DC Classics.Com: Club Infinite
Earths Black Mask Review

In terms of body construction, Black Mask has a few more new pieces than I would expect. The majority of the figure is the suit body used for the Question, but the figure does feature a new jacket and new hands. The new jacket will be a useful addition going forward and the hands look a little off in some poses, but they hold the accessories snugly. Always important.

The head sculpt is the main thing that has to be right here though and it is. While I’d still like to see a more classic Black Mask, the skull look is captured very well here and the figure looks downright evil. The flash lines are somewhat distracting, but it’s a solid sculpt.

The figure is mostly molded in the appropriate colors so paint isn’t too much an issue, but I’ve seen some examples of sloppy paint around the teeth. I do like the highlights on the face to help bring home the sculpt and the tampo on the tie is sharp too.

The figure features standard articulation for the line. Ball-joints at the shoulders, swivels at the biceps, wrists, waist, & thighs, hinges at the elbows, knees, & ankles, the 4H hips, and the ab crunch. The ab crunch works great inside the jacket, but I have some problems the neck articulation. It’s a ball-joint, but I can’t get any up and down movement on my figure, so it’s effectively a swivel joint.

One big highlight for this figure was supposed to be the accessories and it still is to an extent. If you Google Black Mask, one of the first images that comes up is of Batman’s cowl pinned to a wall with a dagger. This image became obvious accessories for the figure and Mattel cited a cool feature, the dagger would go through the cowl. It was a cool idea – Black Mask standing there with a dagger through Batman’s cowl. Neat! It didn’t happen though. There’s a spot in the back of the cowl for the dagger, but it’s filled in. It’s still a cool accessory, but it has lost some luster. Oh, and Black Mask came with some small pitchfork/ax thing. It looks mean, but I’m not sure of the source material.

Overall, I’m not that excited to own a Black Mask figure, but he came out nicely. The head sculpt is killer and the new jacket makes the tooling for some other much needed suit characters that much easier. I don’t want Club Infinite Earths to do too many suits, I don’t think collectors would really appreciate it that much more than moms and kids supposedly do, but hopefully Mattel will give us a couple in 2013. He’s a decent addition to this year’s lineup, but I’m more excited about what’s coming in the next few months right now.

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46 thoughts on “DC Classics.Com: Club Infinite
Earths Black Mask Review

  1. Hey Noisy, the link to “Continue to page 2” goes to Movie Masters Ras, I was too tired to realize I walked into another review and read all the way through wondering when Black Mask was going to appear in the picture timeline ><

    1. In your defense, that figure has the same body just shrunk a bit, so it probally doesn’t read too differently until the accessories part!

      Thanks for the catch. I’m too tired too!

  2. So this coat is different than the one Riddler came with in Wave 5? It looks the same to me, but I’ve had my Riddler in storage for a while now so I can’t say for sure.

    1. Looking at reviews here and other places, it does look new. The Riddler’s coat seemed to be tighter around the waist.

  3. Man I missed that Steph Batgirl, know its DCDirect but dunno if we will see her in the matty line. I did hate that ending in wargames too. How did she come back though?

    On Black Mask I did like the fig and I am miffed about the cowl cause I spent a half hour trying to find that hole in the cowl to pose him with the cowl on the blade. Think he would look cooler that way.

    I think now in the nu52 Mr. Bones replaced him. Guy looks the same just white like Tombstone.

    He’s an okay fig but know I hope we get a small change with Ivy with some flat hands or a clawed hand and a plant of some sort. Thinking the lil guy fron MH Venus Mcflytrap.

    1. They retconned Leslie to have faked her death to get her away from Bruce. It was dumb, but it made more sense for Dr. Thompkins at least!

      I’m think about drilling out the cowl a bit to get the blade in there. It’s a shame it wasn’t done!

    2. I really want the cowl accessory to be cool, but it definitely falls short since the blade doesn’t go through and can’t even be held that well. Noisy, I’m not sure how you got it to stay in Batman’s hand. If you do it just right it can balance on the end of the knife through the mouth opening, which looks okay.

      I’m also a little annoyed at the amount of words printed on the accessories. I know it must be a legal thing, but it seems like plenty of accessories have been made without even “China” on them, and those blades look pretty bad from the other side.

      1. And, you know, I own a lot of Star Wars and GI Joe figures (and Marvel Legends, come to think of it) that don’t have “China” stamped on every one of their accessories.

        I guess it’s just another Mattel safety standard.

        1. It’s always just a shame they can’t put it on the handles. Even if it’s round, just make a flat spot big enough for the stamp. If done right, it wouldn’t affect how the figure holds it all and the grip would cover up the stamp.

  4. i actually thought prometheus was the “anti-batman.” after of course azrael was the anti-batman… after the black mask was the anti-batman… after the farging joker was the anti-batman.

  5. Nice review as always.

    Not a figure I’d like to own, honestly. Like you I was not a fan of this version of the character one bit. Still he seems ably executed.

    1. This is one of those hard calls on which version is more popular. I’m not a fan of how he’s depicted, but it does seem to have done a better job of putting him on the map (and got him two figures).

  6. Thanks for mentioning that pickle fork thing. I have no idea why they decided to give him that. Especially when he has a gun in his hand on the damn packaging. Deathstroke has gotten guns and Vigilante has gotten guns…so its not like Matty is against giving figures guns. I’m definitely giving him one of the extra guns from either of those figures.

