Aquaman's arch foes: Black Manta. While most of the figures in this series have stayed within the realms of traditional barbarian fantasy, Black Manta brings some technology into the Primal Age roster. Black Manta is a very cool character and I think that Funko's design for the figure is one of the best for the character I've ever seen. I love the old school diving outfit on this guy! Let's check out Black Manta after the break...
Height: 5 3/4ths inches
Articulation: Balljointed hips, swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Two daggers
Non-Scalper Price: $12-$13 dollars
* I love the steampunk style of Black Manta's design! He looks incredibly slick and has one of the coolest designs in the entire line. He works as both a cool Primal Age figure and as just a great Black Manta toy. If Gotham by Gaslight had featured Black Manta, this would have been a great look for him.
* The helmet is just too darn cool. It's perfect with large red lenses (and some ports on top, too) and lots of gold riveting all around it. I just love how darn cool this guy is!
* The Primal Age figures are definitely built in such a way as to look
similar to a Masters of the
Universe figure or any other similar barbarian fantasy figure from the
1980s, although the hip joints are more traditional ball joints rather
than the rubber banded legs of the vintage MOTU figures. Like the Target
re-releases of series 1, these feel very sturdy and well made.
* Black Manta is toting three tanks on his back. They're not removable but they're excellently sculpted and the match the design of his helmet very well. There are lots of little valves and such all over them.
* Black Manta is actually covered with barnacles, which is just a really cool detail. How much time does this guy spend underwater, anyways. Also, he has some really cool wrist fins that have lots of detail on them. I bet these things are pretty wicked in close combat.
* Black Manta only comes with two knives (the figures of series 2 of DC Primal Age come with far fewer accessories than series 1). They're really cool knives, however, and they fit in his hands quite well. They have an interesting segmented design that makes them loo extra wicked!
So far Series 2 is really impressing me. Funko seems to really be nailing the quality control this time around, the paintwork is slick, and Black Manta's design is possibly my favorite in the entire line. I do wish he came with another weapon (a speargun would have been really cool) but what's here is well worth checking out. Black Manta is a Great and a 1/2 figure and another solid entry in the DC Primal Age line. Who doesn't love a mixture between DC Comics and swords and sorcery, right?
It turns out that this is actually the first Black Manta figure I've reviewed on the site. For more DC Primal Age reviews check out the following:
Ace the Bathound
Batman (Grey & Black)
The Joker Beast
Mister Freeze "Ice Mode"