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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