Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Action Figure Review: Arsenal (Titans) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   Today I'm going to start a review miniseries of the recent Titans series of DC Multiverse figures from McFarlane Toys. Collect all four (Arsenal, Raven, Nightwing, and Donna Troy) and you can build a really cool Beast Boy figure. Nifty, right? I really like Roy Harper as a character and while this isn't one of my favorite outfit he has worn (I really liked his Young Justice and New 52 costumes), it's not terrible at all. It's still kind of a "too cool"/ frat boy kind of look, but it makes for a nice figure and fits the Rebirth era of Titans that the other figures in this set come from. Let's take a look at Arsenal after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/ hinge wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Bow, quiver, set of arrows, collector card, display stand, and 2 legs for the Beast Boy build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars

The Positives:

* Sculpt-wise, Arsenal looks pretty good. This is an odd outfit with a mixture of some sort of leather or pleather-like bodysuit underneath a red tunic of sorts. The texture is great, though, as the different parts of the suit really do look like separate types of material. He's sporting lots of protective bands and such on his arms, knee pads, and a belt with lots of pouches for different gadgets and gear. 

* The portrait is really good, though you can't see most of Roy's face because of his wraparound sunglasses. Here they look less like wraparound sunglasses and more like some sort of tactical safety goggles, so they're larger than they appear in the book. He's also sporting a backwards grey ball cap instead of a trucker hat. There's even some of his red hair visible coming out above the closure.

* Arsenal has some cool tattoos. On his right bicep he's sporting a green scorpion with the words "Poison" above it and a bit of a green skull peeking out from under his protective arm gear.

* On the left shoulder Roy is sporting a green skull with tentacles and wings. Fierce!

* Since he's a pretty sleek figure, Arsenal has all of the articulation you'd expect from a DC Multiverse figure. Plenty of joints, and most with a good range of motion. He's durable, poseable, and looks pretty cool with his bow. 

* Speaking of bows, Arsenal comes with one. It's a simple piece though the bowstring does get a white paint application. It's a bit flexible, so you can bend it around a bit if you want to for posing him.

* He also has a quiver that is nicely sculpted with lots of stitched detail. It also holds a group of arrows.
* The arrows do come out, but as one solid piece. The individual shafts are sculpted, though, and there are paint applications on the fletching of each arrow.

Funny story: I was taking pictures of Arsenal and I accidentally grabbed the red arrow from the Marvel Legends comic version of Yondu. I was about halfway done with pictures when I realized it wasn't Roy's arrow, so I had to retake a few shots.

* The figure includes the standard McFarlane disc stand with the DC logo on it. It works just fine and I'm always glad to have one of these included. 

* The standard collectible card is included, featuring a decent bio of Roy Harper on the back. It's not really too specific to any of his aliases, featuring reference to his time as Speedy and the Red Arrow. What's weird is that the image isn't from the Rebirth era Titans; it's from Roy's New 52 "Red Hood and the Outlaws" era. Weird. I mean, why pick this image?

* This series features a very cool, very large Beast Boy buildable figure and Arsenal comes with the legs. This guy is very cool and I'm excited to get to him. 

The Negatives:

* OK, so I'm not crazy about this costume, but I don't hate it. I had to look at some images and, after finding the original character model sheet, I realized the problem: The parts that are brown on this figure should actually be black. Yup, that's it! Red and brown just doesn't have the same punch as red and black. The colors kind of blend together a bit. It's an odd choice to go with brown instead of black for sure. 

* Roy is also really leaning his head forward for some reason. Why? I don't know. Maybe this was done to try to better accommodate archery poses, but a balljointed neck would have been better. This just makes him look a bit off to me. 

 Arsenal is kind of a weird figure but I still do like him. He's really fun to pose and mess around with, he has some excellent details on his costume, and he comes with the parts to the Beast Boy BAF, who is an absolute monster. Weird design decisions do bring him down some, though, and the lack of an arrow is weird considering he's an archer. Overall, he's a Good and a 1/2 figure. Not one of the standouts from this line but still enjoyable for fans of the character and/ or fans of the Titans/ Teen Titans. 

If you're looking for more Roy Harper/ Arsenal/ Red Arrow/ Speedy figures, I've also reviewed the Arsenal figure from the DC Collectibles Red Hood and the Outlaws series, the One:12 Collective Arsenal, and the Young Justice Red Arrow

For more DC Multiverse figures check out the following:
Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad)
The Joker (Infinite Frontier)
Kalibak (The Darkseid War)
Man-Bat (DC Rebirth)
Mister Freeze (Victor Fries)
Nekron (Blackest Night)
The Riddler (Arkham City)
Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
The Signal Duke Thomas
Two-Face (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

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