    1. Since the fork is in the artwork, I’d presume there was a gun in the mix at some point. On the bright side, guns are easier to obtain. This might’ve been our only shot at the pickle fork.

  7. I think I know more about this guy from the Brave & Bold cartoon than anything else? I knew about his role in Wargames with Steph, but just always thought he was another Capone wannabe with a death mask?

    The Lex and double Bats pics are funny, because you know this guy’s going to end up turned into suit Lex and, if they can pry off that springloaded head from DCSH/Batman QC Bat/Bruce, a passable Wayne figure, If you haven’t used an extra Question or two for them (or Clark) already.

    J.Lee’s mention of Mr Bones would be a good alternative, either simply painting the skull white for DEO Bones or using that popped head on a Mr Miracle/Dr Impossible body for Infinity Inc Bones. Any good bases for Atomic Skull’s body(-ies)? He would be a good “skull face” character to custom. I’m trying ot think how he looked before the better (imo) JLU look or they went retro with the orange/green 70s look, teamed with color-twin/partner Metallo. He does seem to change his whole appearance every time he shows up, doesn’t he?

    1. I always thought the Mr. Freeze would make a good Atomic Skull base, but I prefer that gray/white 90s look.

      And, yeah, lesser known characters get screwed like that. Everyone’s trying to make their stamp.

      1. If we’re thinking of the same look, I think the JLU style was based on it, only with a bit more Ghost Rider-y green glowing/flaming skull tossed in.

  8. I need to get this figure, and a MM Ra’s Al Ghul to make a DCUC sized Movie Ra’s Al Ghul. He’d just need some paint(tie, shirt, neck) and the hands of the MM figure and he’d be pretty perfect.

  9. Yeah, I’m not the biggest Black Mask fan either, Noisy, so it was hard to get excited about this figure. I never thought he was that interesting a character in the comics, though I do realize his significance to the bat-mythos and why he made a good candidate for toyhood (I loved his appearances in the 2004-2008 “The Batman” cartoon series, though. Very cool). It didn’t help matters that this was yet another occassion for Mattel to trot out the ol’ tried-and-true, generic “suit” body. *Sigh* again with this thing? Y’know, Matty, not everyone is built the same. Middle-age guys that exercise regularly actually look diffent in a suit than, say, a 60 year-old butler. And to phone it in like this on the subscription? Kind of irritating. That said, the figure actually turned out pretty cool. The head sculpt is good, and I actually really like his tie for some reason. And I didn’t get the reasoning for not giving him a gun, either. It’s right on the box, for Pete’s sake! So all-in-all, not great, but not horrible, either. Black Mask is just kinda…there.

  10. I believe black mask is actually a dcsh clark kent figure…based on his height and articulation. But anyway..Originallyi was a bit miffed about two additions to cie(black mask and poison ivy) that to seemed more obviosly better suited to the (less utilized) batman legacy/unlimited lines. But upon further thought, I realized that black mask was too gruesome a character, both visualu and idealogicaly and poison ivy too “sexy” for mass retail release. Incidentally, I dig my black mask but only one complaint….the picture on the back of the box shows him with a pistol, amd the figure is sorely lacking of any firearm. Funny?..Yes.

    1. I hear this a lot when suit figures come out and then easiest way to differentiate between the Two-Face buck & the Question buck is the tie. The Two-Face/Clark Kent/Riddler body has a molded tie with a bifurcated line running through it.

      If the tie is a separate softer plastic piece, it’s the new Question body (which was also shrunk down and had its legs swapped for use as a Movie Masters buck).

  11. I agree that a couple more guys in suits could be a good thing. I might be alone on this, but I would be really excited to get the Gray Ghost. He could reuse most of the suit buck and the fedora, but would need a new torso.

    I also hope that when it would be useful, Mattel doesn’t forget about Sandman’s suit with that nice little loop.

    1. He might be a hard sell (a (mostly) animated figure in the subscription would surely drive some contingent mad, but who wouldn’t), but I’d love to see him as figure.

  12. You know, it’s a funny thing. I was buying comics back in the ’80s. Not everything but a goodly amount. I have zero memory of Black Mask and any of the events that you mentioned.

    So, the knife doesn’t go thru the cowl after all? What’s that about? I thought that was the whole point. Sudden fear that little kids will go on a mad cowl stabbing spree? Masked Mexican wrestlers will be in fear? We have to stop packing guns in with figures but stabby knives are A-OK?


    I don’t see why Matty can’t do a box set of ‘secret identities’ with Bruce, Clark, Lex, maybe Vic Sage sans mask, maybe that TV reporter guy that turns into The Creeper, maybe Ollie (I heard a rumor that there was a TV show that was kinda sorta maybe in a vague way related to Green Arrow going on. 🙂 ).

    Wow, it could just go on, huh? Barry as a CSI. Alfred. Gordon.

    I weep.

    1. Either to be a Mattel standards issue or a factory error. I think that Clark & Bruce should be done for sure, Lois, Alfred & Gordon too. Beyond those I get a little unsure myself.

      1. Jimmy Olsen, esp now that Doctor Who has made bow ties cool again.
        Perry hasn’t changed much over the years and DCD did a 70s/SA version of him.

  13. Great review on an average figure. Black Mask falls squarely into the “Got stuck with him through the sub but still makes for a good buck” department. Those post-80’s stories don’t exactly make him kid friendly material either. 🙁

    1. Thanks! I pretty much agree. He’s still filler to me. Constantine will be too honestly, but everything else should be great for the rest of the year.

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