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As we get closer to 2013 its a new year for toys, spoilers and previews. This week we get our first look at DC Unlimited Wave 3 with images of Aquaman, Superman, and Darkseid. Of course this line sees a growing departure from the "Classic" articulation we see at times with our higher end offerings. First is Superman from the Injustice line. I've got my issues with this figure already, some of it could be based on me not understanding what I'm seeing but I'm pretty sure I speak Mattel after all these years.
I'm not sure what to say about Superman, He's been redesigned from the ground up which doesn't seem to be a sin in this time of great FLUX of New 52 and Man of Steel and creative rights being flung this way and that. Of course this is not built on our typical DCU buck, and for that we lose a certain quality of articulation. It seems that the knees and elbows as well as wrists have been brought to a ball joint. When done right these can be very nice, when done wrong, you get Green Lantern Movie Masters. The waist is a one point swivel. The hips look to still be a 90°/180° swivel as with all DCU Classic figures... just a cleaner concealment.
I know the Mortal Kombat Universe is an alternate dimension COMPLETELY, but I'm not totally crazy for this rendering of Superman. If only for the fact that we get ALL this armor and plating and texture and then we drop the DC Comics approved (circa 1950) Superman "S" dropped right in the middle. I don't know why I long for a new more complicated treatment within this context.
We're not going to spend a lot of time here... So Aquaman just gets relined and not all crazy retextured and pantsless? So its that kind of party? This is the new 52 Aquaman, incase you got tired of the V-neck aquaman of old. Really it just looks like Aquaman #1 from way back with a Chris Hemsworth head. The gloves and belt have been a'tweaked and possibly the spear retooled for a more "SuperPowers" look but really I think this is just a throw in; Padding to keep slightly more desireable figures in the subscription fold... (tin foil hat) and what is not slightly if not flatly more desireable than another Aquaman figure? Maybe its my non coastal placement in the US but I've got no love for the Worlds Mightiest Icthiotrhope. I think I'll keep my clams on this one.
Darkseid... "Aren't you a little short for a ruler of a parallel universe?" So Darkseid is only as tall as our averagest hero? With the melding of DCU and MOTU parts as a new tactic to generate new body forms we have an AWESOME Dark Knight Returns Batman coming, that was pure genius... Now meet his ugly friend, Frumpy McHandsTooBig. Using the same formula that made the DKR Batman a highly anticipated figure (IMO) we have this guy, and I just can't, I'm having trouble with it. It may fall heavier on the character design so possibly this isn't the goat to scape but, plainly I don't dig it. Is it Thanos of the Marvel Universe that is the volumetric counterpart to Darkseid? With the reds and golds creeping in with all this football padding and then he's down to tights in the bottom half, I find this guy to be a fail. So maybe Mattel said the same thing and didnt honor this character with a properly scaled figure. I applaud the corners you cut and I'll see you and raise you one full peg of these guys.
Collect and Connect was a really fun gimmick but I am happy to be released from that scenario, but hopefully DC Unlimited will live up to its name and find its rhythm and find itself releasing diverse and irresistible figures in the future. For right now, all I want is my Blue Penguin and a SP Kalibak. Feel free to throw in a SP BLUE BLUE Clark Kent anytime you like as well.
That's the news for now!!
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