ARROW (DC COLLECTIBLES)
CW’s Arrow wrapped up its eight year run at the beginning of this year, sending off its main character via the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. Seems like the perfect time for me to finally get around to reviewing the toys, doesn’t it? So, am I looking at Ollie? Or maybe one of his sidekicks? Diggle? No, no, I’m doing my thing and looking at the Arrow-verse version of Floyd Lawton, better known as Deadshot, who was a recurring character in the show until Warner’s kinda silly “no brand confusion” rules required him to be rather suddenly removed so that no one would accidentally mistake him for Will Smith. Because these two look so much alike, right? Well, at least he got the toy.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Deadshot was figure 6 in the Arrow line from DC Collectibles…wait, hang on, that can’t be right. Let me double check my notes…yep, he’s really figure 6. That just seems really off for some reason, that Deadshot of all characters would pop up that early in the line. I guess they were still trying to push him pretty hard…you know, before pretending this version didn’t exist and all. The figure hit shelves in April of 2015…a month after they removed him from the show…okay, seriously, this can’t be right. No, apparently it is. Well, I guess he *was* solicited a while a head of that, and that would have been right when the show was amping up to have him be a major part of that Suicide Squad arc that they had to drop. Man, Arrow was weird. And DC Collectibles was weird. It’s okay, they’re both no more, so we’re totally safe from their weirdness. Weirdness defeated, this figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. He’s pretty well-articulated for a DCC figure, especially one of their TV figures. He doesn’t have any obviously missing joints like a lot of them, and can pull off a number of cool action poses. I do wish there was some more range on the arms, especially those elbows, so that there was a little more variety to how he could hold his rifle, but it’s better than I was expecting. The sculpt is likewise one of the nicer ones I’ve gotten from DCC. It’s based on his later appearances from the show, after they started doing the Suicide Squad stuff. It’s a good approximation of all of the signature elements of his classic comics design, while still being CW-ish enough to work in the more real-world setting of Arrow. It’s also really darn close to what they ended up giving Will Smith in the movie. Throw a mask on this guy, and like the movie version, you’d have a pretty respectable comics design. The sculpt does a respectable job of translating all of that into a workable figure. A lot of the DCC TV figures wound up with kind of softer sculpts, and that’s kinda true here, but there’s enough going on that it’s not too bad looking. The head’s also sporting a passable likeness of Michael Rowe as seen on the show, which is always a plus. His paintwork is suitably realistic, with the base colors looking clean, and a decent amount of accenting being worked in throughout. They even managed to do some not totally terrible stubble, which I consider quite a victory. A Deadshot without some guns would be kind of pointless, so this guy includes three of them. He’s got a sniper variant of the Galil (which, fun fact, is the Israeli version of the AK platform), as well as two identical Beretta 92s. The two Berettas are a little odd, since he can really only hold one at a time, and he’s only got the one holster, but hey, I won’t complain about getting an extra accessory. Special thanks to Tim for helping with the gun ID there.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Deadshot is a figure that I have looked at and almost bought countless times over the course of the last five years. It’s been the same one, too. This one Deadshot figure has been at Cosmic Comix since he was released, and I’ve just kept looking at him and ultimately passing. Despite not really ever getting into the show, I did like their take on Floyd well enough, so it’s not like I didn’t like him, but, ironically, I could never pull the trigger. However, Cosmic is moving locations later this year, and to prep for that they’ve been running sales on some of the stuff they don’t want to relocate, which included Floyd here. At half-off, I really couldn’t say no again, so he finally came home with me. I’m actually really surprised by how much I like this figure, and I’m definitely glad I finally bought him.