Articulation is completely standard with good range everywhere except for the ankles. A few months back, Poe had a great article about insert molding. Since getting rid of the rocker ankles is cheaper for Mattel, I’m guessing that the rocker ankles might have been done somewhat similarly. To save costs, Mattel can simply have the feet cast without the seperate ankle piece and the result is this one-piece foot. If that’s true, I’m glad because it means Mattel can go back to rocker ankles anytime they need to. And sometimes they do.
Personally, I’d like all figures to have rocker ankles, but I understand that’s not how the world works. That said, the runners should have ankles so we can get them in better running poses. Just like they give ball wrists to archers (heh), runners should have the best leg articulation Mattel can muster. I love my Blue Lantern Flash, but he is inferior to the two other Flash figures just because his ankles can’t do what I want them to do.
To finish off his Blue Lantern look, Flash also includes the standard lantern in blue. It should have a handle, it does have a handle, and hopefully we can all agree that’s a good thing!
I’m just going to come out and say it. This figure is going on my shelves long term. It’s a Blue Flash and I’m a nerd that thinks that’s cool. Hopefully, Mattel will get around to giving me a yellow Flash to go with him if you catch my drift (no, we’re not talking Sinestro Corps here). The original Flash sculpt still looks great and the paint here is good enough to keep me happy even with the lack of nice ankle joints. Plus, there are only half a dozen Flash figures in the whole damn line. I’ve got keep them all out…
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