Green Arrow. Released near the end of last month as a Previews Exclusive, Arsenal uses all of Green Arrow's accessories and most of his body and outfit to deliver a unique character. He also comes packaged in one of those deluxe metal storage tins rather than the standard Mezco 5-panel box. Let's check this guy out and see how he stacks up to the other figures in this series after the break...
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, thigh swivels, swivel/hinge hips,
ball-jointed waist, ball-jointed
mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ "butterfly" joints, swivel biceps,
double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a
double ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Bow, arrow, triple arrow, blunt tipped arrow, explosive
arrow, grappling hook arrow, arrow cluster, knife, 10 interchangeable
hands, display stand, accessory bag, posing arm, metal storage box.
Non-Scalper Price: $80
*Here's a look at Arsenal (left) and Green Arrow (right). They're very similar and mostly share the same body and outfit. The tunics are different, but otherwise you really would be fair in saying that Arsenal is a glorified variant of Ollie. Check out my review of the Green Arrow if you want more comparisons or for a fuller look at some of the finer shared details. I did rely heavily on that review when writing this one, just FYI.
* The articulation on the One:12 Collective line is just fantastic and
is, quite possibly, the best and sturdiest 1/12th scale articulation on
the market. The joints feel designed
and crafted to perfection; you'll really be amazed by how sturdy the
figure feels and how easy it is to put it in the poses you want to see. Roy's tunic feels much less bulky than Ollie's tunic, meaning his articulation seems even better. He can also hold a fairly legitimate archery pose, too.
* Here's the tunic I just mentioned. It does have a functional zipper,
but it's not really designed to be taken off. Underneath is a black
spandex body suit. I love how this
tunic/ hoodie sets over the figure's body, capturing a layered look that plastic
just couldn't achieve. Unlike Green Arrow, Roy's tunic/ hoodie ends at the waist rather than draping down. It feels a bit more modern.
* The harness is not removable and adds to the complexity of Roy's outfit. Rather than a leather-like appearance, this one seems more like it's meant to be crafted from a synthetic material. I'm not quite sure
what the round tubes on the sides are for, though. Anyone know? They
look kind of cool. Maybe they hold the arrowheads for the more high-tech
* Roy's wearing standard looking gloves (but no arm wraps) and some more
heavy duty forearm guards. The paintwork is really cool on these,
particularly the attention paid to all of the little dings and scratches
something like this would acquire. They don't swivel like most other
arm guards in this line, but I haven't experienced any distress because
* Roy is also wearing some cool boots with armored greaves strapped
over them. They too are sporting the intricate wear and tear that the
arm guards show. Oh, and the soles of the boots have a very cool
traction pattern. Maybe these are some sort
of specially designed sole for parkour and other free running
* This is a very modern looking bow which goes well with the Roy's costume. It's nothing insanely fancy but it definitely seems
better than what your average street archer might carry. And no, I have
no idea what an average street archer is. The bow has a nice paintjob
and comes pre-strung with a pretty tight string. The string is much improved from Ollie's and has more flexibility to it! Nice to see that Mezco did improve this figure!
* To carry his arrows around, Arsenal is toting a pretty heavy
duty quiver. This looks like a custom piece rather than something
"bought off the rack" and it also looks nicely armored. It's also
covered in dents and scratches, showing off Roy's numerous brushes
* Arsenal includes the same arrows that Green Arrow comes with: A grappling hook arrow, a single arrow, a set of three arrows together, an explosive arrow, a blunt arrow (on Green Arrow this was painted green to be a Kryptonite arrow), and a set of arrows meant to be tucked into the quiver.
* For when an arrow just won't do, Roy's also packing a combat knife for
close quarters. It's got a really nice grip and a serrated edge along
the top of the blade for making more random arrows on the fly.
* To carry all of the little accessories and extra hands when not in
use, Mezco also gives you a cool branded bag. It's just a simple plastic
bag with a Ziploc styled bag, but it's appreciated.
* Like the other One:12 Collective figures,Arsenal features a
round display base featuring a logo. The Arsenal "A" is emblazoned on
the base and an off-centered peg helps to keep the figure standing nice and
* There is also an articulated display arm that can be inserted where
the peg is (you just have to remove the peg). You
can get some great, secure poses here as the joints are very nice and
tight on the display bar. It can absolutely support the figure's weight
if you want to depict Roy leaping in the air while firing off some
wild trick shots.
* Like the Fully Loaded Punisher figure, this exclusive figure comes packaged in a metal tin with a hinged lid. It's nice looking, although I do admit that I miss the consistency of the traditional 5-panel boxes.
* Roy has a sheathe on the back of his belt but it doesn't hold the knife very tightly. It's a loose fit and the knife tends to slip out pretty easily. Be careful!
* Like with Captain America and Green Arrow, the ankle joints don't have a
lot of pivot to them. The hinge works OK, but I'd really like to be
able to have some lateral movement. Mezco seems to be addressing this on newer figures but since this is a repaint of a previously released figure, the problem hasn't been rectified.
* This one is a personal choice, but I really wish that Arsenla has a bit more influence from Roy's depictions in the New 52. The longer hair, sideburns, and trucker hat would have been incredible to see here. This is a situation where an alternate head would have been really cool. Heck, just an extra hat with the trucker hat would have been very welcome.
Zoom, Arsenal is a One:12 Collective exclusive variant that is actually a completely new character. While Arsenal is in many ways the same figure as Green Arrow, he's also pretty different due to a new headsculpt, his hoodie, and the red and black color scheme. Overall, I feel like Mezco fixed a few problems that Green Arrow had here (the better bow string and some better tailoring) but didn't offer up a whole lot new. Arsenal is a Great figure, no doubt about it, but he just isn't exciting for those who already own Green Arrow.
The only other Arsenal figure I've reviewed on here is the Arsenal figure from the DC Collectibles Red Hood and the Outlaws series.
If you're looking for more DC Universe One:12 Collective reviews, check out the following:
Armored Batman: Batman V. Superman (Convention Exclusive)
Batman: Batman V. Superman
Batman and Mutant Leader (SDCC Exclusive)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (PX Previews Exclusive)