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Friday, March 18, 2016
Action Figure Review: Nite Owl from Watchmen by Mattel
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Grappling hook, three owlarangs (crescent moon shaped boomerangs), display stand, and an art print.
Original Retail Price: $25 dollars
* Daniel Dreiberg just looks awesome here in his Nite Owl garb. Mattel did an excellent job with this figure and while he uses a number of standard pieces from the earlier DC Universe Classics line, the new utility belt (does he ever call it an owltility belt? Because he should.), cape, and head make this feel like a completely new figure. I love the colors here as the seem very true to the comic to the art of Dave Gibbons and the coloring of John Higgins. Visually, he might be the most impressive figure in the line.
* Here's a shot of Nite Owl's cape from behind. I like the clean, patterned print on it. It looks really cool as it evokes owl feathers without being too crazy. The way it sits across Nite Owl's shoulders also looks quite good. It's very true to the book.
* Every figure in this line comes with a display stand, something I'm pretty jazzed about. 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.
the Comedian, so make sure to check that out, but I'll mention the unique elements here:
+ The Nite Owl print is new and features a bio on the other side.
+The Doomsday Clock on the front of the package is set at less than an two hours until midnight while the side panels feature the fourth part of the "Who Watches the Watchmen?" mural and a stylized image of Archie taking off.
There's not much packaging worth keeping, but this collector friendly packaging is pretty grand and quite fun.
* My only real complaint about this figure is that Nite Owl's cape severely limits his shoulder articulation. I mean, it really hampers him. Forget him throwing a punch or even using his grappling gun; Nite Owl's pretty much confined to just standing around looking menacing.
I've only reviewed two other figures in this series so far: The Comedian and Dr. Manhattan. I'm working on reviewing the entire series and should have everything in the action figure review index by the end of the next week.