Seems like just the other day I was reviewing Club Black Freighter’s Comedian figure… well, it was just the other day. Comedian kinda sorta fell by the wayside when it came to review time. And the truth is that Ozymandias could well have joined him in late review limbo, but l’ve been at work for 10-12 hours a day the last three days and well, I could use a short review. Thankfully (I guess?) Mattel is often great at making figures that don’t leave you with much to write home about.
That’s not to say Ozymandias is a bad figure. Like the best of the Watchmen figures, he has some serious flaws, mostly brought about by bad engineering, but the base of the figure is strong and the sharp sculpting goes a long way to aid the figure overall. I have no idea what I’m about to say, but I should say at the outset that I do enjoy having the figure.
Fun Fact: Ozymandias is my favorite character whose name I steadfastly mispronounce!
Ozzy kinda matches up with Rorschach to bookend the line. Both of the figures look gorgeous standing on your shelf. Rorschach mainly got by on the little costume details; Ozy does too. The collar, belt, gauntlets, and boots are all news pieces with simple line work, but they really make the figure pop visually. The drapery is good on the tunic. And the head sculpt itself, particularly on my preferred unmasked head, is one of the better DC 4H head sculpts in recent memory (It’s kinda the face I wish they would’ve used for Superman).
The colors, particularly because Mattel wisely opted for the gold over yellow, looks striking. That may make for some more paint issues down the road, but this figure won’t be seeing a ton of heavy play that could cause it to get scratched up. The purple areas are molded and contrast great with the satin sheen. The head is molded in the blonde plastic for the hair with a painted skin tone, but features sharp work. In all, I think he just looks great!
But there is one little hiccup, just like Rorschach, that kinda skews the whole deal. Matte, this is supposed to be an action figure. Emphasis on action. For toys that generally implies movement, posing, or that dirty word: articulation. Continue to Page 2…