We picked up the TRU Flash a few weeks ago, but I’ve been putting off his review. I just find that I don’t have a lot to say about him. Still, he needs his DCClassics.Com entry and so we’re giving him a pint-size review. Four pics, a few paragraphs, and everything you need to know about CherryBarry.
Yep. You read that right. CherryBarry has become this figure’s nickname here at IAT. It just fits him somehow and it actually helps me to like him a bit more. If you’re not familiar with where CherryBarry fits in the line, Mattel and TRU made an arrangement for 4 exclusive figures this year. The first, Batman, took everybody by surprise. At ItsAllTrue, we were happy to break the news on him (in the midwest, you never get to find anything first!). The next two, Metallic Hal Jordan and CherryBarry, were officially announced by Mattel and received the standard treatment with preview samples sent out to the big sites. And the fourth and final figure, a black/Tuxedo Joker will be out this Fall/Winter.
As you can tell by his name, CherryBarry is a repaint of the second Flash and sports that costume in a darker, metallic red with gold trim. When I saw him at the Fwoosh, I wanted him. I thought he’d be cool. In the weeks between first look and his arrival, I wavered a little bit, but I still picked him up when he finally showed up at TRU. When I got him home and I played with him a bit, I put him with my regular Flash and after that I wasn’t so sure of his coolness anymore.
The Flash costume is one of the best in comics. It rocks. Years ago, just seeing the Total Justice Wally West ended up getting me into that toy line, introduced me to Kyle Rayner & Hook Aquaman, and got me back into DC Comics. We can all point to various things in our lives that have shaped our collections. I was a Super Powers kid, and still am in many ways, but my “adult collection” skewing back to comic superheroes starts with the Total Justice Flash. I like all the Flashes from Jay Garrick to John Fox, but Barry & Wally have the best costumes. And those costumes look best in just red & yellow.
In an Ask Matty, we were told that these repaints are more or less an “Alex Ross” subline and looking across all four, I think that’s evident. I prefer Batman blue, but I think TRU Bats looks great. TRU Hal’s metallic colors help him blend with the DC Direct figures even if it makes him the odd duck out with the other GLs. The Joker has always looked good in a tux. CherryBarry has a similar problem to the TRU Hal in my eyes. They look good individually, but once placed in the collection, the metallic paint just doesn’t work. With the Flash costume, the shiny red and gold looks good until he’s put next to the original. It simply outshines the shiny one.
I’ve been thinking about how this applies to the (hopefully) inevitable Wally West figure. Do I want him in the same basic red/yellow with just the small details telling the difference? Do I want him in a darker/shiny color scheme? I don’t know. One thing I would like to see this dark metallic red used on is the Dark Flash, Walter West. He’s an alternate reality Wally that took over the Flash title briefly about ten years ago. I loved that story arc and his version of the iconic costume. This darker red along with those silver highlights would look great on the shelf.
Being a complete repaint of the original Flash, this figure features standard articulation and movement. His joints are a little stickier overall, I suppose that’s due to the metallic paint, but I didn’t have any stuck joints on the figure.
Paint was a little bit of an issue. CherryBarry ships in a solid case, but we still had trouble picking out a solid paintjob. It’s mostly because of the exposed chin and the goopy paint being used. There are also a few imperfections in the overall paint. They aren’t that big a deal, but the metallic finish highlights them.
Overall, this figure could fit into your collection a variety of ways. You could want them all. You could be a big fan of the Alex Ross gold trim and use CherryBarry to replace your Wave Seven Flash. For me, I have the room and I’m going to keep him out on the shelf for now, but if/when things start to get cramped this guy might not make the cut and end up in storage. I loved CherryBarry on the shelf, but next to the original, he’s just not as cool.