DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
“A huge, hulking specimen with muscles on his muscles, Peacemaker is a world-class marksman—just like his fellow Squad member, Bloodsport, but if you ask him, better. He’s more than willing to fight, kill, and even start a war, but of course it’s all in the name of keeping the peace.”
First appearing in 1966, Peacemaker was a Charlton character, who, like the rest of the company’s characters, was passed along to DC when they purchased Charlton. Peacemaker’s most notable contribution to the cultural lexicon is serving as the basis for the character that would become The Comedian in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. Peacemaker himself has been rather a minor character in the grand scheme of things, making him a natural fit for joining the Squad. John Cena’s take on the super patriotic madman, and dude-bro Captain America type, proved so popular during the making of the film that James Gunn and John Cena have already been tapped to create a HBO Max-exclusive show all about him. After seeing him in the film, I can certainly see the appeal. And I’ve also got the figure. Score!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Peacemaker is figure 3 in the Suicide Squad-themed assortment of McFarlane’s DC Multiverse. As with Bloodsport, there are two versions of Peacemaker available: masked and unmasked. The masked is the standard release, while the unmasked is a Target exclusive. Todd’s gotta Todd, right? The figure stands 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 36 points of articulation. Peacemaker’s articulation is pretty typical for a modern McFarlane offering, but it also means he falls victim to some of the bigger issues that the articulation entails, mainly that his sculpt is pretty badly broken up by putting him into poses other than just basic standing. The worst offenders are definitely the elbow joints, which are really broken up and jarring when they’re bent. It’s not a great look. I mean, it’s certainly posable, but you tend to hope for something of a middle ground. Hasbro’s got double joints down that don’t do those sorts of things. Surely McFarlane can do a little bit better. Odd implementation of the articulation aside, the sculpt itself is generally pretty nice. The head has a respectable likeness of John Cena, and the mask is a decent recreation of the really goofy helmet from the movie. The body also has a fairly nice set of proportions, matching well with Cena’s usual build. The costume details are also quite well rendered, with some really nice texture work, especially on the shirt. Peacemaker’s paintwork is certainly the most colorful of the bunch. It’s still generally pretty basic, but it looks good, and the application is solid. I do wish the helmet was a brighter, and perhaps shinier helmet, maybe even chromed, but I get how that wouldn’t necessarily be practical at this scale and price point. When it comes to accessories, Peacemaker is affected similarly to Bloodsport, in that he’s not allowed to get any fire arms. Instead, he’s got a broad sword, which he’s seen using during the film, and in a more prominent role than Bloodsport’s weird katana. It’s not a bad choice, even if it’s maybe not the main choice I’d go with. Fortunately, there are other options available for him, and I was able to get myself a third party version of his modified Desert Eagle (courtesy of Mark2Design), so I’m pretty happy. In addition, he’s got a display stand, a collector’s card, and the arms to the King Shark Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Of the individual figures in this line-up, Peacemaker was definitely a strong second, after Polka Dot Man. He’s just got a really good look, and there’s never been a Peacemaker figure before. It helps that I really liked John Cena’s portrayal of the role, and I look forward to seeing how the show turns out. The figure’s generally a pretty strong one. The articulation could be a little better, but otherwise, this one’s a pretty strong figure.