DC Super Heroes (Mattel) - Series 2
About 13 years ago, the badass Doomsday appeared and (long story short) killed Superman. Some people think you can't be a comic fan (even if it's Marvel) without knowing this. Then basically nothing. He has appeared since then, but nothing was as dramatic since, he hasn't re-killed Supes. Oh well.
Doomsday has had only 4 action figures so far: Hasbro made one about 11 years ago, DCD in 2003, this version (DCSH) and another by Mattel last September for JLU. Onto the review!
Sculpt- I don't care what you say, this is not a scaled down figure of DCD's. He has a few differences, but they are not the same! Okay, goosfraba. His main body is made out of hard plastic, while the face (he has a head underneath) and spikes/bones are rubber, for the little ones. His sculpt works pretty well with the articulation, with the exception of the shoulders, but that can be forgiven.
Packaging- this shoulda been before sculpt, but I made a boo-boo. Anyway, it has the exciting graphics of the entire series that always "pop" out at you. It displays the included comic well, as well as the figure. He has a paper insert that makes him look like he is breaking chains. Now onto the package itself. The card back is very sturdy, much better than Mattel's the batman. Funny how a company can make one toy line nearly perfect, yet make another nearly horrible. This package is the best kind: nice and sturdy so there is no shelf wear, yet is very easy to get into.
Paint- absolutely perfect! The wrinkles are slightly darker than the main body, a wash on the spikes, and no slop! Granted, most of the part are cast in their color, but they still coulda screwed up! Kudos Mattel!
Articulation- this is the biggest thing that sets this puppy apart from any other version. He comes with 23 points (I count the hips as 4)! He has: (slightly) ball jointed neck, ball shoulders, peg biceps, wrists, thighs, shins and waist, hinge knees, elbows, torso, and ankles, side to side ankles, and those hips that move like a regular ball joint without the ugly ball. The shoulders are restricted by the spikes, but work as a great cut joint. Few of the joints are loose, they’re a little tight but on mine, something came up with the side to side ankles. The joint is stuck on his left ankle. Normally this wouldn’t bother me, since I usually don’t use the joint, but its stuck hinged in towards the other foot. He still stands, thankfully, but he can fall easily. Other than that, nothing else is wrong, I just wished they woulda used a double ball neck (ala superman returns Clark to superman), but its not that major.
Accessories- he has his comic. It’s a great read: he’s just arrived in metropolis. I think (but not sure) that superman just found him, but his cape is tattered from the beginning, so I don’t know. Superman says his rampage ends here, and at the end he says "even if it kills me". Overall a great issue. You could count the paper insert as an accessory, but its pretty flimsy and there’s nothing to support it. The comic makes a GREAT background. I honestly can’t think of anything else they coulda given him, except maybe Supes torn cape.
Scale: this is the worst part about this little pecker. He is right at eye level with the DCSH superman. Doomy is at least a foot taller, so he should be roughly 7.5". This is really the only bad thing about this figure (the ankle thing isn’t on every figure, I checked at wal*mart).
Overall: this figure isn’t around anymore, the only reason I reviewed him is because: He’s been lost for about a month and I just found him an hour ago, the other site I do reviews at OAFE (their forum, I’m Tom-Tom over there as well) already has it in the main reviews, and I really wanted to review him. The scale issue pushes him to 4.5 stars but if he had been properly sized, he easily coulda gotten the full five.