This year, Mattel is wrapping up their DC action figures 6″ offerings in this particular format, which fans have called some of the greatest DC action figures of all time given the fact that many of these figures have been sculpted by The Four Horsemen over the years. Since 2007 when Mattel offered a similar figure style to these with DC Super Heroes, these figures have made an impact to the industry and this led to to DC Universe Classics the following year, and DC Infinite Earths Signature Collection on Mattycollector afterwards. DC Multiverse has been the latest offerings done in this style. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Mattel announced additional figures that were coming, and now it’s uncertain if these figures will actually be released or not. In 2019, this format is ending, and an announcement of the future of these previously announced 6″ DC figures will likely be made at this years New York ToyFair being held on February 16th-19th.
This wave includes Batman Beyond, Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Wally West The Flash, Kingdom Come Superman and Lobo as the Collect & Connect.
Thank you to Mattel for sending along their DC Multiverse 6″ Lobo Collect and Connect Wave for review.
Availability: January 2019
Each figure is packaged in the standard DC Multiverse card that includes artwork of the figure based on his appearance in DC Comics that is shown on the front and sides of the packaging. On the back of the packaging are images of the figures and information on which figure comes with the parts for Lobo, along with a brief bio.
Lobo is offered for the first-time in a decade in the 6″ DC figure line by Mattel, as the last Lobo figure was offered as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive in 2009. This new version is scaled better to fits in with their current and older DC offerings. Lobo is inspired by his recent appearance in DC Comics, and the figure comes in 10 different parts and pieces (or 11 as the vest is removable) between the four carded figures. Lobo includes two head sculpts that are interchangeable, and both are unique enough with one including goggles on top of the head. The hair is made of a soft plastic, and he has nice facial details on both heads. The head without the goggles has a smirking mouth that gives him more of a characterization. Both of the heads have long black hair, red eyes, black eye shadow around the eyes, a mustache and beard, and great paint applications on the skin that includes a wash. There is also a necklace that is removable, and made of a soft plastic. It is painted in grey with a black wash, with a red gem at the center. The torso reuses the Masters of the Universe Classics torso that Mattel has offered in the past for select DC figures, and Lobo is given the chest and arms of He-Man. The reuse here works extremely well and the paint wash on the chest and arms are a nice touch. Lobo is also sculpted in pants that are blue with a wash over it to give it a worn look, a black belt with a skull as the belt buckle with details around the belt. The knee pads also have skulls with red stars on the foreheads, and the shinguards also have armor, with the lower portion of the armor being made of a soft plastic allowing the ankles to articulation a little more. The skulls on the knee pads and shinguards are silver with a black wash, which makes it look worn. The vest is made of a soft plastic that also has a blue wash over the black, as well as silver buttons and a zipper. There are also gloves over the hands that are black with silver deco on the buckle and spikes. Included with Lobo is a metal chain with a hook, and a weight on the other end of the chain. The hook has some nice details on the handle that gives it a texture, and the hook itself has some battle damage as well as a wash over it. His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ab crunch, ball hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, swivel wrists, swivel-hinged hips, hinged knees, and rocker ankles.
Batman Beyond appears to be based on his appearance in DC Rebirth, and the sculpt is leaner and thinner compared to the figure released in the DC Universe Classics line from years ago. The sculpt has a great likeness to the comic and has more of a teenage/young adult appearance. Batman Beyond uses the same sculpt as Kid Flash, with newly sculpted boots, forearms and a belt. The forearms have more of a dull and matte finish compared to the upper part of the arm that has more of a shine with a gloss to it. The chest has the red logo that also has a gloss to it, and has nicely done crisp edges. The belt also has grey and red deco applied that is nicely done and detailed. Batman Beyond comes with two head sculpts, a neutral head, and a grinning teeth head, and both have white eyes. Included with Batman Beyond are four batarangs, interchangeable wrists (closed and open fisted, and flat striking hands), and his wings. The batarangs have the red deco on the edges that are a nice touch and accurate to the comic. The wings are apparently from the Total Heroes line-up that was previously included with the Batman Beyond figure that was available on Mattycollector. His articulation includes a ball jointed head with the pin, ball hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, ball jointed wrists, ab crunch, swivel waist, swivel-hinged hips, double hinged knees, hinged and rocker ankles.
Kid Flash is based on his appearance in DC Rebirth and reuses the same body as Batman Beyond with a new head sculpt and forearms. Like Batman Beyond, this body works well for the teenage/young adult characters and has a thin and lean sculpt to it. On this chest is the Kid Flash logo in white and red, which is nicely done. Kid Flash is in his yellow and red costume, with black wave lines between the two colors. The head sculpt is nicely done and he has the red lightning bolts over his ears that are made of a soft plastic, and on top of this head is a lightning bolt sculpted into the hair. He face is covered in a yellow mask, and he has nicely done facial details and a great likeness to the comic. Included with Kid Flash are interchangeable wrists (closed and open fisted, and flat striking hands). The articulation is the same as Batman Beyond’s as they share the same sculpt.
Superman is based on his appearance in DC Kingdom Come storyline and reuses the same body as Kyle Rayner. Superman is sculpted and painted in his blue and red outfit, with most of the suit being blue, and parts including the soft plastic cape, shorts, and boots are red. There is also a black belt with a gold belt buckle. His chest has the red and black Superman logo as seen in the comics. The head sculpt is nicely done and includes black hair, and nicely done facial details that includes painted eyes and a wash on his cheeks. In the comic however, Superman is depicted as more of an older man than this head provides. The hair includes a blue wash over the black, including the grey sideburns on the sides of the hair to make him look old. The sculpt is nicely done with the torso being bigger and bulkier than the legs. Included with Superman are two sets of interchangeable hand sculpts, that includes closed fists and flat striking hands. His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, swivel-hinged elbows, ball jointed wrists, ab crunch, swivel waist, swivel-hinged hips, double hinged knees, swivel-hinged ankles. When moving the feet, the paint may begin to rub off.
Kyle Rayner is based on his appearance in DC Rebirth and shares the same sculpt as Superman with some newly sculpted parts. Kyle Rayner and sculpted and painted in his Green Lantern suit that is painted black, green and white as shown in the comics. Most of the suit is black, with white on his chest with black stripes on opposite sides of the logo, green on the forearms, hands, lower legs and on his mask. The logo on his chest is different than the artwork shown on the packaging, but it does look like a Green Lantern symbol. The gauntlets are sculpted on his forearms and kicks out over the elbows. His gloves are also painted in green with his fingers popping through, and the Green Lantern ring is sculpted and painted on his finger. The knee pads also have extra sculpted parts that hang above the legs, which is similar to how the gauntlets were sculpted. The head sculpt is nicely done and has a great likeness to the character. His hair is painted in black, and his face is mostly covered with the mask. His mouth is sculpted and painted in a grinning position with white teeth, and his eyes are also painted in white. Included with Kyle Rayner is a Green Lantern battery and an energy construct that goes over his fisted hand. The battery is painted in a dark green, with the center having a light green and yellow deco. His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ab crunch, swivel waist, swivel-hinged hips, double hinged knees, swivel-hinged ankles.
Overall, the Lobo Collect and Connect wave features a great selection of characters that have an excellent likeness to the comics. The sculpts all look great and in the case of these figures do look better than what was previously offered in the DC Universe Classics line-up being that they are more proportional. This wave is available now, and make sure to grab yourself a set.
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