DC COMICS MULTIVERSE (MATTEL)
To quote Jack Sparrow, “There should be a captain in there somewhere.”
So, Suicide Squad was DC’s less sucky live action film from last year. Of course, when your claim to fame is “not as bad as Dawn of Justice,” you may not be on the strongest footing. As I noted in my review of Mattel’s version of Deadshot from the film, it did have its moments where it didn’t totally suck, or at least hinted at not sucking as much. It was kind of like watching a clumsy kid on a bike riding up a ramp; there’s promise, and you hope things end well, but it pretty much always ends with a disappointing crash of reality, and leaves all the participants worse than they were at the start. With a few exceptions, the movie’s cast really did try their best to salvage the film, putting in the best performances they could of the material they were handed. Outside of Will Smith (who almost manages to save the movie), the performance I was most impressed by was Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang. After seeing him give a number of rather forgettable turns as generic action heroes, Courtney actually did the good captain some justice. The fact that he was so underused (especially given Boomer’s long history with the Squad) is one of the film’s greatest failings. He ended up getting a figure from Mattel, which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Boomerang was released in the second assortment of the Suicide Squad sub-set of DC Comics Multiverse, which hit stores late last year, well after anyone was actually interested in Suicide Squad figures. Good move there Mattel. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and has 23 points of articulation….in theory. As I noted in the Deadshot review, a lot of the joints on this figure are significantly limited in range of motion. The elbows can at least make it to 90 degrees, which is something. Of course, on the flipside, there’s the torso crunch; remember how Deadshot’s ab-crunch was essentially useless? Well, Boomerang goes right past “essentially” and straight to “completely.” Seriously, the joint cannot move. At all. What is even the point of including this joint if it literally provides no extra movement. All it does is stick out like a sore thumb on the sculpt. All of the articulation sticks out, as a matter of fact; there doesn’t appear to be even the slightest attempt to work any of the joints into the sculpt organically, resulting in a figure that strangely offers the worst of both worlds in regards to sculpt and movement. I guess the sculpt has some merit. The head looks passably like Jai Courtney’s Boomer, albeit one who’s been scrubbed and cleaned within an inch of his life. He’s also got a rather bland expression, which seems rather out of place. The rest of the body is…well its there. Most of the details are rather on the soft side, and he looks rather clunky and outdated compared to most modern figures. The worst offender is the torso/pelvis, which isn’t really shaped like any human ever, much less Boomerang from the movie. The coat is inaccurate, mostly because it’s just a re-use of the Dark Knight Rises Bane coat. They aren’t really that close in design, and it also doesn’t fit the new body sculpt, so it just looks awkward and poofy. Under the coat, there’s a holster piece, which is glued in place. It looks rather weird and tacked on, and it can’t really hold a boomerang all that well, thanks mostly to the ill-fitting jacket. The paintwork on Boomerang isn’t the worst work I’ve seen, but it’s not particularly great. Everything is just solid colors, with no real weathering, which is really essential on a figure like this. There’s several noticeable occurrences of slop, and overspray on the neckline. Lots of details, such as the zipper on his shirt and the buttons on his jacket are just left completely unpainted. And, to top it all off, the silver paint they used is already starting to flake off. Boomerang comes packed with three of his namesake weapon. They are each stamped with a large “CHINA” branding, but what else is new. They don’t really resemble any of the boomerangs he uses in the film, and on top of that he can’t actually *hold* them, thanks to his hands being sculpted into weird, generic grip poses. If you’re already sculpting him new hands, why not at least make it so he can hold his signature weapon? Boomerang also includes the other arm of Killer Croc, which he, amusingly, can actually hold pretty well. Maybe Mattel thought they were actually making a figure of Captain Killer Croc Arm?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ethan, you didn’t like the movie, you don’t like Mattel, and you don’t like DC Comics Multiverse. Why, dear God why, did you buy this figure? That’s a good question. Remember how I got the Son of Batman figure for $5 on clearance? Well, this guy was sitting next to him on the shelf. He had no price tag, but I was curious, so I took him to the price scanner, to see if he was also $5. He wasn’t. No, he, along with all of the other Suicide Squad figures at my local Walmart, was $1. And for $1, there are few action figures I’d say no to. This is an awful figure, make no mistake. Don’t pay full price, ever. But if you see one for $1? Well, okay, he’s still awful, but at least he’s cheap, and therefore a little more worth it. At least this way my Deadshot figure’s less lonely.