This is the fourth Ted Kord, Blue Beetle, figure (with another one on
the way), but it is the first to be fully articulated.
Let’s see how he turned out.
As I said before, packaging to me is just a way for to keep the figure
safe until I get it home. Having said that, I do like the bright colors
of the packaging. The DC Universe figures stand out on the shelf. There
is also some personalization about the figure on the back, and it shows
each figure in the current wave.
There were two of the clear rubber bands holding the figure in.
Sculpting - ***
The sculpt on Ted is pretty
good. His face is a little soft, but I think that has more to do with
the paint apps than the sculpt.
There are mold lines on the
shoulders, and a small rectangle on his back that has obviously been
filled in. At first I thought it might have been for some aborted
attempt at an action feature, but then I remembered this line reuses a
lot of the same bodies for other figures, so Ted’s torso must have been
used for someone with wings or a jetpack.
He is also has places on his right leg where it is starting to split at
the mold lines. It isn’t real obvious and hasn’t gotten any bigger
since I purchase him. I just need to keep an eye on it. I might be able
to put some superglue on it to keep it form splitting more.
The only other real issue for
me, and it is more of a personal issue than a sculpting issue, is that
he’s a little too buff across the chest and shoulders. I know that
since parts are being reused, some characters won’t look like their
comic counterparts, but to me Blue Beetle needs a little less muscle
across the top. To me the second Blue Beetle action figure that DC
Direct produced has the best body representation so far.
Paint - ***
Blue Beetle only has 5 colors on him and for the most part the colors
are good. Let’s start with the face.
I mentioned in the sculpt section that the face is a little soft. I
honestly think it is the paint on this and not the sculpt. Why? There
is no color variation on the face. Meaning that the nose, lips and chin
all blend together. You have to get him in a bright light to pick put
the details. A little more color on the lips and nose would have made
them stand out. You can just barely see under his goggles that his eyes
and the skin around them are painted also. I’m not sure if this is on
all Blue Beetles or just mine. There was only one on the shelf when I
bought it, so I couldn’t pick the best one. My local Wal-Mart has a
backlog of Riddler figures and only puts out one or two new figures a
The colors and lines and lines on his arms, legs and lower torso are
sharp. The beetle emblem on his chest is not as clean, in fact it is a
little fuzzy. The emblem on the back is clean and sharp.
There is a small black beetle on
his right wrist. I thought that he had a beetle on each wrist, but I
could be remembering wrong.
Articulation is good. Since this is my first DC Universe figure, some
of the joints are taking me some time to get used to. All the joints
are tight. I haven’t had any problems with sticking joints or anything
Since this is my first one DC Universe figure, I assume he has
articulation like other figures.
Accessories - ****
Blue Beetle comes with two accessories. His BB gun and the right leg of
The BB gun is a good sculpt with more detail than I thought there would
be at this size. It is painted silver wit some light blue detailing. It
fits in either hand. It might look a little over sized, but the one in
the comics was big also.
There is a soft plastic holster
attached to his belt that the gun fits in nicely. The holster looks
oversized also, but it needs to be for the gun to fit. The holster is
attached to the belt on a post, and it swivels back and forwards. There
is a strap that goes over the gun to keep it in.
Factor - ****
The other accessory is the right leg of Atom Smasher. If you are into
the Collect and Connect figures, then this is an essential accessory.
If not, toss it in the toy box.
It’s Blue Beetle. What’s not to love? I’m glad that the Beetle is
finally getting the recognition that he deserves. He is getting another
figure from DC Direct in the future, this one based on the artwork of
Kevin Maguire. He drew many if the Justice League issues with Blue
Beetle. The only thing that would be more fun is if we had a “BUG” to
go with him.
I’m not real happy with the $12 price tag this had, and from what I’ve
seen on the web a lot of others aren’t either. I’m not sure what could
have been included to justify the price as Beetle just doesn’t need
that many toys, other than the “BUG”.
Knock off $4 or $5 dollars and the price would be better.
to Watch Out For -
Not much. If you have the chance to pick on choose, see if the paint on
the face is better.
I'm a huge Blue Beetle fan. The previous Blue Beetle figures weren’t
sold mass market (to the best of my knowledge) so I’m glad he is
getting some recognition. Hopefully he will be getting another series
too. And a full size “BUG” would be awesome!