The one I'm reviewing, the red
version, is based on the old Super
Powers action figure design. The green one seems more popular with fans
right now (the mix is supposed to be even in the current cases) because
he's based on the standard comic book look.
And then there's Mr. Terrific.
Who? Yea, that's what I said too. Tom Terrific? No, "Mister" Terrific.
I had to head to Google.
out he's another Golden Age creation, just as old as Giganta and almost
as old as Dr. Fate. Or at least the first version is, aka Terry Sloane.
That's not this version though - this is the relatively new Michael
Holt, who was inspired by the story of the original Mr. Terrific and
picked up the mantle about 10 years or so ago. He's extremely smart, an
amazing athlete, who believes in Fair Play and has one of the corniest
outfits ever. Hey, nobodies perfect.
Packaging - ***
After 8 waves of figures, I think you know what you've come to expect.
The packages are decent, and show off the figures well, but what was
once bright and shiny has started to get a bit dull. I don't think they
should make any major changes - MOCers prefer there to be consistency
to the display - but some minor upgrades might improve the curb appeal.
Sculpt - Giganta,
Parademon, Dr. Fate ***1/2; Mr. Terrific ***
Killer sculpts have been the hallmark of the DCUC figures before they
were even called DCUC, and that's all thanks to the excellent work of
the Four Horsemen.
Fate has the most re-use here, yet the cool classic costume still makes
him a stand out on the shelf. I love the clean lines of the helmet, and
the sculpted left fist and gesturing right hand are designed to work
with lots of poses as well as the accessory. The cape is hard rubber,
but the weight is not an issue for him.
Mr. Terrific is 80%
re-use, but he does have the all new arms and cool leather jacket.
Well, the sculpt is cool - the effect is kind of ruined by
lame 'fair play' insignia down either arm.
The Parademon brings
the most unique and original sculpting to this wave, and the red
version matches up with the more demonic look of the old Super Powers
design. The sharply detailed sculpting on the head, hands and feet
really adds to the evil appearance. He's smaller than the other
figures, coming in at just 6" tall at the top of his head, but
differentiates him nicely from
the majority of the line, and puts him properly in scale. Dr. Fate and
Mr. Terrific stand the usual 6 3/8" tall.
there's Giganta, easily the most beautiful BAF we've gotten. Okay, so
there's not really any competition in the BAF beauty contest, but still.
The larger scale (she stands
almost 10 inches tall) allows more of the
detail to come out, especially in the fine red hair and textured fur
costume. While her face is clearly strong and determined, it's also
quite pretty in a Scandanavian super model sort of way.
figures stand great on their own, and the associated hand sculpts work
with most poses. The scale is good as well, and these guys fit in
visually with the rest of the series.
Paint - ***1/2
One of the major issues for this series early on was paint quality.
There was far too much slop, and it hurt the otherwise excellent
but Mattel seems to have tightened up their quality control on these,
and the last two waves have been very, very good, especially for a mass
market line, where paint is often the first cost cutting measure.
still some minor issues - the teeth and cut lines on Parademon could be
a bit cleaner, some of the yellow on Fate is inconsistent, and even
Giganta's lipstick could stand to be a bit straighter - but these
issues are only obvious under magnification, and in person, the work
My favorite paint op out of this
set is the
leopard print on Giganta's outfit. They've captured the natural chaotic
pattern of the spots perfectly, and also managed to find a great
looking design. Notice how the size of the spots and color of the
leopard skin reverses between the top and the bottom of the outfit,
offsetting one another. Very nice!
Articulation - ***1/2
Mattel hasn't skimped on the useful articulation with this series, and
these figures all continue the tradition. Better yet, there
no problems with any stuck joints or breakage.
the figures have the standard articulation for the series - post/disc
ball jointed shoulders, pin biceps, single pin elbows, knees and
ankles, cut wrists and waist, and the ab-crunch. There's also the hinge
hips that are fairly unique to this series, but only on Fate and
Terrific. Giganta and Parademon have more traditional pin/disc ball
hips. Three of the four figures have thigh cuts, with the exception
They also have ball jointed
necks, but this
joint works much better on Fate and Giganta than the Parademon, where
tilting in a side position doesn't work well at all. There's a little
looseness in some of the joints as well, especially Giganta's hips
(insert your own crude joke here), but I had no trouble getting them
all to stand on their own.
