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Friday, July 28, 2017
Action Figure Review: Mr. Freeze from Gotham by Diamond Select Toys
Height: 6 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a double balljointed head.
Accessories: Two freeze rays, three ice grenades, and a display base.
Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars
* Diamond Select is really improving their articulation and Freeze is another solid toy, especially considering that he's an ice themed guy in a heavy exo-suit. I'm not usually a fan of H-hinged hips but they actually look pretty good here. The joints also feel quite durable and have a decent range of motion. Victor looks pretty boss in various free-ray firing position.
* As I mentioned earlier, I'm not sure that Mr. Freeze has ever had a bad costume design. There is just something about the character's general design that's hard to mess up. I love this look, particularly the inclusion of the Mike Mignola originated red goggles, the heavy armored bits all over his body, and the grey quilted suit underneath it all. Freeze is a very impressive figure. Considering how well sculpted this figure it, it really makes me wish that Diamond Select would get a whack at a comic based DC license at some point.
* The armor plates look excellent and the suit underneath has a nice textured pattern that definitely looks like something used to regulate body temperature. The large chest piece/ collar is a separate piece permanently attached to the torso.
* I'm a sucker for metallic blue, so I'm absolutely digging Freeze's armor. I love this shade of metallic blue! I want to dye my hair this shade. I want to run around with metallic blue hair, wearing red goggles, and rocking a cape and a vest.
* It's not removable, but Dr. Fries is also toting around a big ol' backpack. The sculpt is fairly intricate and I love the look of this. The top piece is actually a flexible shield of sorts that seems to protect the valves on the canisters. You can lift the shield up and look in at the valves. Cool, huh?
* Mr. Freeze comes with two different freeze-rays. The first has three canisters on top and a front stock. The paintwork and detail on these are incredible. I think Diamond Select is doing some excellent work on accessories lately. They're definitely even giving NECA a run for their money.
* The second freeze-ray is a shorter weapon, but it's no less detailed. It only has one canister on it, although the canister design is different.
upgrade his arsenal. These are simple, but the sculpting is nice and the inclusion of paint applications is far beyond what we see with most mass market toy lines. How does Diamond Select give us more product for a cheaper price than companies like Mattel and Hasbro?
* Like Azrael, Mr. Freeze includes a flat base that looks like a piece of concrete (the standard direct market release will come with an alley way chunk). The sculpting is impressive and features lots of cracks and dents as well as a dark, oily wash. It truly captures the worn, rugged beauty of a Gotham City parking lot.
* You know what would have been nice? If the display base had a foot peg or two to allow the figure to stand on.
While I own quite a few Mr. Freeze figures, I've only reviewed a few on here: The 1/18th scale Matel Multiverse Mr. Freeze from Arkham City and the Greg Capullo inspired Mr. Freeze from DC Collectibles.
If you're looking for other Gotham action figures from Diamond Select Toys, I've reviewed the following: