They say presentation is everything. I don’t know that I always agree with that old trope, but I think it applies to this version of Doomsday. This guy got a raw deal. After something like seven years of having a shrimpy Doomsday, the possibility was raised that we’d finally get a big brute of a figure in the Classics line. But when we finally saw that sweet, upscaled replacement, this dude was standing next to him; a perfectly good idea for a figure that looked amazing, but was being used as a straw man in what we all knew was a lost cause. It sucked nearly all the joy out of what was a pretty cool fig. Heck, it sucked most of the joy out of collecting DC figures in general.
What really got to me, was not the unnecessary mud slung at this figure for not being his unleashed brother, but that the going on behind the scenes, whatever they were – I’m not obsessed with speculating, became the perfect fodder for everyone with a beef with the line, real or imagined, to jump on. Discussion of this figure quickly turned inane. What is quickly got lost in a sea of what wasn’t.
I decided to enjoy my Doomsday and ignore the noise. I had thought that I would not even review them, either of the Doomsdays, because I didn’t want to reopen this particular can of worms. But, as I’ve learned from having this site for a few years, when I skip a figure from a line I cover pretty thoroughly, I get email after email asking where the review is. This was true for the Doomsday as well, so here we go.
The first thing about Doomsday is the size. That’s why he’s got revisited in the first place. The original, too small. The new one, probably too big. In a 6” line, the Doomsday as presented here, the initial appearance, should probably clock in around just 8” maybe a little under. This Doomsday is closer to 9.5”. I’m a little more forgiving for two reasons. One is technical, Doomsday has had a slow creep in size over his appearances. He just keep getting drawn bigger and the figure represents that. And, two, I guess like all those inaccurate comic book artists, I just kinda like him bigger.
The funny thing is this height comes entirely from the all-new legs. Despite being the more economical of the two Doomsdays, this figure has almost entirely new legs. Everything from the waist down to the ankles has been replaced with accurate parts to get the costume details just right. This is great because the legs on the original Kilowog buck (reused for Brimstone, Validus, & Arkillo) sucked. They weren’t as well articulated. These new legs, while providing quite a bit more height also feature two additional swivel cuts which really open up the figure’s poseability.
Above the waist, the new parts are a little sparser. Up top, the figure largely relies on Validus & Brimstone pieces, with only new forearms and the classic eerie masked head sculpt. The rest of the work is done by the ornate tubes and coils that make the containment suit function. Continue to Page 2…