DC Collectibles: Batman V Superman DC Films Premium Superman Action Figure REVIEW
Like Batman, Superman needs no introduction. The "Man of Steel" is perhaps the most widely recognised and celebrated comic book hero of modern time. He was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster back in 1933. They sold Superman to Detective Comics, the future DC Comics, in 1938. Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 (cover-dated June 1938) and has never looked back ever since.
A symbol of true American spirit, Superman helped define this century's superhero archetype- courage, strength, justice and patriotism. Although his costume has been modified over the decades, its never really strayed too far from the all-familiar iconic look- the blue uniform with a red-and-yellow emblem on the chest, consisting of the letter S in a shield shape, and a red cape.
But as many fans would know, Superman (Kal-El) is an alien from the distant planet Krypton, whose parents put him on a rocket and sent him to Earth moments before his planet was destroyed. Adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, Superman was raised as Clark Kent was taught from an early age to use his powerful abilities for good and not for personal gain.
Upon reaching adulthood, he eventually moved to the fictional city of Metropolis where he became a reporter, keeping his Superman identity secret save to a few close allies.
Superman possesses super-strength; the ability to "run faster than a speeding bullet, and to leap tall buildings with a single bound". He can fly, has x ray vision and can survive without oxygen in space. His only apparent weakness is kryptonite, a radioactive rock commonly found on the planet Krypton.
In this review, we look at DC Collectibles' DC Films premier action figure line, and their take on Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel.
Superman comes neatly wrapped and tucked in a simple and straightforward box, which opens up to reveal Cavill in all his plastic glory and accessories. I like the fact that the box isn't too big so that it makes it easier for collectors with space constraints at home to store it away.
Supes doesn't come with too many accessories, and that's OK because its Superman. Dude uses his fists, not weapons. But he does come with a swappable head featuring glowing red eyes as well as three different sets of hands. He also comes with a stand, very useful for those levitating/flying poses :)
To be honest, I did not expect to have as much fun with this figure as I did. But I'm really glad I got this Supes. (was contemplating getting the Mafex one). It really is a neat figure. Granted, there are some minor issues but overall this is a solid piece. His face really does look like Henry Cavill. My only gripe is that they should have come up with another alternate headsculpt; perhaps one which has an angry "Martha!" expression hahaha!
Very good job with the paint apps on his suit and chest
I find the cape a little frustrating. The wires attached to it are good as it allows you to create some seamless cape poses, but the wires lose their firmness after a while
Supes can really strike some convincing poses, and there is really no fear of breaking the figure. Just a word of caution- the leg joints will pop out if you try and make Supes do a split pose, but its hooked onto ball joints so it can be reattached without any problem.
Superman will definitely be a welcome addition to any 1:12 scale figures from Mezco, Mattel or Mafex :) Don't take my word for it, see for yourself:
I'd recommend this figure to anyone who's a Superman fan or at least a fan of Henry Cavill in BvS, but doesn't want to break the bank in getting a decent, articulated figure. DC Collectibles is definitely upping its game, and if this is any indication of their upcoming DC Films line, I am very excited for their versions of Wonder Woman and Knightmare Batman.
Big Bad Toy Store has him for US$39.99 (RM178.60).
OVERALL SCORE- 7.5/10
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