02/19/01
Overall score - **
* out of ****

(Originally reviewed at Comic Book Galaxy)

DC Direct is pumping out more figures than most collectors can keep up with.  I think they get the record for breaking the most collector piggy banks, and the flood doesn't look like it's about to let up.

Another of their recent releases, Raven and Cyborg both retail for the usual $13-$20, depending on the comic store you pick them up at.

Packaging - ***
The usual, as far as DC Direct card art and packaging goes.  Nice graphics, and pretty tough to stand up to shelf wear.  I'm still not particularly fond of the DC Direct yellow band on top, but overall it's not bad packaging.

Sculpt - ***1/2
Both Raven and Cyborg look terrific.  Raven is a work of art,  both in sculpt and paintwork.  The design is terrific, and she is fetching.

Cyborg isn't bad, it's just that he isn't the most exciting character on the face of the earth.  They did a decent job, but I just can't get too het up.

Value - **1/2
At an average of about fifteen bucks, DCD figures continue to be too expensive.  Sure, we should be thankful we're getting these unusual characters, but the price points are still too high.

Paint - ***
The paint ops on these two figures are fairly good, particularly Raven.  The even color on her cape and dress is extremely well done, and she will look great on any one's shelf.  Be careful on her pupils though, and pick one out where they are centered and straight.  Cyborg is also well done, with clean lines between the flesh tones and the silver.

Articulation - ***
Here's a category that Cyborg really helps - he has good articulation, with neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hips, knees and ankles.  Poor Raven isn't quite so lucky - she does have very good arm articulation, with shoulders, cut biceps, elbow and wrists, but the rest of her is solid plastic.  Cyborg helps pull this score up from ** or **1/2 to ***.  Too bad not all the DC Direct figures have his number of useful joints.

Accessories - **1/2
Nothing particularly exciting here, but Raven's stand works well.  Accessories is another area that DC Direct figures are seriously underwhelming.  Cyborg does have interchangeable hands though, which is a nice touch.

Overall - ***
Dc Direct continues to provide the collector with figures that they might never get to have otherwise, and for that we should be thankful.  More consistency with articulation, more accessories, or a lower price point would certainly improve these figures, but they look great.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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