Sunday, October 29, 2017

Action Figure Review: The Atom (DC's Legends of Tomorrow) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

 While they started showing up in August I just received my case of the "Rookie" series of DC Comics Multiverse figures in the mail this past week. It's largely the perfect series of DC Comics Multiverse figures for me as the Collect & Connect figure and four of the five standard figures are all Batman themed. The fifth figure is who I'm looking at today and you know what? I'm actually kind of excited for him. It's the Atom! Now I do wish that Mattel had went with a Rebirth version of the current Justice League of America Atom, Ryan Choi, but I'm not going to argue with a Ray Palmer version, either. This Atom is based on the TV series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which I haven't seen, but he still seems like he can easily fit in with a comic based collection. I've largely skipped the TV series based figures in the Multiverse line but I needed an Atom and wanted to build the Rookie, so I bit this time. Let's check out this little guy after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 3/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Alternate unmasked Ray Palmer head, Atom micro figure, and the head and waist for the Rookie Collect & Connect figure.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

 The Positives:

* The Atom isn't a bad looking figure. I like the armored looking outfit that utilizes red and blue highlights. This guy could easily fit in with the DCEU figures or your standard comic based Multiverse/ DCUC figures, too. It's got a look that works for a number of different lines.

 * The sculpted detail on the figure is impressive. I do appreciate that Mattel gives there movie and television based figures completely unique body sculpts. The paintwork is neat and clean and the various cables and wires on the suit look excellent.

* The Atom's helmet is pretty cool. I like the large visor and the Atom symbol on the forehead.

* The Atom also includes an unmasked head of Ray Palmer that resembles Brandon Routh quite nicely. I honestly forgot that Routh played the Atom but, when I looked at the headsculpt, I instantly knew it was him. Well, my first thought was "This looks like the guy who played Superman in Superman Returns. I just connected the dots from there. The heads swap out easily.

* The Atom includes a mirofigure of himself in his miniature form. At just a little over an inch this guy is pretty tiny but makes for a cool display piece in a larger gathering of superheroes.

* The Atom includes the head and waist of the Rookie. I'll review this guy fully once I review all of the other figures but, for now, let's just say he looks pretty cool.
 The Negatives:

* The Atom has the standard Mattel DCEU styled articulation which is woefully outdated. Furthermore, the joints he does have, particularly the ankles, elbows, and knees, have severely restricted ranges of motion. 

* The Atom also has some paint slop on his chin. It's either that or herpes. Or he had blueberries for breakfast.
   You know what? The Atom isn't a bad figure. He's not incredible or anything but he's a solid figure if you're like me and don't own a standard 6-7 inch scaled figure of the Atom yet. He definitely has the problems that all of Mattel's DCEU figures have (very limited articulation) but he still looks impressive and you can make him look good on the shelf. Factor in the headsculpt and the microfigure of the Atom and you're probably getting a bit better than average value for the line. He's a Good and a 1/2 figure and the first TV based figure in this line that I've really cared about.

The only other action figure of the Atom I've reviewed so far is the Atom microfigure that was included with the Dark Knight Strikes Again version of the Flash figure.

If you're looking for more DC Comics Multiverse figures, check out the following:

Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) 
Earth 23 Superman
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Justice Buster

The Arrow

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
The Flash & The Atom (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Son of Batman

Batman v. Superman
Armored Batman
Bat Creature
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory) 
Batman Unmasked
Knightmare Batman
Lex Luthor
Wonder Woman

The Flash
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)

Justice League
Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) 
Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
The Flash
Mother Boxes (Collect & Connect Accessory)
Steppenwolf (Collect & Connect Figure)
Wonder Woman 

Suicide Squad
Croc (Build-a-Figure)
Harley Quinn (6 inch) 
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker 
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Rick Flag 


Wonder Woman
Diana of Themyscira
Queen Hippolyta
Steve Trevor 
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)

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