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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Action Figure Review: Phantom Stranger from DC Universe Signature Collection by Mattel
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Non-Scalper Price: $18-$20 dollars
*Since he's so mysterious, the Phantom Stranger likes to keep his face obscured by the shadow of his hat. That's a tough feat to pull off on an action figure though, so Mattel opted to kind of do what Hasbro did with the Vietnam Era Snake Eyes figure and paint some shadows over his face. It actually looks pretty decent in person and gives him a rather unsettling presence.
* The medallion around the Stranger's neck is actually removable and, like the chain on his cape, it is actually made from little metal chain links. It's a pretty slick design that gives the figure a much classier and more arcane vibe than just a suit with a sweater and cape along can provide.
* Again, I just love to draw attention to the Mike Thompson artwork on the back of the package. The DC Signature Collection uses collector friendly packaging which means that it not only looks nice but that it can also be opened and sealed again without damage to the package.
* While the Phantom Stranger is just a mysterious guy in a suit, he does have a decent range of movement. Seriously, how many other suited action figures can move as well as Mattel's DC figures can? The hands also give him a cool, jazzy appearance. Remove the hat and creepy face and replace it with something more normal, trade out the medallion for Austin Power's necklace, and you have a 60's style swinger for your shelf.
* If you look at most depictions of the Phantom Stranger, the medallion around his neck is supposed to be a part of the chain holding his cape in place. Here, though, Mattel made it into a necklace. I'm cool with that, but it's way too long. He looks like he should be headlining the world's most un-hip rap video or something.
* Maybe an extra accessory would have been nice, too. He's a bit light compared to other figures in the line.
I haven't reviewed any other figures of the Phantom Stranger, but I have reviewed a few other figures in the DC Universe Signature Collection:
Ra's Al Ghul