Saturday, May 23, 2009

DC Universe Classics - Flash

Finally, my DC Universe Classics wave 7 has arrived and the action figure I've been waiting for most is the Flash so I am going to start my review of this wave with him.
If you are looking to purchase any of the DC Universe Classics action figures, check them out on eBay by clicking here.

Mattel is continuing to package these figures in the same standard double plastic bubble and cardboard back packaging. You will notice that Wave 7 is made up of 7 action figures plus the Collect and Connect figure instead of the previous waves which only included 5 figures + C.A.C.

The sculpt used for the Flash is very similar to the Atom's sculpt from wave 5. There are some slight differences, specifically Flash's boots and the little wings on his ears and boots.
Flash's face sculpt is also a little different from The Atom's. Mattel could've cheaped out and just used the same face with different paint colors but they didn't in this case as they've slightly altered the chin and mouth and nose.

Speaking of the paint job, its not too shabby but there are red spots that cross over the lines and overlap onto Flash's face. The uniform is painted very well, included the logo on his chest and the yellow lightning bolts across his waist and arms. His yellow boots have the nasty red wash that I've complained about in some of my other reviews such as Red Tornado and Robin. For the life of me, I don't know why Mattel decides to use a red wash on yellow areas.

As far as accessories go, Flash comes with nothing. Not even a Collect and Connect piece. He does however come with a blue transparent stand which help you pose him in a better running position. I believe these stands can also be ordered from Mattel's collector web site. I wish they weren't blue. They should just be a clear plastic in my opinion.

Flash's articulation is no different than 90% of the other DCUC action figures. Joints include neck, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists, abdominal, waist, hips, thighs, knees and ankles

To compare, in the above pictures is a DC Direct's Flash on the left next to Mattel's DCUC Flash on the right.

I've been waiting for the Flash for quite some time. Gorilla Grodd needs someone to beat up.

Overall, Mattel's DCUC Flash is pretty good. My only complaint is the red wash on his yellow boots. Other than that, he meets the high standards that Mattel has set with this action figure series.

Sculpt/Design - 8, Paint - 6, Accessories - 2, Articulation - 9, Fun - 8.5

Wave 7 is fairly new but starting to sell out in online stores. With wave 8 already appearing on eBay, a lot of sellers will be looking to dump their older figures so Flash should be available at a reasonable price.
To find Mattel's DC Universe Classics Flash on eBay, click here

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