Thursday, July 20, 2023

Action Figure Review: The Flash (DC Rebirth) Black & White Accent Edition from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   I'm not usually into repaints that present characters in an unrealistic way, like black and white, gray scale, metallic colors, or other such oddities, but I have to admit that there was something about McFarlane's DC Multiverse Black & White Accent Edition of the Flash from DC Rebirth that I really like. I saw this version of Barry Allen pop up as a preorder on Big Bad Toy Store (it's their exclusive with a limited run of 3,000 figures) and I jumped on it. In fact, I also ended up grabbing a preorder for the Black & White Accent Edition of Superman, too. I have a vision of having a cool display of the core Justice League members in this style, assuming we ever get a straight up comic book version of Wonder Woman. Flash and Superman both arrived in the last week or two, so let's start off with a look at the fastest man alive. The Flash comes in a tray-like box with a removable slip cover and, for the most part, it's fairly collector friendly. Nothing special, but collector friendly. I don't own the standard version of this Flash figure, so it's more new to me than it might be to you. Let's check him out after the break...


The Facts:

Height: 7 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, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.
Accessories: 4 limb lightning bolts, lightning bolt ground effect, lightning bolt back effect, collector card, collector card display base, and display stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $30 dollars

Edition Size: 3,000 pieces

The Positives:

* Obviously, the first thing that jumps out at you is the black, gray, and yellow color scheme. It really looks great on this figure, especially the way the yellow draws attention to key areas of the costume. I've always found the "artist proof" and metallic variants to be rather dull, but this one just has it's own coolness to it. The overall figure looks just fine, too, with an excellent sculpt. There's some nice detail on the suit and some attractive flourishes like the lightning motif used on the back of the boots and on the gloves. 

* The headsculpt is nice and also looks really cool with the Black and White Accent Edition color scheme, kind of like one of the DC Black & White series statues but with some yellow on the lightning bolts. I love the satisfied expression on Barry's face. He looks like he's just thrilled to be out there, getting the job done and being a hero. 

* Flash Fact: The Flash lightning bolt logo on Barry chest isn't just painted on: It's actually a separate piece, giving it a more three dimensional feel. That white background beside the lightning bolt really jazzes things up. 

* I believe this sculpt is from 2020, the first year of the line, but it holds up really well. The articulation is solid, durable, plentiful, and offers a great range of motion. Since he's wearing a simple outfit that doesn't impede his movement, Barry can pose with the best of them. He looks excellent in running poses and you'll have lots of options posing him when posing him with his various lightning bolt accessories. 

* First up is a really cool lightning effect piece that attaches to the peg on the display base to simulate the Flash leaving a trail of lightning behind him. All of these lightning pieces are molded in a translucent yellow plastic, nicely capturing the feel of a comic representation of crackling electricity. 

* Next up are two shorter lightning bolts that work well on the arms or legs. There are holes in Barry's arms and legs and the plugs on these just pop in, keeping the lightning effects in place.

* The two longer lightning bolt effects can fit in the holes on the top of the Flash's boots. Or you could put them on his arms. They're fin in either spot.

* The last lightning effect is a large pair of bolts that plugs into Barry's back. Both bolts can swivel up and down, allowing you to move them along with the figure. 

* A nice collectible card is included which has edition the number for the figure. There's also a plastic display stand you can place the card in, allowing you to use it in your display. 

* Rather than a simple disc stand, the Flash comes with a larger display base with his lightning bolt logo on it. 
   I really like this set, far more than I expected to like it. Besides just looking cool and being an excellent figure, the Flash's wealth of lightning bolt effects really makes him a very fun, very versatile on your shelf. You can pose him like crazy and come up with some pretty unique cool ways to display him. The larger display base and the card with the display stand are also really nice, especially if you're making a display shelf with these variants or you're just a huge fan of the Flash and want a nice figure as a centerpiece. This does feel like a deluxe set with some nicely added value to it, especially considering how limited the run was. He's really an Epic display piece and an example of a non traditional paint variant done well.

   If you're looking for more of Barry Allen as the Flash, I've also reviewed the DC Primal Age The Flash, the DC Page Punchers The Flash, the standard Mattel DC Comics Multiverse Justice League Flash and the super cool Target exclusive Flash 2-pack, the Mezco One:12 Collective The Flash, the DC Comics Multiverse DK2 Flash, the Super Powers microfigure of The Flash, the Lego DC Universe Riddler Chase which comes with a minifigure Flash, the Nano Metalfigs comic Flash by himself or as part of Five Pack A, and the Nano Metalfigs Justice League Flash. For other versions of the Flash there is the Lil Bombshells Flash (Jesse Quick), and the DC Multiverse The Flash Jay Garrick (Jay Garrick: The Flash Age).

For more DC Multiverse reviews check out the following:
Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad)
Impulse (Flash War)
The Joker (Infinite Frontier)
Kalibak (The Darkseid War)
Man-Bat (DC Rebirth)
Mister Freeze (Victor Fries)
Nekron (Blackest Night)
Nightwing (Titans)
Project Superman (Flashpoint)
Raven (Titans)
The Riddler (Arkham City)
Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
The Signal Duke Thomas
Superman (Superman: Lois and Clark)
Two-Face (The Dark Knight Trilogy)


  1. This Black and White Flash looks great. Definitely a great color scheme.

    1. Yeah, adding in another color with the grayscale scheme really makes these pop.


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