The most annoying thing about the Reverse-Flash is how hard it is to get a figure of him! Look at him! He screams cheap repaint. Yes, a different head would be nice (and Mattel did give us one here!), but he’s surgically altered to look like Barry Allen. The figure’s super easy to do! Flash is still in his name! And yet, for so long, the DC toy lines haven’t been healthy enough to get around to him. My burning desire to see the costume in plastic went largely unheeded. Hasbro & ToyFare finally teamed up to make a Total Justice repaint in the late 90s. Mattel’s JLU line kinda sorta made one, but it’s really Justice Lords Flash, or what Justice Lords Flash would’ve looked like had he ever existed. DC Direct, who should’ve bailed me out a decade ago, didn’t make a Thawne figure until last year, an SDCC Exclusive tied into Flashpoint (I didn’t buy it).
And Mattel’s DCUC line even waited until Wave 20. Nearly five years after the line started to put out a Thawne. All I can say is finally.
Thawne’s figure is exactly what it should be, a straight-up repaint of Barry Allen below the neck. It’s our fifth repaint of the Flash figure, behind regular Barry, TRU CherryBarry, Blue Barry, and White Barry. Thawne does get a new head sculpt which looks appropriately evil and grimaced, especially compared to Barry’s flat expression. Oh, and Mattel has also swapped in an open hand so he can hold his ‘Geoff Johns Baton’. Runners prolly ought to have two fists, but I’m not going to harp on it.
The colors all pop on the shelf. I love the bright yellow and the contrast with the red paint. The red eyes give Thawne a particularly cool, menacing look as well. I did have a frozen joint on the left boot due to the paint. I managed to unstuck it, but lost some of the red paint in the process. Meh.
Other than the one stuck joint, the articulation all works like we’re used to twenty waves into the line. The neck articulation doesn’t have as much range as Barry’s and, of course, the rocker ankles have been removed since Barry was in the line.
Thawne does include his speed force baton. I’m always there to applaud extra value in the form of accessories, but since this is a completely Geoff Johns piece, it’s going to the extras box. If Thawne’s carrying the stick, he’s either leaving the gate open so Barry’s dog gets run over by a car or wiping out the DC Universe, so no baton for me thanks.
Overall, yes, this is a simple figure. It’s a repaint that that barely required a new paint mask, but I’m glad Mattel opted for the new “evil” head sculpt and that they included the extra accessory. He’s definitely my favorite from the wave and he’s going to be prominently displayed in my shelves, but I’m clearly biased having been a fan of his look since the 80s. If nothing else though, we can all be happy about one thing: He’s another Flash Villain! Something this line hasn’t seen since 2009. Geez.
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