DC Icons Justice League Rebirth Box Set

DC Icons Justice League Rebirth Box Set

DC Icons Justice League Rebirth Box Set
MUReview has been very excited to get our hands on the DC Icons Justice League Rebirth Box Set for some time.  Especially since it became the Justice League Rebirth Box set, because it wasn’t always that.  Heck, there was a time I wasn’t even sure that the set was Icons, and it started out as a New 52 cast of characters.  Thanks to time, evolution, luck, who knows what, we get a full box set of some of the amazing new characters put out into the world with DCs Rebirth comic run.  A run that still has me pretty excited to hit my local comic shop once a week to see what’s going on with …well, mostly the Justice League…so how cool is this?  The first thing I did when I got the set home was take pictures of it and all the figures inside to share with you, not just of the set, but of their DC Icons pre-existing counterparts.  I know it’s not necessarily apples to apples character wise, but there are a lot of folks interested in size, scale, deco, etc…comparisons, so I tried to make sure I got all of you covered.  Let’s see how this beautiful new box set shakes out.

Superman | Batman | The Flash | Wonder Woman | Cyborg | Green Lantern | Aquaman | The Rest | Availability | Group Shots

Superman

The Good

  • Superman is bigger this go round!  Taller, bulkier for sure.
  • Excellent face detail here.
  • Faithful recreation of the Rebirth costumed Superman.
  • I love the way DC Collectibles was able to make the cape curl around Supes body.  Further on the cape, the costume connect points look great and the black outlined S logo on back is fantastic.
  • Articulation is good here, double jointed knees, elbows, jointed wrists, ankle rockers, ab crunch all the way.  we are really only missing thigh cut.
  • Love how the chest S logo overhangs the ab crunch a little.
  • With the exception of my preference for the classic Superman outfite, this Superman is an imporvement on DC Icons first Superman in almost every way.

The Bad

  • Head movement is limited and it stings here just as much as on the original Superman in the.  That look up flight pose, I want a that!

 

 

Batman

The Good

  • Another big boy!  This Rebirth version towers over the first Icons Batman, he’s much bulkier too.  
  • The deco here is dead on with the Rebirth comic run.
  • The cape and cowl shine here, great shoulder coverage, beautiful cuts in the bottom, the way the cape runs up into the cowl is well executed.
  • Solid articulation all around, and surprisingly good head movement here, otherwise it’s double jointed everything, missing only thigh cuts.
  • Bat gauntlet blades look like they could actually cut you!  

The Bad

  • Upward arm movement is mildly restricted by cape.   

 

 

The Flash

The Good

  • The Flash is my favorite of the set, mainly because it takes my biggest complaint with Icons Flash V1 and fixes it!  The face looks perfect here, perfect for me at least.  I know there were folks out there that liked Flash’s other face, but this one for me, I feel like it’s how I remember Flash growing up, even though this is a Rebirth deco.
  • A few changes from the Icons version set this apart, aside from the obviously different paint job, no wing / bolts on the boots, different bolts on the side of his head.
  • Another figure with solid articulation, you can get Flash into most running poses with ease.  

The Bad

  • I would love it if they re-released Flash V1 with this head.

 

 

Wonder Woman

The Good

  • DC Icons first run at Wonder Woman comes at an absolute must have time, and as I understand it, their second run isn’t far behind, leaks of the “single-carded” version are popping up all over the web…mostly what I’m saying is, because It’s WWs 75th, plus the movie…It’s the year of Wonder Woman and welcome to the party DC Icons, we are happy to have you here!.
  • Hair is incredibly well designed, lots of detail and shows great movement…while not actually moving.
  • Outfit is spot on for Rebirth deco.
  • Excellent detail on bodice and skirt!
  • Artciluation is great, missing only thigh cut, and her ankles…they are so move-able that it’s kind of a problem.
  • I’m really happy about the height of this figure, it suits Wonder Woman very well.  
  • She looks incredibly strong.

The Bad

  • Wonder Woman, thanks to heeled boots and incredibly artciulated ankles is tricky to keep standing and balanced.
  • Her face, while representative of the character looks a little off to me, I can’t put my finger on why.
  • So far in this review this is my first complaint about this being a box set, because in a box set you get figures and not accessories.  Wonder Woman is definitely missing lasso, sword, and shield.  

