The Fwoosh, however, I ended up with the entire set of six figures and now I'm finally getting a chance to check them out. Today I'm starting with the Comedian, an extremely divisive figure in the Watchmen universe. Is he a heroic patriot or a murderous sociopath? Well, he's definitely a murderous sociopath. Is he a worthwhile addition to your toy shelf? Join me after the break and see for yourself...
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Shotgun, flamethrower, display stand, and an art print.
Original Retail Price: $25 dollars
*Since these figures are basically built using DC Universe Classics pieces, they're pretty sturdy and can take some fun poses. It's really rather surreal to have some Watchmen figures that are legitimately toys rather than being just small articulated statues. You can play out the adventures of the Comedian with new Watchmen action figures. From Mattel!!!
this interview with Scott Neitlich, the brand manager for MattyCollector when these figures were released, Neitlich mentions that the goal for this line was to make it work with the reuse of DC Universe Classics parts. Combining the base body with a scarred headsculpt (this is the Comedian after he kills the Vietnamese woman he impregnated) and some web gear, Mattel did a pretty decent job of Eddie Blade in his star spangled battle gear.
* The Comedian comes with two weapons: A flamethrower and a shotgun. While both accessories are a bit rubbery, hey do have decent sculpts and look pretty good when displayed with the figure. The shotgun has a nice paintjob while the flamethrower actually plugs into a slot on the Comedian's back. He can actually hold the flamethrower pretty well, which is definitely a plus.
* One side of the box features a unique design for each character. The Comedian's box features a smiley face made from bullet holes.
*The other side of the box features part of a wall mural that asks "Who Watches the Watchmen?" Each figure in the series has part of the phrase on the side of their box. Assemble all six and you have a cool way to display these boxes if you so desire. The Comedian comes with the first part of the phrase.
* Inside of the outer card box is a smaller box that resembles a graphic novel (the sides of the plastic trays inside even resemble pages). The cover of this package looks really cool and could easily slide onto a shelf for storage.
* On the spine of each "book" is a an image of the character, giving each set a nice bit of personalizaton.
* Another thing I really like about this line is that every figure comes with a display stand. It's a simple disc and peg stand but the presentation is awesome. The word "Watchmen" is sculpted on the base with a yellow disc behind it. It looks great and functions really well. I wish the DC Universe Signature Collection had come with stands; I'm always in favor of stuff like this.
* One of my biggest pet peeves on any modern action feature is when a company sculpts a weapon as a non-removable part of the sculpt rather than making it a removable piece. The Comedian's pistols should have absolutely been one of his default accessories, probably even more so than the shotgun, but they're left as part of the sculpt of his belt and web gear. There's also a non-removable knife on his left ankle, too. Seriously, is this even acceptable anymore?
*Also, notice the hinge on the Comedian's left shoulder is flesh colored rather than red. Bizarre.
gimp mask or something. Still, it is pretty cool to have a solid Comedian figure to fit in with my large DC Universe collection, so that's a huge plus. At the end of the day I do think the Comedian is a Great figure in this series and he's well worth checking out. While he has flaws, he still might be one of the best figures in this set.
I haven't reviewed any other Watchmen figures yet but I will be reviewing this entire series over the next couple of weeks. Keep checking back!