Sometimes I’m asked why I don’t do many negative reviews. The primary reason for that is because reviews take a lot of time and, while some folks are fueled by hate & righteousness, I’m just out to have some fun with toys. And if I’m not having fun with a toy, I’m probably not going to want to spend much time with it. IAT is a sweet gig all things considered. The pay could be better, but I basically play with toys every day. If I run across one that’s not fun, it tends to make a quick exit from my collection, usually before I photograph it.
I’ve also gotten pretty good about not buying bad toys. I will occasionally snag a rotten apple, particularly when I buy online, but it’s more likely that I’ll end up with a not so great one simply because I want to collect what it represents. That last part there, I think, basically sums up Mattel’s Watchmen line.
I don’t care about the irony of the existence of Watchmen figures. I don’t need to be that meta. I want Watchmen toys, comic-based toys. DC Direct teased me all those years ago with beautiful Tim Bruckner sculpts. They wouldn’t be articulated well, but I would’ve lived. The movie figures had some promise, I still kinda want a couple, but I never bought one. And then Mattel announces their line.
The Rorschach is a thing of beauty. He’s still my favorite. He’s a little too big and the aesthetics block some artic, but I don’t care. The figure walked off the page for me (even if the design on his mask didn’t). It went downhill with the messed-up head Manhattan. Silk Spectre was middle of the road. I felt like I nit-picked Nite-Owl to death even though I didn’t think he was a bad figure (his costume, like Rorschach’s hurt the articulation). And then we get to Comedian.
If I were to sneak a peek at the end of the review, I’d guess that Comedian would fall somewhere in the same area as Nite-Owl. The basic figure is fine. The buck does most of the work and we got plenty of new pieces were we needed them, including most of the lower legs, the short gloves, his gear, a new bicep, and the new head sculpt. All these pieces are fine.
The head sculpt looks good albeit a little small. The details on the belts and straps are sharp. The way the left sleeve was done is a bit odd-looking, but it mostly blends out with the stripes. The paint is sharp on the figure, even used to give the appearance of different textures. The articulation is fine too, pretty well standard for the DC buck, with only some minor blockage from the right shoulder pad. In addition to the included stand, Blake also got two accessories a removable flamethrower and a shotgun. Both are well sculpted, if a bit rubbery in execution. Continue to Page 2…