Deadman is one of the newest "Gold Label" figures from McFarlane Toys' DC Multiverse line and is exclusive to Target. From DC Rebirth, this is the first time McFarlane has released a figure of Boston Brand in the DC Multiverse line and it's a pretty standard take on the character that ought to please most folks. McFarlane is definitely doing more standard or "classic" versions of characters than they were during the first year or two of DC Multiverse and that's definitely helped get me more into this line than I was. There have been more Deadman figures released over the years than I thought but my favorite is still Mattel's DC Universe Classics version. Does this one surpass the ones that have come before it? Let's take a look and see how this incarnation on Boston Brand fares after the break...
Height: 7 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/ hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head..
Accessories: Three ectoplasm effects, collector card, and display stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* From the chest down, Deadman is a pretty plain figure. He's wearing a red trapeze performer's uniform, king of like a stunt jumpsuit with darker red boots and some trunks over top. It's plain and basic, but that's what the character looks like. There's a "D" on his torso, too, but more on that in a moment. From the middle of torso up, though, we can see Deadman's exposed chest, pale white and emaciated, and his massive performer's collar. He has a slim, slender build that fits the character well.
* While Boston wore white makeup to look like a dead man when he performed, now he's really got a corpse face. You know, since he's dead. The sculpt is really good here with a pretty grotesque texture on Deadman's head. His eyes are sunk in, his features look contorted, and he has a very intense, focused look on his face. The purple wash on his pasty white skin definitely makes all of the detail stand out just a bit more, too.
* To show off Deadman's power to possess any person or anima, McFarlane included some smoke-like ectoplasmic tendrils that can be placed on arms of the figure. First is this small one. It's quite wispy and composed of multiple tendrils, most ending in a small orb-like shape.
* The largest piece is a piece that plugs into Deadman's back and which has tendrils that extend around his torso. It actually shows Deadman's spirit in the process of moving towards the target he is choosing to possess. It's a really cool way to show his powers in a tangible way. The DC Icons Deadman had a similar feature that was kind of like a mask that figure over the head and torso of another figure, but this one looks a bit cooler to me.
* The third piece is longer, running the entire length of Boston's arm. It's also very swirly and wispy, really adding something to the look of the figure.
* I love that McFarlane Toys includes a display stand with each of their releases these days. It's just a simple disc stand with the DC logo on it but it works well and keeps the figure standing upright in most poses.
* A collectible card is also included with the figure sporting an image from the over of Deadman #1 from 2011. While the sourcing for the figure is listed as DC Rebirth, the art is from the New 52. Eh, they're not that different. The chains would have been been a cool extra. I also love that there's a bio on the back. Not just a bio on the package; an actual bio you can keep. That's just really cool as it's not something we see too often these days.
* Deadman sports a "D" on his outfit but this figure has a "D" that is too small and too low. I think this is due to McFarlane toys not wanting to split the "D" across a joint, which works, but I also think it looks odd because the neckline is a bit too low. There's just something off about it.
This is the first figure of Deadman, AKA Boston Brand, I've reviewed. For more DC Multiverse reviews check out the following:
Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad)
Man-Bat (DC Rebirth)