The last regular figure in DC Universe Classics Wave 20 is my figure to review, and I think he might just be the best figure in the entire wave. If nothing else, this version of Green Arrow is one last taste of how good DC Classics could be.
Noisy started out this week with his favorite figure in wave 20. But I’m doing the opposite and my reviews this week with my favorite figure. When news originally broke about Green Arrow receiving another DC Classics figure, I wasn’t overly happy about it. What little enthusiasm I did have was siphoned away when I learned this was also going to be the last wave. There were so many more characters to get to, why did one of the last figures have to be a redesign?
But now that I actually have him in hand, I can say I was wrong about calling this figure a waste. Out of all of wave twenty, including Nekron, this is the one figure that symbolizes what I loved about the DC Classics line. He’s a super poseable figure, with a mostly new sculpt, of a character that strikes a chord with fans.
Let’s start off with how the figure looks. I combed through various online pictures of Green Arrow, trying to figure out exactly which costume this figure represents. It took me a while, but he seems to be from Brightest Day and the pre-DCnU relaunch with writer J.T. Krul. But even though this look only lasted a few issues, I think I prefer it over the “classic” look we got with the first GA figure. Mike Grell’s revamp of the costume is one of my favorites, and this figure harkens back to that design enough to be an adequate stand-in.
Whereas Red Arrow almost completely reused the original Green Arrow body’s tooling, this version of GA is nearly an all new sculpt. The hood piece has some great wrinkled textures and stitching, while the head underneath has a crop of messed up hair hanging down over his forehead. His torso is also new, with more stitching running under his arm holes and the darker green areas. Also, on his back is a new round quiver that looks more natural than the giant square Super Powers one. GA also sports new biceps with arm bands, and a small pouch belt around his right thigh.
But what I really love about this figure are the smaller sculpted details. The bottom half of Ollie’s tunic is a prime example of this. It’s a new piece, with that same tiny stitching running along the edges. But he also has a belt with plenty of pouches and tiny buttons. The arrow-shaped “G” on the front is a nice touch, but the small dagger hanging off his left hip is even better. Continue to page 2…