Captain Boomerang is one of those strange characters that really shouldn’t be popular. He’s the essence of a stereotypical villain with a lame costume, yet he’s able to persevere where other lame characters like Angle Man couldn’t. Even I have to admit I wanted a figure of this crazy Aussie.
I was pretty happy with the announcement that Captain Boomerang was going to be in wave eighteen. I was itching to get more of Flash’s Rogues into my collection. Plus, he’d also start filling out the Suicide Squad with Bronze Tiger and Deadshot. But somewhere along the line Mattel chose to go with the modern version of the character instead of his classic Silver Age look.
I don’t really mind getting Modern Age characters. In fact, I’m usually all for the diversity that the DC Classics line brings. But in the case of Captain Boomerang it just seemed a little wrong. This wave was made up of nostalgic characters and Digger here stood out like a sore thumb. He doesn’t even fit in with Bronze Tiger, since this version of the character was created in Brightest Day and never served on the Suicide Squad.
But even with my disappointment in the character’s look, that doesn’t mean the Four Horsemen haven’t worked their magic. His body is mostly a plain thin buck with new shins, but it’s his extra sculpted bits that really make him shine. If you look closely at his long coat you’ll notice stitched seams that run along the edges on both the outside and inside. His bandolier of boomerangs is actually sculpted to his coat. His scarf has been sculpted twisting in an imaginary wind, and since it’s loose you can move it around his neck for a different effect.
But the best part of this figure’s sculpt is his head. I may not care for Boomerang’s new look, but this guy has one of the most expressive faces I’ve seen in the DC Classics line. His cap is full of sculpted lines to make it look knitting, and the boomerang symbol on front is even raised. His hair in back is a little messed up, and he even has little hash marks along his face for the beard stubble he hasn’t shaved. But nothing can top the self-assured look on his face. You just want to smack that cocky smile right off. Continue to page 2…