When I used to buy DC Direct, I mean DC Collectibles, it usually meant saving up for an entire wave dropping on my local comic shop at once. That’s not the case anymore; the figures are still announced in waves, but the release schedule is staggered nowadays. Batman appeared three weeks ago, Catwoman two, and then after a one week drought, both Mr. Freeze & Two-Face hit shops this week.
I’ll review both of the last two this week and I guess I’ll go with… Mr. Freeze first? I usually play favorites, but on these two, I don’t really have a preference. Both are great characters and both are spiffy TNBA designs. I am probably a little more partial to Mr. Freeze just because I think the Animated Universe version is the best version. Harvey’s transition to Two-Face was handled well in the show, but Mr. Freeze really jumped from “ice thug” to a tragic character in the cartoons and that’s the really the only way I prefer to think of him. I loved all incarnations from the Timmverse – BTAS, TNBA, & his appearance in Batman Beyond. I’d take toys of all three. I’m still nursing a 15 year grudge that the Batman Beyond line never got him in there (at least not how’d you expect).
The figure here is that second, more streamlined and darker version. By that time in the show, Freeze’s body had been ravaged by his condition and only his head remained, now housed in a giant robotic body (with a special surprise). He was a much more sinister character at that point in the show and this look reflects that. It’s captured here pretty faithfully thanks to Gentle Giant.
Visually, Freeze is as striking in 3D as when he first appeared in 2D. The sculpt looks great, particularly the head sculpt. I also like his height; he appropriately towers over the other figures released so far. I think the only thing I’d like to see changed is the feet. They’re on model, but I find myself wishing that the feet had been enlarged a little for a little more stability. I can get him to stand (as seen in the pictures), but for long-term display, I feel like I need to use the included stand. This is true for the entire line really, but I just want to state it again. The only sculpt issue I had was the helmet. Mine just doesn’t stay on well and it’s popped off a couple times and found some scuff marks when it hits the floor.
The paintwork had been nice on my Animated figures, until now. Freeze isn’t bad, but he does have a lot more slop than my previous purchases. The blue/green paint is sloppy at the edges and the black lines follow suit. Nothing is too terrible, even at $25. I was much more annoyed by the blemishes in the finish on the black areas, particularly on the chest. It’s not an uncommon thing on action figures, but it would’ve been nice to see a glossy metal finish here, so the blemishes stand out to me more than they normally would.
Articulation has been the big selling point for the line prior to its release, but I think Batman has lived up to is the best out of this first group. Freeze is no slouch – ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, elbows, & wrists, hinges at the knee & ankle, the h-style hips, and swivels at the mid-chest & boot. But even with all that, I had a hard time posing him. Continue to Page 2…