DC Collectibles’ Suicide Squad Captain Boomerang Action Figure Review and Pics!
Hey Speed Readers,
So a couple weeks ago I picked up DC Collectibles’ version of Captain Boomerang and I have to say I am reasonably impressed. Definitely a better figure than the DC Universe Classics one from a few years back and even better than my own custom kitbashed version I created about a year ago.
After the dissolution of DC Universe Classics and the Club Infinite Earths Subscription model, DC Collectibles (DC Comics own in-house brand for creating and merchandising collectibles for the direct adult collector market.) swooped in and unveiled some impressive 6-inch figures that were well-articulated and looked sturdy and well-designed. Captain Boomerang is the first of the new-style articulated figures that I’ve gotten my hands on and I have to say, bully for you, DC Collectibles.
Captain Boomerang aka Digger Harkness was released under the Suicide Squad banner along with Harley Quinn and one of my personal favorites, Deadshot. Although I usually associate Digger with the Flash’s Rogues he has been starring in the New 52 Suicide Squad book along with Harley and Deadshot so it makes sense. He also has a long history with the Squad pre-New 52. Unlike most of the other Flash Rogues in the New 52, Digger is relatively unchanged from his pre-New 52 look. Of course Digger was recently revived (after a disgraceful death in Identity Crisis) and revamped during the 2010 Brightest Day event so I guess it wasn’t too much of a stretch to put him in something close to his New 52 look. I remember seeing a redesign by Oliver Nome that was supposed to be a Captain Boomerang reimagining but I wasn’t a huge fan of it.
I have to give high marks to the packaging. Definitely a welcome change of pace from the rather dull Justice League figure packaging. Honestly they just added some bullet holes to the front, but it looks awesome.
As for the figure itself? Wow! Not only is the sculpting exceptional but the articulation has been amped up considerably without sacrificing any of the intricate beauty of the sculpt. Digger’s douchey smirk is captured perfectly and the details on his suit are done just as well. Clean lines and sturdy accoutrements help to make this figure even better; the jacket, scarf, boots and boomerang bandolier are all solidly sculpted and excellently painted. I was kind of iffy about getting yet another Captain Boomerang so soon but this is clearly DC Collectibles showing off. You can see a comparison of my custom Captain Boomerang, DC Collectibles’ latest and Mattel’s version up above.
A few years back DC Direct (now DC Collectibles) released Captain Boomerang Jr aka Owen Mercer, Digger’s illegitimate son. Right before Digger was killed during Identity Crisis, Owen was introduced and promptly started working with The Rogues after his father died. In order to give the guy with boomerangs some kind of chance when facing off against a speedster they gave Owen the ability to move and throw boomerangs in short spurts of super speed. Later on this was convolutedly connected to Bart Allen and his mother Meloni Thawne but I’m not going into that. Eventually Owen tired of villainy and tried his hand as an Outsider and a member of the Suicide Squad (tracking down his former partners in the Rogues after Bart Allen’s death, no less) before he met his unfortunate end during the Blackest Night.
As one can see, Captain Boomerang pairs perfectly with the New 52 Captain Cold released by DC Collectibles a few months back. I actually paired Digger with the darker color-schemed Cold from the Heroes vs. Villains 7-pack from back in November. Those following Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion know why Mr. Snart is brandishing his cold gun yet again. I won’t spoil that here.
Then we have Captain Cold and Captain Boomerang with Mattel’s DC Signature Collection, Mirror Master. I’m really hoping that we eventually get a Weather Wizard, Trickster and Heatwave to add to this group. I wouldn’t mind getting customs made but I’m holding out hope that DC Collectibles is going to start producing a much more robust selection of figures than ever before. Especially with all of the latest announcements concerning the Teen Titans, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Batgirl, Nightwing, and Supergirl.
Next we have a look at all of the boomerang accessories released over the years via DC Collectibles and Mattel. The first one actually came with Sportsmaster from the defunct Young Justice 6-inch action figure line. The figure came with 6 or so other weapons that I’ve doled out to other figures in my collection. The next one is the latest one from this Captain Boomerang and is easily the most detailed of the 4. It has a great shape and is super-sturdy. Those that purchased the Mattel Captain Boomerang know just how flimsy this next one was. It would bend with little effort at all which made it difficult for the figure to hold it for more than a few minutes at a time. Last but not least is one of the many boomerangs that came with Captain Boomerang Jr. from DC Direct’s Identity Crisis line. Even cooler is that all of the boomerangs actually fit on his person and are removable. Great figure design. I just wish his pants weren’t that odd periwinkle color.
The next pic is of the Suicide Squad, albeit, a mix of different eras. I remember reading the Suicide Squad when it was Rick Flagg (who we also need a figure of), Boomer, Vixen, Bronze Tiger, Nightshade (we need her too), Enchantress (also need her) Deadshot and Dr. Light (for a time). Harley Quinn is a later addition but I figured the shot needed more females. I contemplated tossing Live Wire in there too just because I could see her fitting in there. From left to right: Dr. Light, Bronze Tiger, Harley Quinn, Vixen, Captain Boomerang and Deadshot. Keep in mind that these are the older releases of Deadshot and Harley Quinn from DC Direct and Mattel respectively. I have yet to acquire the newer releases of the two.
Last and never least, Captain Boomerang facing off against his arch-nemesis, The Flash. I used several of my many extra DC Collectibles’ Flash figures as after-images and then photoshopped away. Good times.
All in all, this is an excellent figure. Excellent. Expertly sculpted, cleanly painted, sturdy accessories and well-camouflaged advanced articulation easily help this figure to blow the Mattel version out of the water. DC Collectibles has stepped up their game considerably and I can’t wait to see their next Flashy offerings.
DC Collectibles’ New 52 Suicide Squad Captain Boomerang was sculpted by Phil Ramirez and is available through most online avenues such as eBay and Amazon. The figure varies in price from $19.99 to $24.99.
Thanks for reading,