Friday, January 29, 2010

DC Universe Classics - Deadshot

This week's DC Universe Classics review will be on one of the Wave 9 action figure, Deadshot.

Deadshot is probably one of the coolest of the B list Batman rogues and Im glad that Mattel decided to give us this action figure as the DC Direct version just didn't cut it. 

Deadshot's sculpt is similar to most of the standard body parts we've seen on other DCUC action figures with some slight modifications to individualize this toy from the others. 

Deadshot's weapons are included as part of the sculpt on each arm.  The paint job is very good aswell with not perfect but fairly clean paint lines.   

Since Deadshots weapons are attached to his arms, Mattel saw no need to give us any additional accessories for this character (other than the standard CnC piece of Chemo).  It would have been nice if they loaded up Deadshot with weapons as they did with Deathstroke from wave three but what are you gonna do? 

Articulation is standard compared to the majority of Mattel's DCUC action figures.  All the right joint in all the right places.  If it works, why mess with it?  No complaints in this department. 

Overall Deadshot is a welcome addition to the DC Universe Classics collection.  Especially for Batman fans.  We can always use more Batman rogues for our collection (hint hint Mattel.  give us more - Ra's Al Ghul, Poison Ivy etc..). 

Sculpt/Design - 8.5, Paint - 8.5, Accesories - 0, Articulation - 9, Fun - 7


Deadshot is part of the not so widely released DC Universe Classics Wave 9 set.  Unfortunately, a lot of people found it very hard to get their hands on figures from this set.  Always turn to your friends at eBay if you can't find these awesome action figures.  Chances are, someone has bought them all up from your local Wal-Mart and is selling them there.  Since wave 11 and 12 are the main focus of buyers right now, you'll probably get a reasonable deal on these wave 9 figures. 

To find Mattel's DC Universe Classics Deadshot on eBay, click here

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

DC Universe Classics - Parademon

Todays review will be on another DC Universe Classics action figure from Wave 8.  This time I will take a closer look at the classic variant of Parademon. 

This version of Parademon is the classic version as oppose to the Red and Yellow Super Powers Variant. 

Parademon's sculpt is comprised of a number of original body part and some really cool detail
A great head sculpt as usual.

As mentioned in recent reviews, Mattel is really stepping things up in the paint department.  We are seeing less and less sloppy paint jobs which each new DCUC wave that gets released.  My Parademon's paint job is very good.  There were some minor areas of green paint on the skin around his nose but nothing too noticeable.  I guess my only complaint is they used some red shading over the yellow boots for highlighting.  Mattel has used this color combo before and I've never been a big fan.  That being said, the red shading is very faint and not too obvious. 

Outside of the Giganta CnC piece, Parademon comes with a couple of cool weapon accessories.  A big cool drill gun that he needs both hands to hold and the other is a yellow hand gun.

Parademon's joints are basically the same as what you would normally get on your standard DCUC action figure.  One small difference is the hip joints are ball joints which all for more movement and reduces the need for thigh joints. 

Overall Parademon is a good addtion to the DC Universe Classics collection.  With more and more New Gods/Apokolips characters coming out in upcoming waves, you'll need at least one Parademon to fill your collection.  Your Superman will need someone to pound on.

Sculpt/Design - 9, Paint - 8, Accessories - 8, Articulation - 9, Fun - 9

Classic Parademon seems to be the harder one to find as oppose to the Super Powers variant.  I am a huge fan of eBay to get these action figures if you cannot find them at your local toy store. 

To find Mattel's DC Universe Classics Parademon on eBay, click here.

Thats it for my DCUC Parademon review.  Be sure to check back with Action Toy Review for more news and reviews on your favorite action figure toy line. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DC Universe Classics - Gentleman Ghost

Seems that i've fell behind on my DC Universe Classics reviews.  With wave 11 now out and some wave 12 figure showing up on eBay, I guess its time I start catching up on my reviews of wave 8 to 10 reviews.  So today's review will be Gentleman Ghost from wave 8.  First, if you missed my DC Universe Classics 2009 Year in Review post, be sure to check it out. 

I had a hell of a time getting my hands on Gentleman Ghost (at a reasonable cost).  For the most part, Gentleman Ghosts sculpt has many similar parts as The Joker from DCUC Wave 10 with the exception of the head (or lack of), top hat and cape. 

