DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
“Half robot, Vic Stone is a high-tech genius and valued member of Robin’s Teen Titans team. Cyborg not only designs and engineers T-vehicles and excels at video games, he’s also a great cook–specializing in spaghetti and burgers!”
At the beginning of the entire decade of time that made up the year 2020, the DC Comics license passed from Mattel into the hands of both Spin Master and McFarlane Toys. Spin Master’s been sticking more to the “toys” side of things, and have generally wound up resonating far more with me, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t attempted to give McFarlane’s more “collector” oriented line its fair shot as well. One of the problems I’ve been having with the McFarlane stuff is how Batman-centric its been, so I’ve been trying to keep my eye out for cool not-Batman stuff. The most recent assortment of figures has a little bit of that, including today’s focus figure, Cyborg!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyborg is part of McFarlane’s DC Multiverse line. As far as wave/series/assortment, I’d honestly be hard-pressed to tell you, because there hasn’t really been any clear delineation, and releases have been hitting all over the place. He’s not from Series 1, and that’s the best I can hone in on. So far, the DC Multiverse stuff has all been drawn from specific source material, and in the case of Cyborg, he’s based on the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon. He’s the first figure based on the show, and so far the only one to be solicited. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. With the McFarlane stuff, there’s been a bit of an issue on the articulation front; there are plenty of points of movement, but range isn’t always the best. Cyborg improves a bit over the prior Multiverse figures I’ve had, but I did find the arms to still be rather restricted, especially at the elbows. Also, while the shoulders have decent range, they’re a little bit on the loose side for my figure. They can hold poses fine right now, but I’m a bit concerned about the long-term integrity of the joints. Cyborg’s sculpt is an all-new affair, and compared to the animated sculpts of the first assortment, it’s actually a marked improvement. I don’t know if it’s just the change in style between the shows, but they’ve managed to get a much closer recreation of Cyborg’s cartoon design than any of the other three animated figures. It’s still not really in scale with anything (though he does look okay with some of the larger Bandai figures), as has been a recurring issue with the McFarlane stuff, but internally, it’s at least got solid proportions and does an okay job replicating the design. I quite like the way they’ve handled the blue sections of the cybernetics, being white plastic with the detailing sculpted in, and then a clear blue plastic shell over top. It works very well, and solves a problem that other animated Cyborgs have never quite gotten down. In terms of paint, he’s pretty basic. There are a few errant marks on the white sections, but for the most part it look okay. It’s appropriately bright, and refrains from McFarlane’s tendency to go a little murkier, so it’s not bad. Cyborg is packed with an extra hand in sonic cannon configuration, plus one of the small black disc stands, and a card. The cannon piece is definitely the coolest part, and swaps out for the hand without much trouble.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve not really been picking up any of the McFarlane figures, because I really just wasn’t that impressed by the three I had already gotten. I did like the look of this guy when his prototype was shown off, but was planning to refrain from getting him largely because I honestly don’t trust Todd and company to actually get the whole team line-up out. At most I’m expecting to get a Robin and *maybe* a Beast Boy, but I can’t see anything beyond that, which does make the prospect of this figure weird to say the least. I wound up getting this one from Cheyenne and her parents, and it’s honestly a pretty strong figure, and one I’m pretty glad I ultimately got. Hopefully, I’m proved wrong on the team line-up, but for now, he does look pretty nice with my Bandai Speedy figure.