Finally (at least for
tonight) there's Cyclotron. This is a figure that's divided the fans of
DCUC, because technically, he's not. While there is both a golden age
and modern age version, neither was particularly substantial in the
universe, and certainly not 'classic'. This figure is actually a call
back to the Super Powers
action figure of the character, both in design and origins. Some fans
were disappointed that he was included, but those that love the old
Super Powers line were ecstatic. I'm in the later camp and was thrilled
to get him, but if you're one that's less than excited about his
release, you'll be happy to know he doesn't come with a Trigon part.
You can abandon him on the pegs for another collector and still build
the CnC figure.
These should start hitting mass market retailers
any day, and some online stores have already gotten their allotments.
Expect to pay around $13 - $15 a pop for them, depending on the
Packaging - Blue Beetle
**; the rest ***1/2
To be honest, the style and design of the cardbacks for this series is
getting a bit long in the tooth. By the time you hit the mid-teens for
any series, things can get a little dull - think of it as the seven
year itch of packaging.
there's something to be said for consistency, especially if you're a
MOCer. While the openers might be getting a tad bored with the
repetitive colors and graphics, the MOCer appreciates having all those
cool looking and matching cardbacks lined up on the wall.
have also been updated slightly over the last couple waves, including
the 75th anniversary logo and the inclusion of the 'button' on the
front right corner. The best features are still here too, like the wave
and figure numbers printed on the insert on the side of the bubble,
making it easier to find them on the pegs.
Beetle takes a hit here from me because they tried to give him an
action pose in the interior tray. No problem there - except they bent
his leg at an odd angle and damaged the knee joint. It's very loose and
soft now, something that he'll take a hit for in the articulation
section. Hopefully mine was merely packed poorly, and you'll not have
the same issue.
Sculpting - Cyclotron,
Blue Beetle ***1/2; Superboy ***; Donna Troy **1/2
Blue Beetle is probably the standout of this wave, at least in this
category. The sculpt is all new, and the ribbing and texturing of the
costume and mask is much appreciated. They could have merely painted
the various details on, but by sculpting them they gave the figure
depth and detail.
large wings are detachable, allowing you to pose him popped up or
tucked away. The hands are designed for posing more than grabbing, and
since there's no accessories for him to hold, that makes the most
sense. The body is also slightly smaller and thinner than the usual
DCUC superhero, fitting in well scale-wise with the rest of the series.
a lot of folks may find Cyclotron uninteresting, I think he's the big
surprise for me in this wave. He turned out great, and has almost as
much detail as Beetle. There's also a great surprise - you can pop off
his 'face' and chest, showing his mechanical parts underneath! This
ability to go Doctor Doom on you is a terrific feature. The face and
chest covers snap in tightly, so that there's no problems with them
dropping off under normal handling and posing.
is...well, he's Superboy. The way a lot of folks are likely to feel
about Cyclotron is how I feel about Superboy - bored. The sculpt is
technically fine, but I don't like the stiff plastic coat, since it's
designed to stick out in front, which looks goofy.
disappointment for me is Donna. None of the DCUC female bodies are
exactly attractive, but I think the basic design works fine for the
adult Wonder Woman, who is more athletic. This smaller, teen version is
lanky and oddly proportioned, with an ugly bowlegged stance. Ugh.
the head sculpts save the female DCUC figures, but that doesn't work
out this time. She's pretty enough I suppose, but the thick stiff hair
kills it for me. There's also the paint job, but we'll get to that in a
Paint - Beetle ***1/2;
Superboy, Cyclotron ***; Donna Troy **1/2
Since I left you with a cliffhanger on Donna's paint in the last
category, I'll start this one with her - I don't want to keep you in
know she's a teen, but did they have to give her a stoned appearance?
The look isn't even blank...it's dazed. Even if there is a pretty head
sculpt under there, you'll never notice it behind the glassy eyed
That's not her only problem
though. The outfit has
sloppy lines along the red edge, and the yellow belt and rope blend in
together with a clump edge between.
The others all exhibit solid
if not perfect work. Cyclotron's yellow has fairly clean edges, but the
coverage over the green below is inconsistent at best. There's some
sloppy lines on Superboy too, but nothing too out of the ordinary for a
mass market toy.
Blue Beetle gets the best score
category, with much cleaner lines and a better color combo than the
rest. I particularly like the work on the mask, with the blue and black
are nicely offset.
