DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS (MATTEL)
So, here’s an interesting review. Rather than looking at something that’s been out for a while, I’m taking a look at something that technically isn’t out yet. I’m doing some crazy time travel voodoo!
So, I spoke briefly in my review of Ultra Humanite about the demise of the DC Universe Classics line. This year saw the release of third-tier Justice Leaguer Fire, leading many fans to wonder when we’d see her longtime companion Ice. Well, Mattel, in their infinite wisdom was attempting to get another year out of the line by making anyone who wanted to complete the duo buy into a whole year’s worth of monthly figures on blind faith. As much as some people wanted the figure, Ice isn’t exactly going to make a huge number of sales for the line as a whole. So it failed.
Or did it?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ice was released as…hmm…Ice was part of….um. Ice is a figure that somehow fits into the DC Universe Classics line. Exactly how is still a bit iffy. Anyway, Ice is depicted in her Adam Hughes designed costume from when she was part of the Justice League International. This is my favorite look of Ice’s, so I’m glad it was the one they chose for the figure. Ice stands a little over 6 inches tall and has 19 points of articulation. She’s built on the second female base body that Mattel introduced into the line, with new sculpts for the head, upper torso, and lower legs. The head is okay. Not the greatest, but far from the worst sculpt the line has produced. The upper torso and lower legs depict the more 3d elements of Ice’s costume. The fur of the boots looks pretty good, and the t-shirt thingy on the torso looks accurate and has some nice sculpted folds and such. The paint is alright. There’s some fuzziness on some of the lines of the costume, but nothing too terrible. Ice’s only accessory is a clear ice blast piece, but my crazy time-travel-copy doesn’t have that piece. Oh well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Funny thing about the toy industry: In order to have the first few figures for next year ready to go if the line did go through, the first three figures had to already be in production. So Ice actually exists. Rumor has it that she’ll see a release on Matty’s site sometime next year, but I imagine she’ll see quite a mark-up, and trying to order something from that site has to be one of the levels of Hell. So, I got one…early.
Another funny thing about the toy industry: sometimes figures “fall off” the production line. And occasionally, they wind up on certain auction sites. And if there were, say, a significant delay between production and release, these “rejects” might show up several months before the real deal. And perhaps, a few fans, eager to get the figures a bit early and with a little less hassle might just happen to acquire said figures. Not that I’d know anything about that, of course. It’s purely speculative. I got my figure through crazy time travel voodoo!