Wave 13 is
already hitting stores as well, and wave 14 is likely to be here very
soon. Remember, that's another Wally World exclusive, so if you see it
you'll want to grab it the first time around. Don't forget what a
nightmare the last two Walmart exclusive waves were to get, especially
wave 5. For those still out of luck on that wave, Matty Collector
will be selling a boxed set on June 15th.
Packaging - ***1/2
it's a bit of the been there, done that, but the packages still rock.
The inclusion of the 75th anniversary logo is nice, and they show off
the figures and buttons pretty well. My only complaint is that you
can't see the Collect and Connect pieces easily.
Sculpting - Darkseid,
Copperhead ***1/2; Desaad ***; Mary **1/2
I had zero interest in Copperhead when I heard he was going to be part
of this wave. And yet, he turned out to be my fav out of the set!
was in large part due to the sculpt. The textured suit, compete with
snake scales, looks fantastic. I wasn't thrilled with the screaming
expression when I first saw photos, but in person it made a lot more
sense, matching the stretched mouth of the snake hood.
great, and both hands are sculpted in fists. He is the usual
6 1/2" or so height, so he'll fit in fine with the rest of the
Mary Batson was not a surprise -
she's as disappointing
in person as I expected. The head sculpt is very pretty, and doesn't
suffer from the wonky stoned appearance that mars the wave 13 teen girl
hero, Donna Troy.
The hair is great looking too,
but it does
restrict the neck articulation quite a bit. She stands well on her own,
but the arms (especially the elbows) are really, really ugly. Mattel
still hasn't gotten a normal female body right in this line. She's a
little shorter than the men, fitting in properly as a younger girl.
Desaad is a pretty straight forward figure, they did a nice job with
the details, like the funky boots and wrinkled robes. There's also a
great, sardonic expression under the hood, with detailed hair and
He comes wearing his very cool
pack, but this
is really an accessory, since it's easily removable. Without it, he
looks like a weird member of the Hogwart's staff.
his own figure - remember, he's the Collect and Connect this time - but
I'm going to score him in each category, rather than as an accessory.
His sculpt is excellent, and at
around 0" he towers over the other
figures. While we've gotten our share of Darkseid figures in the past,
none have had this impressive, powerful size. The detailed skin and
expression look great, and he stands in very natural poses all on his
do think there's something slightly weird about his boots,
and they seemed on the wrong legs...almost. It's a minor nit, but in
certain stances they looked odd. It can't simply be that I have the
legs themselves on the wrong side - the hips only work one way, and the
lower leg doesn't turn a full 180 degrees, at least not on mine. It's
almost like both calves are on the wrong thigh...but the odds of that
happing on both? I'm stumped.
I figured it out - only one leg was messed up. The lower calves DO turn
all the around 180 degrees (360, actually, although that would just get
me back to where I'm at), and turning it around allowed me to flip the
lower legs around the right way. Voila!
Paint - Copperhead, Desaad ****;
Darkseid ***1/2; Mary ***
Two figures in this set are truly outstanding - Copperhead and Desaad.
has this cool gloss finish on the outfit, giving the scales an wet,
snake-like appearance. It looks amazing in person, and I was quite
impressed. Everything else is quite clean as well, although his tiny
teeth are a little sloppy.
Desaad has the tiny detail paint
on the various dials, knobs, buttons, and wires. I was very surprised
by how much detail work they included, both back and front.
doesn't do a whole lot for me here, but she's not terrible by any
means. Most of the edges are clean, although there was a little slop
around the cape and boots.
Darkseid falls in between.
as much detail work here, but the eyes are bright and clean, and the
black highlighting on the rocky skin looks great.
Articulation - Copperhead,
Desaad, Darkseid ***1/2; Mary **
These figures have similar articulation to previous figures in the
line, so rather than discuss all the joints you know are there, let's
talk about the ones that aren't.
lacks much neck mobility due to the hair, and I mentioned earlier just
how ugly the elbows are. The skirt hinders the legs as well, which
means that there is very little you can do with the figure outside of
one or two basic stances.
The rest do better, although the
jointed necks are all fairly restricted. You know how much I love that
ball jointed neck when it works well, but here they are pretty much
reduced to cut joints.
Accessories - Darkseid ****; Desaad ***1/2;
Copperhead, Mary **;
Only Desaad lacks the Collect and Connect piece, coming with the Super
Powers display stand instead. It's cute, as I mentioned when I reviewed
Cyclotron last week, but it's not really necessary. And you probably
aren't going to skip picking up Desaad if you build Darkseid - one
without the other is like peanut butter without jelly.
does have the aforementioned pack, with controllers that fit in both
hands. The detailing and paint work on it is really outstanding, some
of the best work we've seen on any accessory in the entire series.
He also has the small pin back
button, just like the rest of the figures. Each one has a scene
specific to that character.
and Copperhead just have the Collect and Connect pieces, so if you're
not planning on building DS, then you'll have a lower score here.
actually gets his own score here, because even though he's a CnC, he
has not one but two accessories! This doesn't happen too often,
although this isn't
the first time. Darkseid has the Killing Glove for his right hand,
and the two hands swap quite easily. He also has a removable Mother Box
on the back of his belt, a feature I didn't even notice til the fine
folks at Four Horsemen pointed it out to me. For a CnC, this is really
Fun Factor - ***1/2
remain some of the most fun toys, at least action figures, on the
market right now. They aren't quite as perfect as Masters of the
Universe Classics, only because their articulation and joints aren't
quite as well designed or as sturdy. But they're damn close, and any
kids that love the overall DC world would enjoy these.
Value - Desaad **1/2;
the rest **
With the extra large accessory, even without the CnC part, I'm giving
Desaad an average score. The other three aren't really worth $14 or $15
though, and this price point might be the death of the overall line.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!
Overall - Copperhead,
Darkseid ***1/2; Desaad ***; Mary **1/2
While this set of figures has been out there for quite some time now, I
felt bad not finishing it off before completing wave 13.
is a terrific CnC figure, and has become may current favorite version
of the character. The boots are a little wonky for me, but that's a
fairly minor complaint.
Copperhead was the big surprise,
and turned out much, much cooler than I expected. The paint and sculpt
really make him pop!
is as dull and uninteresting as I expected. The facial sculpt is
pretty, but I've mentioned before that I'm not much of a fan of the
Shazam family, and with the ugly elbows and restricted articulation,
she didn't do much to win me over.
Finally, there's Desaad. I was
looking forward to him, mostly to add him in with other key New Gods
figures previously released. They did him up right though, and he looks
great next to his compadres.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Darkseid, Copperhead ***1/2; Desaad ***; Mary **1/2
Paint - Copperhead ****; Dark Seid ***1/2; Mary, Desaad ***
Articulation - Copperhead, Desaad, Darkseid ***1/2; Mary **
Accessories - Darkseid ***; Desaad ***1/2; Copperhead, Mary
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - Desaad **1/2; the rest **
Overall - Copperhead, Darkseid ***1/2; Desaad ***; Mary **1/2
Where to Buy -
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is always a good option for DCUC online.
is another good option, as they almost always carry them.
- or you can hit
ebay if your local retailers aren't cutting the mustard.
Lots of DCUC reviews of course:
- I got started with Wave 13 last week, and
I'll finish up soon, hopefully.
- it seems like years since I
covered the first half
of wave 12.
- 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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