Watchmen Series 1: Ozymandias by DC Direct

Sorry if I popped a gasket yesterday. It was a long day and coming back later to be so disappointed by Silk Spectre II after being rather impressed by her mom… well, it really put a damper on my evening. I’m back, refreshed with a couple pre-emptive belts of Jameson to steady my nerves, and ready to tear open the next figure in DC Direct’s Watchmen line. Today I’m limiting myself to only one, and he doesn’t even have a variant, so hopefully things will go a little more smoothly as we take a look at Ozymandias. I don’t have a hell of a lot to say about this figure, so we should be able to get through today pretty quickly.

Once again, here is a look at the Watchmen packaging. Let’s take a moment together to bask in its beautiful deco, its collector friendly design, and its uncanny ability to stand on the shelf or hang on the peg. It is the alpha and omega of action figure packaging, and I’m about to shred it to pieces to get to my toy inside.

In terms of character design, the film version of Ozymandias, as wonderfully played by Matthew Goode, was quite a departure from the Ozymandias we saw in the panels of the Watchmen funnybooks. While the fanboy in me originally raged against many of these changes, I can certainly see why the designers went with this more modern look to assist with mass audience consumption, so I don’t begrudge them this change at all. What’s here isn’t the most exciting character design, but it’s more practical and probably far better suited to the action figure treatment than his comic garments.

Gone are the primary colors, replaced by a far more subdued, yet still snazzy looking coppery-bronze armor. I was pleasantly surprised the film designers didn’t go more overboard Egyptian on his motif. As it stands all we get is a very subtle Eye of Horus style emblem on his belt. The rest of Ozy’s costume features a basic muscle-sculpted body suit with armor reinforced around the shoulders, gauntlets and boots. He also sports a standard soft, pliable plastic cape. There’s a little shimmer to the paintwork, which helps keep the figure stride the line between being too gaudy.

Ozy’s portrait is pretty solid, if not remarkable. The likeness to Goode is definitely there. The headband and eye mask are both sculpted as well as painted, and while there’s a wee bit of slop around the flesh paint, it’s nothing bad enough to bother me. All in all, this is a competent job on the head, DCD.

Oh, looky here… Ozymandias apparently hit the jackpot while spinning DC Direct’s Wheel of Articulation. He came away with ball joints in the neck and shoulders, hinges in the elbows and knees, swivel cuts in the wrists, and a standard “T” joint at the hips. You won’t get him into any crazy action poses, but there’s enough serviceable articulation here to work with.

Ozy’s redesign wasn’t the most exciting thing to work with, but what’s here is certainly well executed. He’s a good looking figure with decent articulation for this line. As always, the figure stand is a nice bonus even if he can stand fine on his own, but what’s really missing is a little Bubastis figure to put beside him. It wouldn’t have taken up much more plastic than Dr. Manhattan’s legs and a static piece would have been fine. On the other hand, Bubastis didn’t exactly play a large part in the film, so I guess I can understand leaving him out.

And that’s another Watchmen figure in the bag. I should be able to wrap up everything tomorrow with a look at both Classic and Modern Nite Owl.

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