DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Static

DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Static

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DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Static

Static is finally here!  One of the earliest figures noted to be part of the DC Icons line, and now at least sort of different than when we first saw him, we’ve got him.  All things being equal, I’m not entirely familiar with Static.  Regardless of my lack of knowledge though, and the changes to how he was originally to be released, we still have a great figure, so let’s dig in.

The Good

  • Exceptionally sharp, clean paint job.  Static does not have an overly complicated costume, what detail he features though is incredibly well represented.
  • Alternate heads included, one with his cowl, the other is cowled with Static’s “X” hat over it.
  • Static comes with one of the cooler accessories yet to be featured with an Icon figure, an electricity effect stand that supports a man hole cover with a foot peg.  Placing Static on the cover gives a fantastic electric float effect that I wish they would have adapted, or pioneered with Firestorm!
  • The paint coloring on Static is page perfect and really very pretty to look at.

The Bad

  • Static was originally displayed as a “deluxe” figure with a higher price point.  For what are I’m sure, good reasons, DC Collectibles scaled the figure down to a standard single card release and at least one key accessory was removed, the trench coat.  As unfamiliar as I am with the character, when you google Static or Static Shock, most pictures feature him in a trench coat…c’est la vie.
  • While the electricity effect stand is brilliant, that’s all the electricity included with static, hand bolts?  

 

The rest

Static is a beautiful figure.  That is something that DC Icons has delivered over and over again, just shockingly pretty 5-6 inch figures.  I almost feel spoiled saying that I wish there was a little more to this figure.  It’s my website though, so I guess I can.  Either way, I bought him, should you?  If you like Static, this is a perfect option.  Go for it!  There is something else here I need to make a note of.  I (very irresponsibly) opened this figure.  If you notice the name printed on the window side of his box, it says Deathstroke!  A manufacturing error!  How could I not put this on eBay and make millions!?!?  Truth be told, I totally didn’t want to drive back to the comic book store and buy another one.  And because of that, my children won’t be able to afford college!  I kid, I kid.  This was however the first time (at least the first time that I noticed) that I had a packaging error on any figure I’ve ever opened.  It was a small thing, subtle, but after I called the comic book store to confirm it was an error and the other Statics in store had the right name on the window, I felt special for a second, DC Icons will always have that place in my heart!

Availability

Ohhh that In Stock label at Big Bad Toy Store warms the cockles of my heart.  Go get Static now! 

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DC Comics Icons Deluxe Cyborg

DC Comics Icons Deluxe Cyborg

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DC Comics Icons Deluxe Cyborg

Cyborg is another long awaited figure in the DC Icons line, that, like Wonder Woman, was address in the prior month release of the Rebirth Justice League 7-Pack.  However, unlike Wonder Woman, who featured two totally different figures between the team pack and the single release, Cyborg, to my only moderately untrained eye is the exact same figure released in that box set with the notable difference being accessories, and there are many, many, many!  Mind you, this is a deluxe figure, so his price tag will be a little higher.  Is he worth the cost of admission?

The Good

  • This is the same figure as the Justice League Rebirth Team Pack and that is a good thing, it was an awesome figure the first go round, it’s still awesome.  
  • Awesome bulk to the character.
  • Incredible metallic paint wash!
  • 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.
  • This deluxe figure comes with a ton of great accessorites.  A generator, two alternate blaster forearm / hands, a whole third arm to swap in.
  • When connected properly, using blaster hands / arms and connecting to the generator looks amazing.  Really serves the purpose of getting you immersed in the character.

The Bad

  • The hoses out of the box, that connect Cyborg to the generator are pretty rigid and constantly want to snap back into their own shape.  There will be a lot of fighting to get him to stand how you want when connected to the generator because of it.
  • The connection points to the generator and Cyborg’s body are just enough for a reasonable hold, but could have been deeper and could have “locked in” better.  I don’t know if this problem exacerbates the first or it’s the other way around, but they are two meh tastes that taste meh together and they impact an otherwise great package.

