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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Action Figure Review: Diablo from DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel
Height: 6 1/4 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: Interchangeable flaming hands and regular hands.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
*Overall Mattel has definitely improved in their quality control and, other than his wrists (which I'll get to in a minute) this is a pretty sturdy figure. There's a good bit of reuse here from earlier Movie Masters figures (as far back as the Dark Knight series) but the mixture of new parts still gives this a nice range of motion. Not Marvel Legends or WWE Elite quality, but still pretty decent for a mass market figure.
* This is actually a pretty good headsculpt. I'd go so far as to say that it's the best headculpt in the Suicide Squad line that I've seen so far. The headsculpt not only looks like Hernandez as El Diablo but the tattoos also nicely match up with the character. The detail work here is pretty slick and I really like it.
* I love the flame effects on Diablo's hands. One is a longer burst of flame while the other is a short burst or flaming effect but both look cool. I love the translucent plastic that seems to have a mixture of different shades of orange in it. It's a nice looking effect.
* I guess the intention here is that these swipes of red paint are supposed to represent flames covering El Diablo's hands or his hands glowing red from using his powers, but that's not what they look like. They look like his fingers are bleeding, which I'm sure isn't the look that Mattel was going for.
* The biggest articulation concern I have with Diablo is the wrist pegs. They just seem so thin and flimsy, particularly given that they're supposed to support the weight of the flaming hands.
* El Diablo's only accessory is a pair of hands but guess what? Just like the wrist pegs on the flaming wrists, these pegs just seem too small and fragile. I don't have any confidence from my few efforts to change these that the pegs won't just break off. I like the idea of these but the execution is a total failure.
I haven't reviewed any other figures of El Diablo but I have reviewed some other figures from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse toyline, including:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Batman from Zero Year
Earth 23 Superman
The Joker from Batman: Endgame
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory)
DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel (2016)
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)