Mattel’s reveal of their New 52 Doomsday Collect & Connect last weekend got me thinking about how happy I am that Mattycollector managed to put out a classic Doomsday before the line “ended”. If not for that, then that unnecessarily tusked Doomsday would have to suffice.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m ecstatic that DC Classics is continuing on as Multiverse. I’m hopeful that the absolute glut of Multiverse Arrow figures don’t make Calvin Harris Superman hard to find. I loved picking up the MOTU Dark Knight Returns trio last week and look forward to more. I’m hopeful that Mattel will still do some truly classic figures in there – we still do not have a good classic Superman in light blue with a proper S-shield. Just sayin’.
But I’m digressing. Doomsday. So when I was thinking about this “Final Figure”, I realized that I was apparently holding off the inevitable – I never reviewed him. I did open him because his box took up too much damn space in my review pile, so I popped him loose and stood him on top of the unreviewed pile where he’s sat for a year, never able to join his fellow figures. Oops. Since he’s no longer the “final figure”, I thought this would be a good time to get him wrapped up so I can review some of these Multiverse figures.
As one would expect, Unleashed Doomsday shares some parts with Bound Doomsday who also borrowed from the Kilowog/Brimstone/Arkillo buck. In this case it’s mostly the clothes – they share the boots and the shorts and then the lower thighs, abs, shoulders, and biceps. Everything else is all new. I remember being skeptical that Unleashed would require that much more tooling than Bound, and they probably could’ve shared a little more, but this way is better. The higher amount of unique sculpted parts created a much better figure.
To find the new bits, basically look for the skeleton extensions. I’m still not sure how they fit in the Calatonian burial garb (I think that’s right…), but they’re what required the new tooling – the upper calves, the forearms, fists, the upper torso and the add-on bones, and then the head (and the ponytail!). Each of these new parts is really well done and give the figure, one of the longest and most anticipated, his due. Particularly nice on the sculpt is the two-part head. The seam could be disguised just a tiny bit better, but the two pieces allow Doomsday to have his deep-recessed, and bone-encased eyes. That’s great. Continue to Page 2…