Trigon Review

It’s finally time to cap off our DC Classics Wave Thirteen reviews with the C&C himself: Trigon. Upfront, I should admit I’m not his biggest fan, but that’s probably more about my lack of familiarity with him than it is the character himself. It helps that he ended up with a nice C&C with just one unfortunate drawback.

When I was a wee tot, older comics were one of the things I used to learn to read. The DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest & Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest in particular. Those digests formed my early understanding of DC Comics. Zatanna, the Seven Soldiers, the Doom Patrol, Superman Red & Blue, “The Curse of Crime Alley”, Jonah Hex, Dark Mansions of Forbidden Love, “The Hockey Mask of Death”, “Man with the Golden Gloves”. Uh, yeah… in that light, it shouldn’t be any wonder that my comics love is skewed towards the strange and wonderful world of lesser known stories. That’s what happens when you first exposure to Uncle Sam is while he’s umpiring a baseball game between super-heroes and super-villains. Anyway, I’m telling you all this because in my youth I was reading older stories and as I got older, I read current stories. Trigon got lost in the middle. And in all my “studies” I’ve never gone back to read New Teen Titans. That makes Trigon the first DC Classics I’ve reviewed that I’m not really familiar with. It feels weird. I feel like I need to rush down to the comic shop and pick up some NTT backissues right now.

I still know the basics of Trigon enough to tell you about him though. It’s fairly simple. He’s the creation of Wolfman & Perez in the aforementioned New Teen Titans. He’s a particularly nasty demon from another dimension; son of a human woman and a god who wanted to pour his people’s negative energies into one being and then vanquish it. What a crappy Dad, huh? Anyway, the plan went awry and Trigon lived on as a new powerhouse of evil that conquered millions of worlds and still found time to mate with a human woman. This pairing would produce the Titan Raven. It was Raven who, after being rebuffed by Zatanna & the JLA, reformed the Titans to stop Trigon from conquering Earth. They stopped him that first time, but he would clash with Raven and Titans a few more times over the years. The only Trigon story I’ve read first hand was in a recent story arc in Booster Gold. In that issue, Dick Grayson had been killed years in the past and Trigon was now the ruler of Earth. Luthor bided his time and worked for him (as much as Luthor works for anyone) while a few underground heroes eluded him, notably a non-GL Kyle Rayner & his wife, Zatanna. It was a pretty cool story and Trigon was badass in that brief appearance.

It looks like Trigon probably has a little bit of Atom-Smasher in him, but there are definitely plenty of new parts to make Trigon unique. Trigon has new, plain calves & feet, a belt/loincloth, both hands, both forearms, a left bicep, the upper torso, his head dress, and his trademarked four-eyed head. With the exception of the legs/boots, all of Trigon’s details are sculpted; making for an impressive figure. The small skull on his loincloth is a little misaligned, but it’s a nice separate pearlized piece and it stands out nicely from flat white behind it.

The head sculpt is dynamic this time around with Trigon expressing some pent up rage. I think he looks best when the upper eyes are looking directly at you or when he’s looking up. The upper eyes are a bit disconcerting, but I think that’s more about the fact that he has four eyes than the sculpt itself.

As much as I like the figure, there is one thing about him that I absolutely, positively hate. The cloth cape. I don’t know if the cape, as sculpted, was too big to fit into a package. I don’t know if it didn’t cost out. I don’t know what went wrong, but this guy had a nice plastic cape when we saw his 2up and now he’s got this junky shiny fabric thing. I promise that I’m not wholly against cloth capes, but I am when every other cape in the line is plastic. I loathe inconsistency! And this cape stands out unnecessarily. It just looks off and that’s without mentioning the giant tag coming out of it his back. The cape does feature “plastic coated wire stiffeners” which allow for some posing, but they’re not attached to anything and the cape can’t hold that many great poses. It really annoys me. Continue to Articulation, Accessories, & the Summation…

27 thoughts on “DCClassics.Com:
Trigon Review

  1. That underwear joke is hilarious lol and I got that Cyborg hes great figure but mine Cyborg legs doesnt go up =/

  2. I really like the usual suspects shot. Very useful!

    Trigon seems okay, but he should be bigger.

