Sunday, June 11, 2023

Action Figure Review: Impulse (Flash War) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   Ready for a quick review? Then let's take a look at the DC Multiverse Impulse from Flash War. Impulse is a Gold Label release exclusive to Target and I found mine back in the latter half of April while my daughter and I were coming back from her school trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. We stopped for dinner on the way home and ended up running into a nearby Target as well, which is where I found Impulse. I'll freely admit that I recognize Impulse but I don't know much about the character other than what the back of the included collectible card says: This is Bart Allen, Barry Allen's grandson from the future, who has been trapped in the Speed Force. He's a time traveler and is from the 31st century, so he's got that going for him, too. Honestly, I just thought he looked cool and that he would display well with the Titans. I guess you could say he was kind of an "impulse" purchase.

Impulse. Purchase. 

Ready to check out Impulse? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, double hinged elbows, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: 4 Lightning effects, collector card, and display stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $23 dollars

The Positives:

* Impulse is a pretty basic looking DC Multiverse figure, but that doesn't mean he's not a nice looking toy. His sleek red and white costume has a few different shades of red on it, along with a bit of shading and some additional pieces that set over his wrists and ankles to make it look like he's wearing gloves and boots that strap on. He's pretty slick looking and I like the pattern on his suit and the overall look of the figure. He's sleek and eye-catching, just like you'd expect from a speedster.

* This is a great portrait. While some things seem to portray Bart Allen as being younger, this looks like an older teen or younger adult, which lets him fit in better with the Titans or Teen Titans. He's got a lot of character in his face, very cool goggles with transparent lenses, some little Mercury styled wings on his cowl, and some fantastic hair. Great detail and it looks like it's blowing in the wind!

* The articulation is solid, durable, plentiful, and offers a great range of motion. Since he's wearing a simple outfit that doesn't impede his movement at all Bart can pose with the best of them. He looks excellent in running poses!

* To show him using the Speed Force to go really, really fast, Impulse comes with some lightning effects that attach to his legs. They stay on pretty well and really make him look dynamic in action poses. 

* Impulse also comes with matching lightning bolts for his arms. They're all different sculpts, mind you, but he at least has one for each limb.

* I'm always glad that McFarlane includes a stand with each of their releases these days. It's just a simple disc stand with the DC logo on it but it works well and keeps the figure standing upright in most poses.

* You also get the standard collectible card, this time with a picture of Impulse on the front. There's a short bio on the back, too. 

The Negatives:

* I'm calling 'em out again! Why can McFarlane not match up the color of the joint for the toe hinges? Why? It seems like it would be so simple.

   Impulse turned out really well. He's a bit basic, yeah, but he has a really cool look to him, especially when you add those lightning streaks on him. They really are some fun accessories. The portrait is really nice, too. Overall, I'm giving him a Good and a 1/2. If you're looking for him I'm pretty sure he's still available for order from as of today, so scoop him up if you're looking for him. Some of the Gold Label exclusive are unpredictable, and the Flash family of speedsters does seem to be a popular subgroup. 

   This is the first figure of Bart Allen/ Impulse that I've reviewed. For more DC Multiverse reviews 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)
Nightwing (Titans)
Raven (Titans)
The Riddler (Arkham City)
Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
The Signal Duke Thomas
Two-Face (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

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