Vault Review: DC Direct’s
Brightest Day Deadman

Boston’s most interesting accessory is his Deadman mask.  When he was a circus acrobat, his Deadman costume is what he used to perform in.  Even the cadaverous mask he wore was part of the act.  Unfortunately when he was assassinated during his act his costume became the clothes he was stuck with and his deathly visage was no longer a mask but his own face.  It’s nice to be able to showcase the figure as a performer with his mask in hand.

His other accessories are a white lantern and a base with the white lantern symbol on it.  Like Noisy, I’d also like to get all the lantern colors done in this simple lantern mold.  Sure, they all didn’t have this style of lantern, but I don’t care and I don’t think we’re alone either.  Being able to display every color of lantern together is just cool.  Plus, it’s easy to do since the molds are already done.  It’s just an extra accessory that’d be nice to have.

All in all, this figure’s pretty good.  Sure he won’t be doing any dynamic posing, but there’s enough articulation there to get some good stances out of him.  Plus, he can actually double on your shelf as Boston Brand figure.  Which is pretty cool, and something I doubt we’ll see from Matty.


15 thoughts on “Vault Review: DC Direct’s
Brightest Day Deadman

  1. I thought about getting this figure, he is neato. Can the Heads of the DC Direct one be put on the DCUC Body? I like the DCD Deadman visage better than Screaming Mattel…

    1. I’m not sure. They’re about the same size, but it really just depends on how big the peg is on the Classics figure. I’ve never popped any DC Classics heads off, so I’m not sure what’s under there.

  2. I like the mask in the second picture–is that photoshopped, or homemade? He looks neat, but I have the old DCD and the Kingdom Come ones, but much as I like Deadman, I don’t think I need another.

    1. It’s an included accessory! The white lantern was the main reason I bought him, but being able to put him on the shelf with his unmasked head and mask really helped.

      (And yeah, I’m too swamped with toys to review all my own figures… isn’t that sad??)

      1. I’ve got the original DCD and now DCUC versions, passed on Ross/KC version, so I didn’t order this one. Is the White Lantern and alt.head *really* worth it?

        I mean, I only bought the HotDCU Creeper because I thought we’d never see him again after BTAS, but there he is in w17! I dunno….

        1. If you’re a big fan of Deadman, then it’s definitely worth it. Otherwise you’re probably ok with the ones you own.

  3. Oh crap! Now I want one. Agree about the articulation issue, and that’s where DCUC will always have the advantage until DC Direct matches up to them. But I do like this figure better than his DCUC counter-part. Real nice. Both heads come w/the figure right?

    1. Yup, he comes with both heads, the mask, the white lantern, and the base.

      I don’t know if DCD will ever match the Classics articulation. Deadman here is probably the closest we’ve seen in a long time to having more than five or six POA.

  4. I know this may seem weird but is anyone else getting a LOSH Karate Kid vibe from the unmasked head??

    1. Huh, I never noticed but yeah there’s a Silver Age Karate Kid look to his face.

  5. He gets several accessories while DCUC Rainbow Wave Hal gets nothing. Nicely done Mattel…

    1. Lol, I know. It’s sad when Matty won’t even give an accessory to one of its most overproduced figures.

  6. Excellent review, Vault! Informative and very, very funny. I loved the floating heads discussing the clear plastic peg, as well as the running white lantern gag. Looking forward to your next review.

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