DC Icons: (#04) Mister Miracle by DC Collectibles

When DC Collectibles revealed their new “six inch” line of highly articulated figures, I was interested in what could finally be the continuation of DC Universe Classics/Unlimited/Signature Series or whatever the hell it was called when Mattel finally put a bullet in its head and dumped it in the Gotham River. The new figures looked amazing and I could pick and choose which figures I wanted to upgrade and which DCUC versions I’d stick with. Aaaaand then we saw that when it comes to scale all “six inch” figures are not created equal. The heartbreak hit alongside the realization that they were not at all in scale with DCUC. I swore I would never pick any of these up. Nope, No way I’m going down that rabbit hole again. Scew that and screw you, DC Icons!

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And then that happened, so let’s start looking at some DC Icons figures! I’m only missing one from the initial run up through #9, but I’m not going to go in order. Instead, let’s start with Mr. Miracle. Why him? I’ll refer you back to my DCUC Feature on Mr. Miracle and Big Barda to answer that.

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Here’s the snazzy new packaging and I do like it quite a lot. Yes, it still clings to some of that stark white and bland style that DC Collectibles has been going with. But I like that each box is themed to match the character. I dig the angled window with the character name, like we saw with the Designer Series and the Flash TV Series figures. Speaking of The Flash, thanks to the convenient numbering system, it was easy find out that the figure I’m missing, #5, is The Flash with his Cosmic Treadmill. (Yup, he’s already been ordered). You also get a great look at the figure and the accessories.

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The back does show all four figures available in the first series. Everything is collector friendly and I’m tempted to keep the packaging for this line, but I’m just kidding myself. I don’t have the space for it. There’s no blurb about the character or anything, which is fine with me, although I’ll note that this is the New 52 version, which has made appearances in Earth 2: World’s End and Justice League Beyond 2.0. I’m not currently reading either of those books, but hey… It’s still Mister Miracle!

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Well, hello new and sexy costume! I really do like Scott’s new look. It’s certainly recognizable to older fans like me and just all over streamlined and new. Every single detail in the costume is part of the sculpt, so I don’t get that feeling of “let’s just paint a costume on a generic buck” as was often the case with DCUC and still is with Marvel Legends. In fact, everything about this figure feels like it’s been lovingly crafted. And while the scale being at odds with DCUC irks me on principle, I have to admit the figure feels just right in hand. Just how tall is “six inches” these days? Well, he stands a full head shorter than your average Marvel Legends or DCUC figure. If I were to make a size comparison, I’d say he’s just about Figma sized.

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The cape is lightweight, made of super soft plastic, and it doesn’t drag on the ground. These are all qualities that make it ideal for action poses. I also dig the way it cinches in the middle. It has a wind-swept look that adds a dynamic air to the figure without looking too pre-posed.

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The paintwork is superb. It looks like the figure is cast in a yellow plastic, which only shows through on the head and a bit on the arms. The rest is a meddly of rich metallic red and green along with some gold. The quality of the paint is fantastic with a sharp glossy sheen. Lovely.

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Articulation? It’s not too shabby. Let’s run down the points. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders, with nice solid ratcheting joints. The elbows are double hinged with no mushy plastic making the connection. The biceps have swivels. The wrists are pegged in (to allow for swapping) and hinged. The hips are ball jointed and designed to allow for a solid range of motion. The knees are double hinged. The ankles are hinged and feature lateral rockers. There’s a ball joint in the chest and another in the neck and you also get an ab-crunch hinge. Room for improvement? Well, I would have liked some swivel cuts in the thighs, but what’s here is still really damn good.

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In addition to articulation, accessories will be a big focus in this line. For starters, Mr. Miracle includes an extra pair of graspy hands to go with his fists.

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You also get his Aero Discs, which now appear to be more like energy constructs than physical discs. They’re cast in translucent yellow plastic and peg into his feet.

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Finally, you get his tiny little Mother Box.

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Every damn thing about this figure screams quality and fun. What’s more, comparisons to DCUC or Marvel Legends are inadequate. DC Icons feels like something new and vastly better. If Mr. Miracle is par for the course, and there’s no reason to believe otherwise, I am going to thoroughly adore this line and I’m very glad I jumped on board. The scale difference is probably for the better anyway. Even if they were the same size, the DCUC figures would have looked out of place next to these guys.

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.┬áThe 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.