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Vault Review: Apache Chief
Week – Captain Boomerang

Boomerang’s articulation is good, but not perfect.  His head is on a ball joint, but limited by his scarf.  He’s got the normal ab crunch, swivel waist, swivel hinge shoulders and hips, and swivel thigh cuts.  Interestingly, Matty chose to give him double hinged elbows and knees.  I’m a fan of these joints, but I was disappointed to see that they didn’t follow it up with better ankles.  Because of his shin guards he doesn’t have enough room to move his ankles into a crouching position.  I was also annoyed to see that his wrists were swivel joints instead of ball joints.  Matty’s always talking about “articulation when necessary”, and I’m pretty sure it’s necessary on a figure that uses his wrists to throw his main weapon.

Speaking of weapons, Captain Boomerang comes with only one accessory, a shrink ray.  Just kidding, it’s a boomerang.  This boomerang matches the silver colors of the ones in his bandolier, but it’s also made out of the same rubbery plastic.  I really wish he also had more than just one.  His bandolier should have been made with a couple of holes, and the front two boomerangs made to be loose.  As is, it’s going to be a bit difficult for this guy to get the drop on flash.

Aside from a few minor flaws, the figure itself is pretty nice.  If you’re a fan of the new look then this is definitely one you’ll want to pick up.  But I still can’t help feeling a loss here.  I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a wasted slot, but I am disappointed not to have the Silver Age version.  This is compounded by the fact that DC Classics is cancelled and being replaced with a line that will focus specifically on newer characters and looks.  A classic Boomerang seems much more unlikely to happen now, making this figure a sad reminder that the comics and toy line I love are changing forever.


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10 comments to Vault Review: Apache Chief
Week – Captain Boomerang

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  • Zach S.

    “…sad reminder that the comics and toy line I love are changing forever.”

    This is how I felt around the time that the Marvel license transferred from Toy Biz to Hasbro, and I’ve never recovered. Since then I’ve never felt the sheer joy and excitement I felt collecting Marvel Legends under Toy Biz. Sure, we got “Marvel Legends” from Hasbro, but the quality was lessened and the spirit was taken out of them. I hope that’s not what’s coming for DCUC fans: a new, soul-sucked version of your favorite toy line and a remembrance of what was. I can sympathize and I hope for the best for all you DCUC fans.

  • JamesLynch

    I can’t tell you how glad I am this is not the Silver Age version, so, to each their own. As it is, this is one of the only figures from the wave I’ll bother with (something I wouldn’t be able to say if he were wearing his old smock), and that’s if anything past wave 16 ever shows up in my neck of the woods.

  • The face sculpt reminds me of actor Chris “The Shermanator” Owens…

    • Heli

      I thought it was supposed to be Seth Green.

      And I’m annoyed that he stole Bronze Tiger’s extra articulation.

      (Also, I’m totally in the “should’ve been Silver Age” camp. Suicide Squad is Suicide Duo.)

      • Beedo Sookcool

        Both good likeness comparisons, and I agree with both. But the first thing that sprung to my mind was Jackie Earle Haley as Walter “Rorschach” Kovacs. Only smiling.

  • redddevil

    Hey, all I can say is, a few waves earlier and we could have been stuck with an Owen Mercer Boomerang –shudder. As much as I’m obsessed with the old SUICIDE SQUAD comic, I have to admit that the new costume makes a lot more sense for an espionage team: the sock cap replacing the beanie; the coat replacing the billowy, garishly patterned sleeve; and, the generally darker hue of it. You’re right though. It is a lot more fitting as fodder for the new line though. (Pretty much tells us how ‘mainstream’ the new line is about to get, huh?”)

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  • Fletch3

    I agree with James Lynch: glad to get THIS version of the good Cap’n, not the “costume made from fabric found at Joanne’s closeout with a flight attendant hat” version. He looks AWESOME with Bronze Tiger and Deadshot!

  • Bravo

    i prefer this version, as well, but he is just waaay too tall.