Between the lack of uniquely sculpted subs figures and the focus on Nu52, it feels like the DC Classics line is wrapping up. All lines have to at some point, and it was a great run while it lasted. It’s just sad that there are still so many characters waiting to be made into plastic.
Pretty much everything that came out of the original Doom Patrol books was a great mixture of unique and crazy. Stories not only focused on battling insane characters like Mr. 103 and the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, but also the teams psychological issues and their difficulty coping with the powers that allow them to save humanity while making them outcasts from it.
As expected, Monsieur Mallah shares the exact same body as Gorilla Grodd. We did get an entirely new head sculpt, which I’m really happy with. Grodd had that elongated cranium, which is perfectly accurate for his character. It just prevents him from looking like a normal gorilla. But Mallah, with his bushy facial hair and deep set eyes looks like he stepped right out of the jungle (you know, aside from the beret). I also like that his facial expressing changes slightly depending on the angle. It really adds a lot to his personality.
Unlike Mallah, Brain is an entirely new figure. Even though he’s really just a glorified pedestal, the Four Horsemen did a fantastic job of designing him. The sculpted rings and panel lines help to break up the monotony, while the buttons and doodads add a bit or realism. The top of the figure has the general shape of a skull, but it is way more subtle than the overboard design of the Crisis figures a few years back.
Brain’s design is pretty perfect, but my favorite part has to be his actual brain. It’s a slimy looking pink and purple mass that’s covered with a translucent dome. It definitely makes a nice juxtaposition on Robot Man’s brain, which can be seen if you take off his skull cap. Now Brain can take over Cliff’s body, and no one will be the wiser!
Even though Mallah is nearly the same as Grodd, his paint job goes a long way in making him look different. The biggest change is that his fur is a dark shade of brown. Also his hands, feet, chest and face have show off a darker skin color than Grodd’s light gray. There’s also a little bit of wash to fill in the spaces between his furs. Continue to page 2…