DCClassics.com Club
Infinite Earths Ice

Paint is the one area that the figure somewhat disappoints. A lot is good. The figure does a good job of hiding which parts are cast white and painted blue or cast blue and painted white. And most of the lines are sharp, I think the blue collar is the only one the fuzziness really jumps out at me, the gloves tops less so. What kills me tough is the paint doesn’t match up on her stomach. It may sound silly, as it’s close, but it’s also jarringly off. It’s been driving me nuts, like a crooked symbol or misplaced tampo. It just throws off the visual and turning the waist to line it up, just seems to make it look worse.

Articulation is good. The only real flaws are those that always plagued the female bucks in the line. The hips are partially blocked by this particular lower torso, but the thigh swivels, hinge knees & ankles can accommodate for it. The ab crunch is fine, but slightly blocked by the tank top while the waist swivel is fine and the neck ball-joint has some surprising range despite the thick chunk of hair. Finally, the arms are probably the best articulated part of the figure with ball-shoulders, hinged elbows, plus swivel biceps & wrists.

One accessory was included: ice! This piece looks nice and attaches to the right hand easily. The legs are a struggle to get in a good action pose though and her bemused expression doesn’t really jive with putting her powers on display. It’s neat though.

Overall, Ice is just an average figure, one more entry into the line. I do feel like I want more out of her, but I also feel like I really don’t. I know my “this works” opinions riles some in the “we demand better” crowd, but as the end draws near, I can’t help but think how I’d love to be able to keep filling out my DC roster with a ton more serviceable figures like this. I know that approach isn’t for everyone. Due to a lot of different factors, higher prices being a big one, some collectors need figures that have better leg articulation or higher quality overall. I hear those folks. I feel it too, just seemingly less so when it comes to this line. The part of me that needs more wants to skip Superboy & possibly Damian Wayne. But the other part of knows this has been a line of good figures, with the occasional great one, and that part of me can’t believe we’re this close to the end.

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18 thoughts on “DCClassics.com Club
Infinite Earths Ice

  1. The head sculpts on both figures leave a lot to be desired. We’re talking about Adam Hughes’ designs as interpreted by the Four Horsemen. Something was clearly lost in translation.

    I’m glad that we got to complete the set but would recommend them only to absolute JLI or and Fire & Ice diehards.

  2. Overall, she looks good to me, aside from the (literal?) moptop and that torso paint alignment.
    The box art even shows a better hairdo than this figure gets.

    as the line closes, it’s hard to be happy about everything, but this was a last gasp at completing the JLI era and those tweaks side, she’s a good figure to do it and a sight better than the poofy shouldered DCD version. http://www.oafe.net/artemis/art/dcdjli1ice1.jpg
    Most of us could double a Max Lord with a MM Harvey Dent or other suit figure our choice of heads to complete the team. (and hunt down the LPS Oberon that came with the DCD Miracle/Barda 2pk! L-Ron is SOL, tho. LOL)

    that said I still prefer the “Ice Princess” outfit that was a darker blue bodysuit with a fur cape that she wore at the time of her “death”.
    (altho I did pick up an extra Black Cat….)

  3. The headsculpt looks alright. Not great, but alright. I’m glad they at least went with consistency and gave her and Bea costumes from the same period, rather than, say, do a Global Guardians version of one and a JLI version of the other (this has been a thing in DCUC in the past).

    And yeah, it’s really melancholy knowing this line is over, isn’t it? 🙁 And now MOTUC is ending as well… Mattel really isn’t staying in the game.

    Great review as always.

  4. Maybe better names for these two figures would be Tepid and Luke-warm. Or maybe just Luke and Warm. I don’t know. It’s too early in the a.m. and these are the jokes, kids. 🙂

  5. As a fan of Ice love the box art so thats a plus though the sad is still there on the line ending and fact whats at retail now just stinks to me. In all she looks good but do notice those goofs. Too me she looks chubby cheeked a bit. I don’t recall that look in any book that had her in it. Even when fighting Doomsday during that tale. Will I buy, Yes, wanna do the JLI team (Guy,Ted Kord, Booster, J’nn, Fire and Ice, BC, and have to hunt a DC Direct Red)

    Yeah sad to hear this but think heard that MOTUCs will continue just end of the green brick. Atleast what Scott said.

    1. The box art was really nice. I think it ended up making a bad contrast for the figure.

      Did DCD ever make a proper Rocket Red? I don’t think we ever got the boxy one from anybody?

      1. No, I don’t believe they did.

        And are you saying the 12 foot tall guy wearing armor that appeared in, like, three comics is not a “proper” Rocket Red figure?

  6. At retail, Fire and Ice would have been definite gets, despite the iffy quality of the head sculpts. As premium online exclusives? Not so much. The only DCIE figure I’ve gone actually purchased was Huntress, and that’s more out of my love for the character than anything. And I still think there’s a decent face somewhere under all those globs of paint on her.

    1. They’re not really premium though. They’re just low run. lol Mattel tries to play that game and I can see the point of throwing it right back at them though.

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