DC Icons: (#07) Black Adam by DC Collectibles

I’m a naughty DC Fan. Today’s DC Friday update is late because I had friends over for pizza and beer and a screening of the Deadpool Blu-Ray. But we got here eventually and today sees me finally get all caught up with the DC Icons line… at least until Wave 3 hits in a little while. This has been a long run, so let’s finish off Wave 2 with Black Adam!

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We’ve seen the packaging for this line plenty of times now, so I’m not going to dwell on it. This is the seventh figure in the line, and like the Icons Lex Luthor figure, Black Adam here is drawn from “Forever Evil,” which followed “Trinity War” in the New 52 run. With ReBirth coming, it’ll be interesting what DC Icons does vis-a-vis the other continuities, but my guess is we will likely see a lot of stuff based on the new run.

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And here is Black Adam out of the package. Late last year, I featured this character in the DC Collectibles Super-Villains series, which was a great looking figure with fairly restrictive articulation. In terms of sculpt, this Icons version gets the slight nod as some of the costume features, like the cape clasps and belt, look less chunky and more reasonably proportioned. It’s a stylistic preference on my part, to be sure, but even beyond that I’d say the costume sculpt on this version is exceptionally good. Every detail of the costume is part of the sculpt from the subtle panel lines on the vest to the impressive musculature and the chest emblem is raised and hangs off his chest toward the bottom.

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The cape is cast in very soft and pliable plastic and doesn’t add a lot of weight to throw the figure off balance. It’s not sculpted to look ragged like on the Super-Villains figure. The hood is sculpted down behind the back of the head. The paint here is really phenomenal. Sure, he’s mostly black, but the gold leaf paint used for his boots, bracers, belt, and other decorations is carefully applied and looks brilliant. Even the gold borders around the cape is splendid. I also really dig the Kirby Krackle printed in the center of his emblem.

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The portrait features what I think is one of the better head sculpts in the line so far, but keep in mind, this hasn’t been Icons’ strongest point. Is it better than the Super-Villains figure? Hmm… that other head was a tough act to follow. I’ll cop out and just say it’s different. This is more of a passive expression than the crazy-evil expression of the previous release. The pupil-less eyes are pretty creepy and there are some especially nice and sharp contours in the face. I’ll just say that I like what we got here and leave it at that.

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Articulation is exactly what we’ve been seeing all along with the Icons line. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, there are swivels in the biceps and double hinges in the elbows. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, and have swivels at the tops of the boots. The ankles are hinged and have lateral rockers. There’s a torso hinge down low by the waist and a ball joint in the chest, and lastly a ball joint in the neck.

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For accessories, you get three pairs of hands. Black Adam comes out of the package with fists attached, you also get a pair of graspy hands and finally a pair of lightning shooting hands, which are pretty damn cool. Many of you know I’m not all that much for effect parts, but these are extremely well done and look great on the figure.

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I came into this line apprehensive about the new scale and starting over, but nine figures later, I’m mighty glad I got in. With solid accessories and articulation aimed at having fun, the only thing that this line has working against it is the scattershot approach to character selection. If you’re out to build teams, it could be a long time before you get any resolution on that quest. On the other hand, this line seems to have no boundaries. There’s new and old, New 52 and Classic, anything seems possible and we’ve already seen some figures, like Earth 2 Mister Miracle, that haven’t been given figure form before. If DC Collectibles throws enough love behind it, DC Icons could be more than a worthy successor to DC Universe Classics, but only time will tell. Meanwhile, bring on Waves 3 and 4!

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