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Lead, Platinum, & Tin Review

Platinum, or Tina if you prefer, is similarly made economically. She’s built with the newer female buck and only needed the new forearms and calves for bolt detail as well as her… uh, breastplate and new head. Tina also features a new skirt piece (& presumably a smaller lower waist piece to accommodate it). In all the mix of old & new pieces combine to make a great looking Platinum. I also appreciate the smooth transition from her torso to the skirt piece; something Mattel has had trouble with in the past. Her head sculpt is also nice. The expression is a little too neutral when she’s haning out with Lead, but I’ll just chalk that up to her not having a Doc Magnus to hang off of. While I had hardly any paint issues on the three figures, Platinum does lose a half a star for her crooked left eye. It’s painted askew from the sculpt.

And then there’s Tin. While I can overlook the scale on Lead and enjoy him, I simply can’t do the same for Tin. As a sculpt, he looks excellent, but he’s just too small. He should be at least an inch or more taller than he is and it’s hard to see him as an equal figure to the others as a result. Maybe I’m just harboring some resentment for pack-in figures (I’m still annoyed that Nog & Alexander never got their due in the old Star Trek Playmates line and that was nearly two decades ago), but I just have a hard time accepting him.

It may be partly because I don’t understand the decision behind it? The sculpt is great. They did add in three articulation points, which I appreciate, but why couldn’t they make him a little bigger? I mean, I can assume there was a Mattel beancounter that carefully calculated how much plastic could go into Tin and that limited him to 3.5” in height. If they’d gone 4.5”, Mattel might’ve gone out of business, right? So I guess I know why they just couldn’t make him bigger, but I don’t much like it. Eh, at least he looks sharp when he’s posed by himself and the awesomeness of team covers for him a little bit.

While Tin is surprisingly clocking in with the three swivel joints (head, shoulders), the the other two figures come as loaded as we’ve come to expect. All the usual stuff is in there, though the sculpts cause some limitations. For Tina the harder skirt pieces restrict most hip movement and the hair crimps the neck joint. The hair, I can understand, that’s pretty normal, but Mattel might’ve gone for a softer plastic on the skirt.

For example, Lead does feature the softer plastic on his tunic and has some great leg movement as a result. As a larger figure, he also retains his rocker ankles. Pretty sweet. The ab crunch and waist have good range despite the tunic and the arms have no impediment. The head has limited up and down movement, so I’d like to see a little more there, but overall I was happy with the articulation… except for one little thing that has me hauling out the Quality Control Spotlight.

On my Lead, the left arm is basically fused. I’m not sure if it’s glue, melted plastic, or what’s going on in there, but it’s essentially one piece for a few centimeters there. I’ve been working it and doing some light cutting, but I haven’t gotten it free yet. I’m not sure what went wrong here to tell Mattel, but it’s sloppy QC all the same.

Overall, I’ve got some minor quibbles like the fused arm and some major quibbles like Tin not getting any respect (which I guess is his thing after all), but they’re mostly overridden by having the core team together. Yes, Doc Magnus is still high on my list, but getting the elementals is what’s crucially important for a Metal Men display. Mattel has done that – even going so far as to make sure they got it done in year one of their subscription – so I applaud them for that. I really didn’t think this day would happen. Heck, I’m just happy some random Mattel executive didn’t freak out and put a stop to it when they heard there was a Lead figure in the works.

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Lead, Platinum, & Tin Review

  • Shadow_Contact

    I got to say that Lead is awesome. It seems on most Forums that Lead is pretty well received and some have even apologized about complaining. Platinum has one of the nicest DCUC female faces and lets face it, It was great more or less completing a team.

    • Completing a team is a satisfying thing, let me tell ya. (Though I’d still happily take Magnus)

      And Lead’s size does seem generally accepted. I’m glad for that!

