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DC Universe Classics Wave 15
Sinestro Corps Batman, Martian Manhunter, Raven, Jemm

DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Raven action figure by Mattel


You might be wondering why I'm reviewing wave 15 of DC Universe Classics - what happened to wave 14? That's an easy answer. Wal-mart happened to wave 14.

You see, that wave is a Wal-mart exclusive, and so far they have yet to show up at the stores in any quantity. I'd assume we'll see something by Christmas, but how much and when is anyone's guess.

Meanwhile, K-mart showed them up with wave 15. I thought this wave was originally just showing up at Kmart first, then other stores, but the big "Only at Kmart" sticker on the front says different. You can pick these up at online retailers, however, if you are short a Kmart location near you.

There are seven figures in the wave - Sinestro Corp Batman, Martian Manhunter, Jemm, Raven (all reviewed tonight), Omac, Starman, and Golden Pharaoh. Buy them all (actually, buy all but Golden Pharaoh) and you can put together the Collect and Connect figure of Validus.

There are also two variants, as usual. I haven't found either yet, but don't expect that any of the figures in this wave is going to be particularly difficult to find. There's a martian version (different head sculpt) of the Martian Manhunter, and a more modern version of Starman.
DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Martian Manhunter action figure by Mattel
DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Martian Manhunter action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Raven action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Sinestro Corps Batman action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Jemm action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Martian Manhunter action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Raven action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Sinestro Corps Batman action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Jemm action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Martian Manhunter action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Jemm action figure by Mattel
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DC Universe Classics DCUC wave 15 Sinestro Corps Batman action figure by Mattel
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Packaging - **1/2
I still love the card art and inserts. The text is good, and they show off the entire ave on the back of the package. They even do a good job of showing off the nifty pin. So why the low score?

Because several of the figures are suffering from warped ankles and knees, and it's because of the interior tray. The pins are soft as it is, but the figure is posed in the tray in such a way that it puts additional stress on the joint, warping the legs.

Sculpting - Martian Manhunter ****; Raven, Jemm ***1/2; Batman **
Let's start with the best - Martian Manhunter. I'm a big fan of the character in general, and this is an excellent rendition. I love the head sculpt and expression, and the body is sculpted with just the right amount of detail for this style. The cape isn't too heavy to allow him to stay standing, and it doesn't restrict any of the articulation. Yes, it's a simple design, but sometimes the most beauty is in the simplest design.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Sinestro Corps Batman. I hate the snarling, weirdly shaped mouth, which looks more animalistic than human, and has an oddly warped shape to it. This is a portrait that leaves me cold.

He does have a nice touch though with the sculpted ring on his right hand, and the cape looks good.

Raven has an excellent cape (yes, these four all have capes) with a flowing design and large wing-like folds. It's a tad heavy, and does tend to pull her over backwards, but it's long enough to rest on the floor and keep her standing.

She also has a beautiful portrait, as all ladies should. The hand poses are excellent, and the overall costume looks great.

My only complaint with the lovely lady is the goofy librarian shoes she's got on. Yea, I suppose it matches up with the style of the day, but it hurts the overall appearance of the figure.

Finally, there's Jemm. Originally intended as the cousin of Martian Manhunter but later turned into a Son of Saturn, Jemm is very much a B-list character. Still, they've done a nice job capturing his look, including the funky long ET fingers. He wasn't a must have for me, but now that he's in the collection, he'll make a nice conversation piece next to the Martian.

Paint - Batman **1/2; the rest ***1/2
Thankfully, all the figures have above average paint work, much like you'd expect from a largely collector focused series.

Some have pretty basic paint operations, like the Manhunter. But the green skin tone is very consistent across the different body parts, which seems to often be an issue for this color.

The yellow and black on Sinestro Corps Bats looks great, with sharp cut lines between the two colors. These two colors are always tough to keep clean, with bleed between the two very common. They've manage to avoid all that this time around.

But as a helpful reader pointed out, the symbol on his chest is upside down. Some folks are getting it right - others, like me, aren't. That's why he loses the extra star over the rest of this set.

