Next up are the two stretchy arms. These are nice, but they’re my least favorite. I don’t mind their monotone red color (paint would flake, glued on hands would stretch the arms, etc) and, like the spring, they offer some play value, but they don’t offer any pose value and that’s why they’re my least favorite. If you’re not playing with him they just hang there and they’ll sag over time. After you stretch them a time or two, you get the gist and put them back in the box. They’re fun, but I would’ve preferred some bendy arms instead. Also of note, when swapping out the arms, you have to press a button on Plas’ back (or the handle on the briefcase). This is great because it eliminates the scare of interchangeable parts. I still worry about the wrists, but the arms can be switched out smoothly by pressing the button and removing them without worry.
The flyswatter and paddle ball hands can be placed on either wrist by removing the fists and popping them in. As I said, I’m a little worried about the wrist pegs because they seem a tad fragile, but I haven’t had any problems yet. Both alternate hands feature Plas’ belt shape sculpted into them and both look sharp. Truthfully, I probably won’t use either of these that often, but they’re perfect accessories for the figure.
Finally, Plastic Man also includes a bendable neck extension. This piece will probably get the most use on my shelves. It replicates the action feature of the Super Powers figure as well as making up for the lack of articulation the head has while on the neck. Like the arms, I’m a bit concerned with the shelf life – it’s a soft bendy plastic piece attached to a hard plastic connector – so I’m being careful with it when I remove it. I should also note that without this neck piece, the head doesn’t fit on the SDCC exclusive suitcase.
If you purchased Plastic Man at the convention (or got yours from someone who did) you also received an alternate “body” for Plastic Man in the form of a suitcase. The suitcase has attachments for the arms and head/neck which means that all the extra pieces (except the spring legs) can be used again here. For an extra bonus, the suitcase opened to reveal three little cardboard pieces that had a DC 75th logo on the back and the covers of the first appearances of Superman, Batman, & Wonder Woman on the front. Those aren’t really necessary, but the suitcase is cool. I may not snap the head and arms on it all the time, but it’ll be carried by another DCUC figure that was fortunate enough to get an open hand somewhere prominent on my shelves.
Okay, these little guys technically have nothing to do with Plastic Man, but we’re not quite sure where else to put ‘em. Even though I’m a huge Plas fan, Vault is an even bigger Starro fan. That said, he’s not sure about picking up the DCIH Starro (it’s a bit too liberal in regards to the comic design), but he had to have the DCUC-sized face huggers and he lent them to me for this paragraph. They are pretty cool, though they’d be better with the classic bulls eye design instead of the eyeball. I’ve seen these guys clipped on the faces of a lot of different sized figures – they’re pretty versatile while still being fairly rigid. I want a set of these for myself, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the DCIH Starro by proxy nor can I justify their current cost on eBay. Ideally, this sculpt would be great for my preferred green version of Starro and I hold out hope that these might be repainted in those colors.
Overall, I’m just gonna say it: Plastic Man is awesome. That may not be the most eloquent summation in the history of IAT, but it’s the truth. I’m going to overlook the neck articulation because I love the rest of the figure so much. He has a great sculpt and sharp paint. He’s got accessories that will look great on the shelf, he’s got accessories that will be fun to play with, and some that qualify under both those categories. Better still – and this is important in the history of Plastic Man figures – he can just be a regular, standard figure too. A lot of times companies think a Plas figure has to be all stretched out or doing something crazy, but here Mattel gave us both crazy accessories and a basic figure. I appreciate that. In addition, the suitcase is a perfect attendee only accessory – it’s something that a hardcore PM fan would love to have, but something the more casual fan might not find that important.