Monday, December 23, 2013
Action Figure Review: Deathstroke from The New 52: Super Villains by DC Collectibles
1) I've always liked the look and character of Deathstroke, AKA Slade Wilson, so he appeals to me as a toy.
2) Due to his various associations and affiliations and along with his appearance in Batman: Arkham Origins, I consider Deathstroke to be enough of a Bat-family villain that I will happily begin adding figures of him to my shelf.
There are quite a few Deathstroke figures out there along with quite a few more coming out soon. Besides this guy, DC Collectibles has released a 1/18th Deatstroke in their Injustice: Gods Among Us line and is preparing to release figures of Slade based on his appearances in Arrow and Batman: Arkham Origins. Need help deciding on which version of Deathstroke you want to add to your shelf? Then join me after the break as we examine his New 52 appearance.
Deathstroke has what seems to be the new standard DC Collectibles articulation: hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel forearms, hinged shoulder pads, and a ball jointed head. I really like Deathstroke's articulation as it feels solid and well thought out with some good quality joints. I have a few problems, the first being the the lack of ball jointed hips of some kind. Without these most of that lower leg articulation is just meaningless, a particular travesty for Deathstroke who is a pretty agile fellow. The ankle hinges are a bit weak, too, sometimes causing Deathstroke to tumble over. I like the addition of the hinged shoulder pads, although they can look a little unusual when the shoulders are swiveled forward.
Deathstroke is a pretty fantastic figure. If it weren't for the articulation hiccups such as the more static hips and weaker ankles, I'd be giving him an Epic. As it stands, he's getting a Great and a 1/2. He's really, really excellent. I'm not sure if he supplants the DC Universe Classics Deathstroke as my favorite Deathstroke (I like this costume better, but that guy had more weapons and better articulation) but he's close. If you don't have a Deathstroke and want one, I'm not sure why you wouldn't snag this guy ASAP. Heck, even if you don't know who Deathstroke is this figure still looks plain awesome. I know there's a Arkham Origins Deathstroke coming out (I already have mine preordered) so it looks like we'll be having a battle of the Deathstrokes in the near future. Is that really a bad thing, though?
You can order this New 52 Deathstroke, as well as plenty of other versions of the character, at Big Bad Toy Store.com! Tell 'em The Epic Review sent you! Pick him up now, or Deathstroke will have to turn his back on you!
I've also reviewed the New 52: Super Villains The Joker from this same line.