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Friday, April 21, 2017
Action Figure Review: Swamp Thing (Dark Genesis) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles
Height: 7 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, balljointed hips w/ vertical hinges, waist hinge, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: 4 interchangeable hands and Un-Man Cranius.
Non-Scalper Price:$24-$28 dollars
Designed by: Ivan Reis, Sculpted by: Erick Sosa
* Swamp Thing has pretty nice articulation. DC Collectibles has really upped the quality on this line and you can feel it; Swamp Thing feels like a sturdy, well made toy that you can pose over and over to your heart's content. He's also pretty tall and can fit in with some of your other DC Comics lines as well, so long as you're fine with him being the same size as other people. For Icons, he's nicely imposing, though.
* Dr. Alec Holland definitely doesn't win in the superhero looks department, but sculptor Erick Sosa did a great job in capturing the unusual, semi-skull like appearance of the character. I love the portrait here and the eyes are really well done, too. The red and yellow are quite striking against the mostly green body.
* Here's a look at Swamp Thing's entire body, giving you a chance to see the sculpting and the paintwork. While I don't think the sculpting here is as impressive as on other Swamp Thing figures due to the more consistent design that's lacking details like vines, flowers, and other unique aspects showing off Swamp Thing's organic nature, the work is still solid. The paintwork also looks really good. It kind of has a mottled appearance that adds a lot of depth to the figure's appearance.
* Swamp Thing includes four interchangeable hands: A pair of fists and two expressive hands. The left hand is posed in more of a loose grip, possibly for grappling or picking up other figures, while the right hand is posed in an outstretched gesture as if Swamp Thing is communicating with plant life. I really like the gesturing hands. The hands swap in and out easily and feel very sturdy, so that's a plus.
* Swamp Thing doesn't really come with any accessories ha can utilize but he does come with a minifigure of Cranius, the leader of the Un-Men. Cranius is about an inch and a half tall and is a pretty cool little extra. Essentially a brain with a face on top of a giant hand, the sculpt is kind of unsettling. Good work!
* There's something off about Swamp Thing's overall appearance. While Swamp Thing has been drawn differently many times over the years, he usually has an unusual shape to his head and neck that seems to be missing here. It's hard to describe, but it seems like something isn't quite right and I can't put a finger on it.
I haven't reviewed any other Swamp Thing items but I have reviewed a few other DC Comics Icons figures, including:
Batgirl (Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Last Rites)
Harley Quinn (No Man's Land)
The Joker (A Death in the Family)