Friday, March 9, 2018

Action Figure Review: Superman (DC Rebirth) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    Slowly but surely I'm making my way through the newest series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and today I'm looking at Mattel's DC Rebirth version of the Man of Steel himself, Superman! While the Rebirth version of Batman was released last year (with Wonder Woman coming sometime later this year), Mattel is offering up a Rebirth Superman as the "anchor" figure for the Clayface series. Mattel is really focusing on offering up current looks for characters which is probably a smart move. Of course, my favorite era in DC Comics overall is the 1970s to mid 1980s so I do hope we'll get some more of those characters sprinkled in the line to help complete various rosters from DC Universe Classics. I will admit that Superman was my second least anticipated figure in this series (behind Martian Manhunter, who turned out to be a pretty nice figure) and while he definitely has some improvements over previous figures, not too much has changed. Let's check out the Rebirth version of Superman after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Hinged ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head with a hinged neck.

Accessories: 2 pairs of interchangeable hands (two fists and two open hands) and Collect and Connect Clayface's right arm.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

The Positives:

* Mattel did a pretty admirable job of capturing most of the details of the Rebirth Superman costume such as the lack of trunks, wrist design by the sleeves, and red belt. Mattel has definitely created lots of new parts for this series of figures which is much appreciated. I also like the head more than I thought I would. It's much better in person and, from most angles, you can see that it is a very classic looking Superman sculpt.

* Superman doesn't have the absolute top of the line articulation but it is definitely improved over most other Mattel DC figures due to the presence of double-hinged knees. The shoulders and head also have a really nice range of motion.

 * Superman's cape looks pretty good, too. I like the tampographic stamped "S" logo on it and the way that the cape connects to the shoulders.
 * Three of the five figures from this series feature interchangeable hands which is a nice change of pace for Mattel. Superman comes with two pairs of hands that allow for some great, expressive poses: A pair of fists and a pair of open palms for flight pose.s They swap out very easily and feel very sturdy.

* Clark also includes the right arm for the Clayface Collect & Connect figure. I'm getting very excited to show this guy off and now, after reviewing Superman, I'll only have one more figure to review before we get to Basil Karlo!
 The Negatives:

* Is it me or is the "S" logo really, really wide. It looks kind of oddly sized, right? Not just me?

 * Overall, there is just something about this figure that looks "off" to me. It's hard to quantify. Maybe it's that the legs look too small compared to the torso or maybe it is because there is just too much blue. I'm also not liking the look of the new crotch piece, particularly in light of all of the blue with no break.
  Superman probably is my least favorite figure in this series. He's not a bad figure, and I'd also still argue that he's a Good figure, but he just doesn't look quite right. Do you ever have a figure where you can tell something is off visually but you are hard pressed to put a finger on what exactly that is? That's how I feel about Superman. He's definitely the weakest Clayface series figure but still an improvement over most other previous releases in the series. Had he not come with a Clayface build-a-part, though, I might have skipped him.

   If you're looking for more Superman, I've reviewed the One:12 Collective Red Son Superman, the One:12 Collective regular Superman, the Justice League Multiverse Superman, the BvS Multiverse Superman, the Multiverse Earth 23 Superman, the Multiverse DKR Batman/ Suprman 2-packSplit Cycle Superman from Mattel's Man of Steel line, and the 5-pack and 10-pack Superman DC3 and Superman DC15 from the Nano Metalfigs line.

For more DC Comics Multiverse reviews, check out the following:

 Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Batman (DC Rebirth)
Batwing (DC Rebirth)
Batwoman (DC Rebirth)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) 
Doctor Psycho (Collect & Connect figure)
Duke Thomas (We Are Robin)
Earth 23 Superman
The Flash: From Page to Screen
Jessica Cruz (DC Rebirth)
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Justice Buster
The Reaper (Batman: Year Two) 
Rookie (Collect & Connect figure)
Wonder Girl (Teen Titans)

The Arrow

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
Wonder Woman

Batman v. Superman
Armored Batman
Bat Creature
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory) 
Batman Unmasked
Knightmare Batman
Lex Luthor
Wonder Woman

DC's Legends of Tomorrow 
The Atom

The Flash
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)

Justice League
Aquaman (Toys R Us Exclusive) 
Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) 
Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
The Flash
Mother Boxes (Collect & Connect Accessory)
Steppenwolf (Collect & Connect Figure)
Wonder Woman 

Suicide Squad
Croc (Build-a-Figure)
Harley Quinn (6 inch) 
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker 
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Rick Flag 


Supergirl TV Series 
Martian Manhunter

Wonder Woman
Diana of Themyscira
Queen Hippolyta
Steve Trevor 
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)

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