Sunday, October 11, 2009

DC Universe Classics - Black Canary

Jumping into Mattel's DC Universe Classics wave 9 set, my review today will be of the only female action figure of the set, Black Canary.

The packaging for the most part is standard so don't expect anything out of the ordinary here. Other than the background picture that changes each wave, there is nothing new.

Enough about the boring packaging and on to the action figure inside. Black Canary is has a couple of features that are unique. For starters, the four horseman have created a beautiful head sculpt.

Black Canary's body also has some interesting features, the main being that she's got actual fish net stockings over her legs (more pics below) which is something we've not seen on any of the other DCUC action figures yet. More on this in a moment.

The paint job looks great and really there is nothing to complain about. The paint on her face made to look like makeup is very clean. The rest of the paint job is also very solid.

Now as for articulation, there are a couple of differences between Black Canary and the other DCUC female action figures like Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Big Barda.

As you can see in the picture above, Black Canary lacks the Mattel trademark hip joints we seen on practically every single other DCUC figure and instead have the regular T hip joints we normally see in a lot of DC Direct action figures. Because of this, Black Canary's legs can only move forwards and backwards and really makes it hard to pose her in many cool fighting scenes. To make up for this Mattel has added a twisting joint in at her boots.

The other major bummer about the articulation is that Black Canary's neck can barely move due to the sculpt of her hair. The only position that her head can move is down and slightly to the left.
Looking for some accessories to compliment your very cool Black Canary action figure. Sorry folks, she comes with nothing other than an arm piece for the Collect and Connect Chemo action figure.

No question that Mattel's DCUC Black Canary is a great looking action figure but looking good comes with a price and that is in this case articulation. Still, its not that big of an issue that would make me want to skip out on this great looking action figure of this classic character. You should not hesitate picking this action figure up if you get the chance.

Sculpt/Design - 9, Paint - 9, Articulation - 6, Accessories - 0, Fun - 7
Where would you buy Black Canary you ask? Well, online is a great place to check and what better place than eBay.
To find Mattel's DC Universe Classics Black Canary on eBay, click here to find the lastest auctions.
Be sure to check back at Action Toy Review for more DC Universe Classics news, info, previews and reviews. Currently I am jumping between figures from the wave 8 and 9 sets as well as the Gotham City 5 Pack. Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on some of the wave 10 figures soon as well.


The Rebel said...

Cool figure indeed! Its just sad that Mattel has that distribution issue...which makes it even harder for Asian collectors (such as moi) to get these DCUC figures hereon...

Detective X said...

If you take a second look at the packaging on Black Canary you'll see that the plastic is molded to show soundwaves coming out from her head as if it were her "Canary Cry."

Amazing touch and almost a good reason to keep her MOC.

Me said...

Yes, Thanks for pointing it out. I choose not to acknowledge it because to me, its about the figure inside, not how they package it. It just gets tossed anyways. But for those of you who are interested in the packaging, i normally do try to post a picture of the figure in its package. Just double click on the pic to enlarge it(second pic from the top) and you'll get a good look at the "Canary Cry" and you can decide yourself if its worth keeping inside the plastic or not.

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