Since the costume is light on sculpted details, the paint has to do most of the work and the good news is that the paint really pulls its weight. The figure is cast in a great orange plastic with sharp black lines for the details and some great black & red tiger striping along the seams. The paint details on the Ben Turner are similarly well done, but it’s the paint on the tiger head that really shines. It’s complex and well-executed. We can never have too much of that.
Bronze Tiger has all the articulation we’ve come to expect. Good range on the ball-joints at the neck (the tiger head can’t look down though) and shoulders, swivels at the bicep, wrist, waist, & thighs, hinges at the elbows, knees, & ankles, the ab crunch, and the 4H hips. His status as a preeminent martial artist makes the lack of rocker ankles rather criminal (and ball wrists wouldn’t have hurt either).
Bronze Tiger is also loaded up on accessories courtesy of a few friends from DC Universe Classics Wave 3 including Nightwing’s escrima sticks and Deathstroke’s sword and bo. I love having all this stuff for him even if they’re recycled. Though I will take a minute to again point out how awesome a karate choppin’ hand would be (even though it would mean he couldn’t use all these wonderful accessories).
Overall, Bronze Tiger is a solid reminder of what makes this line great. Yeah, I can point out the lack of sculpted details on the arms and boots or measure him against an ideal and whine about no karate choppin’ hand, but I still love what’s here. He’s a sweet representation of a great, but lesser known, DC character. I mean, I just got to take a picture of Bronze Tiger kicking Animal Man in the face. I would’ve never thought that possible, even a few years ago.
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