POLKA DOT MAN
DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
“Dourly dispirited Polka Dot Man wears his rainbow-pustuled dermis with all the shame of an acne-riddled teen going stag to the prom. But when he sprays his colorful dots, his sparkling spots can turn even the smoothest criminal into swiss cheese.”
The Suicide Squad, DC’s second live action film based on the titular team, this time helmed by James Gunn, dropped a month ago today. It was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and I was very much a fan of the final product. Gunn has a flair for the oddballs, and that was in full force here. For me, one of the definite highlights of the film was David Dastmalchian’s Abner Krill, aka the Polka Dot Man, who, despite his very hokey and minor background from the comics, gets to be quite a major part of the film’s story, with a very satisfying arc. Thankfully, he’s one of the handful of figures they’ve put out for the movie, so I get to take a look at that figure today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Polka Dot Man is the first figure in the Suicide Squad-themed assortment of McFarlane’s DC Multiverse line. He’s directly based on the character’s appearance in the film. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 36 points of articulation. Polka Dot Man’s articulation follows the standard McFarlane set-up, though he loses the extra cap pieces in the shoulders, which gives him extra side to side motion, which works very well and doesn’t hurt the look too bad either. The figure gets an all-new sculpt, in his full costumed look. He’s really only got the one look, so that’s what they go with here. Krill’s design in the movie is a pretty faithful recreation of his original comics look, with some minor adjustments for real-world adaptation. It’s rather colorful, pretty goofy, and absolutely perfect for the character. The sculpt captures’s Dastmalchian’s likeness pretty nicely, and is honestly one of McFarlane’s best human likenesses. Likewise, the body matches his build pretty well, and the detailing on the jumpsuit and boots is well rendered. There’s some strong texture work going on there. The goggles are a separate, removable piece, allowing for placement up or down. I know, I’m just as shocked as you that McFarlane didn’t take this opportunity to do two variants with differing goggle placements. It’s to the figure’s benefit, of course, since it means he just generally looks much better, and it has that versatility going for it. Polka Dot Man’s color work is generally handled with molded colors, but there’s some decent coverage for the dots, as well as on the face. It’s all pretty basic stuff, but it works, and it suits his design. Polka Dot Man is packed with an alternate gauntlet piece in the open configuration, as well as a polka dots effects piece, a display stand, a collector’s card, and two pieces to King Shark. All in all, that’s a pretty good load out.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m iffy on McFarlane’s DC stuff, and I’m iffy on DC movie based stuff, but I was really pumped for this movie, and I was likewise really pumped for this set of figures. Polka Dot Man was definitely at the top of my list (for the singles, at least), and this figure does not disappoint me. He’s a solid core figure with enough extras to cover what you need to make the figure work.