 

 

Cyborg

The Good

  • This is the first time in DC Icons we get a Cyborg and it was worth the wait, he looks fantastic!
  • Awesome bulk to the character.
  • Incredible metallic paint wash makes the snozberries taste like snozberries.
  • Cyborg head is perfectly captured.
  • Good articulation here all around, double joints, ab crunch, reasonable head movement.
  • The additional molded on forearm guards are an incredible touch of detail.

The Bad

  • No complaints here, just happy to have a solid Cyborg!

 

Aquaman

The Good

  • Rebirth Aquaman is one of my favorite books thanks in no small part to Dan Abnett.  He made me fall in love with Nova all over again on the Marvel side of the house, and he’s done it again with Aquaman.  This figure captures that Aquaman perfectly.
  • Gold belt and neck circlet are comic spot-on.
  • Nice, sharp, slightly longish fins look great.
  • Head sculpt / face is a solid representation of Aquaman from the Rebirth run.

The Bad

  • The only thing missing for me is that I’d like the hair to be a little bit more yellowish.
  • Aquaman doesn’t get his Trident in this box set.

 

Green Lantern

The Good

  • Of all the figures in this set, to my mostly untrained eye, the Green Lantern looks most similar to his first Icons run counterpart.  This is a positive thing because that figure was fantastic.  
  • In fact, the only difference that I can see is the original release had slightly differently sculpted shoulder coverings, a little more detail was present there vs. here, and pardon my ignorance, I’m fairly certain that covers the actual difference between Dark Days Hal and Rebirth Hal.  Subtle, but Icons covered it…feel free to shout at me if I’m wrong.  
  • I’m lying, paint colors are very slightly different, the black is darker and the green is a little shinier.
  • All of the accessories included with Hal’s first deluxe release work for this Hal, so that’s a nice bonus.

The Bad

  • Again, I know it’s a box set, but the Lantern at least would have been cool.

 

The rest

This set is packed full of really sweet figures, for the most part, all of which, are improvements over the existing figures already out in the line.  Not massive game changing improvements, but you can tell the line is evolving, that lessons are being learned, tooling is being improved, and because of it, we have even better figures.  That says a lot, you may be aware, I already think very highly of DC Icons figures.  That said though, many folks already have all of the first run of figures and may be wondering if this box set differentiates itself to warrant purchase.  Well…for me, obviously, wouldn’t have reviewed it if I didn’t buy it.   For anyone who hasn’t gotten on board with the line, this is 100% win, 7 amazing characters at an absolute bargain, especially if you scoop it up for $84.99 (link below).  It gets you a collection in a box that will be fun and easy to add to, and look great on the shelf even if it’s these are the only Icons figures you have.  For folks who are already rolling 20 Icons deep, the argument is solid to pick this up.  You get 2 figures that haven’t been released yet in Wonder Woman and Cyborg.  The rest you get the new Rebirth decos with some solid improvements on Flash, Superman, Batman and Aquaman.  The size side by side for Superman and Batman is different, but these are technically Rebirthed characters, so who says Batman and Superman aren’t taller and bulkier?

Availability

Big Bad Toy Store has this awesome box set listed for $84.99, even after shipping it’s a bargain against MSRP.  Pre-order is listed as shipping in March and I believe it should be within the next few days or so.  Don’t be confused by the image on the listing, it’s the right set (this one here!).  As always too, you can check your local comic shop!

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DC Comics Icons Darkseid and Grail from The Darkseid War

DC Comics Icons Darkseid and Grail from The Darkseid War

DC Comics Icons Darkseid and Grail from The Darkseid War
It is difficult for me to describe in words how excited I have been to get my hands on this titanic DC Icons figure set.  Darkseid and Grail were shown off at Toy Fair 2016 and it was love at first sight.  Almost skeptical love.  Getting something this size to market, the process tends to stumble, delays, etc…  Getting several looks along the way though, I get the sense that DC Collectibles had no trouble getting this figure done, in a box, and out to stores.  Both figures in said box look absolutely fantastic, feel amazing, and they are absolutely worth a top spot on your holiday want list!

