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Black Manta Review

Black Manta
DC Universe Classics (Mattel) - Wave 2
Hah, you’ve gotta love these old-school bland-as-icy-hell character designs, all black with a helmet, now that’s a cool villain. Black Manta is so confident he’s a bad-bum that he goes up against Aquaman and the Justice League wearing nothing but a giant black latex glove and a can on his head. Bad-bum to the bone, baby! Of course that giant trident might have something to do with confidence…

Manta is about 6.5 inches to the top of the dome. I like this contraption, the helmet is connected to the backpack with two ribbed hoses, the whole thing is nicely detailed and has a weathered look to it. The trident is huge of course, like 7.5 inches, but it’s all silver, no shading so it’s kinda bland. It’s still sculpted with detail though, you just can’t see it too well because of the simple paint job. Manta himself is a blank slate like Superman Red and Blue, the differences being Manta has more slender muscles under the arms making him great to make customs of younger, slimmer Leaguers like Kyle Raynor or Flash. I like how Mattel isn’t being so stingy with the paint, even though the figure is all black and could have left it as a shiny black plastic figure, they still painted it! It has a matte finish too so it looks like a more realistic suit. Thousands of custom possibilities with this thing, buy a hundred of them! The only thing that bothers me is that the neck-piece is kind of a hassle to remove it, use heat strategically to take it off.

All basic articulation is there, the head can move in any direction, all joints are smooth and firm.

      by Dr Nightmare   Update Review

User Comments
Maelstrom - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I must concur with your review Doc, I was pretty pleased with this one. I love the "old school" look, a I am glad that he had a matte finish as opposed to gloss. It is quite true that there are endless customizing possibilities with this figure. I picked one of these up along with a Firestorm, but none of the other figures in the series were available, I just wish I could get my hands on the rest of them!
Kyle Robinson - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
PERFECT!, that rocks, thanks for the info
Dr Nightmare - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The neck thing gets flexible with heat, and there''s no residue on the figure afterwards either! And yeah, there''s a neck under there too, I think Buzzy has a pic @_@
Kyle Robinson - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Anyway to remove that hideous head to reveal a usable neck for a custom? That black base would rock once I can find these. Nice review as always doc

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