I never would’ve guessed how happy I’d be to get an Ocean Master figure. I suppose it could just be that the line has a definite end date and I’m appreciating the scraps a little more, but I don’t think so. I do like hungrily want to get as many DC characters squeezed out of Mattel as we can and getting a major Aquaman villain is a huge bonus, but it just so happens I like the figure quite a bit too. Thankfully.
If you’re familiar with Ocean Master, the long & short of is that he’s Aquaman’s jealous brother. The continuity has changed over the years, even included exactly which parent the two share, but he’s always the bridesmaid and he can never handle it. His inferiority complex, though he’d never call it that, spurs him onto defeat Aquaman and, ultimately, to rule or destroy Atlantis.
When he was first put to paper by the legendary Bob Haney & Nick Cardy in 1966, Orm was the fully human brother that took an amnesiac-fueled turn to high seas piracy. When Aquaman became a full-Atlantean after Crisis, Orm was similarly upgraded to being half-Atlantean, half-human. This gave him a mystical edge; one that was later upgraded by Neron to allow him control of sea creatures through the use of his trident. The downside of dealing with Neron was that letting go of the staff would cause immense pain (hey, he came out better than Black Manta who got turned into a half-manta man!).
His costume remained largely unchanged over the years, but I believe this is more the 90s looks for the character, thanks to the muted blue/gray costume instead of the brightly clashing two shades of purple that he sported for most of his appearances. I don’t mind the muted colors – I think the figure looks great, but it is odd that went this route. Still, it just means he’s more apt to get his butt-kicked by the upcoming (& awesome) Hook Aquaman instead of my classic standby.
The body construction is what we’ve come to expect from the line. Orm only needed a new belt, finned forearms, the cape, and the new head. All the new pieces are sculpted well. I was a little worried on the one-piece head, figures with exposed chins tend to look better when the pieces are molded separately, but Orm pulls it off. His expression is also great, a mixture of determined, but grumpy. I can see him getting picked on by my other villains.
The funny piece is of course the cape. The collar is huge! I think it fits his overcompensating personality just fine and it has been depicted now and again as oversized, though maybe not this oversized. Still, it works. It looks great. Continue to Page 2…