Continuing our series of Retroviews as we work to complete our DC Classics Review Archive, today we bring you DC Classics Wave 6, the Kalibak Wave.
Wave six first hit retail at the very end of 2008 and became more available over the first few months of 2009. The set reviewed here showed up at a Wal-Mart in early January. That Wal-Mart had never carried DC Classics before and didn’t receive another case until the fall reset. While I was lucky enough to run across my wave six locally, all of the other IAT staffers had to make toy runs to a remote Wal-Mart about 45 minutes north of here throughout the Winter – it was the only one within an hour that maintained pegs for DC Classics. That was indicative of the odd distribution of wave six, at least, at first.
Our Target finally got the wave themselves in the spring and many of those wave six figures are still at our Target right now. Our Wal-Marts, in that aforementioned fall reset, added DCUC pegs to nearly all of the local stores, but quickly filled them up on a hybrid wave 6/KB exclusives case. While the figures languished at Target, they sold through at Wal-Marts (except for the Sonic Arm Cyborg – he’s still anchoring those pegs while Christmas empties the aisles around him).
While I’m sure there are some fans out there who had trouble finding wave six, it still ended up one of the better distributed waves for all of 2009 and leaves Kalibak one of the cheapest C&C’s to obtain on the second hand market. For this retroview, we’ll take a quick look at the individual figures that were part of Wave Six.
Hawkman was surprise for me. He’s one of those characters that I forget I like, but having the figure in my hands really brought back memories of my Super Powers Hawkman. My grandfather once removed his legs and set him up in pinewood derby car. He was later rescued and his legs restored, but he forever had red paint splotches on him. I didn’t mind, it just meant he’d taken a beating when I played with him from then on out. That Super Powers figure is really recaptured here. Part of this is likely because they’re both accurate representations, but it seems like something more than that too. He just looked like the SP one was used as model – and recent developments with the line have convinced me that was the case. I was planning to just pick him up and add him to the ranks, but he quickly became one of my favorite figures.
Hawkman is built with a mostly standard buck, but his torso is unique. It has the straps molded to the back (the front straps are a separate piece), the plug for the larger wing harness, and nipples! I’m glad they’re there – I’m not fond of B’Wana Beast’s Ken Doll chest. He features new, accurate boots, a belt with a sword loop, and a great set of wings. The picture below shows them fully spread so you can get an idea for how big they are compared to the figure. The paintwork on mine was sharp too – vibrant colors with sharp lines.
One more great thing about this figure was his accessories. Unlike the majority of DC Classics who come with one or none, Hawkman came with a Kalibak C&C part and three accessories: his shield, his mace, and a sword. All of the weapons have good paint apps and a ton of molded detail. When you put him with Hawkgirl, you end up with a great medieval arsenal. Continue to Page 2…