Saturday, January 18, 2014
Action Figure Review: Mr. Freeze from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
It's been quite a few years since Mattel's DC Infinite Heroes line was canceled, and while DC Collectibles has released a few convention exclusive 1/18th scale figures and the Injustice: Gods Among Us two-packs, there hasn't been much else for DC Collectors in the scale. Interestingly, Mattel's newest line, DC Comics Multiverse, isn't based on comic representations of the characters but on video game and film interpretations. So far it appears that we're getting figures from the Arkham games and soon we should see figures from Superman 2 and the Burton Batman films. I have some thoughts about this line overall that I'll save until the end of the review as first I'll talk about the Arkham City Mr. Freeze. Arkham City was a fantastic game that surpassed the original and was filled with plenty of high points. One of these was a fantastic battle between Batman and an amazingly redesigned Mr. Freeze. Honestly, Freeze's redesign and appearance in Arkham City was probably the most exciting thing to happen to the character since the Mike Mignola redesign and his appearance in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Heart of Ice". Freeze is such a fantastic character and it's a shame that so many people immediately associate him with Batman & Robin. Let's try to clear that abomination from our minds as we look at this figure, shall we?
Mr. Freeze is probably not the best example of the line's standard articulation because he is encased in a giant suit of armor. He features: hinged knees, swivel thighs, h-hinged hips, a swivel torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head that you can't reach without "breaking the figure." Other than maybe some ankle articulation and bicep swivels, I can't think of anything else I really feel the need for on this guy. You can get a few decent poses out of him which is about all you need for Mr. Freeze in this giant suit. The joints feel really nice and tight and very sturdy, so that's a plus. He has some cool shoulder pads that are just a bit soft which allow for his arms to move fairly unimpeded, so that's another plus.
Sometimes 1/18th figures from companies other than Hasbro are atrocious. Mr. Freeze is not. He's a really nice figure with a lot of good detail his outfit is just covered with knobs, pipes, bolts, and armored plates that look just fantastic. While he's certainly not as detailed as the DC Collectibles version of this guy that's over 7 inches tall he's definitely on par with pretty much any other 1/18th figure. There is some phenomenal texture work on the different parts of his suit that is really impressive and certainly makes this figure feel like a serous contender in the 1/18th scale rather than a cheap cash in. My only complaint is that his clear visor is a bit cloudy on the inside and I can't see his head as well as I'd like. It's a minor nit, though.
except Generbeener, I'm rounding him up to a Great. I really like this guy and have to say that he turned out much better than I thought he would. I'm really looking forward to this line, even though it's a new scale for Batman stuff.
Actually, that's something I wanted to discuss a bit that has me a bit confused and a bit aggravated with Mattel: these figures are in a completely new scale and we're seeing figures released that we've never had in the 1/18th scale. It's frustrating because I have a massive Batman collection of 6-7 inch scale figures. Mattel has made some great Arkham City and Arkham Origins figures, but will they fit in with the Arkham figures Mattel has already released or the ones DC Collectibles is continuing to release? No. Mattel is releasing a Michael Keaton Batman, but will he fit in with my Mattel Adam West and Christian Bale Batman figures? Nope. I understand that the 1/18th scale is less expensive and comes in at a smaller price point, but if Mattel saw these characters as viable released, why were these guys not released on Mattycollector or in the Batman Unlimited waves in a scale that was consistent with what we already have? I can say that this will definitely have an effect on my buying habits. If Mattel offered a subscription of Batman based characters on Mattel in the 6 inch scale, I'd sub up in a heartbeat. Club Infinite Earths, though, was too much of a crapshoot for me and I probably only would have wanted three figures from the 2013 sub.
If you're wanting a Mr. Freeze of your own, stay inside where it's warm and toasty and pick one up from Big Bad Toy Store!