Darkseid

The Good

  • The detail packed into this figure is astonishing.  Granted, I’m used to looking for detail at 3.75 and 6 inches, getting to design a figure like this is probably almost like cheating!
  • Darkseid moves like a monster, with a satisfying lock feel in his joints as they move into position.
  • Articulation for this figure is staggering, again, especially for his size. Darkseid has torso articulation, shoulder, elbow is double jointed, wrist spins and raises / lowers, the ankle articulation here is second to none, double jointed knees, ball hips with thigh cut should make everyone happy!
  • Exceptional facial and skin detail, his skin looks comic perfect stone.
  • The molding detail, his knee guards, his belt area, unreal, sturdy too.
  • Darkseid has articulated, ARTICULATED! Shoulder guards!  They move well and intentionally to match the position of his arms.
  • Alternate set of hands included allows for Darkseid to get his “hold stuff” on.
  • For further “The Good”, please, study the gallery, my words are falling short of just how beautiful this figure is.  I don’t know that I’ve ever said that, but it’s true here for certain.

The Bad

  • Head movement is limited due to space available for movement.  There is no waits spin.
  • A few nicks in an amazing paint job are unfortunately noticeable (QC issue, not design).  
  • Hand grasp articulation vs alternate hands would have been really cool to see here.

 

Grail

The Good

  • Grail is stunningly designed and another comic perfect DC Icons replication.
  • Skipping ahead here, but her head articulation…she can look up better than any other Icons figure that I have held before her and that is a massive welcome plus for Icons collectors and should give great hope going forward.
  • Head articulation aside, Grail is a solidly articulated figure, double jointed elbows, knees, ab-crunch, ankle hinge and pivot, it’s everything you’d want really except maybe waist swivel.  
  • Molding of Grails armor / costume is beautiful, down to the rivet.  
  • Grail’s included sash fits perfectly while still allowing a reasonable amount of movement.
  • Her included weapon fits perfectly in her hand and holds well.  
  • The contrast between amazing sculpted hair and the shaved side of her head is absolutely worth looking at.

The Bad

  • Not a knock on the figure at all, but when you put a figure like Grail in a package with Darkseid, while thematically and value proposition wise, it’s a massive win, it’s going to detract attention away from her, attention that she absolutely deserves.  This is a fantastic figure and well above and beyond an “add in”.  

 

The rest

Rounding out 2016 with a monster sized figure couldn’t have put an exclamation point on the year any better for DC Icons.  What comes in the box is a mega value proposition,  a monster Darkseid and a beautiful Grail, Beauty and the Beast if you will, at a very good (generally sub $100 pre-tax) price point.  Plenty of worthwhile accessories between the two figures make them shine and bring them that much closer to jumping right off of Darkseid War comic pages.  This, to date, is my favorite Darkseid and in action figure treatments, there have been plenty.  Head to toe here though, the re-creation of this icon is brilliant with no stone left unturned.  Darkseid and Grail is an absolute must have set for any fan of DC comics.  If you haven’t pre-ordered, there are still quite a few options for that, but I digress, you can read the availability section for that.  We are still in the rest section, and what else is the rest…well, unfortunately, with 2 weeks left of 2016, the DC Collectibles Icons machine has rolled it’s last new figures off the line.  Now, we wait.  2017 has a ton of promise though, Nightwing, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Swamp Thing, a brand spankin new Rebirth 7 pack.  DC Collectibles is trying to make figure fans want for nothing as quickly as possible and the quality is top notch.  Stay tuned for more, and keep a look out for our top DC Icons figures of 2017…because it’s going to go live very soon after this!

Availability

Big Bad Toy Store has this massive hunk of handsome plastic up for pre-order.  Shop DC Entertainment is a little more expensive, but also has him for pre-order.  Amazon has the highest prices, but if you love Amazon, you can go there too.  As always too, you can check your local comic shop, that’s where I got mine!