  • Something tells me that it was less the amount of plastic going into the Tin figure than it was the extra steel in the mold and the additional time someone would have had to spend tooling a larger figure. I could be very wrong there, but that’s the gut feeling that I have…

    • Entirely possible. As long as I don’t ever find out that is was due to some weird Mattel rule about it needing to be under 3 3/4 or something, I’ll be okay with it… LOL

  • J. Lee

    Enjoying mine and they have a spot all therw own but, I still need to get Gold and rebuy Iron. Ugh mad a myself there cause at the team did not see these guys and gal coming. Had Lead wearing Zatanna’s tophat at New Years time. Lookes good on him.

    Tin wish coulda been a tid bit taller as well as maybe shrunk down dcuc articulation but he’s okay to me. Think how cool that woulda been though. Matty sure doesn’t see this.

    Platinum is one nice looking fig and do like her face sculpt.

    2 mors for me to finish them.

  • The head sculpts on Lead and Tina did not disappoint. It’s great to have the gang together at last. Now for another plainclothes repaint which can hopefully give us Doc Magnus.

  • Lay Ze-Man

    Probably my favorite set in DCUC, and I’d never even really heard of the Metal Men before we starting getting figures of ’em.

    Kinda wish they could invent new character so we could get a few more. 😀

    (I have since learned of Alloy, which I suppose could make a cool C&C if they could make it big enough…)

    • Brainlock

      Well, there is now “Copper”, and she(!!) is the team’s accountant or something? She was created a few years ago, I believe. Not sure if she’s still around in the nu52?

      There was also the brief period where Gold was “killed” and Doc was turned into the green “Veridium” or something like that? I think this was the same mini that claimed the MM were real people who had their personalities copied into the responsometers, then killed in a lab accident that first activated the team?

  • You guys are back with a vengance!
    great job!

  • TC

    Good stuff, Noisy. Right there with ya on the D-list character lovefest. I never thought I’d see the day when I would own Metal Men action figures (of course, I didn’t really think I’d still be doing this at 37 years old, so…). But as a comic book and toy collector, how cool is this? And in a perfect world we would also someday get the Global Guardians, the Extremists, The Elite, etc., etc.
    I agree with you on Platinum and Tin. She turned out very nice, but he is just too damn small. But I’ll take it. Like you said, they’re shape-shifters, so it’s better than no toy at all. Plus, scale kind of went out the window with these 6-inch lines waaaaay back when they made Sinestro the same height as your average 8th grader. I think Lead is passable, the height issue doesn’t bother me at all with him. But he should definitely be huskier. God love him, but Lead is a chunky-boy. He’s downright portly. I’d like to see a customizer slap that big, round, grinning noggin on the Brimstone buck, maybe, just to see what it would’ve looked like. But again, I’ll take it, and it’s not even that big of a deal. Nice review, as always. Keep ’em comin’!

  • CopperZeus3626

    Great review. I definitely agree with you – I have no problem with Lead being this size. It might have been cool to see him more Ram Man-sized, but he looks great as is. I think it helps that Gold, Lead, and Mercury are also taller than the average figure (although this makes Tin look even smaller).

    Platinum’s hip restriction is a little disappointing, since the rest of the teamm can get into some cool poses and she has to pretty much stand straight up, but she still looks great.

    Getting Tin was definitely a good choice over getting a construct for Platinum, but how cool would it have been to have a couple of wall pieces that could clip onto the bottom Lead’s arms if he held them out straight?

  • dayraven

    granted, i’m watching drag race right now, so my phrasing and thinking is skewed a little, but i can’t help but make two observations: that last panel, lead and rorschach, that’s a dirty joke all day. but even dirtier is tin staring into platinum’s love muffin w/ that nose… that’s not even a stretch to observe that that is overly suggestive. y’all are dirty over there! and i like it. 🙂

  • Brainlock

    What, no Alexander Luthor to pose with Lead? or more letter-themed heroes for Scrabble night? 😉

    Mattel did say during the lead paint fiasco that they would look into the “issue” with his name, trying to find some way around it, but when I asked about it in the monthly Q&As right as they announced him, they denied ever having a “problem”.

