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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Steppenwolf from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel
Height: 9 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel hips, H-hinged thighs, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a double ball jointed head.
Figures Needed to Complete Steppenwolf: Aquaman, Batman (Tactical Suit), Cyborg, The Flash, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
* Steppenwolf is a pretty impressive looking figure. He does have some colors and design choices that are very similar to Ares, though, which is kind of odd. Have we gone from large beams of blue light to large guys in metallic blue armor? Heck, both actors (Ciarán Hinds for Steppenwolf and David Thewlis for Ares) portraying these villains have also been in Harry Potter films. Coincidence? Maybe!!! Anyways, Steppenwolf certainly looks the part of a mythical, cosmic general. He also kind of looks like Standor from Masters of the Universe Classics. Another Stan Lee and Kirby connection! Definitely more fearsome than Standor, though.
* The headsculpt on Steppenwolf is good. really good, actually. This guy looks pissed. he's very statuesque, which I kind of dig. The paintwork is impressive, too. This is easily one of the best Multiverse portraits we've seen yet. I hope this is what the character actually looks like in the film as it's a cool look.
* The armor is very nicely done with some very rich, detailed sculpting and a great paint job to give everything a metallic sheen. The armor is very cool as while it looks like it's made of metal (with a variety of chinks and dents in it in places), there are portions of it that also appear to be organic. Doesn't the back almost look like musculature of some sort?
* Steppenwolf's ax is pretty cool, too. It's quite large and very wicked looking with some excellent details on the blade and the shaft.
* I like the design of Steppenwolf's robe but the details look very, very soft on it, particularly the belt buckle design.
* Steppenwolf's articulation is kind of weak. He has every joint that most Multiverse figures have, but the shoulder pads and the skirt really restrict the shoulder and hip motion. fairly significantly. He's a sturdy, well made toy, but he really cannot take very many good poses.
I haven't reviewed any other Steppenwolf figures on the site but I have reviewed many other DC Comics Multiverse figures, including:
Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War)
Earth 23 Superman
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
The Flash & The Atom (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns)
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns)
Son of Batman
Batman v. Superman
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory)
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
Harley Quinn (6 inch)
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Diana of Themyscira
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)