I’ll just be upfront, Metallo is truly the centerpiece of this wave. He’s not my favorite version (that would be the SA orange/green version), but this one looks great. He has a ton of detail – not just the wires and tubes, but dents and dings all over the figure. The articulation is great with all sorts of joints hidden in the gears – some of which are designed to look like they’re working as you move the figure around. Oh, and he’s huge. Upright, he towers, but he can also crouch and just be massive. To top it off, like any good Metallo, you can expose his kryptonite heart by removing that big “M” on his chest (it fits snugly, but removes easily). Underneath you find the chunk of kryptonite within and the entire cavity is painted in a manner that really manages to look like glowing on first glance. He’s a great piece. And I’m not sure, but he may have been a leftover DCSH sculpt.
Overall, this wave is really a run-of-the-mill wave when it comes to classics. There are some good figures and some bad figures. The C&C is a great piece, but maybe not the version every fan would have wanted. Is the wave worth $200-300? Of course not. I can’t imagine that any one wave of toys would be. And I’m not sure what drives the price so high for this particular wave. It could be that it’s stacked with figures that various fans would consider essential. Atom is necessary for any JLA shelf and Amazo is one of the classic DCUC villains. The Riddler is needed for any Bat-villain shelf and for the Legion of Doom display until we know for sure the leotard Riddler is coming. The Eradicator is part of the always popular Reign of the Superman story. Black Lightning was hot in the modern JLA during the time of his release. It could be any or all of those things driving the price. Or it could just be that addictive component – completism. I know that I wanted them all when I went to eBay a year ago this week. I felt I was lucky – I picked them for $100 shipped right before the price went crazy. At “only” double the price or so, I thought I got a deal. With them selling at three times that, I guess I did.
Recently, Mattel has said they might look into doing a “box set” of Wave 5 on Mattycollector.com. I hope that’s the case for the many DCUC collectors out there who are still missing these figures. They may not be worth $50 a piece, but they fill out important roll calls on a DCUC shelf and of all the figures, these are among the handful that definitely need to see reissue.