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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Action Figure Review: Earth 23 Superman from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
Height: 6 3/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thigh, H-hinged hips, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Justice Buster's left leg.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* While he has some different parts, Superman is definitely the figure that most resembles a DC Universe Classics figure in this series. Well, other than the Joker who straight up reuses the DCUC suited body. This guy has all of the articulation you would expect except for the waist swivel, which seems to not function here due to the belt. Otherwise, you know what you're getting here and it all works fine.
* I really like the look of this figure. First, Mattel actually used a more detailed body (possibly one from the DC Unlimited line) that features more detail on the costume. There's also some really vibrant paint work here and a nice, clean tampographic "S" logo on the chest. And the headsculpt? In person it looks excellent and captures the character's likeness well.
* President Calvin Ellis is involved in politics, so you just know he's got to be a fighter! He's also wearing some cool wrist guards and is rocking a rather unique belt. It's actually an extra piece attached to a more standard crotch piece and it does a lot to add more individuality to the figure.
* With the swap back to 6 inch figures, Mattel has also jumped back in to offering Collect & Connect figures. This series of 6 figures comes with the pieces to assemble Batman's Justice Buster. This seems like a pretty decent BAF. Kalel comes with the left leg, which features a hinged knee, a swivel thigh, and swivel/hinge hip. I've now picked up all of the pieces to this and should be reviewing it sometime next week.
*Oops! There's a paint hiccup on mine! Black and yellow can be tough colors to get right (heck, yellow nearly always has problems) and when their is a screw up it's far more noticeably. This one is very, very noticeable.
* Superman's cape is not handled poorly; I just don't like it. I'm not sure what the thought was behind the idea of a cape that doesn't attach to his shoulders in some way but it just looks really odd.
The only other Superman figure I've reviewed on here is Split Cycle Superman from Mattel's Man of Steel line.
I've reviewed a number of other figures from Mattel's new DC Comics Multiverse line, including:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Batman from Zero Year
The Joker from Batman: Endgame
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)