Paint QC was a bit of an issue on my Black Vulcan. The figure is primarily cast in black plastic and the skin tone and yellow areas are all painted on details (a thick paint on the face may be responsible for the soft look), but there are a lot of warbly lines through the figure’s symbol and some missing paint on his left butt cheek is the beginnings of a wardrobe malfunction.
Then, there’s the flat out missing deco – his neck should be flesh colored, not filled in. Mattel actually made this same error on his JLU figure (which I still need to pick up the Super Friends 3pk, I never saw at my Target), so I guess I’m not surprised it was repeated, but again the 2up was done correctly – so what went wrong?
Black Vulcan has all the articulation we’ve come to expect. Good range on the ball-joints at the neck and shoulders, swivels at the bicep, wrist, waist, & thighs, hinges at the elbows, knees, & ankles, the ab crunch, and the 4H hips.
Since I’ve complained in nearly every section so far, I may as well toss one more into the accessory department. I do appreciate that Black Vulcan includes yellow casts of the cracklin’ clip-on energy from Superman Blue & Red, but that’s not the accessory he needed. Black Vulcan… Roman God Vulcan… Greek God Hephaestus… made Zeus’ lightning bolts… any of that ringing a bell? Well, Black Vulcan is more known for throwing lightning bolts than for having energy crackle off him and a lightning bolt accessory would’ve been mighty fine here and, look he’s even got open hands so he could’ve held ’em…
Overall… man, it kills me to have to give such a downer review for Black Vulcan. I was so excited to get him, but I don’t think this is a case of Mattel not meeting my lofty expectations. This figure required so little love to get done correctly (and most of my issues weren’t present in the 4H 2up) that it’s just a shame that couldn’t get him done right. He’s a very simple figure and it was imperative to get the little details – gloves, boots, the head sculpt, the right accessories, just right – and they just… didn’t. I don’t know if it was cost issues, manufacturing issues, or a hex by Tony Isabella himself but this figure simply went to far awry once Mattel got their hands on him.
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