DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS
Hey, look! Something that’s not Minimates! Yeah, don’t get used to it. There’s another Minimate review scheduled for tomorrow. You can’t escape the Minimates!
This figure comes from DC Universe Classics, a line I’ve looked at a few times before. I feel I’ve said my piece on the line as a whole, so I’ll just jump straight into the figure itself.
Today’s review focuses on the Creeper. For those of you who don’t know: The Creeper was a character created by comics legend Steve Ditko (of Spider-Man fame) in 1968. The Creeper was talk show host Jack Ryder, who got fired and took a job in security. He’s sent to rescue a scientist being held hostage at a costume party, so he improvises the costume seen above. Ryder is injured in the rescue, so the scientist injects him with a healing serum, and plants a device that allows the costume to disappear in the wound. So, now he had enhanced physical abilities, but he’d be cursed to look like this whenever he used them. How ‘bout that? The character’s origin was revised numerous times, most prominently in the “Beware the Creeper” episode of Batman: The New Adventures, where he was given a connection to the Joker.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Creeper was released as part of the 16th wave of DCUC. He’s obviously based on the character’s comic book appearance overall, but it appears that the figure took a few cues from the animated version. He stands just shy of 6 ½ inches and features 27 points of articulation. Creeper was based on the tall-skinny buck, which was released in the line a bit later. I don’t remember for sure whether Creeper was the first figure to use this body or not. I have to say, it’s a bit of an odd choice for him in my opinion. I’m not saying Jack Ryder was a huge guy or anything, but he was usually depicted being a bit stockier than this. He’s got character specific lower arms and lower legs to show off his distinctive feather trimmed boots and gloves, which look pretty good. Mattel opted to sculpt Creeper’s feather boa, which is a fair choice I think, but does end up being the slightest bit restrictive. The head is probably my least favorite part of the figure, which has a lot to do with the animated influence, I feel. I would have preferred to have a more Ditko inspired sculpt, Beatles hair and all. It also doesn’t help that the sculpt doesn’t look to have translated very well from the prototype stage, making Creeper look more like a yellow Joker, and less like his own character. A lot of this has to do with the paint. The paint work on the body is up to the usual standards of the line, but the head is just a bit off, particularly on the eyes and very definitely on the teeth. Creeper’s only accessory was a piece of the wave C-n-C figure, Bane.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I actually kind of like the Creeper, and I was looking forward to this figure when it was announced. It’s not a perfect figure, and I remember being a bit disappointed at the time, but I’ve grown to really like the figure over time. Wave 16 was actually one of the few waves that I found almost all in one shot, except for one figure that I eventually paid too much for. Fortunately, Creeper was not that figure, so I can enjoy he him for what he is.