  3. Not only am I utterly unfamiliar with Trigon (sorry, I was just a bit too old to be enthralled by Teen Titans), I don’t care for his inclusion as a BAF, CnC…whatever. A Trigon figure would not compell me to purchase this entire line, especially at the all-too-familiar DCUC price point.

    Now a Silver Age Colossal Boy? Now you’re talking! DCUC needs to start producing the classic Silver Age Legion, and improve upon those rather flat, poorly articulated offerings from DCD years ago.

    Please…no Bronze (much less Lead) Age Legionnaires.

    1. You did hear that a Validus CnC is coming in w16, I believe, right?
      We got teased the Legion is coming, and should hear something from SDCC this weekend. Some are saying 5pk set, others are hoping for themed waves.

      Besides, we already got Tyr coming (thanks to his Super Powers status).

    2. How do you feel about the wave Brainlock is mentioning? Where Validus is the C&C, but the lineup is fuller of new figures/designs?

  4. I missed out on New Teen Titans too. I was just too young.

    It is nice to see a fully articulated BAF for the DC line though. Too many ‘Wogs and Chemos with limited articulation recently.

  5. so I’m the first Titan-ophile to comment?
    First off, Trigon was the dark master of his ruined dimension (Yeah, he’s Satan, much like Neron and Lucifer, but DC can’t call him that!) who sought to gain entry into our realm by his offspring. Enter Arella, who became mother to Raven, who reformed the Titans, et cetera, yada, yada. I don’t know where that other bit you got came from, besides Wiki. I don’t recall that ever being mentioned before unless it’s been revealed in the Teen Titans book in the last year (I dropped it). The only “new” twist I am aware of is the current series adding Raven’s brothers, modeled after the Seven Deadly Sins.

    Trigon’s more of a behind the scenes player, and the few times we’ve seen him, it’s the usual sneak into his dimension, trick him and/or kick his red tuchus and scat, rinse, repeat. I can’t comment about anything else, other than those top eyes really bug me, in a dead gaze sort of way. About the only thing I would add to this figure would be his throne, Perez style.

    I don’t have w13 yet (or w12!), but it did sell out from MC in under three hours, according to Matty. I guess I’ll be buying my set online, elsewhere?
    (one local WM is still overstocked on w10, the other has mix of six figures from last year, won’t re-order. forget Target.)

    1. I read up on his various Who’s Whos/SF/wiki to get all that and boiled it down, but you boiled it down nicer. Sounds like an 80s book – a puppetmaster that you have to go beat down and come home. LOL

      Our WMs are also OSed on 10. One clearanced them out at $11 and then stopped carrying them. One did just got in 12 and now those are sitting around too.

  6. He looks really dynamic in your pics, but I think it’s the contrast of his colors.

    And did a cloth cape kill your parents in a dark alley? Geez! LOL I hate ’em too though and his looks especially awful since it’s made of that shiny plastic fabric Mattel uses for capes. I thought I read that some Predator figure has a perfect cape for him, but I can’t remember where.

    1. Yes! Violently! Like I said, I liked cloth capes as a kid, but this new fabric isn’t really tradtional cloth. It’s cheaper, almost like plastic threads if you will.

      It’s really more the inconsistency that bothers me. If they haven’t used cloth yet, then they shouldn’t start now.

  7. I have to say, I love the cloth cape, so I really like this figure (hey, they even put a wire in the base) I do wish the upper eyes had more… feeling(?) to them… because, even sculpted as they are, they have no emotion, which is weird as his regular eyes do.

    its a nice figure though

  8. I understand the irritation from the inconsistency, but I can certainly see how a full-length plastic cape likely wouldn’t have fit in the ding-dang box.

    Doesn’t bother me, personally. Maybe you should think of it as Mattel expanding the line’s horizons, or giving the designers more options… 😀

    1. Oh no you didn’t! lol

      I’m positive that the problem was “how do we fit this in the box”. Personally, I’d rather him have a shorter cape than a cloth one.

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