Accessories - Mr. Terrific, Dr.
Fate, Parademon ***; Giganta *
Three of the first four figures I reviewed in this wave were extremely
well equipped, coming with three accessories each in addition to their
piece of Giganta. Unfortunately, these three are less outfitted, each
only coming with one extra item.
Terrific comes with his terrific balls...er, I mean T balls. He uses
these to do all kinds of nifty technological things, like hook into
computers, cloak himself from detection, etc. They fly and float, so
they've gone with the clear 'motion trail' plastic attachment to hold
them above his shoulders. This inserts into the hole in his back, much
like Booster Gold. However, while some folks were able to remove the
post from Booster Gold, I was not - it was too tight, and possibly
glued. Here, the T balls fall out of the hole whenever you move him.
Fate has a nifty Ankh shaped energy shield (his magical powers being
from an Egyptian God and all that), and this translucent yellow plastic
piece fits neatly over the extended fingers of his right hand.
there's the red Parademon, who comes with a yellow blaster. You know I
love blasters, and this one is another unique sculpt. It's actually
based on the old weapon that came with the Super Powers Kalibak, and in
fact it can be attached to the belt of the DCUC wave 6 Kalibak BAF!
I know I'm not reviewing the green Parademon tonight, but if I were,
he'd get four stars in this category. Not only does he have the yellow
blaster, but he comes with a second gold blaster that's even better.
Why? Because the blaster is actually two pieces, and one of those
pieces is Kalibak's Beta Club from the old Super Powers line, upgraded
for the DCUC series. Now you know why you absolutely have to get
multiple Parademons in both colors! In fact, I think this is so damn
cool, that I'm planning to review the green version on his own.
doesn't actually come with an accessory herself - she is an accessory.
Each figure comes with one part to build her, which only adds to the
value of the individual figures if you want her as well.
you'll notice she did get a star here. That's because, like Kalibak,
Mattel threw in an accessory for her with one of the other figures in
the series. Gentlemen Ghost came with the miniature version of the
Atom, which is designed to be displayed (held, crushed, smooched) with
Value - **1/2
The $10 - $12 each you'll pay for these is still an average value for
me...but if things continue on the current trend and these manage to
stay in the same price range, I can see them going up another half star
here pretty soon.
Fun Factor - Dr. Fate, Parademon
****; Giganta, Mr. Terrific ***1/2
These are all great toys, no doubt about it. I wish other action figure
lines could give us the same level of sculpt, paint and articulation -
can you imagine if Playmates had treated the Trek or Terminator lines
slightly loose joints on Giganta and the tendency for Mr. Terrific to
lose his balls brought their scores down slightly here, but only
Things To Watch Out For
It's always good to
watch out for paint miffs, but the consistency and general quality has
really improved with this series. Likewise, there were joint breakage
problems with waves 6 and earlier, but the last couple sets have really
Overall - Dr. Fate, Parademon, Giganta ***1/2; Mr. Terrific ***
There aren't too many lines out these days that I anticipate with high
expectations. But the DC Universe Classics is one that has my hooked,
and is one of the very few that I'm a completist on these days. Dr.
Fate is my general favorite out of this set, at least on his own, but
the Parademon has a leg up overall because he goes so well with the
rest of the 6" scaled New Gods figures that we've gotten as part of the
the real beauty of this line is that you can have a character
Mr. Terrific, who I have no history with and no real interest in, and
yet the figure ends up so damn cool that I have to get him
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Giganta, Parademon, Dr. Fate ***1/2; Mr. Terrific
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - Mr. Terrific, Dr. Fate, Parademon ***; Giganta *
Value - **1/2
Fun Factor - Dr. Fate, Parademon ****; Giganta, Mr. Terrific
Overall - Dr. Fate, Parademon ***1/2; Mr. Terrific ***
Where to Buy -
These should be hitting brick and mortar retailers at some point,
including Target and Toys R Us. But online options include:
- Mike's Comics N'
Stuff got them in this week and has them at 13.50 each.
usually has them at $12.50 each, but it looks like they are all
Earth has them for $139 for a case of 10.
- Things From Another World
has them in stock at $15.29 each.
- or there's always ebay.
I've covered lots of the DCUC figures:
- I did a part 1 to this wave,
when I covered Gentlemen Ghost, Vigilante, Hawkgirl and Commander Steel.
- the previous wave was 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.
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