One of the cool features on Gentleman Ghost is the transparent plastic parts used to create this action figure.  Specifically the cape and the lower legs below the knees. 

For the most part, as far as paint goes, Gentleman Ghost is completely white, but not totally.  Again, the white paint is merged with the transparent body parts and cape to give him cool a supernatural effect. 

Gentleman Ghost comes with a good amount of accessories.  He comes with an old fashion white pistol and a white cane.   GG also comes with the head and hips of the Collect and Connect Giganta figure as well as a miniature figure of "The Atom".  (See my review on Giganta for more). 

For the most part, Gentleman Ghost has most of the standard joints you would find on your typical DC Universe Classics action figure with the exception of a joint at the waist and obviously since he has no head, he is also lacking a neck joint.  All joint were in decent working order out of the box. 

Overall, Gentleman Ghost is a cool action figure and a good villan to add to your DC Universe Classics action figure collection. 

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

I had a heck of a time getting my hands on Gentleman Ghost.  It seems there was a shortage of this action figure.  Even on eBay, i find it very hard to find him but eBay is still your best bet at this point in the game.

To find DC Universe Classics Gentleman Ghost on eBay, click here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

DC Universe Classics - 2009 Year In Review

The second full year into Mattel's DC Universe Classics and we've seen some pretty cool action figures through out the year.   So I'll just go over some of the main characters and my favs we've seen released through out the 2009 calendar year.

For starter, Mattel gave us the biggest Collect and Connect action figure thus far in Wave 8's Giganta standing at about 10 inches tall.  Easily one of the best looking CnC figures aswell to date. 

We've also seen the dreded return of the Walmart Exclusive set, much like Wave 5 in 2008, wave 10 in 2009 was another walmart exclusive set.  This set featured a very import action figure of The Joker which would be important to any DC Comics fan.  Joker was arguably one of the best DCUC action figures of the year in my opinion.  We also saw and a repainted Batman figure was released again in this set.  That would make this the 4th repaint using this same sculpt.  Mattel thankfully included some cool new accessories with Bats.

Power Girl, also part of wave 10 and Superman from the Gotham City 5 pack (another wal-mart exclusive).  The unfortunate thing about these walmart exclusives is that so many people have a hard time finding them.  It appears that Mattel or Walmart is only releasing this in certain areas around the US.  If you're in Canada (like me) or somewhere else, you can forget about it.  Ebay is your only option. 

Captain Cold and Flash from wave 7 were some of the A list characters released in 2009.  I like how Mattel has been releasing a big name hero with one of their popular arch enemies with each set. 

We also saw some New Genesis/Apokolips characters introduced such as Big Barda from wave 7, Mister Miracle from wave 6, Kalibak also from wave 6, Mantis from wave 9 and Parademon from wave 8.  Look out for more of these characters including a new Darkseid in 2010's wave 12 set. 

Below we have Hawkman from wave 6 and Gentleman Ghost from wave 8.  There were some complaints about low numbers of wave 8 and 9 being released.  I myself still have not been able to finish either set.  Gentleman Ghost was very hard to find at a reasonable price.

Below we have some of the DCUC wave 9 action figures.  Left to right is Black Canary, Green Arrow, Deadshot and Mantis.

As mentioned above, Batman fans saw a few repaints of the wave 1 Detective Batman sculpt and also got some new additions for their rogue collection.  In the pic below we have from let to right, Two-Face (DCSH repaint), Catwoman (DCSH repaint), Killer Moth from wave 6, Batman (Gotham City), Deadshot and The Joker.  Is it just me or is there a lot of purple here?

There were a few two-packs released this year.  Below we see the Clash of the Cosmos Superman and Brainiac pack.

And of course, a classic Lex Luthor which also came in the Gotham City 5 Pack.  This was the only original sculpt in the set and I'm sure a lot of people bought the set just for this figure.  Fans of the old Superfriends cartoon were surely happy with this release. 

Well, thats Mattel's DC Universe Classics 2009 wrap up for you.  2010 looks to have some interesting new releases.  Waves 11, 12 and 13 have been announced and I've also got my own person list of characters I hope to see wave 14 and 15 or any new two packs.  To check out some previews of waves 11, 12 and 13, click on the links below.

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