DC Comics Icons Accessory Pack 1

DC Comics Icons Accessory Pack 1

DC Comics Icons Accessory Pack 1
DC Icons is doing something amazing that I haven’t seen in a mainstream line of this scale in a long time.  Accessory packs!!  Popping up on solicitations and showcasing at conventions through 2016, two packs were teased, one featuring Ch’p with Jay Garrick’s helmet, the other featuring Doctor Fate’s helmet.  Last Wednesday, Ch’p’s time in the sun hit at local comic stores and I ran to get it.  Now, after having un-boxed this accessory pack, I’m eager to share with you, my thoughts….

The Good

  • Ch’p is awesome, if a little limited in articulation (understandably so).  His tail moves, arms, and head at the neck.  His stance is immobile, but he looks fantastic and fits in perfectly with the Icons line figures.  He looks great standing next to Hal and John!  
  • Jay Garrick’s helmet.  When I first saw this, my first question was…can I touch it?  The answer, YES!  You can open the case, take the helmet off the stand, even put it on a figures head.  Though due to the connector for the peg inside the helmet, it doesn’t do more than balance on top of a head.  It’s comic perfect.  Side note, this gives me hope for a Doctor Fate headswap possibility?  Maybe??? Maybe?
  • 4 Green Arrow utility arrows are included, all look excellent and make great additions to the Green Arrow’s weapons cache.
  • Similarly, Batman gets some love in this pack with 2 additional batarangs and a zip line complete with suction cup ends!  Great sticky-ness, supports batman as he zips from end to end!
  • Green Lanterns get a new shield construct, displayable on the burst piece or direct on their wrist.  The connection mechanic either way is perfect, works well, well thought out!  
  • Rounding out the pack, we get two Joker fish, that look very comic accurate, fit with the overall green theme of most of the other accessories, and are just another fun add in!

The Bad

  • Some folks might find $24.99+ a tough pill to swallow. Personally, I think there is a lot of value for the price in this box.
  • The additional batarangs don’t come with a Robin figure….

The rest

At $24.99, some folks may not be thrilled as stated.  Again, I think you get a lot of plastic, a great little figure, and a cool collector piece for the price.  Further, DC Collectibles is trying something really cool here and I want to reward them for it with my purchase.  Each item in the pack is a welcome addition to my collection and compliments the intended character / figure(s) each perfectly.  If you are into the DC Icons line, buy this.  If you need Ch’p, buy this.  If you love Jay Garrick, buy this.  Also, stay tuned, Darkseid drops this week and we will be reviewing him here for you!!!!

Availability

Big Bad Toy Store has this pack for pre-order.  Amazon is stocking the pack a little above MSRP, and it’s shipping now!  As always too, you can check your local comic shop, that’s where I got mine!

DC Comics Icons Batgirl of Burnside

DC Comics Icons Batgirl of Burnside

DC Comics Icons Deluxe Batgirl of Burnside
2016 is racing to the finish line almost as fast as Batgirl of Burnside on her beautiful Batgirl Cycle…oh hey wait…I see what I did there!  11/30 came to my favorite local comic shop, the DC Icons Batgirl of Burnside Deluxe DC Icons figure.  And on that day, I purchased said Batgirl for a very reasonable $59.99.  DC Collectibles has been putting out absolutely incredible action figures under the DC Icons line for a little over a year now, and it’s getting to a point where it’s becoming almost shameful to consider what is in their boxes, action figures, and not fine art.  What is in the Batgirl Deluxe package allows for the creation of some of the most amazing poses, with some of the most stunning sculpt work on an action figure or toy motorcycle I’ve ever seen…but lemme’ splain’.

