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Saturday, March 26, 2016
Action Figure Review: Sandman from DC Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Gas gun, left leg of Connect & Connect S.T.R.I.P.E. (not pictured here)
Original Retail Price: $16-$20 dollars
*Sandman just screams classic Golden Age comic book coloring. I absolutely adore his green suit and purple cape. He's really quite stunning! Mix that with the excellent work on his mask (the lenses are silver and some of the features of the mask are a metallic yellow) and his necktie and you have a really great looking figure. Compare him to some classic art and I think you'll be quite impressed!
* The sculpt on this figure is just incredible. While Sandman has one of the suited bodies that has been used on a few different characters (there are a couple of different suit jackets Mattel uses) it looks perfect. I love his tie and the cape around his shoulders. Also, that gas mask and hat? Just excellent work. I really dig this guy as he's among the best DCUC figures I've ever seen.
* I know you don't typically think about guys in suits being that articulated but I always do like the articulation on Mattel's suit bodies. Honestly, I think they function and look way better than the standard muscular bodies from DCUC and other related lines.
* Of course the Sandman is equipped with his gas gun. It's a nice amalgamation of the various styles of his gun over the years. The cylinder and grip of the pistol look like a more traditional revolver while the front barrel looks more like a cylinder for storing and releasing compressed sleeping gas. It's a nice looking accessory!
* This might not seem like a big deal but darn! Sandman is sporting some nice shoes! Not only is the sculpt pretty nice but the paintwork is nice, too. They just look really slick.
* I do wish that Sandman had a removable mask or an alternate head. It just seems like a cool feature that would have given the figure a bit more interactivity.
* My only technical complaint with the figure is that there's an odd gap in the swivel joint on Wesley's right bicep. Not sure what the deal is but it looks a bit off. It feels sturdy, though, so I'm not overly concerned about it.
DC Comics Multiverse line! While they often do some fairly average work, when they do a great job they really knock it out of the park, as seen here with Sandman. This guy is just an incredibly cool figure. He really manages to capture the Golden Age feel of the character and is just an excellent toy. This guy gets a Great and a 1/2 rating from me. If you're a fan of the character or the Golden Age of comics, make sure to track this guy down. If you don't care about the Collect & Connect piece you can probably track him down for a really good price.
While I own a ton of them, I actually haven't reviewed that many figures in Mattel's DC Universe Classics line. The only others I've reviewed have been OMAC and Raven.