Packaging - ***
I'm docking them this time for more issues with the tray inserts. While
it was just Blue Beetle that had trouble in the first four, now both
Blue Devil and Negative Man have wonky knees due to the placement of
the figures in the trays. I know they are going for action poses to
appease the MOCers, but they can't sacrifice the knee pins in the
the usual great graphics and personalization is present, and I love how
they show off the cool little buttons in the lower corner. Also, they
have the wave and figure numbers on the side of the package, making it
easy to look through the figures on the pegs. These are the kind of
little touches that could make these packages great, if they'd just
correct some of the problems with the trays. Or don't let the guy
packing the figure in there have a 3 martini lunch.
Sculpting - Trigon
****; Blue Devil,
Cheetah ***1/2; Negative Man ***;
We ended up with two horny guys in this wave, a first...at least as far
as we can tell.
Trigon and Blue Devil are both
sporting sharp protrusions from the skull, but Trigon's actually appear
like antlers than horns. I don't think he sheds them each year and
grows a new
pair but it does explain why he stays out of the woods on November 15th.
Coming in at more than 9" tall
with his antlers, Trigon is truly impressive. I love the six eyes, and
even the open mouthed expression (which is usually very low on my list)
works well with this character. There's a ton of detail in the
wrinkling around the eyes, the strands of the hair, and even the strap
around his chest. With this figure and Darkseid already out and several
more to come, it's going to be a tough year to pick the best CnC.
It's not just the horny heads
that Blue Devil and Trigon have in common - it's the Spock-like pointed
ears. Blue Devil looks the part of the classic character of the
underworld AND the classic character of the comic books. While there's
less detail here than on Trigon, his sculpt is still extremely well
It's a testament to just how
good the Four Horsemen are that both Blue Devil and Negative Man are on
the same base body, and yet look nothing alike. Negative Man has even
less detail, since his costume lacks the extra accouterments of Blue
Devil's, but the bandaged head, neck and hands look great. He does
some finely sculpted detailing on the belt.
Some folks don't like the DCUC
female body, but I'm not generally one of those. Yes, the proportions
are a bit wonky, especially the long thin legs, and on certain
characters (like Mary Batson) it hurts the final appearance. But on
someone like Cheetah, especially Cheetah in this old school skin tight
outfit, I think it works just fine.
It also helps that she has a
very pretty face, and it's not just the same pretty face we've seen on
other female characters. They've given her a distinct personality, with
a rounder shape to the face, button nose, and slightly smaller lips.
The expression is just about as perfect as you can get too - sly and
cunning, you know she's trouble, but you wouldn't be able to say no.
While the male bodies match up
exactly with the previous buff males, Cheetah is on the smaller female
body. That means characters like Wonder Woman will be larger than she
is, as they should be.
Paint - Blue Devil, Cheetah
***1/2; Trigon, Negative Man ***;
There's a bit more color and detail in some of these, and I'm all for
looks terrific in this Super Friends style outfit. The spot pattern is
random...but not quite, much like the real deal on her cat cousins.
There's some shading and shadowing airbrushed in, which adds some nice
depth to the otherwise smooth uniform. I'm not sure if I'm sold on the
airbrushing around the eyes, where they've darkened her skin, but it's
growing on me.
The rest of the work on her
face, especially the
eyes and lips, is excellent and compliments the attractive head sculpt
from the Four Horsemen.
Negative Man displays the most
the bunch, although it's not extreme. There's a bit of an issue on the
belt, especially around the buckle, but his biggest paint issue is
simply that it's boring, particularly when compared to other figures in
the line. There's some good sculpt detail in the bandages and belt as I
mentioned in the
previous section, but the paint application doesn't do much to bring
One nice touch on NM is the eyes
and mouth, which are painted a darker color to give them some depth.
They could have skimped here and skipped this touch, but thankfully
they didn't - in person it really adds a lot to the figure.
Blue Devil might be a bit on the
gaudy side, but it's a
good look for him. He's in his classic bright colors, including the
light blue skin.
He has a ton of detail work,
from the horns to
his teeth, and there's only a little slop here and there. The eyebrows
and beard could have a slightly cleaner edge, but it's only those sort
very minor problems. However, they tried to add some
darker color to the yellow areas, probably to break up the naturally
nature of the color, but it ends up looking like streaks in the paint.
It gives it an inconsistent look that doesn't match up with the other
areas of the uniform.
There's also a slight difference
tone of the yellow on the hard plastic color and the softer areas of
the body. These are pretty minor issues, and I have to say that of the
regular release figures Blue Devil is my overall favorite, largely
because of the bright color scheme.
Like Negative Man, Trigon
displays a bit more of the obvious slop. Being a much larger figure,
even a small amount of slop tends to stick out more, especially in
person. Most of these issues are around the teeth and the upper arm
band on his left side. His eyebrows are a slightly different color than
his hair as well, which he should discuss with his stylist. His most
crucial element - his many eyes - are
very clean and straight.
