I’m gonna wax on here for a bit, be prepared. I have it on good authority that the piece I’m reviewing doesn’t even appear in a picture until page 2. Skip ahead if you need to!
With DC Classics officially ending this year (just three not particularly spectacular figures to go!), I’ve been really “meh” about the whole line. It’s not fair – it was (is, sorta) a great line. It has its warts, but if you’re a diehard DC collector like me, it’s one of the best plastic representations of the DC Universe ever. I mean, it’d be great to have gotten some better toys out of the deal now and again, but looking at my shelves – I see Jemm, the Son of Saturn (I would be shocked if another collector puts him in such a prominent spot, he’s right in front on my shelves; love that guy!), I see Fire & Ice, I see Vigilante, B’Wana Beast, Adam Strange, Golden Pharaoh (yeah, I went there! Love that guy too!). We even have compatible Watchmen figures in the mix.
It’s kinda crazy. The problem though is that we as collectors tend to focus on what we didn’t get. Who we don’t have. And even though DCUC did a pretty remarkable job, my “didn’t get” list is pretty long, even if I limit it to favorites. Warlord. GA Mr. Terrific. Modern Dr. Mid-Nite. Gangbuster. Shining Knight. Vixen. I could go on (I did here!().
The worst thing is knowing that there are sculpted figured that never saw the light of day – I thankfully don’t know who they are, but I do know some exist. It’s said that the Club Infinite Earths Phantom Stranger figure was sculpted years before it saw release. I don’t know if it’s true, but it feeds into the idea for sure. I guess it’s kinda like that mythical “parts bin” of accessories that the 4H sculpted for various Matty lines that Mattel couldn’t cost out and had to be cut. I cringe at the very thought of what amazing things have ended up there.
Sometimes though, we see those accessories. Collect & Connect Grodd had some accessories back in the day. Collect & Connect Kalibak had extra gear that Mattel thankfully later included with the Parademons in a later wave. Unfortunately, the very last Collect & Connect, Nekron, had a similar problem. And with no future waves to be had, his accessory – his must-have accessory, really – was cut. And I’m not exaggerating when I say the figure suffered for it.
Luckily, the internet is full of many wonderful things and many creative, very talented folks. In the name of full disclosure, Evil Mike contacted me a few weeks ago (I hope it was weeks, sorry for the delay there, Mike!) about a new piece, or two pieces that combine actually, he had created. The Necro-Scythe Blade & Hilt. He provided a review sample for my perusal, so I want to give him a quick shout out and thank you before we head over to page two to check out my thoughts! Thanks, Mike! Continue to Page 2…