DC Collectibles DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Action Figures!
So this past Saturday on Free Comic Book Day I was finally able to complete my DC Collectibles Crime Syndicate team. I’d already picked up Johnny Quick, Atomica and Owlman a couple weeks back and with Superwoman, Ultraman, Power Ring, and Deathstorm, the Crime Syndicate is complete.
As far as the figures go they do a great job of furthering DC Collectibles rep as a legitimate successor to Mattel’s DC Universe Classics but a couple things hinder these figures from being all that they can be. Quality control issues continue to rear their ugly head especially when it comes to attention to detail and the metallic paint they’ve been using. Johnny Quick’s belt was glued on slightly askew so I had to peel the belt off to reposition it. Johnny’s paint also fused the top left leg joint and when I pulled it free it took a bit of paint with it. Not a lot to be noticed (especially in certain poses) but still annoying. Ultraman had a similar issue with his belt being glued slightly off center. Ultraman’s “U” on his chest is also missing a little bit of paint. The rest got off relatively easy and honestly the issues aren’t enough to break the figures or anything. Just annoying.
Now on to the good. The figures overall look great! Especially when put together as a team. The extra articulation continues to impress and takes nothing away from the wonderful sculpts courtesy of Gentle Giant Studios. The designs of the Crime Syndicate this time around are provided by David Finch, the main artist on DC’s latest crossover, Forever Evil.
I have to say that Deathstorm is easily one of my favorites. DC Collectibles sculpted an excellent head sculpt along with some cool new innovations like realistic sleeves that cover the elbow articulation. It pulls of the baggy Firestorm-look really well without breaking up the look with joints. The paint is perfect with no issues that I can see in that department.
I’m also partial to the Guy Gardner-esque Johnny Quick suit. The lightning is a little much but I like the usage of different shades of red to make the details stand out a little better. Especially the headgear and vest. Johnny came with a mini version of Atomica which makes me wish that I had one of the mini Atoms. While I would have rather had a full-sized figure of Atomica to go with the mini one it is a great pack-in as Johnny and Atomica were pretty much inseparable the entire time in Forever Evil.
Superwoman is just an overall great looking figure. Featuring a removable cape and a pretty basic body design and sculpt I’m sure that the figure will be rife for customization. Again the articulation is utilized pretty well and the paint job is probably the best of the bunch as far as clean lines and shading goes. No issues that I could see anywhere. The only thing I could see making this figure better would have been the inclusion of her golden barbwire lasso thing. I couldn’t see it working with that silly string they’ve included with some past Wonder Woman releases but if they went with a more flexible plastic I could see it looking great. Still, excellent release.
Power Ring came with an awesome Lantern that resembles an Alien Xenomorph that like devours his hand each time he charges his ring or something. In this twisted version of Green Lantern, Power Ring’s ring is a curse and the voice inside the ring constantly talks down to and berates it’s user. Apparently utilizing the ring is incredibly painful and you can see that in the design and the sculpt. It looks like the ring has literally infected him and has deformed his right arm and the right side of his face. It is really cool that they included an extra ‘Lantern’ accessory but it is even cooler that he can actually hold the Lantern. Inexplicably DC Collectibles’ Green Lantern came with a closed left hand and no Lantern at all. Not to mention that his ring looked like a shapeless blob.
Ultraman is probably the dullest of the group as far as designs go. He just looks like Superman with a “U” and a scowl. The articulation is still spot on but there is nothing really spectacular otherwise.
Owlman is one of my favorites although he doesn’t really match the source material as the actual design is a blue and silver combo. However the changes look excellent and make him look awesome when paired up with DC Collectibles’ previous release of Batman and I’d imagine he would look even better with the upcoming Greg Capullo-inspired Batman.
I posted a picture of the Crime Syndicate’s Justice League counterparts and an epic throwdown with the Crime Syndicate facing off with the Justice League. The only releases I have from the previous DC Direct and Mattel Crime Syndicate releases are the Johnny Quick figures. So I also posted a nice little comparison pic of those two along with the newest version.
So what do you all think of the Crime Syndicate?
Thanks for reading,