* – I keep hearing about how All-Star Power Girls are going to pile. I don’t see how as my Wal-Marts haven’t gotten in DCUC11/12 because of their DCUC10 Power Girl glut
Captain Cold was one of two all-new bucks in DCUC7. He runs a little shorter than the others, but as I said, he’s an old dude in a parka. The new sculpt featured a lot of little details like uniform seams, a unique belt, fluffy trim on the boots/gloves, treaded boots, and his trademark snarl. The old school glasses aren’t removable, but they don’t need to be either. Captain Cold also includes his classic pistol which fits snugly in the holster.
For his picture, we went old school with a pre-IAT photo I took back when I bought him. I love that comic even if it looks a little dated compared to what we do now.
Big Barda & Big Barda with HAIR!
Big Barda is a nice looking disappointment. First, she’s called Big Barda because she’s… big. The figure should be about an inch taller than it is. In a line of bucks, you could say that things like this happen, but she’s almost entirely made of new parts. There’s little reason she should have been produced at this height. Second, is the variant. Barda has two distinct costumes: the one depicted and a bikini costume. There could be a variety of reasons Mattel didn’t go for the bikini look, but it’s real shame regardless because we ended up with one of the worst variants in the line – Barda without her helmet on. I’m ashamed I bought it.
Despite the big picture drawbacks, the figure itself is decent. The armor gives us a level of detail found on few DCUCs and gives Barda a unique look while hiding most of her articulation better than a standard female figure. She’s comic accurate in either version, though it’d have been better if her helmet had been painted in gold to match the rest of her armor. Barda also included her trademark accessory, the Mega-rod.
Booster Gold & Booster Gold
While Barda’s variant represented a waste of a slot, Booster Gold’s variant was a decent use of a slot. The standard figure has Booster’s classic 80s look while the variant features his modern costume. The figures aren’t tremendously different. The modern Booster simple loses the collar and gets a wider blue area across his shoulders. He should also have blue gloves, as seen in the 2up photos, but the final product ended up with incorrect yellow gloves. I like having both, but I would have really liked to see Booster’s modern costume feature some of the ad-space and logos he sold as part of his suit (think Nascar driver) during 52.
The figure has a sharp metallic paint job on both versions and good articulation with full range on all his joints. As I said above, the only different piece between them is the wide collar. Booster also sports a pair of clear goggles. This goes a long way to making the figure look great. Booster and Beetle are light years ahead of DCUC5’s Black Lightning and Eradicator for that very reason.
Booster also comes with Skeets. I’m not sure if he counts as an accessory. I’ve heard reports that some fans bought Booster and found Skeets glued to the figure, but that wasn’t the case on any of the ones I bought. He was easily removable, though since he’s attached to the clear yellow stand there’s not much you can do with him on his own. Classic Booster featured a regular Skeets while modern Booster featured a Skeets that opened to reveal a tiny Mr. Mind inside.
Ocean Warrior Aquaman
I have to tell you up front that I think this figure is great. I may lament it later when I don’t have a Mera or an Aquagirl II, but I think its funny now. If you’re not familiar, Aquaman wore this costume in a mid-80s mini-series. It didn’t really catch on other to serve as the inspiration for the black/red version that Tempest would wear later. Still, this version of Aquaman reminds me that the line can be weird/crazy/cool sometimes when Mattel lets it.*
* – Where is my Zebra Batman?!
The figure itself features great paint apps that faithfully recreate the ‘water camo’ look. The head sculpt is a reuse of the original Aquaman’s which is still one of the best sculpts in the entire line. The only drawback here is the articulation. It’s great below the neck, but the figure is permanently looking up. He has side-to-side swivel, but he simply can’t look down. Continue to Page 3…