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Exclusive Doomsday

Or slowly not function, as is the case here. Doomsday is really just about to break out with this figure. It isn’t quite accurate since the suit shows no damage, but with a lot of the cables flung loose and his right arm free. See the thing was, in his containment suit he literally defeated the Justice League with one arm tied behind his back. His knuckles should be showing through for one thing, but it’s a non-issue for me. I never understood how any of those bony protrusions fit in the containment suit anyway. And besides, the shackle for the right arm is sculpted on the back, I loved that detail. I just choose to look at this figure as Doomsday shortly before we finally got our first look under the mask.

The paintwork is pretty easy here and the nice paint job reflects that. Doomsday is cast in either of the two shades of green for this suit and then the tubes & coils are painted silver. The base figure required very little paint, so this category is pretty much just about giving the metallic parts a nice shine and that’s done well overall. The eyes and glove edges are done well and overall the figure looks pretty great standing there on the shelf.

Articulation is surprisingly good! I already mentioned the new legs really open the figure up and it’s appreciated. He’s capable of some great poses with ball-joints at the neck shoulders, & hips; swivels at the bicep, wrist, waist, thighs, & boots; hinges at the elbows, knees, & ankles; and there are also rocker ankles (I miss those) and the ab crunch. The ab crunch is the weakest as the chest overlay pretty much shuts it down, but I can get a little movement out of there. I’m pretty satisfied with the crouching & brawling poses the figure can take and I’m super happy with the articulation overall. I think the only thing I’d like more is if the bulk didn’t keep me from pushing the right arm behind his back to get that classic first appearance cover look (the exact one the box is trying to replicate).

Speaking of that packaging, I geeked out over that too back when he arrived last summer. I had gotten away from comics in my youth, but the hysteria around the Death of Superman had me & everyone else heading back to the comic shops. It made the news. I still remember my Mom taking us down to the store and picking up that Man of Steel issue with Doomsday on the cover. I also remember that she was annoyed it wasn’t the big issue, but just the lead-in. And that classic black bag with the bloody symbol? That is still iconic to me to this day, even though it’s re-use has been lame (kinda like Doomsday). The SDCC packaging brought back both those memories with the inner package being based on that classic first appearance cover and then also coming in the all-black outer box which harkened back to the baggie around Superman’s death issue.

Overall, I’m super-satisfied with this figure. And I was and am stoked that we got the other one too. I can’t wait to open it. I opened this one right away since I wasn’t planning on writing this, but I knew I’d review both when the second arrived, so he’s still boxed; my self-imposed review penance gnawing away at me. This figure, despite being a little too big and not quite canon-accurate, is gorgeous. I feel super-connected to the source material – Regen Supes, Steel, Cyborg Superman – all some of my favorite figures and to get both these Doomsdays to stand with them? It’s awesome.

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11 comments to DCClassics.com SDCC
Exclusive Doomsday

  • Here’s the outside of the box:

  • Brainlock

    I thought Brimstone was first, followed by Kilowog?

    I *may* have been responsible for getting the Super-team that created the storyline a free figure for each of them, as I shared the first news of it to Mike Carlin for his opinion and he geeked out over it, seeing it for the first time. LOL I remember he shared it right away with Jurgens and Ordway, who were also hearing about it for the first time.
    (also, wasn’t Klaus Janson involved in this story? I recently found out a loose connection with him, but I won’t share it publicly, as it was told to me in private. in three words: awkward wedding moment.)

    This figure in itself looks good, big and solid BUT I always question the one-off appearance/look of characters that get toys over a more popular or “usual appearance” figure. Most know Doomsday as the spiky grey Hulk in shorts dude not the “Hazmat Hulk”. see also: “Super” Red Hood (one 4 issue arc) and X-23 fast tracked into getting a Marvel Legend (or TWO!) after one mini-series and a couple X-Evo cartoon episodes.

    Then again, I still don’t have Ice or Fire, or several of the latter DCUC/DCIE figures, so that line pretty much fell off my radar, for the time being. also, all my stuff is in storage for last year and half. I should know in a few days whether I can pay it…or I lose everything all over again. 🙁
    my attitude of late is: collect whatever makes you happy.

  • 3B

    Nice! I passed on CS Doomsday because I wanted both versions or none at all. Of course, Mattel went and released the unleashed version, anyway. I was able to get that one, but CS still eludes me. Probably won’t get him unless I find a really good deal on him.

  • J. Lee

    Well at time and local toy show changing locations cause dumb city decided to tear down Vets Memorial (yes as in War Vets) caused me to miss hunting for this guy. I woulda tried for both too. I just wonder why no still attached in sling/straightjacket arm wasn’t included. That was a powerful.scary moment how he tore thru the Justice league with one hand tied behind his.back literally.

    If can get back to that show will indeed look for him and Unleashed.

    Great review and did get a laugh out of the comics. Needed that thanks to two jerks yestarday.

  • da man

    Love the DC toys taking a stand by not doing an action pose. As much as I loved DCUC, they missed some heavy hitters like Maxima and Bloodwynd (and they would not have needed a lot of new tooling). In the end , I am glad we got both versions of doom…Nice end to the line.

  • Nifty figure and great review. Great-looking piece, but since I’m not a he comics fan, it would be wasted on me.

    A lot of interweb users are very quick to shriek “CONSPIRACY!” at the first opportunity. I look at it like this: Because they have to work so far in advance, they already had the tooling for both figures when the plug was pulled on the project because of not enough subs. The, they went ahead and made Containment Suit Doomsday, because that seems to be S.O.P. on already-tooled figures which didn’t reach sub goals. Then, sales of the Containment Suit Doomsday helped pay for the release of Unleashed Doomsday. Collectors ended up seeing a release of both versions of Doomsday, which is what they were clamouring for in one way or another, anyway.

    This is merely speculation on my part, but it makes a lot more sense than malicious baiting-and-switching and cover-ups and false advertising and premeditated lies and downright up-yours-ism, which the vocal majority would post IN ALL CAPS at every possible chance and forum they could.

  • Bah! Should have gotten this guy. I don’t have any special love for Doomsday, but I DO love the look of this, as a toy! When he came out, though, I didn’t have the money for him. Perhaps I should look ’em up on the secondary market and see what he goes for.

  • wally2974

    I love that shot of the Justice League members eating pizza and slushees. Where is that stuff from? Those pizza slices are awesome!

  • Dale

    I love this figure. I’m a huge comics fan, I started collecting comics at a teenager in the 90s.

    So Doomsday has always had two looks for me, CS and unleashed. I was always bummed that there was never a containment suit version in action figure form. This guy corrected that in a big way!

    I have both versions, and love both versions.

    Great review.

  • TC

    Great review for a really great-looking figure. I too always hoped that if Matty were to ever update Doomsday, they needed to have the containment suit variant, as well as the “unleashed” version. I really think they nailed both, so hats off to them.
    As to how the bone extrusions fit in the suit, if i remember correctly Doomsday sort of starts out waking from his dormant stage as just a giant humanoid (like a gray Hulk. Or, like The Grey Hulk. Whichever.), but as he takes damage, his super-defense biology kicks in, and the bones pop out to protect him. So a blast to the eyes causes the little guards over the eyeballs to form, a punch to the face gets jaw-line bones, kick to the jewels gets…well, you get the picture.