Saturday, August 5, 2023

Action Figure Review: The Flash (Flashpoint) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   As of my writing this, the fourth figure in the Target exclusive Flashpoint build-a-figure series (with Cyborg as the build-a-figure) has not yet been announced. I think most folks think it's going to be Wonder Woman, but I'd honestly love to see Martha Wayne as the Joker. That's probably wishful thinking, but then again, McFarlane does put out a lot of Batman and Joker figures, so is it that far out of the realm of possibility? The third figure is the Flash, and I'm checking him out today. Based on the 2011 DC event Flashpoint, this version of Barry Allen is pretty significant and makes for a perfect standard Flash for your DC Multiverse Justice League. It's crazy to think that Flashpoint is now 12 years old, isn't it? Let's take a look at the Flash after the break...

The Facts:

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, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.
Accessories: Collector card, display stand, 2 swappable heads, mask, and the legs for the Cyborg build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars

The Positives:

* One of the cool things about this figure is that you get both a masked and an unmasked head, so you can swap them around. That's pretty neat, but we'll get to that in a moment. As a basic costume, this is a very classic feeling version of the Flash. There's really not that much difference between this Flashpoint version of the Flash and, say, the Flash costume in Super Powers. It's just a great looking, instantly recognizable figure of the Flash. While his belt and boots are detailed parts, the lightning bolt design on the edge of his gloves and the symbol on his chest are simply painted on. Everything is really neat and clean, though. 

* The figure comes packaged with an unmasked portrait of Barry Allen. That's a really neat extra and I'd love to see more alternate portraits included with figures in the future. Especially an unmasked Bruce Wayne. 

* Barry also has a removable collar that looks like his cowl pulled down. It is removable, so if you want to pose him holding it you certainly can.

* Here's the standard masked portrait, which looks really nice. Good sculpt, clean paint, and a very classic look. Seriously, this is just an excellent "vanilla" version of the Flash!

* The Flash is sturdy, well articulated, and has a great range of motion in his joints. Nothing much different here than most other DC Multiverse figures. The articulation on these guys is really good and they're great toys. I do believe this is one of the newer bodies that is being used for various classic looking characters, so it's probably reused, but I don't know off hand who all the Flash shares it with. 

* The Flash comes with the standard collectible card and the standard disc stand. They're nice extras and I'm always glad to have them with every release.

* The Flashwith both legs for for Cyborg, and they just reinforce that Vic is definitely going to be a really tall figure. 

The Negatives:

* As is almost always the case, it still drives me nuts that McFarlane uses the black pegs in the toe hinges. Why can they not just use a color that matches the rest of the foot? 

* I'm not sure if it's really just the wrists on this figure or if it's something about the costume, but the wrists look really weird here. I wonder why McFarlane continues to use wrists like this? They usually don't bother me, but these look pretty unsightly. 

   I love the classic look of this Flash figure and the swappable portraits, but the little oddities like the incorrectly colored toe hinges and the weird wrists definitely make this guy a bit less exciting. Cyborg seems like he's going to be a killer figure, though, if you're wanting him you really can't skip this guy. Overall, this version of the Flash gets a Good and a 1/2 rating with the swappable portraits being the standout feature of the figure. I was hoping to be really wowed by this guy but I'm not as impressed as I thought I would be. Not bad at all, but not the ultimate Flash figure I was kind of hoping for. 

  If you're looking for more of Barry Allen as the Flash, I've also reviewed the DC Multiverse The Flash (Rebirth) Black & White Accent Edition, 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 (Black Adam) Black & White Accent Edition
Superman (Superman: Lois and Clark)
Two-Face (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

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