Raven has a fairly simplistic costume, but the work on her face is terrific, with beautiful lips and eyes. I also like how the hands are painted with the index finger and thumb uncovered.

Again, last but not least there's Jemm. His costume is a little more complex than Martian Manhunter's, but not by much. The pastel costume is certainly unusual for a superhero, but it goes well with the red skin color.

Articulation - ***
All the figures sport the usual articulation - ball jointed necks and shoulders, pin elbows, knees and ankles, hinge hips, ab-crunch, cut wrists, waist and thighs. The ball jointed neck works pretty well on most of the figures, and I didn't have any trouble with broken or loose joints.

The basic design of the articulation is one of the best currently on the market, and these figures can take fairly natural poses.

However, the pins on both the ankles and the knees were pretty soft this time around, and with the plastic trays creating so much stress on the joints, they were very weak right out of the package. The joints themselves were tight, but the pins felt like they could tear  very easily.

Accessories - Batman ***; the rest **1/2
The big selling point here is the body parts for Validus. Without them - or if you have no interest in the BAF - these figures are pretty weak in this category.

All four figures have some piece of the big guy, with Martina Manhunter getting both the head and pelvis.

They also all have the little pin with a graphic specific to that character. I like the pins, and they are certainly better than some lame-0 paper pack in, but they are still only mildly amusing at best.

Sinestro Corps Batman is the only figure with anything additional (at least of these four), and he comes with a batarang like weapon that attaches to his fist, and is obviously created by the ring. It fits tightly and looks good on his arm.

Fun Factor - ***1/2
I think these figures are consistently great toys. My only concern with this wave is the weak ankle and knee pins, but otherwise they are great for kids and collectors alike.

Value - **1/2
You'll pay around $12 - $13 for these at Kmart, although the price is a bit higher from online retailers. That's about the same as we've seen for some time now, and pretty average in the current market.

Things to Watch Out For -
Just those damn soft pegs. You'll want to free up all the joints carefully, as they tend to stick due to the paint.

A helpful reader also pointed out that some folks are getting different biceps on their Martian Manhunter and Jemm figures. On mine, Jemm's do seem a bit thin, but MM's look good. He also said that sometimes people are getting one big, one small - clearly something to watch out for.

Overall - Martian Manhunter ***1/2; Raven, Jemm ***; Batman **1/2
The only consistent issue across these four figures (particularly the men) is the weak ankle pins and knee pegs. This is the only issue holding back the Martian from a full four stars. He's a pretty simple design, but they've pulled it off extremely well.

Raven and Jemm are both solid, but have basic issues that keep them in the middle of the pack. It's those pins again, but Raven also has the goofy shoes that are really annoying.

Finally, there's Sinestro Corp Batman, the weakest of the bunch due to that goofy facial expression. Perhaps a head swap would help things.

I'll wrap up my look at wave 15 later this week, including the BAF Validus.

Score Recap:
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - Martian Manhunter ****; Jemm ***1/2; Raven ***; Batman **
Paint - Batman **1/2; the rest ***1/2
Articulation - ***
Accessories - Batman ***; the rest **1/2
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **1/2
Overall - Martian Manhunter ***1/2; Raven, Jemm ***; Batman **1/2

Where to Buy -
The retailer to hit is K-mart. Yep, they're still very much alive and kicking, and they've been doing a pretty good job of getting wave 15 to the pegs. Online options include:

- Urban Collector has them on pre-order for $16 each, including the variants.

- Big Bad Toy Store has them on pre-order for $18.

- or you can search ebay.

Related Links -
I've covered plenty of these boys and girls:

- the SDCC Plastic Man was the last review.

- I split the wave 13 up into two sections, part 1 and part 2.

- I covered half of wave 12, but it took awhile to pick up the second half.

- 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 one.

- 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 and Steel

- don't forget the 12" version of the smaller Batman, and the 12" Cyborg Superman.

- 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 and Azrael.

- 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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