Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Action Figure Review: Solomon Grundy from Batman: Arkham City by DC Collectibles
Solomon Grundy is not the most articulated figure, but that not too surprising for such a big guy. Honestly, though, the articulation isn't bad. He's got hinged knees, ball jointed hips, ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, ball jointed wrists, and a ball jointed head. There are two things you'll notice about Grundy's joints: 1. They're fairly well hidden and don't interrupt the sculpt, and 2. They're not broken. Yes, some of the earlier DC Collectibles over-sized figures were quite prone to breakage (Killer Croc and Titan Joker come to mind) but Solomon Grundy seems quite solid. His joints are really tight, which is very important for such a heavy figure, and the arms and head offer a nice range of motion. I'm very happy with him as it kills me not to own those previously mentioned figures due to the breakage problems.
Grundy looks awesome. Probably being the first zombie in comics (he first appeared in October 1944) Grundy deserves a grotesque sculpt that will churn the stomachs of lesser collectors. That's exactly what DC Collectibles delivered. Grundy's flesh is covered, bulging veins, putrid looking flesh, and visible seams where he has been stitched back together (in the game Ra's al Ghul had spent years killing Grundy over and over while studying him). His fingernails and toenails are also hideously cracked (but surprisingly neatly trimmed).
The paint work, though, is beyond reproach. It's just darn fine all around. The skin has a great grayish blue tint to it that manages to still be interesting while looking like decaying old flesh. The veins are a really odd blue color that helps them to stand out even amidst the excellent paint wash. Looking at how cool and grotesque this figure is reminds me of the cool stuff that McFarlane used to put out back in the late 90's and early 2000's when they were still interesting and relevant to the action figure industry.
What do you give a guy like Solomon Grundy? Anything he wants! Hahaha.
Need a Solomon Grundy of your own? Head on over to Big Bad Toy Store and snap this guy up! You'll be sad if you don't!
I've reviewed some other Arkham City and Arkham Origins figures from DC Collectibles, including:
Talia al Ghul