Thursday, October 19, 2017

Action Figure Review: Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive) from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

    Yesterday I reviewed the Wal-Mart exclusive Justice League Batman and today I'm reviewing his counterpart, Cyborg.  I reviewed the standard Cyborg but this Cyborg seems to be an enhanced version of the character. He's a bit bulkier with a fully covered head, so that means none of Vic Stone's face is visible. It's an interesting design and I'm curious as to how it will be implemented into the film. Like Batman, Cyborg is part of a 2-figure miniseries that includes the pieces to three Mother Boxes. I'll be reviewing the Mother Boxes on their own since they're technically Collect & Connect accessories, so today I'm just going to be checking out Cyborg. More cybernetic fun after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

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

Accessories: Removable right hand and three Collect & Connect Mother Box halves

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

* While these two figures look very, very similar, the exclusive Cyborg only shares the lower body with the standard release. Everything else is new: The arms, the chest, shoulders, and head. 
 The Positives:

* Like many of the other Mattel DC Comics Multiverse figures, Cyborg has adequate articulation and is a sturdy, well built figure. While Mattel markets these to collectors, I really don't see any reason an appropriately aged child couldn't play with these. They're quite sturdy. Cyborg certainly is not as articulated as most other 6 inch collectors figures (he's missing a mid-torso joint and wrist joints), but he's not bad.

* Like with the standard figure, I will give Mattel props for definitely attempting to do some detailed sculpting in translating Cyborg's unique appearance into action figure form. Overall I think Cyborg's body misses the mark, but both the front and the back of the figure do feature some impressive details that show someone tried to make this guy work. The red paint apps (red lights in the film) look pretty cool, too.

* The fully armored head kind of reminds me of the New 52 version of Deadshot or the Cyborg Ninja from Metal Gear Solid. It's a cool look and makes for an interesting variant.

* I have no idea how Mother Boxes will figure into the plot of Justice League but these look pretty cool. Batman and Cyborg each come with one half of each of the three Mother Boxes. From left to right is the Human Mother Box, the Themysciran Mother Box, and the Atlantean Mother Box. I'm actually going to review these on their own in a few days since they are technically Collect & Connect/ Build a Figures.

* I do think Mattel improved this figure over the standard release by adding in some really cool shoulder pads. The awkward shoulders of the standard figure definitely hurt its appearance.

 The Negatives:

* While this version of Cyborg features a removable right forearm, he doesn't include any alternate arm forms to change it out with to show his upgraded weaponry. That's kind if lame, isn't it?

* The paintwork definitely could have been improved a bit to give the figure more life. It's very flat and lifeless.

* I really, really can't believe Mattel sculpts completely unique feet and boots for each figure but doesn't give them swivel/hinge ankles. Cyborg's cybernetic legs seem like they need them pretty badly.
 For Your Information:

* The large blaster from the standard Cyborg figure does fit on this figure's arm as well. Even more interesting is the fact that the blaster seems to match up better with this figure's arm than it does on the standard Cyborg.
   I've largely found Mattel's Justice League line to be pretty disappointing and Cyborg isn't an exception. While the addition of a bulkier body and shoulder pads makes him a bit cooler than the standard figure, the lack of any blaster or arm weapon definitely makes him feel like the weaker figure. The Mother Boxes are a cool inclusion but they certainly are not worth the price of admission on their own. Cyborg is another Eh and 1/2 entry in what should have been an incredible line by Mattel. It's kind of sad that Mattel is giving the Justice League's first film foray such a forgettable toyline.

This is actually only the third Cyborg figure I've reviewed on Action Figure Barbecue. I've reviewed the standard Justice League Multiverse Cyborg and the Cyborg die-cast minfigure from the Pack A 5-pack of DC Nano Metalfigs from Jada Toys.

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

DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)

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) 
The Flash
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)

1 comment:

  1. Those look good- wow has Cyborg come a long way in the last few years.


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