 

The rest

The Cyborg figure we got with the Justice League 7 pack was really nice, so I’m not at all upset that this is the same figure.  Many folks who buy the 7-pack won’t be looking for the single card and vice versa.  But do you need both?  Well…the accessories are really very cool.  They take the very solid base figure and allow for a solid amount of customization and expansion.  I also like to think that folks who collect toy lines as pretty as DC Icons do much nicer stuff with them than I do.  Cyborg really offers that opportunity thanks to the deluxe set of accessories.  Buying both is up to you, but if you have to pick one…yeah I can’t help either.  You get 6 other figures at a bargain, or some fantastic accessories.  You know you better than I do, so go with that where you will.

Availability

You can pre-order Cyborg at Big Bad Toy Store today!  You should also check out your Local Comic Shop!  Not interested in waiting, don’t care about paying more?  Amazon.

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DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Wonder Woman

DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Wonder Woman

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DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman celebrates her 75th in 2017.  I think that probably answers the question of why we haven’t seen her in Icons until now.  As far as Super Hero Icons go, Wonder Woman is probably at least in the top 3 of all time, certainly at least one of the top 3 that if you asked anyone, the name of three heroes…she’s in that short list.  That said, we definitely have waited too long to get Wonder Woman, holding her for the anniversary celebration or not.  I’m glad that in the span of a month or so, Icons has given us two, and they are definitely different enough to warrant a look at each!

The Good

  • Wonder Woman is full of incredible sculpted pieces.  All of her armor, shin, forearm, looks great and adds a layer of sturdiness to the character.  She’s even got armor on the backs of her hands!
  • Sculpted W’s, chest eagle, all look fantastic.
  • Wonder Woman gets a hanging hook for her lasso and two different versions of her lasso!  
  • The mechanism employed to mount her shield to her wrist and back is well executed and while there are some flaws with the mounts / positions of the mounts themselves, the shield works out pretty well.
  • Wonder Woman has her sword and a look to holster it as well.  It looks great hanging or in hand.

The Bad

  • Wonder Woman’s hair, while stunning and highly detailed gives this figure a few problems.  Her back shield mount is tough to reach and position properly with the shield attached due to impedance by the hair.  Wonder Woman’s head movement is also heavily limited by her hair.
  • Wonder Woman’s wrist shield mount is very loose and mounting the shield to it, the weight of the shield causes a good bit of floopyness.  Yes…floopyness, look it up, you will find nothing.

The Differences

  • The differences between this figure and the JL Box set Rebirth WW should be noted, they aren’t good or bad though, so I’m putting them here.  
  • This Wonder Woman is significantly smaller than the JL Rebirth Wonder Woman.  
  • While the face, head, and hair all look the same, the single card Wonder Woman has a noticable look down force due to how the hair sits on her head / against her shoulders, while the Rebirth figure does not.
  • The uniform is of course, very different, depicting two separate versions of Wonder Woman.
  • The single figure features accessories while the team pack figure does not.

The rest

Hot on the heels of the Rebirth Justice League Team Pack, we get our first single carded Wonder Woman DC Icons figure.  She’s beautiful and she’s definitely different than the Rebirth figure.  If you need Wonder Woman in your collection and you aren’t looking for the rest of the JL, this figure is your prime option.  It’s not without some minor flaws, but you like me, will probably be pretty happy with her when all is said and done.  She’s got the sword, the shield, the lasso.  It’s all there in new 52 glory.

Availability

Go pre-order her now at Big Bad Toy Store!  Check your Local Comic Shop too!

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DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Swamp Thing

DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Swamp Thing

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DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Swamp Thing

It probably makes me a bad comic fan, but Swamp Thing is one of those rare characters from any comic universe where I am only familiar with the character because of the TV show.  I really hadn’t even known there were two Swamp Thing movies out in the wild by the time I was enjoying the show, and I did really enjoy the show.  I was young though.  When the first movie came out I was 3, the second, I was 10.  So that’s my excuse. Either way, it’s 2017.  Swamp Thing still has a comic running all the way up through DC’s Rebirth.  Today, he gets a very faithful figure by way of DC Icons.  Let’s have a look. 

The Good

  • Un-Man is the creepiest accessory for any action figure or toy I have ever owned.  The coloring is eerily flesh, the sculpt is Un(haaa)real.
  • He’s the tallest Icon (except for Darkseid) which is well in scale with the line.
  • Good articulation for this hulking figure, double jointed all the things, ankle rockets, ab crunch.  He’s not an acrobatic character, this is more than sufficient.
  • Swamp Things face is really faithfully captured here.

