Professor Zoom with Zoom arriving a bit earlier through a different shipping company, so in that instance the bad guy won. Who will win the contest of being the better figure? Let's find out after the break...
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Balljointed ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees,
balljointed hips, balljointed
waist, balljointed mid-torso joint, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ butterfly
joints, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/hinge wrists,
balljointed neck, and a double balljointed head.
Accessories: 2 interchangeable portraits, 3 pairs of interchangeable hands, 4 lighting effects, 1
tornado hand, display base with posing arm, and accessory bag.
Non-Scalper Price: $75 dollars
* Like most other One:12 Collective figures, Flash's articulation is
phenomenal. The joints are plentiful, functional, and feel extremely
sturdy. Like other characters wearing full body suits, they're also almost all
hidden from view. Flash's flexible costume helps to ensure the figure has a full range of uninhibited motion and
you should have no problem putting in some excellent running, jumping,
and fighting poses.
* Let's take a look at the headsculpt, as that's an area where Mezco nearly always excels. This is an awesome Bary Allen headsculpt underneath a somewhat traditional Flash hood. I like the mixture of different eras pulled together that seem to inspire the design here. It's very classic while still feeling very modern. And the work on the eyes and mouth? Exceptional. And, unlike Zoom, Flash comes with two headsculpts...
* I'm not sure that Mezco has confirmed this (maybe they have and I just can't remember) but this second portrait certainly seems to represent Wally West rather than Barry Allen. The expression seems more in line with Wally's personality. He just seems so generally gleeful and happy! I love the look here. The white eyes are also a cool touch, adding a very different look to this headsculpt.
previously reviewed Zoom is actually the variant for Flash so, like Zoom, Flash' costume is really well done. It's rather simple, just a
basic, form fitting bodysuit with a chest symbol, but the look is
pretty impressive. The material looks fantastic and definitely gives
the figure a vibe that is far more advanced than a Mego. It also feels
like a very high quality piece, and I'm not noticing anything in the
construction that causes me concern. The classic combination of red
with yellow highlights just pops too, making this guy another standout
figure in the line.
* I want to point out two things about the Flash's boots: 1. They have a
very nice range of motion, overcoming what has been one of the weaker
aspects of these figures in the past. 2. The boots have cool
little bolts/ wings on the sides.
* Flash comes with three sets of hands: Grappling hands, standard fists,
and some flat, open palms that look like running hands. These look great
and swap out easily. It's not a ton, but it's about all a character not
interacting with too many accessories needs.
* The Flash comes with another accessory that sort of functions as a seventh hand: A tornado effect! It attaches to the wrist peg and gives the effect that Flash is
creating a whirlwind with his hand. The translucent plastic looks pretty
slick and I'm impressed that the figure is able to hold up this fairly
* The coolest accessory that Flash comes with is a set of four lightning
bolts that can attach to his arms and legs. These are cast in a yellow
translucent plastic (Zoom's are red!) and they can slide rather easily
over Flash's wrists and boots. These really add to the dynamic look of
this figure, making him one of the nicest looking pieces you could have
* Mezco makes these figures very easy to store. For longer term
storage, it's nice to know that the gorgeous boxes these figures come
packaged in are completely collector friendly. Second,to keep the extra
accessories and hands close by when not in
use, Mezco also gives you a cool branded bag. It's just a simple plastic
bag with a Ziploc styled closure, but it's appreciated.
* Like every other One:12 Collective figure, Flash comes with a
personalized display stand. His is the Flash lightning bolt
logo. The peg to hold the figure on the stand is positioned off
center to give the figure plenty of room to stand or run.
* The Flash also includes a clear plastic display arm. It can be inserted into the included display base where the
foot peg is (you just have to remove the peg). You
can get some great, secure poses here as the joints are very tight on
the display bar and it can absolutely support the figure's weight. Running poses work great!
* My one complaint with Flash is the belt. He and Zoom both share this
piece and there's just something about it that I find awkward. The belt
is made from a harder plastic and is permanently attached to the back of
the costume. It's not attached in the front, though, which is intended
to help the waist articulation move more smoothly. Unfortunately, it seems
like a potential breaking hazard due to the thin plastic.
Zoom is a Great and a 1/2 figure but the Flash, with an alternate head and coming in a $5 less, is an Epic one. This is just such an incredible and well done toy. I'm not sure a better action figure of the Flash has ever been made. The recent Rebirth event in DC Comics has been huge for the Flash (all of them) and it's nice to have this guy on shelves. He's sold out at most places now so, if you want him, you need to hurry, hurry hurry!
If you're looking for more Flash action figures, check out my review of the Lego DC Universe Riddler Chase which comes with a minifigure Flash set and my review of the Lil Bombshells Flash (Jesse Quick). For more reviews of One 12 Collective figures, check out the following:
One:12 Collective DC Universe (2015)
Armored Batman: Batman V. Superman (Convention Exclusive)
Batman: Batman V. Superman
Batman and Mutant Leader (SDCC Exclusive)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (PX Previews Exclusive)