Out of the box, Talon was not as impressive as I hoped, but he is good figure. As usual for DC Direct, …er Collectibles the sculpt is best part of the figure. He’s a matte black, but every detail is sculpted and contrasts well despite the solid color. He photographs great and the stark contrast with the silver & gold draws the eye. Greg Capullo did a great job on the design (I loved it enough in the comic to want the fig, after all) and DCC translated it very well; right down to the subtlety owl-shaped knee pads.
The paint was minimal but good for the most part, there was a little bit of slop on the gold areas, but I picked him knowing I could fix that without little issue – I’m unlikely to see Talon a ton of times, so I’m more willing to fix deco issues than I would be on mass retail figure. One thing i didn’t like was that there was a lot of white gunk in key areas. I had thought it possible that he was molded white and painted black for a split-second, but this appeared to be dried glue. I gave the figure a good wipe down after opening him, but you can still see it in some of the pictures.
The articulation was what going to be key to my enjoying the figure and, except for a couple things, the articulation was what I wanted. In the central torso, the ab crunch doesn’t have the best range, but it works and there’s a waist swivel for good measure. I do wish the head had still been articulated. They opted to just make the head and torso one-piece, but the figure would be a lot more fun if the whole cowl piece had a little movement separate from the torso. Similarly, a double-hinge elbow would be nice in the arms to grab the swords from his back, but the ball-shoulders & wrists, and the bicep swivels still give plenty of arm range for posing.
The legs though – they’re struck by QC. There’s a lot to like. The hips have decent range, the thigh & calf swivels are great to have (one calf swivel is still stuck, doh), and the double-hinge knees are all fantastic. The ball-ankles are welcome too, but they’re loose. Two other collectors warned me about this and it’s true for mine as well. If you get him into a balanced pose, he’ll hold it, but you’ve got to get it just right or the ankles will give into the lean and *boom* Talon comes crashing down. It’s happened twice while writing this review.
For the $25, Talon does include a few nice accessories. There’s the Court of Owls prop mask from the story. It’s a cool add-in. Also included are two swords and two knives. He holds everything great, but they are brittle. The packaging itself already cracked the two knives near the hilt. It’s funny. He has a sheath for just one, so it feels like they know you’re going to break one and gave you an extra.
The amazing thing though, and I didn’t know this until I was playing around with him, is that the six throwing knives on his bandolier? Removable! That was awesome! I had missed that in any news leading up to the figures release and was pleasantly surprised. It easily bumps the figure up a few notches in the wow factor.
Overall, it’s kinda sad to think about how much I used to love DC Direct, how many figures of theirs I had, and then how few of their recent releases have made it to the site. I could always go back and do some retros, but they never do as well as the current stuff. The good nesws is that things are looking up. Talon feels like he’s somewhere between NECA & Mattel/Hasbro in terms of quality and that honestly means DCD has come a long way from that first Wonder Woman figure. I was never that worried about the articulation or the overall toyness during all my years collecting these, but they should now give anyone that had those reservations pause if they’re all like this. I’m interested in picking up more; I just need the subject matter to come back around to stuff that interests me.
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