DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
One of the absolute best parts of The Suicide Squad is Nanaue, aka King Shark. King Shark has had a rather recurrent history with the team in the comics, but was left out of the first film in favor of Killer Croc, due to director David Ayer not wanting to rely as heavily on CGI for the character. Given how the rest of the movie worked out, that was an odd line to draw, but whatever. King Shark was in the second film, and he was awesome, and everyone agrees. Great that we can all be on the same page about something. Given his relative size, he’s been split up and made into a Build-A-Figure…but is also being sold as a single through Walmart, because why not? Todd’s gotta Todd.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
King Shark is the Build-A-Figure for the Suicide Squad-tie-in line-up for DC Multiverse, split accross the four single figures included. As I mentioned above, the same sculpt is also available pre-assembled and with a few accessories (and a different pair of shorts) as a Walmart-exclusive. I’m just as happy to not have to deal with Walmart, so here’s the main line version. The figure stands 9 inches tall and he has 26 points of articulation. After giving McFarlane some credit yesterday on the articulation front, I’m going to have to give them a hard time again, because oh boy is the articulation on this figure’s lower half just an absolute mess. There are full universal-style hip joints under the shorts, but due to the thick rubber of said shorts, they are completely motionless, which seems like a silly design choice. Of course, even if the hips were free to move, the knees would still be locked. Again, there are full joints, but for some reason, there is a sculpted “lock” on each joint, which prevents them from getting much range. You can flex them ever so slightly, but that’s it. The ankles and toes are fully articulated, though, which is super useful, what with nothing else on the legs being mobile or anything. Thanks McFarlane. At least the upper half isn’t so bad. The arms and neck get decent mobility given the design, and he’s even got an articulated jaw, which doesn’t look terrible. The general quality of the sculpt is pretty nice. It matches well with the model seen in the film, which is itself a really good design for King Shark. He’s got that perfect balance of menace and cuteness, just like in the film. He’s also quite sizeable, as he should be, and there’s some serious heft to the figure. In terms of paint work, he’s honestly pretty good. The skin does a nice job of subtly shifting between the two shades, without too much in the way of slop, and the smaller details of his face are pretty decently rendered as well. Even the pants get a touch of accenting to bring out the sculpted pattern, which is pretty cool. King Shark is really an accessory himself, and while the single has a stand, a card, and some limbs to chew on, the standard release doesn’t get anything extra. Given the sheer size, though, it’s not really an issue, plus, he is, again, essentially an accessory himself.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy was my primary want from this set, from the word go. I’ve always had something of a soft spot for the character, ever since the Total Justice days, and his recent appearances in Harley Quinn and the lead-up to The Suicide Squad got me very much on board with owning this figure. After seeing the movie, that resolve only increased, and I was very excited to crack them all open and assemble this guy. The leg articulation set-up sucks. There’s no way around that. I know there are modifications that can be done to fix it, but, unlike, say, Bloodsport, where the mods help but aren’t necessary, this feels more like fixing things that should have just worked out of the box. All that said, the figure does look really nice, and the upper half is at least decent in the articulation department. Even with the flaws, he’s still the second best part of this set.
All in all, I was expecting to be happy with this set, but I wasn’t expecting to like all of the individual figures quite as much as I did. Polka Dot Man is the definite star for me, with King Shark right behind him. Peacemaker and Harley are both really solid figures, too, and, much like in the movie, Bloodsport is the real surprise, as a figure I had no investment into, but that I actually came around to liking quite a bit. The most damning thing about this set is the lack of a Ratcatcher II to complete the core team, since she’s really the heart of the film, and my favorite character to boot. Hopefully, McFarlane will find a way to add her to the set.