Welcome back for the fifth DC Univese Classics Wave 20 figure, and the last one we’re going to look at this week. He’s Speedy… er… He’s Red Arrow! Yesterday, I mentioned that I wasn’t really jonesing for a Green Arrow figure because he’s never been a favorite character of mine. You’d think that would be doubly true for Red Arrow, but truth be told, I’ve developed a bit of fondness for this character by way of Young Justice.
Yesterday I waxed surprised about how I could possibly be collecting DC Universe Classics for this long and not have Sinestro. The same could be said for Green Arrow, since he’s seen his first release way back in Wave ?? and I’m pretty sure he’s been hanging on the pegs as an All Stars re-issue from time to time. Truth is, I’ve never been a huge Oliver Queen fan and so he never was really a priority for me. I also vastly prefer his modern look over his older one, so I was more than happy to cross the character off my list by getting this modern version.
After flubbing up the Voltron Club Lion Force subscription by a) Not charging us when we were supposed to be charging, and b) Not letting us know whether or not our subs would even be processed until the day of the sale, and c) Not following through on their commitment to ship subber’s toys before everyone else’s, one might have wondered what was going to go wrong with the Club Infinite Earths subscription. Well, wait no more, because here it is…
Its crazy that with well over 100 DC Universe Classics figures in my collection, and about two dozen of those being in some way Green Lantern related, I haven’t had a Sinestro figure on my shelves until now, despite this one being the third release. [Actually, it would be the fourth release if you count the one in the Walmart Exclusive Green Lantern 5-pack! -FF] The story of Sinestro in the DCUC is sort of akin to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Wave three Sinestro was too small. Two-pack Sinestro was too black and blue. Well, Wave 20 Sinestro is juuuuust right!
Some time ago, I took a look at Hasbro’s Marvel Universe Fantastic Four set. This time we’re checking out the same set but with the variant paint jobs that place them in the Future Foundation costumes from the string of comics that immediately followed the much hyped death of Johnny Storm. Recently, I haven’t been much for double-dipping on variants and repaints, but given my undying and possibly unhealthy adoration for the Fantastic Four, this time I just couldn’t resist. Besides, I just really dig these uniforms! I’m going to go through this quick, so if you want a more detailed look at the original release of these figures, you can check out the original feature as linked above.
Ah, Hank Pym… He’s one of my favorite Marvel characters because he’s probably one of Marvel’s most flawed and ultimately human constructs. Genius, tragic figure, hero, anti-hero, and quite possibly schizophrenic. How deeply disappointed I was to find he wouldn’t be playing a part in the Avengers film, but I suppose that goes without saying. He’s worn his share of alter-identities in his time, but Yellowjacket is one of my favorites, because I love the costume and its the way he appeared in the epic Marvel Civil War, one of my favorite comic book events of all time. So, let’s check out his Marvel Universe figure…
I did say that Wave 17 would likely be the last DC Universe Classics Week here on FigureFan and that’ll stand as true. Rather than pick up the final Wave 20 all in one shot, I decided to get them a few at a time from different sources. The cost is about the same as they would have been on Matty Collector and it saves me from having to roll the dice with Digital River. Anyway, We are likely going to get to a good portion of the figures in Wave 20 this week, but not all of them, and not all in succession, as I will be spreading around a little love for Marvel Universe as well. I’m also going to do something a little unorthodox today and look at two of the figures in one go. Why? Because its Hawk and Dove, and why would I want to split them up?
And now that we’ve had our little segue into Beast Machines, its back to the Unicron Trilogy for a look at another Cybertron toy. In an effort to give the Decepticons a little more loving this week, we’ll check out Mudflap. Its one of the great and unfortunate paradoxes of being a Decepticon that while you’re hardwired to kill, destroy, and enslave, its still trendy to be a construction vehicle. Obviously we have to lay blame at the Constructicons doorstep, and that’s why we have figures like Mudflap. While other Decepticons get to be tanks and assault jets, he’s a boom crane.
Here’s a first… a Beast Machines figure on FigureFan! I won’t take the time here to debate the merits (or lack thereof) of the TV series, but I did have a lot of Beast Machines toys at one time. They’re all gone now, except for my little armada of Tankors. Why? Because a lot of the Beast Machines toys don’t hold up for me, and yet Tankor is still one of my favorite Transformers of all time. Insane? Perhaps, but even still, I love this guy. Its a bit of a departure from the Energon and Cyberton stuff we’ve looked at so far, but he was in the tote, so he’s fair game.
[I’m sick as a dog today. I may have destroyed my immune system with alcohol last weekend and some horrific bug took the opportunity to invade. Either way, the show must go on, so I’m crawling out of bed long enough for today’s contribution. If it seems a little truncated, than you know why. Then again, today’s figure is so awesome, it practically speaks for itself. -FF]