Articulation - ***1/2
no big surprise here, since these figures are all based off the same
basic body design we've seen repeatedly over the last 12 waves.
has the usual ball jointed neck, but due to the way the head is cut
high in back, it has more tilt action than some other recent releases.
That's a huge plus in my book.
She also has the usual pin/disc
ball jointed shoulders with the bicep joint, pin elbows
knees, cut wrists, waist and thighs, ab crunch, and hinged hips. Sadly,
her tail is not articulated, but all the other joints were tight, well
built, and had a good range of movement.
It's also worth noting that the
small canister bracelet on her left wrist is a separate piece, which
allows it to rotate.
Man and Blue Devil are identical, since as I mentioned in the sculpt
section they have the identical base body. Unlike Cheetah though, their
neck joints are severely restricted: Negative Man by the extra bandages
wrapped around his throat, and Blue Devil by his high funky collar.
All of them stand great on their
own, but Negative Man does have that warped left knee due to the
Accessories - Trigon ***1/2; Blue
Devil ***; Negative
Man , Cheetah
I'm grading these without the Collect and Connect piece again, since
it's easy enough to boost the scores by a half star all around if you
(like me) want the Trigon figure.
if you're just looking to pick up specific characters, than the CnC
pieces are pretty useless. Since Cheetah and Negative Man have nothing
else but the small button, they get the lowest score.
they only have the pin back style button, I have to admit I really like
these things. Each is specific to the character, and I think that if
you had 50 of these up on a cork board, it would be a pretty damn cool
display. Or all over your SDCC hat, if you prefer.
adds in another accessory, and a fairly large one at that - a staff. At
7 1/2" long it's bigger than average, but not quite up to the 9 incher
that Trigon has. Speaking of Trigon's staff (which sounds wrong on so
many levels), it has a dragon/gargoyle sort of topper, with a long tail
that wraps around the staff much of the way down.
these are cast in their respective colors - white and gold - but the
topper on Negative Man's staff doesn't quite match the color of the
shaft. That's probably because of the difference in density and thus
the properties of absorption of the hard plastic in the shaft and the
softer, rubbery topper.
Trigon gets a good score here
just because of one accessory, but because he has two. Having
accessory is a big plus for a CnC, so getting two is just plain awesome
He also has a removable white
cape, complete with high
plastic collar. The cape looks great, and even includes a wire frame in
the outside edge, making it possible to pose! That's a nice touch when
we see it in high end sixth scale figures - it's outstanding in a CnC
Fun Factor - ****
These figures are GREAT toys. Good articulation, great sculpts, cool
characters - if you know a kid that's into the DC Universe in a big
way, these are perfect for them. While it's a 'collectors line', it
hasn't lost sight of its roots.
Value - **
It's hard to justify a $15 price tag on a 6 - 7" scale
doubt about it. Even if you're looking to build Trigon, buying the
entire wave is a tough sell. I fear that with more and more obscure
characters showing up in every wave, Mattel will have a tough time
selling enough at this price point to justify the line's existence. I'm
hopeful that won't happen before we see some of the heavy hitters that
are still missing (Martian Manhunter, anyone?), but it's still a
Things to Watch Out For -
If you have the opportunity to pick these off the shelf, always look
for the best paint, and also pay extra attention to how the figure is
sitting in the tray. If the legs look bent at an odd angle, odds are
the knee pins will have issues.
Overall - Trigon, Blue
Devil, Cheetah ***1/2; Negative Man ***
I really, really like Trigon, and if it weren't for some minor paint
issues he would have pulled four stars. As much as I like Darkseid,
Trigon is my top contender right now for best BAF of the year.
Cheetah is also
extremely good all around. They could have lightened up a bit on the
dark color around the eyes and cheeks, but she has a very beautiful
head sculpt, and the body poses quite well. I don't like the modern
version as much, but this classic look suits the DCUC style quite well.
Or maybe it's just her tail - I've always been a tail man.
I' don't want to be Negative,
Man, but he's just a tad boring for me. Not being a big fan of the
character in the first place, the Invisible Man style wrappings and
rather plain outfit don't speak to me like some of the other B
characters in the series. He's not a bad figure, just not an exciting
Looking at the entire wave of 7,
I have to say that Blue Devil is my favorite of the actual figures.
Trigon is better overall, but then again, he's the CnC. Blue Devil
pulls off the old school Satanic look perfectly, and with the bright
colors he adds quite a bit of pop to the overall DCUC display.
Sculpting - Trigon ****; Blue Devil, Cheetah ***1/2; Negative Man ***;
Paint - Blue Devil, Cheetah ***1/2; Trigon, Negative Man ***;
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - Trigon ***1/2; Blue Devil ***; Negative Man ,
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **
Overall - Blue Devil, Trigon, Cheetah ***1/2; Negative Man ***
Where to Buy -
These are hitting retailers right now. Online options
include these site sponsors:
-Big Bad Toy Store
has the set for $130. Remember, getting the variants is a crap shoot.
-Urban Collector 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 hit up the first half of wave 13 a
couple weeks ago.
- 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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