Articulation - Cyclotron ***1/2;
Superboy ***; Donna, Beetle **1/2
With high marks in both sculpt and paint, I was hoping the Beetle would
do well across the board. From photos I'd seen on line, I was really
looking forward to this figure. Unfortunately, like many of us men
getting a bit older, his knees are his downfall.
plastic disc used with the double pin joint is fairly soft, and the
deformation caused by the interior tray is irreversible. The weakness
makes it difficult to keep him standing, and the deformed calf and knee
make it tough to get too many poses out of the legs.
on the other two males is the usual great stuff, and Cyclotron and
Superboy have the same sort of joint system. Ball jointed necks,
shoulders, pin elbows, pin wrists, pin ankles, cut waist, ab crunch,
hinge hips...everything is here that you've become accustomed to.
was a little tough to get Cyc's arms all the way into his body, but
with a little work I managed it. I found that Cyclotron was a little
easier to work with than Superboy, hence the slightly better score.
Both of these boys stand great on their own.
Donna has that funky
body, and the joints were a little weak here as well. The bowlegged
look is almost impossible to avoid, and the hair restricts most if not
all of the neck articulation.
Accessories - Beetle **1/2; the
It's always tough to properly evaluate this category when there's a CnC
or BAF involved. If you want the parts to the additional figure, the
score is high - if you don't, then the pieces are a waste.
grading these without the CnC piece, and if you (like me) are looking
forward to building Trigon, you can simply add an extra 1/2 star to
score for Beetle, Donna and Superboy. Cyclotron doesn't get a boost,
since he doesn't have a piece to Trigon.
In fact, all he has is
the little pin back button, and a Super Powers themed display stand. I
love seeing the old logo on the bright blue plastic, but let's be
honest - it's a display stand for a figure that doesn't really need one.
buttons are a better addition than I ever expected, and are specific to
each character. They look great, and are actually something I could see
collecting together on a hat or bandoleer, Boy Scout style. How nerdy
would that be?
Add in a CnC part for Donna and
that's the sum total of their extras. Considering the price point,
that's awful light to me.
Blue Beetle actually gets a
can be worn on his arm...sort of. Sadly, the connector doesn't fit
properly over his forearm (or even bicep), and falls off at the
lightest touch. Had this not been an issue, he would have scored an
Fun Factor - ****
Donna has some personal issues, the wave overall is terrific fun. Great
articulation, great sculpts, cool characters - these are excellent
toys. Even if your 9 year old has never heard of Trigon (and unless
he's a total DC savant, that's pretty much a given), he's going to
think that's one cool character. The bad guys always get the best
Value - **
The price point on these figures has hit $15 a pop at most retailers,
and considering what you're getting - and that these are supposed to be
mass market, not a specialty line - that's at least $3 too much.
Remember, most collectors are going to pick up the entire wave,
including variants, and when you're spending more than a hundred bucks
on a wave, it better be a damn good wave.
Things to Watch Out For -
Hopefully you'll have better luck with your Beetle than I did. There's
nothing really here to worry about though, once you have the figures
out of their packages.
Overall - Cyclotron
***1/2; Superboy, Blue Beetle
***; Donna Troy **1/2
I mentioned early on that I was looking forward to this Cyclotron,
being the big Super Powers geek. But I still hadn't expected to like
him this much, and it was really the removable pieces that set him
was just what I expected - and bored me just like I expected. If you're
a big fan of the character, then you'll be happy with him, but he's
never done a whole lot for me. Even wearing a leather jacket and shades.
Troy is the worst of these four, but that wasn't really a surprise. You
can tell from any of the photos online that she didn't fair well. Given
the funky body, she already had one strike, but with the goofy
expression and lack of accessories, she's out at home.
disappointment here was Blue Beetle, who I expected to love. Take away
the damage caused by the package (which was worsened by the soft
plastic used in the knee joints), and you get back at least a half
star, maybe even a full one. I'm hoping that I'm the exception here,
and that most folks don't have issues.
I'll be looking at
Cheetah, Negative Man, Trigon and Blue Devil...as soon as I find Blue
Devil. I suspect he's going to be the popular figure in this set, and I
know he's the one I wanted the most as well.
Packaging - Blue Beetle ***;
the rest ***1/2
Sculpting - Cyclotron, Blue Beetle ***1/2; Superboy ***; Donna
Paint - Cyclotron, Superboy, Beetle ***1/2; Donna Troy **1/2
Articulation - Cyclotron ***1/2; Superboy ***; Donna, Beetle
Accessories - Beetle **1/2; the rest **
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **
Overall - Cyclotron ***1/2; Superboy, Blue Beetle ***; Donna
Where to Buy -
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has the set of
7 for $130 as well.
- or you can hit
ebay if your local retailers aren't cutting the mustard.
I've covered much of the DC Universe Classics line. Reviews include:
- I only covered half of wave 12, but the
second half is coming soon. Yep, I finally finished the set, although
I'm still looking for the White Mary.
- 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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