Thursday, June 8, 2023

Action Figure Review: Raven (Titans) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys

 Today I'm looking at the last figure the recent DC Multiverse Titans series, so that means next time I'll be checking out the massive Beast Boy build-a-figure. Today, though, I'm looking at Raven, the Daughter of Darkness. Raven's had some good costumes and while I'm not sure I like this one as much as her original outfit or her pre-New 52 outfit, this is definitely a very impressive look for her. Raven eventually became part of the Titans in DC Rebirth, so she fits in with this team perfectly. Ready to add some magical power to your DC Multiverse collection? Then let's check out Rachel Roth, better known as Raven, after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a ball jointed neck.
Accessories: Two magic effect hands, 2 hands and head for Beast Boy build-a-figure, display stand, and collectible card.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars

The Positives:

* I'm really liking this outfit! I haven't actively read DC for a few years (I pick trades and Black Label stuff here and there) and I don't remember Raven having joined the Titans by the time I stopped keeping up with things, but this is a very solid costume. She's still very recognizable as Raven with some great nods to her classic costume, but it seems a bit more modern and fitting for a mysterious magic user. Good sculpt and great colors. I'm really liking the belt, a throwback to Raven's classic look, and the elaborate clasp for her cloak. 

* Rachel looks fantastic here! The hood of her cloak is a separate piece that fits over her head sculpt. It's not removable, at least not easily, but it doesn't seem permanently attached to the head, either. Since the hood is a separate piece, you can move Raven's head freely at the neck. There's a slight pinkish-purple hue to Raven's skin that really makes her seem otherworldly, and that, along with her bright red hair and her glowing eyes just looks fantastic and very, very cool.  

* Raven's cloak is very cool. The cape part of it that flows down her back has a nice texture. It's dramatic without being wildly impractical. 

* The articulation is fantastic on Raven and she looks impressive getting ready to cast a spell. Solid, durable, and a great range of motion in most of her joints. Sure, her cape interferes a bit, but it's not too big of a deal. 

* Raven comes with two spell effect hands that are cast in a translucent pink plastic. You actually swap her regular hands out for these, so they take the place of her hands. There are sculpted "hands' visible on the spell effect sculpts, so that's a pretty neat detail. 

*  I'm always glad that McFarlane includes a 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.

* Raven comes with a collectible card, though it doesn't show her in this costume. It's a cool outfit though, one of my favorites. Honestly, I want most of the characters in this series released in the outfits shown on the cards. Still, you get a bio for Raven, so that's a plus. 

* Ready to build Beast Boy? We're almost there! Raven comes with his head and his hands, the last pieces needed. Hooray!
The Negatives:

* My only complaint with Raven is that since McFarlane's designs have the wrist peg go into the hand instead of having the peg on the hand slide into the wrist, you can see the peg in the spell effect. It's a minor annoyance, but an annoyance just the same. 

   Raven is very cool and definitely my favorite figure of this series. She gets a Great from me. This seemed like a really strong series initially, but most of the figures have something off about them that brings them down: Nightwing's lack of accessories, Arsenal's outfit having brown details instead of black, and Donna Troy's armor being dull grey instead of silver. Still, it did offer up three new characters to the line, it delivers a large part of the Titans team, and it has a pretty cool Beast Boy build-a-figure. How'd he turn out? Stay tuned and check back soon for the full details!

1 comment:

  1. It's a relatively newer look for her from the Rebirth era. She's my favorite from this series, besides the giant Beast Boy, of course.


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