It just seems difficult for me to get excited about this last handful of DC figures. Well, I shouldn’t say that “difficult”. I am excited about Doomsday. I’m even excited about the overpriced Super Powers repaints figures coming out later this year. And I was excited about Ice too*, but, like Aquaman, once she arrived the happiness of getting them gave way to melancholy. It’s fun to get a new one, but there’s countdown to how many are left at the same time. There are technically ten to go, but Ice is from a more exclusive club: she’s one of the only two new characters added to the line in its final year.
* – I’m not excited about Superboy – that head sculpt looks terrible so far. And I’m not sure how I feel about Damian – he’ll be nice to have, but no Dick Grayson Batman? No Professor Pyg? No Knight or Squire? It just feels like we’re opening one last can of worms on the way out.
Ice is from an era in comics that the Classics line largely ignored: the 90s. She’s technically an 80s character (& like Fire has an 80s costume I like better), but she came to the peak of her popularity in the 90s and this is her 90s costume. She originally got her start with the Global Guardians*, but later joined the Justice League during the great Giffen/DeMatteis run.
* – Technically, it was a different character that in was the Guardians. Ice was originally called Icemaiden and supposed to be the character from the Global Guardians when she appeared in JLI, but due to some origin confusion, a second, different Icemaiden was created when she appeared in JLI. The first blue-skinned Icemaiden just disappeared after that, not returning until much later, after Ice died (replacing Ice in a similar way to how she was replaced). She appeared sporadically after that and survived being killed by James Robinson trying to show how badass his villains are only to have her skin ripped off by Scott Beatty.**
** – This review is written mostly in italics at this point.
Fire & Ice are basically a good representation of how deep Mattel got with the line. They’re not overly popular characters, but are important to a large subgroup of DC fans thanks to the popularity of that aforementioned Giffen/DeMatteis run and spurred on by being in the JLA when Doomsday first appeared and basically destroyed the team on the way to killing Superman. (That spike in popularity sadly didn’t translate to Bloodwynd & Maxima and help get them figures; I would’ve loved to have seen those!)
As for the figure itself, I’m fairly satisfied wit it overall. That’s largely thanks to Mattel giving Ice a healthy dose of new pieces. The new upper torso captures her odd tank top costume well and the boots are appropriately furry for good measure. The new arms look a little more beefed up than earlier ladies from the DC Classics line, but I do think they still came out a tad short (or the legs are too long, not sure). The proportions just seem a little off, but that’s kinda par for the course for the DC ladies at this point. I’m not even sure if we ever got distinct bucks separating the adults from the teenage girl characters.
All that is topped off with a debatable head sculpt. I think it’s a good sculpt. I like the depth to the face and think it’s better than previous sculpts, but something isn’t right. It could be the thicker paint or the thick, unhighlighted hair? I’m just not sure. I do like the hair piece, but could be a little finer around the face, that might help. I’m still not one to complain about flash lines on figures, but the one in the hair is pretty noticeable and will bother some folks. Her expression is one of bemusement I think. I find that kinda funny. Continue to Page 2…