Thursday, October 12, 2017

Unite the League: The Flash from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

   Finally! I have the Flash! It's been a few months since I first picked up most of the Justice League series of Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line so it's taken me around 2 months to find the Flash. He definitely seems to be the most popular and most difficult figure to find in this series which is made all the more difficult by the seemingly poor distribution for this series. I have hardly seen these action figures in stores. Today is a day for celebration though and, with the recent release of the new Justice League trailer, I'm pretty excited to see how Ezra Miller's The Flash fits in alongside the other members of the Justice League. Let's take a closer look at this figure and see how his figure fits in alongside of the toy versions of his teammates, too. More fast fun after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 3/8ths inches

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

Accessories: Collect & Connect Steppenwolf's left leg.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* I definitely think that the Flash is the most exciting Justice League figure in the initial set of 6. He's really impressive looking with a costume that is familiar (still retaining the traditional red color with a hood and a lightning bolt on his chest) while adding in an updated "movie" appearance. The figure looks very complex and shows off lots of impressive textures all over.

 * Looking at the Flash heads on, the headsculpt looks to be pretty impressive. The likeness to Ezra Miller seems pretty good, particularly considering his face is about half covered, with some excellent paint work to give everything a neat, clean appearance.

* The paintwork on the outfit is excellent, too. I like the variety of shades of red, the gold bits, and the silver piping all over the costume. Again, this is very neat and clean paperwork that definitely appears to be a bit more complex than what we usually see Mattel offer.

* Each figure in this six figure series includes a piece of the Collect & Connect figure Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf's left leg comes with Barry. I'm happy to say that I've completed mine, so I'll be reviewing it very soon. For now, I'll just say that I always appreciate when a Collect & Connect piece is included.
 * OK, let's talk about articulation. Mattel has pretty much kept the same articulation scheme for their movie and TV based DC figures since the Movie Masters line in 2008. That's almost a decade and the articulation scheme has been desperately in need of an update. Fortunately, Mattel seems to have moved slightly in that direction. Flash has double hinged knees and seems to move a bit better in places than many other previous figures. 
 The Negatives:

* Unfortunately, the problem isn't the lack of joints so much as the range of motion. Well, actually it's both. The mid-torso hinge and elbow joints are pretty limited. The hinged ankles look like they could easily have a swivel too, giving them an excellent range of motion. Unfortunately, Mattel has completely neglected that joint, too. Flash is a small step forward, but we're really at a point where Mattel needs to progress by leaps and bounds.

* The side of Flash's head looks a bit off. I'm not sure if it's truly the design of the hood or Mattel's sculpting but there's something off about it. It's one of those things that is hard to put a finger on but I know something is off.

 The Flash is definitely the most exciting figure in this series. Batman might be my favorite (you know because he's Batman) but Flash might be the next best. The paintwork and sculpt are excellent but things just keep getting held back by Mattel's inability to create really useful articulation points. He's a Good and a 1/2 figure and one you'll need to both complete Steppenwolf and the Justice League, but I would have hoped for a but more functionality.

  If you're looking for more Flash collectibles, check out my review of the Mezco One:12 Collective The Flash, the DC Comics Multiverse DK2 Flash, the Lego DC Universe Riddler Chase which comes with a minifigure Flash, the Lil Bombshells Flash (Jesse Quick), and the Nano Metalfigs Flash by himself or as part of Five Pack A!

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