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Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective The Flash REVIEW!

INTRODUCTION:

The Flash is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (cover date January 1940/release month November 1939).

Nicknamed the "Scarlet Speedster", all incarnations of the Flash possess "super speed", the ability to run, move, and think extremely fast, superhuman reflexes, peak physical strength, the ability to alter certain laws of physics as well as time travel!

There have been four different characters who have assumed the power of the "speed force" and have carried the Flash's mantle throughout DC's history: college athlete Jay Garrick (1940–1951, 1961–present), forensic scientist Barry Allen (1956–1985, 2008–present), Barry's nephew Wally West (1986–2011, 2016–present), and Barry's grandson Bart Allen (2006–2007).

Each "Flash" has been a key member of at least one of DC's main superhero teams- the Justice Society of America, the Justice League, and the Teen Titans.

The Flash plays a crucial part to the storyline of DC Comics and has been adapted to numerous DC films, video games, animated series, and live-action television shows.

Barry Allen has been portrayed by Rod Haase for the 1979 television special Legends of the Superheroes, John Wesley Shipp and Grant Gustin in the 1990 The Flash series and the 2014 The Flash series, respectively, as well as by Ezra Miller in the DC Extended Universe series of films, beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

PACKAGING- 7/10

The Flash comes packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with character-specific slipcover.

Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.

ACCESSORIES- 7/10

Flash doesn't come stocked with a whole lot of accessories, which is fine because its the Flash, he doesn't have guns or weapons. I do like the fact that he came with the "lightning" effects, which is probably the best thing I like about the figure so far.

What you get with the figure:

- One standard masked portrait (Barry Allen headsculpt) - One alternate mask, smiling portrait (Wally West headsculpt) - Sprinting hands (L&R) - Posing hands (L&R) - Fists (L&R) - Two Speed Force lighting arm attachments - Two Speed Force lightning leg attachments - One "tornado" hand attachment - One Display base with posing post

FIGURE- 8/10

This figure stands out and excels in its simplicity in delivering a Flash figure that fans want. Although lacking somewhat in accessories, it more than makes up for it with two superb headsculpts of two different Flashes- Barry Allen and Wally West.

The cloth fabric is also quite a masterpiece as it does not hinder the figure any way in terms of articulation, and in fact compliments the classic Flash look that many other toy companies have tried to pull off in the past with not-so-successful results.

ARTICULATION- 8/10

Flash comes full articulated, for the most part. Hands, arms, shoulders can rotate up and down, sideways with little hassle.

My only reservation was that my figure's right leg is slightly looser than the other joints, which are quite tight and sturdy. But its a minor gripe; the important thing is for Flash to be able to do the running pose!

POSEABILITY- 8/10

There are some fun poses which can be explored with this figure. No particular issues or concerns in this aspect.

VALUE- 7/10

He's definitely a must get for hardcore flash fans, but the issue will probably be availability. Big Bad Toy Store and Mezco Toyz's official website are SOLD OUT.

You'll probably want to look for a deal on Ebay, although Flash figures are selling there for between US$91.99 (RM400) to US$98.88 (RM430).

OVERALL SCORE- 7.5/10

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