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DC Universe Classics
Apache Chief Review

Apache Chief is mostly done in his molded colors with some light details, but it works for the figure. The paint that is there is clean and makes for a sharp looking figure. The only drawback is that the molded skin tone never seems to match with the different grades of plastics. There’s a noticeable difference between the upper and lower thigh. It’s exaggerated in the pictures, but still present in person.

Articulation is standard for the line with a few extras. He’s got great range on the ball-jointed neck, ball shoulders, swivels at the bicep, wrist, waist, thighs, & calves, hinges at the elbows, knees, & ankles, the ab crunch, the 4H hips, and rocker ankles. Pretty much all the articulation you wish every figure in the line had.

Apache Chief included no accessories. He doesn’t really need any… though the show did provide the opportunity for a few kickass pack-ins like a tiny Brainiac ship for him to wrestle with (robot Brainiac vs Apache Chief is an all-time favorite episode for me) or even just a miniature planet Earth – while Apache Chief once had a 50ft height limit, he later teamed with the Atom (crap! I forgot him in the group pic!) to enhance his size manipulation powers to unknown limits. In that episode, he grew large enough to walk around on North America like it was a small patch of land (they never said how many people he crushed to death), but he’d later grow big enough to fight a “space colossus” and save the Earth (which was getting treated like a marble at the time – worst episode ever?).

Overall, the only thing I have to nitpick is the height (which is more of an overall issue with the line of late than the figure itself) and the color change in the middle of the legs. Those two issues aside, we’ve got a well-sculpted and well-executed figure here. Apache Chief may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he did get a solid figure. If you’re fan of the character or the show, then you’ll be pleased with this guy. If you’re not, but ended up with him anyway, the figure might just push you into giving the character a second look. (What? I’m an optimistic kinda guy…)

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18 comments to DC Universe Classics
Apache Chief Review

  • Clay

    A fun and thought-provoking review that makes me wonder… in that last-but-two pic, what is Jayna doing to her brother?!

    • They’re aliens. FROM SPACE. Don’t judge them!

      Noisy, you didn’t mention Apache Chief has underpants. Yes, of course, that proper loincloth would cover his junk but you know what the running gag has always been with him… 🙂

      Yeah, he’s just… He’s the best Apache Chief that could likely be made at this time but he really should be at least a bit taller. And should have a ‘normal size’ version as well.

  • Gregory

    Ouch! My lap!

  • Nicholai

    I wish they would re-release that DCSH Brainiac.

  • HAHA Love the funnies in this. Been thinking of hunting him down seperate from the figs to go with my 1:18th figures. He appears to be close to the right size for that.

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  • dayraven

    maybe the e nuk chuk is not required, but more like a helpful meditative thing, like the street fighter “sho ryu ken!” everyone who’d studied that martial art could execute the move, but for the novice, chanting the words helped them achieve the state of mind necessary to control the energy? but at some point, it got internalized as you progressed and mastered a new level of power. (i’m really stretching here, aren’t i?)

    • Battle Catman

      Not really, since even the high-ranking dudes like Gouken and Akuma still shout their attacks while using them.

      I always thought whatever magic pixie dust that allowed the Chief and Giganta to grow worked like the Super Soldier serum in “Captain America.” It amplified the user’s personality–Chief was a spiritual guy, so meditation is how he’d activate his power; Giganta was (presumably) a bitch, so when she got bitchy, she’d get bigger.

      • dayraven

        so for five days a month, she gets HUGE?

        and yes, in the games they say it w/ every attack, in the movies, they really only say it for drama, but even ken and eyu have shown that they can fire off a less than full effect but still damned impressive energy blast with nary a syllable uttered.

  • dayraven

    oh, and is black lightning hitting on apache chief? that sounds like the intro to many a gay porn…

  • Jonatan

    I love Giganta, but Apache Chief is my favorite C&C in the line. He looks much better sculpted than in the cartoon, but I just wanted he would be as tall as Giganta. I really don’t care about Cartoon or Comics, I just want great looking figures in my collection. I totally agree that we (Super Powers’ fans) still need a regular size Apache Chief and Giganta and a Brainiac robot.
    Tha waiting has worth it….great review (I truly enjoyed Super Friends pic).

  • Great review and captioned pics as always. I think the old man tells a young Apache Chief that whatever he’s feeling when he sprinkles the dust on himself will magnify along with his size, so he faces the bear with courage instead of fear. Giganta, of course, acts greedy when she uses it, hence their ensuing feud in the series.

    AC would have stacked the odds in the heroes’ favor had he appeared in Crisis. Too bad nobody ever included him in the DCU proper.

  • Great review! the pics are to die for

  • StrangePlanet

    I’m real happy for the fans of the Super Powers line and of the Superfriends show. I am, however, not one of them. I prefer modern stuff, and while I would have greatly preferred a Huntress or Ragdoll in the line, I really do think it’s pretty rad that all these Superfriends have been released. Not for me, I’m not getting them, and they mostly look cheap except Apache Chief here, who looks pretty great, but it’s just a nifty thing to do.