DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS (MATTEL)
Hey, two new thingies to my blog: DC Universe Classics and Build-A-Figures. DC Universe Classics was a great line of DC figures released by Mattel over the past few years. It was one of the most expansive DC lines to date, and even though not every decision was perfect, it was a really fun line. Unfortunately, the advent of the New 52*, DC mandated that the classic looks of the characters wouldn’t appear at retail. So, Mattel attempted to move the line to their online store, Matty Collector. However, questionable character choices, no advertising, unreasonably high prices and an over-reliance on a blind-faith all or nothing method of distribution on the figures meant that the sub just barely made it through two years before dying with a whimper (Batzarro? Seriously!?! That’s the line’s final figure?). But, the line did give us some great figures, like the one I’m looking at today.
This figure’s a build-a-figure, or Collect-n-Connect as Mattel branded them. That meant that each figure in a particular series included a piece to one larger figure, so if you got the whole series, you’d have a cool extra figure. This time around, it’s everyone’s favorite body-hopping mad scientist with a propensity for albino apes: The Ultra Humanite!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ultra Humanite was the Collect-N-Connect figure for the 14th series of DC Universe Classics, which was also the 3rd series of the line exclusive to Wal-Mart. He stands around 8 inches tall and has 22 points of articulation. Humanite’s had a few distinctive looks over the years, but Mattel decided to go with his albino ape in a red unitard look. It’s a good choice, as it’s by far the most distinctive look that the character’s had over the years, and had some prominence a few years ago when the character appeared on the Justice League animated series. Humanite is mostly a new sculpt, though he does share arms with previous C-n-C Gorilla Grodd. It makes sense given their design similarities. Everything else is new, and it’s all very well done. The hair detailing continues over his whole body, and looks good enough. His clothing is a bit jarring in its smoothness when compared to the rest of the body, but that’s accurate to the characters design, so I suppose it’s to be expected. The head sculpt is easily my favorite part of the figure. It perfectly conveys Humanite’s smug superiority, while perfectly replicating his ape features. The paint is nice and consistent with no slop or bleed. There’s a nice wash on the body to bring out the detail in the sculpt. It’s a bit heavy in a few places, but it does the job well. Humanite didn’t include any accessories, but given he’s technically an accessory himself, that’s okay.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Due to the unfortunate distribution of the DCUC line, this was actually the first C-n-C I got all the pieces for. And even then, it was more a stroke of luck finding the necessary figures at a nearby Wal-Mart. But I’m really glad I was able to get him built with relative ease, as I feel he’s one of the strongest figures in the line.
*In 2011, DC decided to do a line-wide reboot of their entire line of comics, AGAIN. So, they redesigned all the characters, and launched 52 new titles, referred to as the “New 52.” I feel there’s enough nerd rage in this review already, so I won’t delve into my opinion on that idea at this time.