DC COMICS MULTIVERSE (MATTEL)
“Cousin of Wally West, this super-powered speedster joins the Teen Titans as Kid Flash”
I think my favorite thing about this figure’s bio is how they avoided giving the actual character’s name in order to avoid confusing the casual audience. Why would it be confusing? Because the name of the new Kid Flash who’s cousin of Wally West? Wally West. It’s like in Smallville when they revealed at Jimmy Olsen’s funeral that he had cousin also named Jimmy who was also into photography. Of course, in the mainstream universe’s defense, there were some cosmic forces at play, and also people didn’t receive the new Wally so well. Now that both Wallys are running around, it’s not so bad, though. Perfect time for the new one to get his own action figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kid Flash is part of the Lobo Series of DC Comics Multiverse figures, where he fills the quotient of relevant modern character. This marks the first time that this incarnation of the character has ever gotten a toy, though Mattel’s already given us a few variants of the original Wally (with one more supposedly on the way). The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Wally shares his base body with the previously reviewed Ray figure, which is hardly a bad thing. Honestly, it’s probably the best base body Mattel ever produced; the proportions are fairly realistic and balanced, and there’s very little aesthetic sacrificed for articulation. At the same time, the articulation is still very strong. Those rocker ankles in particular are really handy when posing the figure; the running pose seen above was actually captured without any sort of trickery. He’s standing on his own. Now, I can’t say he’d have stayed that way for long, but it’s still impressive. Kid Flash gets a new head and feet to round him out. The head’s quite nice; it’s cartoony but not as goofy or odd looking as prior Mattel figures. The new feet give Kid Flash a distinctive set of treads for his boots and also increase his footprint a bit in order to offer slightly more stability. Kid Flash’s paintwork is probably the sharpest of the three I got from this assortment. Everything is clean, and the colors are bold and eye-catching. They did make the cardinal sin of painting yellow over red, but it’s actually not terrible looking, so I’ll give them a pass on this one. Wally is packed with two sets of hands: one in a fist/grip combo, and the other in a flat running pose.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kid Flash is the other of two figures I agreed to take in order to get Kyle. Like Superman, I had absolutely no expectations of this figure, possibly even less than none, if I’m honest, since I’ve got no actual attachment to this version of Wally. Ultimately, I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of this guy. He’s genuinely one of the nicest figures Mattel’s put out, pretty much ever. It’s kind of sad we never got a classic Wally of this quality.
THE FLASH (DCC)
One of my favorite TV shows (and one of the few I can actually more or less keep up with) is CW’s The Flash. The show’s gone pretty much all-in with the whole Flash mythos, and just last season they officially introduced Wally West in the role of Barry Allen’s sidekick Kid Flash. Wally’s always been a very important character in the Flash, and I was pretty thrilled to finally get to see him in action. I was also pretty thrilled that finally got an action figure, courtesy of DC Collectibles’ very slowly released line of figures from the show. Let’s have a look at how he turned out, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kid Flash is the seventh figure in DCC’s The Flash line. The last of these I looked at was Captain Cold, who was figure 2, so it looks like I’ve fallen a little bit behind. Wally just hit a few weeks ago, alongside White Canary from Legends of Tomorrow. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall (just a skosh smaller than Barry, which is about right) and he has 26 points of articulation. Wally loses several points of articulation from Barry, all of them swivels on the legs. I’m not sure what DCC has against swivels on the legs, but they do seem to remove them a lot. It’s frustrating, because it definitely limits the poses you can do with the figure. He does at least have rocker ankles, so he makes out a bit better than Supergirl in that respect. The articulation is far more useful than on recent Mattel offerings, and that’s a definite plus. Wally’s sculpt is all-new to him. While it’s not quite as detailed as Flash or Supergirl (which is true to his show design, since his costume lacks a lot of the texturing of the main characters’ costumes), but it’s still quite accurate to the show design. I actually find his build to be more realistic and far less gangly than Barry, which is a step in the right direction. The head sports a pretty solid likeness of actor Keiynan Lonsdale in the mask, although this is clearly him from earlier in Season 3, given the shorter hair. Wally’s paint is some of the best I’ve seen on the CW figures, helped largely by the bolder colors present in the design. There’s a lot of vibrance in the color choices, and he’s even got some pretty solid accent work to keep the larger stretches of the same colors from getting too monotonous. Wall is packed with hands in fists, gripping, and in flat running poses, which make for a decent variety of poses. He also gets an extra unmasked head, which makes me retroactively frustrated that DCC stuck the extra Barry head in a freaking two-pack. I still would have liked to see some sort of running stand included here; I ended up making due with a Minimate flight stand for the photo up top.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up Wally from Cosmic Comix. As luck would have it, he hit during the 26th Annual Annual Sale, so I got him for 40% off his usual price. I definitely wanted to pick him up at some point, but I won’t deny that the sale helped me make the decision to grab him sooner rather than later. I’m happy with this figure. He’s not perfect, but he’s still quite good. And, most importantly, he got me to dig out my CW Flash figure, and reminding me that that figure was actually way better than I remembered. And now I have this pretty awesome pair!