The Good

  • Let’s start with the Batgirl Cycle.  What an absolutely phenomenal play piece!
  • Laser smooth surfaces, show off an immaculate purple on purple on purple paint job.  The kind of paint job, that if you had a car, and you got it scratched, you’d be up the creek, because it’s that special kind of paint that costs extra… (speaking from experience).
  • The level of detail in the bike, which is technically an accessory is staggering.  Exposed engine parts look beautiful, the dash, while there are no screen images, has colored buttons, the handlebars fit perfectly in Batgirl’s hands and have brake / clutch pieces.  The wheel posts are cycle perfect.
  • Wheels spin, front axle has a little pivot to it for posing purposes.
  • The included motorcycle stand features two “tray” pieces that tilt, to allow the bike a range of balanced tilt while in the stand.  This allows for some exceptional poses to set Batgirl up in.  
  • Onto the figure, Batgirl is another remarkable achievement in detail figure craft from DC Icons.  There is no stone un-turned here and she’s an amazing piece because of it.
  • From the details in the laces of her boots, to her utility belt, to the perfectly emblazoned Batgirl symbol on her chest, this character is captured letter perfect in plastic.
  • Paint again, exceptional.  As always with DC Icons.
  • Batgirl comes with a wealth of accessories outside of her bike.  Alternate head and cape show a wind through her hair / cape effect which looks perfect when seating on the bike.
  • 3 sets of hands included, closed fist, open for Bat-grappling hook, and open for holding bike handlebars (again, perfect fit).  
  • Batgirl also has a cellphone.  If you check out the gallery, you can observe how utterly irresponsible she is.  Driving while on the phone…jerk move Batgirl, jerk move.  

The Bad

  • Batgirl’s range of “look up” motion seems to be even more limited than other DC Icons figures.  This eliminates some cool, chest-down-to-bike-head-up poses, though the “wind in hair” head has a slightly better range of motion.
  • The Batgirl Cycle doesn’t have a working kick stand.  The included stand is incredible, but it would have been a bonus to have a working kick.

The rest

With only a few weeks left to 2016, DC Collectibles is showing no signs of slowing.  They look to finish the year with the release of the Green Lantern Accessory pack next week, and the Darkseid / Grail Mega Figure 2-Pack the following week.  It’s good news for me, it means I’ll have lots of fancy pictures to share with you all.  Awful, AWFUL news for my wallet around Christmas time though.  That said, and refocusing on this Batgirl figure, she’s amazing, an absolute must have addition to any DC figure collection.  Because of her size and the added bike, I feel like she’d work very well not only on display with DC Icons, but other figure lines as well.  Dare I say…a gateway drug of action figures, if you aren’t already knee deep in the DC Icons line.  Go get her!

Availability

Big Bad Toy Store has her for pre-order.  Shop DC Entertainment has her for pre-order.  Amazon is stocking her at retail cost or even less, and it’s shipping now!  As always too, you can check your local comic shop, that’s where I got mine!

DC Comics Icons Wave 4 Firestorm and John Stewart Green Lantern

DC Comics Icons Wave 4 Firestorm and John Stewart Green Lantern

DC Comics Icons Wave 4

When the DC Comics Icons toy line was announced so many comic cons or toy fairs ago…they showed Firestorm and my jaw hit the floor.  I knew at that moment, this toy line would be incredible, and that I would be on board as a complete collector.  3 full waves, a few in betweens, and a tease of wave 4 in, and I’ve kept to that. I’m all in on this line, and today…today, it finally pays off.  The figure that I dove in over, Firestorm is in my hands, and I am giddy with power….or something….I’m definitely giddy. DC Icons continues to crush the amazing characters they put out with astonishing designs and epic figures.  I can’t wait to start gushing so I just will…

Firestorm – Trinity War

The Good

  • Gorgeous.  One of the most beautiful art piece figures I’ve ever seen.
  • Paint application is immaculate.
  • Coloring is dead on for the character.
  • Flame hair is perfectly executed.
  • Excellent articulation soup to nuts.
  • Atomic accessories compliment the figure appropriately, translucent hands look great.
  • Paint around the eyes, white eyes…epic!
  • The red metallic paint looks almost creamy.  It’s unreal, the nicest finish I’ve ever seen on a figure.
  • Everything on this figure is so clean and sharp, the colors pop, I haven’t ever owned a figure that looks this good.  Totally justified my getting involved with this toy line.

 

John Stewart Green Lantern – Mosaic

The Good

  • Excellent face sculpt.
  • Nice, muted color palate perfect to represent the Mosaic era character.
  • Green Lantern ring is easily / highly noticeable on his fist.
  • Included Green Lantern ‘battery’ is always appreciated with any Lantern figure.
  • This figure comes with a really cool innovative way to display the will constructs that Green Lanterns produce.  The pieces fasten right into the ring hand and appear to project out, this is unique and very well executed!