The Bad

  • If I had any complaints with this figure, while the height is right, I think I’d like to see him a little bulkier.
  • I’d also like to see some swamp accessories, maybe a swampy cloak you could drape over him or something like that.

The rest

Swamp Thing is a solid entry in the DC Icons line.  He’s a figure of a character I enjoyed from my childhood and I’m really excited to have him on my shelf.  I’m happy he stands taller than my other Icons, a little disappointed he’s not bulkier, but overall, this is a really nice figure and you should go for it!

Availability

Swamp Thing is a figure you can go to a store and buy today, and you should!  That said, hit up Big Bad Toy Store for a very affordable order!

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DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Deathstroke

DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Deathstroke

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DC Comics Icons Wave 5 Deathstroke

I feel as though this may be irresponsible of me, but I don’t even care.  You don’t really have to read this review.  Do not pass go, just go right to your LCS, or favorite online place to buy figures, and buy Deathstroke.  He’s making a strong bid for figure of the year and it’s only April.  I really haven’t seen paint like this on any figure before, he’s gorgeous, you need to buy him, the rest is semantics, but for the sake of my own ego, I will share my thoughts with you anyway.

The Good

  • The paint on this figure is astonishing.  The shimmer effect is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  It’s plastic that looks metal and it is beautiful.  
  • Great pieces and detail on the sculpted belt, grenades, pouches, tons to love.
  • Two heads are better than one.  You have the classic masked look with nice long tails, and the eye patched unmasked head.  What I really dig about that, I’ve gotten figures before where the hair covers one side of the face, and if you move the hair, there is no eye painted on…here, Deathstroke has an eyepatch and you can actually see his eyebrow coming out of it!  Otherwise the face looks perfectly grizzled and Deathstrokey.
  • The weapons included, really fantastic. His sword is highly detailed, fits perfectly in the scabbard, and the scabbard clicks into DSs back easily and solidy.  His revolver has a holster, always love that, and he carries a big stick!
  • Very solid figure movement / articulation here, feels flexible.
  • A lot of great detail, check out his wrists with additional detail on his gloves. 
  • Those boot flaps are just dead on.

The Bad

  • I don’t even have a nitpicky thing to say about Slade.  This figure is all I have ever wanted in a Deathstroke.  I’ve owned quite a few and this crushes them all.

The rest

Deathstroke is an achievement in figure making and if you want him you should grab him now because before long he’s going to be impossible to find.  Speaking of impossible to find, I’m going to use this section in my first review since the news came out to address the rough news out of camp DC Collectibles.  A solid chunk of DC Icons figures have been canceled due to lack of sales / pre-sales.  I’m paraphrasing, I’m sure there was more driving the decision, but that’s the buzz.  Affected figures, Catwoman, Etrigan, Booster Gold / Blue Beetle 2-pack, Deadshot, Shazam, and Sinestro.  I had pre-orders on all of them, wanted all of them, and there are a few in that list that were very high on my want sheet.  What is still coming?  Supergirl, Nightwing, Iconic moments Superman and Doomsday, and the Damien Wayne / Superboy 2-pack.  It’s a much skinnier offering in 2017 than was originally planned and I’m bummed.  I’ve done all I can to support this line and will continue to do so.  Folks have complaints about articulation and scale.  Scale at least I’ve always taken as a plus, a differentiation point.  Articulation, it’s not unimportant, and there are some still existing flaws in Icons, the ability to look up higher does not a figure break.  Once I get a figure, they go on a shelf and I admire them.  If they can’t get into a pose I want, I put them in a different one and I move on.  I’m not being critical of folks who are critical of these points, but for me, they don’t diminish the incredible art that DC Collectibles is delivering with this line.  What is diminishing that art is lack of sales / pre-sales.  So if you want these figures, pre-order them online, at your LCS, whatever you have to do.  Let’s keep these characters coming, because while I’m bummed about the lost figures above, I’m going to be truly devastated if this line doesn’t make it to Doctor Fate and Red Tornado.  I got rid of all of my DC Universe Classics and went all in here.  I still think it was the right bet, these figures are stunning.  Get on board!  PS, I’m not going into this point for the upcoming Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Static or Cyborg reviews. 

Availability

DC Icons Deathstroke is shipping now at Big Bad Toy Store!  Visit your Local Comic Shop too!

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