I have no idea what I’m going to say in this review. I really enjoyed DC Universe Classics over the years, warts and all. So much so that I’m a bit disenchanted with the prospect of wrapping up my reviews on the original line with a figure like White Lantern Flash.
Like Sinestro, White Lantern Flash appeared to have been a late addition to the DC Universe Classic Wave 20 lineup. He wasn’t ready in time for the announcement at SDCC 2011, relegated to a text blurb to let us know he was coming. His arrival is similarly low-key.
I should say upfront that I’m not opposed to this figure. It’s interesting in its own way. If I had a Rainbow Raider, then an all-white Flash could come in handy. I don’t mind repaints of one-off costumes, far from it. I’ve come to enjoy my Blue Lantern Flash as a similar example. I’ve bought plenty of DCUC Batmen because the costume variations appeal to me in different ways. Not to mention Mattel’s love affair with Hal Jordan. That said, this Flash isn’t really my cup of tea. My disappointment is two-fold.
One is his placement in the line. He’s one of the last figures. I presume that Mattel didn’t intend for this wave to be the last one. That’s just something that seems to have happened suddenly. As such, the lineup isn’t really collector friendly. Reverse-Flash was a much needed rogue, Hawk & Dove fill out the generic roster, but a Speedy that doesn’t go with our Teen Titans? A Green Arrow in his short-lived 2010 costume? GA ended up with a great figure, but I just don’t care about it. There’s Sinestro who, like I said, appears to have been last minute addition. He certainly feels it, but he was an addition that improved the line.
White Lantern Flash also feels like a last minute addition, but he doesn’t really add that much to the line. He doesn’t right any wrong. He doesn’t fill any untenable void in our collections. He’s easily the weakest figure in the wave. I don’t want to look at this figure that disdainfully. I forgot where I read it at, I think it was on Twitter, someone was poking fun at the opposition to MOTU Classics Vykron and said something to the effect of he “Vykrom commited the cardinal sin of not being Ram Man”. That is so true. We should try not to just a figure by what it isn’t, that’s usually irrelevant. I’m having trouble with that here. There are other characters or versions of characters that could’ve easily filled this low-development, repaint spot. Heck, there are other Flash figures could’ve easily filled this low-development, repaint spot. It’s difficult to separate disliking for Flash for what he is and and what he isn’t. Fortunately, Mattel gave me some ammunition in the “what he is” department with their execution. Continue to Page 2…