 

The Rest

This is it, this is what I’ve been waiting for out of this toy line.  It marks a milestone for me.  I’ve had a meager collection of DC figures at home from varying toy lines.  The DC Icons figures have always been over my shoulder at work though, on my cabinet in my office where I spend a lot of time.  With the filling out of this wave, the introduction of Firestorm, I’m likely going to get rid of my traditional DC collection, DC Icons becomes the heart of, and my main DC collection, it will go home, it will display there for all time.  It is a place of honor in my comic laden basement of joy.  There is no higher award I can give a toy line than to “bring it home”, and thanks to this Firestorm and Green Lantern, I’m doing that.  I can’t wait to see what’s next, and I’m hoping for more great DC Icons news out of NYCC 2016!  Also…somebody got a flight staaaand…..

Availability

Firestorm and John Stewart Green Lantern hit store shelves today.  You can find them at http://www.bigbadtoystore.com.  Joke is also out, and that rounds out Wave 4 of DC Comics Icons.  The story becomes here, what’s next?  Well, new dates just dropped and we posted in it’s own post, but let’s take a look here…

December 2016

  • Batgirl w/ Bike
  • Darkseid & Grail

January 2017

  • DC Icons Accessory Pack #1

March 2017

  • Justice League Rebirth 7 Pack

April 2017

  • Static
  • Swamp Thing
  • Wonder Woman
  • Cyborg
  • Deathstroke

My assessment is this…Christmas is going to be awesome.  Q1 2017 is going to be wallet breaking.  I’m concerned, I don’t see dates on any of the newly announced figures from SDCC, Nightwing, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle 2-pack, etc…  If DC Collectibles has proven anything, over, and over, and over again.  This toy line is worth the wait.

 

Family Photos

 

DC Comics Icons Wave 4 Joker

DC Comics Icons Wave 4 Joker

DC Comics Icons Wave 4 Joker (A Death In The Family)

Be certain of this.  If an action figure series is so good, that 3 months between releases feels like an eternity, you are doing something right.  I’m lookin’ at you DC Collectibles.  I’m bubbling with glee over having received my DC Icons Joker in the mail yesterday.  But if I’m being totally honest, it’s a little bitter sweet, because it was just the Joker.  How often do you say that?  “Just the  Joker”…when the back of the box promises Firestorm though, and he’s everything you’ve ever wanted in an action figure…that carrot, it’s a danglin’!  Let’s talk about the Joker though.

Joker

The Good

  • Let’s start with the specific character selection, not referring to the Joker, I’m referring to the which Joker.  A Death In The Family is a comic that features Joker doing some of, if not, his most bad things.  As such, I would submit that the most evil Joker is the most Iconic, thus, then, therefore, ergo, this is the Iconic Joker for me and for all.
  • The execution of bringing this figure to life is as pristine as that of Jason Todd’s….too soon?
  • For real, those spats though…amirite?
  • Joker’s face is haunting, full crazy looking.  To capture that in a figure is a work of art.
  • Joker’s jacket appears to be removable.  I’m too much of a wuss to take it off though.
  • The figure includes a crowbar, a gun and some spare hands to hold stuff…but…

The Bad

  • Joker only comes with the left hand he’s fitted with.  This means that he can’t hold the crowbar and tommy gun at the same time.  A bunch of extra right hands, no extra left hands.   Oh well.
  • Joker’s hat is not removable.
  • This Icons figure, like the rest, has a challenge looking up (upward head tilt / articulation).

The rest

 

DC Icons Wave 4 starts with a loud but short roar.  The Joker is a fantastic figure that any DC Comics fan should be proud to own.  I’m just being whiney when I say this, but he’d look mighty fine next to Firestorm, Stewart Lantern and Static Shock.  I’m very much looking forward to bringing those reviews out for you fine folks!

Availability

I really like being able to say things like this.  If you want Joker, you can just go get him.  Check him out on Big Bad Toy Store!  As for the rest of the wave, you have to wait like I have to wait.

Photos!