Geez, we’re filling up the front page on one day’s worth of articles! As I mentioned earlier, Anti-Monitor week is running a little long, but I’m still plugging away. Tonight, I’ve got a quick review of the last regular figure in DC Universe Classics Wave 17: Blue Lantern Flash. Yeah, he’s mostly a repaint, but I like him.
First things first, I really can’t talk to you guys too much about Barry Allen. While I can approach toys with a light-hearted and carefree attitude, I’m still trying to cultivate a positive and understanding outlook when it comes to comics. I love comics, and I really love the Flash. I always have. I couldn’t even say that I have a favorite Flash because I really like ’em all. That said, I don’t read Flash comics anymore.
The last few years have been a mess: Wally disappearing, Bart aging, dying, and returning to Barry taking over the lead role. I haven’t enjoyed the editorial decisions, and when I do try and read the comics, I haven’t liked what I read. It just feels forced and out-of-place to me. Heck, I even love the Reverse Flash, but the current stories have all but made me loathe him too. So I avoid the Flash now even though I’ve loved the franchise for three decades. The one thing I’d like to take solace in is the toys, but DC Universe Classics has proven unfriendly to the Flash. We’re well over 250 figures at this point and we’ve gotten 6 figures from the Flash franchise – and three of ’em are Barry.
In Blackest Night, the Flash was merged with another concept that I enjoy: the Blue Lantern Corps. While I love Larfleeze & Atrocitus as much as the next GL fan, I really enjoyed seeing Ganthet strike out on his own and create a new Corps. Walker & Warth are both written particularly awesome in the comics and even Kyle looked good clad in blue (I’d buy a figure, though I’d never want that for him permanently.). So, of all the deputies, Blue Lantern Flash, was much like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in my eyes. It seems silly giving how killer some of the DCUC17 figures did (or didn’t) turn out, but this was easily my most anticipated figure for this wave.
If you have either of the two previous Flash figures then you basically have this figures. The only differences on the sculpt were a new ring hand and that he now sports the so-called “recession” ankles. Since he has his unique ring hand, this guys gets all the points in any sculpt category because there aren’t any details missing despite being mostly a no frills buck figure. I am annoyed about the ankles, but I’ll save that for a few paragraphs.
Since he doesn’t need many sculpted details, the figure relies more heavily on the paint work than normal. My Blue Flash here is okay in that department. The figure is cast almost entirely in black plastic (the head and a couple of internal articulation pieces are cast in blue) and painted. Though this does make the figure’s colors uniform from head-to-toe, the thicker paint needed to cover the black seems a bit more susceptible to damage. I put a dent in the paint on the shoulder during shooting and he’s got a small black gash up there now.
The little details, like the metallics on the ‘wings’ and the Flash/Blue Lantern tampo, are handled well, but the skin was a bit sloppy on his face. Luckily, since it’s cast blue and the flesh is over-sprayed, I can clean it up and be happy. Though that “shouldn’t have to” specter looms. Continue to Page 2…