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Retro Review: DC Classics Wave 5 (Metallo)

Black Lightning

Black Lightning is my least favorite from this wave. I have to admit some bias because I dislike his modern look. I would’ve preferred his early 90s look first, but his vintage costume or his late 90s costume are better than the current version. But the problem with the figure is that it doesn’t do a good job of replicating the costume. The use of a standard buck is fine, but the paint work is fuzzy on both the blue and yellow lines. The head sculpt, while accurate, loses something with the goggles painted gold in a line where Guardian and Wildcat have their eyes so well-displayed, or where Blue Beetle and Booster have see-thru goggles.

Finally, my real problem with Black Lightning is his articulation. I haven’t mentioned artic up until now because all of the figures I found, save one, were good. But I was lucky. Wave five was plagued with bad hip joints. They were frozen out of the package and the softer peg would usually tear before it gave. I’ve tried various tricks on my BL’s left leg, but none have worked. That hip is still fused and is possibly damaged from my failed attempts. Since the replacement cost is high, I don’t bother with it and he stands on my shelf as my most disliked figure in the entire line.


Eradicator was the figure I wanted to like best. His pre-release photos were great. His unique shield/cape looked like a great piece. The new “Superman” head looked good and I loved the clear visor. Yeah, the clear visor. As you can see, the solid gold visor just lacks the charm and makes him look a little dopey. Okay, a lot dopey. Otherwise, this is a great figure. The buck works. The paintwork is great. The shield/cape is a great piece. The head sculpt, even if a little “Dean Cain-ish”, is good. But those goggles just blow. Another thing that could have saved it would have been a clear yellow energy hand. This ‘Superman’ could emit beams of energy from his hands and both the MOS and DCD versions utilized the clear plastic for that effect. I love clear plastic by the way.


Riddler is another good figure that’s set back by minor annoyances. While the suit buck isn’t the most popular among fans, I don’t mind it (I’m mildly amused by bifurcated ties and how Superman’s pecs retractably fit into Kent’s suit, okay?). The buck does it job on suited figures, and the green version looks good on Riddler. His head sculpt has a slight smirk that I like and I love the hat. As usual, the head is the best part of the figure. The paint work is clean for the most part. My figure ended up with some black scuff marks on his hat and neck, but the real issue is the question mark tampos.

In the prerelease photos, they were on his coat piece and his arms, but they were left off the arms on the final figure. Similar to the Eradicator’s golden goggles, this makes him look dopey. Who buys a suit with the pattern not extended to the sleeves? (Sorry, couldn’t resist). The Riddler does have the benefit of the one accessory in the entire wave, his trademark cane. Continue to Page 3…

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Wave 5 (Metallo)