    As for Lead’s body, I still think they could have used the DCSH Darkseid buck, or even the Mongul, which does have some metal deco, but not the ones necessary for Lead, here.

    Tina – is it possible she uses the now abandoned Miss Martian body? I don’t recall at the moment if that had a skirt for her stealth/s2 look? not much else to say about her other than she’s silver with only three paint apps on her head. :/

    Tin – even less can be said here. He’s an accessory, unfortunately. I do agree that he is unnecessarily out of scale, but most smaller characters are. Take Marvel’s Puck. In the old 5″ Alpha flight sub-line, he was too small for even that and now that he’s coming in MU, he’s too tall for MU scale, but looks to be close to ML scale. Can’t win them all, I guess.

    (and yeah, I didn’t get mine, as DR won’t acknowledge my new card. I’m thinking I should set up a new account, but without having an opportunity to sign up for the DC subs, why bother right now? Still hoping yours go to your new address, not the old!)

    • I think it’s going to be awhile before I can pull out all the figures I need for the reviews. The Rorschach pic came about because he was nearby. 😉

      They could’ve used the smaller Darkseid to be sure, but I think I’m happier this way.

      The 4H might have been economical with the MM parts for Tina. I don’t think it would’ve happened at the Mattel stage.

      The Mattel subs are annoying just having had to switch the card this last time. They double dipped from my Paypal account for January and then had to refund me the money. Well, they have no control over where it goes back to apparently. My parents had bought Granamyr as a gift for me (using my login) and Matty refunded the January money back to their credit card instead of my subscription card. It was great.

      I haven’t shifted the address yet. I’ve been having UPS hold onto it at their customer center and picking it up. Seems safer that way!!! 🙂

      • Brainlock

        well, good luck when you do ask them to make the switch! I’ve heard some people have changed addresses and wound up getting a refund when the item was returned/”unable to deliver”, leaving only (more) anger for DR.

        and your parents like you enough to keep buying you toys, even tho you’ve long moved out on your own and married? must be nice. dad always referred to my Joes/TFs and “that Star Wars $#it”. when he was being nice, that is. :/

        😉

  • Tom

    Great review!

    I have Tin sitting on Lead’s shoulder in my collection, so it masks his shortness a bit more. I’m really glad to have this gang together.

    When Mattel announced the end of the DCUC line, I was almost ready to give up on the massive collection I had gathered. Mattel promised with the CIE line to finish up the teams that had been started. Sure we don’t have everyone, Doc (and maybe Copper)for the Metal Men and Mento and Chief for the Doom Patrol, but we have Elongated Man and Capt. Marvel Jr. coming this year so they are trying.

    I know I’m dreaming, but it would make me extremely happy to see the completion of the Legion that they started with the 12 pack that came out. Then there is the Freedom Fighters, Outsiders, Flash Rogues gallery, the list goes on.

    I hope to see many more reviews like this showing other completed DC teams.

  • PEO

    I LOVE METAL MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rod Keith

    Did a Magnus custom, but this also shows that, as Tom above mentions, Tin looks great on Lead’s shoulder. Somehow it balances him out a little.

    • Rod Keith

      Ehh, sorry…wasn’t sure if that would show up in the comments section, but if anyone wants to see the pic I guess it can just be pasted into one’s address bar.

      • Tom

        Rod, nice job! Who did you use to make Magnus? I might have to do that. Hope I have a steady hand for that pin striping.

        • Rod Keith

          Thanks Tom! It’s a re-worked Matter Eater Lad head, of all things. Early on I saw that cranked mouth expression as being useful for capturing the ‘holding a pipe’ look. The rest of the body is just Black Mask, with MM Harvey Dent hands. There are more pics at Critical Mess.

      • Great job on the Magnus, Rod! MAL was a great head choice.

        (I turned the BB tags to HTML so the image would show!)

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  • Clay

    Yay! Metal men, complete at last (give or take)!

    … So Secret Six must surely be next, yeah?

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