New Gods: “New 52” Orion by DC Collectibles

If it’s Friday, it must be DC. At least around these here parts. Today, I’m opening another figure in the massive stack of DC Collectibles releases that is currently residing in the corner of my Man Cave. Most retailers are having fire sales on these figures, probably in preparation for the upcoming Icons line. Those figures look great, but they’re also in a different scale. Am I prepared to go through all this again from scratch? Not sure yet. It was one thing buying DCC’s figures after Mattel’s DC Universe Classics packed it in because most of these are the “New 52” designs and Mattel only produced a handful of the Justice League (and a truly terrible Darkseid figure) in the new format. The Icons line looks like it’ll be more of a mix of old and new, and I’m likely going to just wind up cherry picking it. Anyway, on to today’s figure…

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Here’s the packaging, and I find it odd that they went with the “New Gods” moniker at the top, rather than just “Wonder Woman” where he first appeared in the “New 52.” I should note that I’m a crazy big fan of the New Gods as it was that whole aspect of the Mister Miracle comics that got me into reading DC way back when I was a wee lad. It was that comic that introduced me to Darkseid and Big Barda and Orion and all that jazz. On the other hand, while Wonder Woman has been my favorite book in the “New 52” I am not a huge fan of how they handled Orion in it. But that’s a whole different story…

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While I take issue with his characterization, I’ve got no quibbles with his current look. It certainly pays homage to his old costume, while keeping in line with the younger, fresher new direction. It’s a relatively simple costume and kind of reminds me of a futuristic motorcycle outfit, which more or less fits his mode of transportation. The red tunic has a nice texture to it along with some black piping and globular shoulder guards. The figure uses matte black for his pants and a high gloss for his boots. Again, very simple, but a pretty neat design, nonetheless.

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The head sculpt includes his helmet with the visor. It’s a little more downplayed than his classic look, but again, I dig it well enough. My figure has some nicks on the visor, which I’m going to write off as scars from debris while flying through a Boom Tube.

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The visor is hinged and can lift up to reveal his entire face, which is certainly a nice option to have. He’s an angry looking sod, but then they don’t call him “The Dog of War” for nothing. All in all, this portrait is a pretty good effort. I especially like the flared nostrils and the partially open mouth.

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Articulation here is quite good. at least by DCC’s standards. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders, hinged at the elbows, and have swivels at the biceps and wrists. The legs feature a T-crotch at the hips, hinges at the knees, and there are swivels at the thighs and boots. Orion can swivel at the waist and his neck is ball jointed. Unfortunately, my figure does have two stuck swivels, one in his left bicep, and one in his right thigh. I’m sure I’ll be able to work these out with a little hot water.

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Speaking of Boom Tubes, Orion comes with his trusty Astro-Harness and it’s a nice piece of kit. The new design is a lot sleeker than his classic ride and DCC did a nice job rendering it in this scale. The yellow paint pops beautifully with the silver and the little dash of “Kirby Krackle” in the center is a nice touch. This super sleek and streamlined version is a big departure from the almost ancient looking design of the classic Harness, but I still dig it a lot. I was afraid it was going to be super fragile, but it holds up quite well.

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Orion is secured to the Harness via pegs on the pedals and his arms can grip the handlebars. He looks damn good riding it. It does help to have some kind of flight stand to really make it work, but I’m not complaining. I mean, let’s face it, DC Collectibles doesn’t tend to offer a lot of accessories with their figures, so it’s nice to know that when they have to, they go all out.

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At the original MSRP of about $20, the addition of the Astro-Harness really fills out the price point nicely, making this figure a decent value. Of course, with these figures deep discounted now, I picked him up for $11 and that feels like a steal. Sure, he comes off as a kind of bumbling over-sexed oaf in the pages of Wonder Woman, but I’ve always liked the character, and I’m glad to have his new incarnation in action figure form.

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