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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Action Figure Review: Ares from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel
Height: 7 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinge ankles w/ minor lateral rockers, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, double balljointed head.
Non-Scalper Price: Included with the purchase of Diana of Themyscira, Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman, and Queen Hippolyta.
* Ares has a very cool look. Ares has had a number of different looks over the years, but this version definitely looks to be modeled after the George Perez rendition of the character. He's wearing some pretty heavy armor that looks to be very form fitting; he almost looks like a statue come to life. Most of the armored bits are actually separately molded pieces permanently attached to the body, so there's a lot of depth to the figure.
* Ares' articulation is pretty decent. It's much better than the standard figures in the line, particularly with extra points like the balljointed mid-torso. He feels nice and sturdy, too, and you can definitely get him in a few cool poses.
* My favorite part about this figure is the helmet. Yeah, while it initially looks like Ares might have a giant skeletal head, it's really a helmet. The bone texture is quite intricate and has a nice paint effect to help it look aged.
* Ares armor has a great metallic look to it covered with wear and tear. It's very impressive and gives the figure a battle hardened appearance. The flat, unadorned and weathered plates stand in stark contrast to the more detailed and colorful armor of the Amazons. When looking at Ares, you know right away who the bad guy is.
* There is a lot of sculpted detail etched into the armor. Check out these braces and the close-up of Ares' abdominal armor. Nice paintwork, here.
* While the two upcoming exclusive figures, Wonder Woman and Menalippe, both include accessories for Ares, with the basic four figures you only get the sword. The sword is pretty cool, though: It's a wicked looking long sword with a glowing red blade. I'm assuming it's glowing red with an unearthly magic or from extreme heat. It's cool, though, and offers some contrast to the other cooler colors on the figure.
Killer Croc. Ares has solid articulation, great paintwork, and an impressive sculpt. There haven't been too many Ares figures produced, either, so he's not a character that's been done over and over, either. He's not as well articulated as I wish he were (Mattel can do better articulation, as they're doing it in their WWE Elite series and on some comic based figures), but you'll still be able to have some fun with him. It's great to have him on the shelf as a DCEU bad guy, something that's a bit lacking. He's a Great multiverse figure and, if you like what you see and enjoy a few figures in the series, probably worth picking up the set of four figures for. When the other figures get released that include extra pieces, I'll probably show those accessories with Ares and maybe even add an addendum to this review!
I haven't reviewed any other action figures of Ares but I have reviewed plenty of other DC Comics Multiverse figures, including:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman from Zero Year
Earth 23 Superman
The Joker from Batman: Endgame
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory)
DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel (2016)
Harley Quinn (6 inch)
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel (2017)
Diana of Themyscira