DC Collectibles Arrow Action Figure Two-Pack feat.Oliver Queen & Deathstroke Review and Comparison Pics!
Hey Speed Readers,
So I’ve been waiting for this Arrow Two-Pack ever since it was announced last year. Being a big fan of the TV show and with the recent appearance of Barry Allen (not to mention the upcoming spin-off, The Flash) I just had to pick this up. Luckily I managed to pay far less than the MSRP of $49.95.
First off, as I said in my Captain Boomerang review from a few weeks back DC Collectibles has stepped up their game. CONSIDERABLY. I’ve never been one for ridiculous amounts of articulation, especially when it ends up affecting the sculpt, but DC Collectibles has not only added a significant amount of new articulation but has seamlessly worked it into the sculpts without sacrificing a single iota of quality. Don’t get me wrong, Mattel did a pretty solid job with their DC Universe Classics and making sure the articulation wasn’t super obvious, but DC Collectibles has always had a one up on them as far as sculpting goes simply because the reuse was extremely heavy in DC Universe while DC Collectibles busts out a unique sculpt just about every time. Now that DC Collectibles has apparently learned from their mistakes (History of the DC Universe) they’ve managed to give us the best of both worlds. Let’s see if their streak continues.
The packaging is similar to most DC Collectibles products in that it uses a lot of white and doesn’t really go out of it’s way to do anything crazy. It is simple and clearly made for adult collectors. It does everything it is supposed to do though, it showcases the figures perfectly and in a way shows off the value of the set. I know I would feel much better about plopping down 50 bucks if I saw all the accessories included in the set straight up.
The Arrow and Deathstroke are both solid and well-made figures but Deathstroke definitely has the edge. It is just a boss figure. But then again I don’t think I own a Deathstroke that isn’t amazing. I recently purchased the Arkham Origins Deathstroke to use in my collection as my definitive Deathstroke but with the arrival of this guy I am no longer sure. I guess him having two eyes kind of ruins the idea of him being any current version of Deathstroke but hey…maybe Ravager? On the show this figure is supposed to be Slade Wilson’s ex-partner and friend, Billy Wintergreen but in the DCU-Proper Wintergreen wasn’t Slade’s enemy he was Slade’s good friend, mentor, and butler. Kind of like Slade’s Alfred. That is until Slade’s son Jericho in Slade’s body murdered Wintergreen and mounted his head on his wall. The new Ravager is Slade’s daughter but the old Ravager was his son, Grant Wilson. Hmmm.
But I digress, the figure, like most Deathstroke figures, comes with a bunch of weapons that all fit on his person; a sword, a handgun, an assault rifle of some kind and a knife. His bandolier is also removable if you want to count it as a fifth accessory. There is a scabbard for the sword on his removable bandolier, and holsters for his handgun and knife. His assault rifle thingamajig can fit in between the bandolier on his back.
The articulation is still amazing! Again, I’m not an articulation freak but these figures make it hard not to love a super-articulated figure done right. Admittedly the joints were a bit tight and where this would usually mean insta-break back in the old days of DC Direct it just took some careful but firm nudging to get the limbs moving. The only issue I will say to watch out for is the right arm on mine took a lot more firm nudging than the rest of the joints. Other than that the figure is flipping fantastic.
Oliver Queen aka The Arrow is a solid figure but definitely not the star of this show. But not for lack of trying. DC Collectibles did an excellent job catching all of the subtle details of Arrow’s uniform. The articulation however isn’t quite as seamless looking as Deathstroke’s but is still pretty good. I’m guessing the jacket sleeves made it a little harder to hide the articulation on his arms and the green probably makes them stand out a little more. Like Deathstroke the joints were a little stiff at first and took a little loosening up to work fully. Nothing was quite as stuck as Deathstroke’s right arm. The really cool thing is how it is actually possible to get Oliver in a semi-realistic archer’s pose. Something that the others don’t do that easily or at all.
The head sculpt is passable as Stephen Amell although something looks off that I just can’t place. It could be either the green “grease paint” or the facial hair but something just doesn’t look right. The paint on the suit suffers a tiny bit when it comes to the really small details like the stitching on the hood piece that connects it to the jacket, but for a mass produced action figure, this is great work.
As far as accessories Mr. Queen comes with two sets of hands (one set are fists and the others are for manipulating his bow), his bow, two loose arrows and and a bunch of arrows molded together that fits in his quiver to make it look full. I think if you really wanted to you could remove the quiver but I haven’t really bothered with it. I like that we can finally do some action shots where Ollie is down to one or two arrows. All of the Green Arrows that I own have that molded in piece of arrows that sit in the quiver and are non-removable. Little annoying. The accessories are all really well made and don’t feel even a little flimsy or cheap. They definitely make the MSRP a little easier to swallow.
Now for the comparison shots I lined up Ollie and Deathstroke with some other versions of them that I have. Oliver with his New 52 counterpart (that I use as Oliver’s estranged son, Connor Hawke in my universe) and DC Direct’s Brightest Day Green Arrow (arguably the best Green Arrow out there). Deathstroke is pictured with the Teen Titans Deathstroke figure released by DC Direct back in 2004 and the recently released Arkham Origins Deathstroke released by DC Collectibles and based on Slade’s design in the hit video game, Batman: Arkham Origins.
Next we’ve got Oliver with the only other TV based action figure I own: Bart Allen aka Impulse from Smallville. Loosely based on the likeness of actor, Kyle Gallner who portrayed the hyperactive speedster in a few guest appearances on the show. In the Smallville continuity Oliver Queen also exists as Green Arrow and has formed his own team of proactive heroes including Cyborg, Aquaman and Black Canary. Due to Oliver founding the team and rocking an intricate hoodie most of the time, when they unveiled the team uniforms they were just color-coded hoodies and sunglasses. Not too shabby of a figure and I can’t say that I hated the look. I also posted a few action shots with Bart and Oliver running to confront Slade, Bart disarming Slade, and then I imagined some slick Slade-like maneuver where he somehow turns the tables on Ollie and gets him on the ground. Bart is racing to intercept the bullet.
The last pic I guess I would call a bonus pic of the Arrow Family. I used the Brightest Day Green Arrow as my definitive version of Oliver Queen in my universe and since I already have an Ollie New 52 Green Arrow becomes Ollie’s long lost son, Connor Hawke. You’ve also got Black Canary a former leader of the Justice League and Justice Society as well as a Ollie’s sometime lover and crime fighting partner, Red Arrow, formerly known as Speedy and Ollie’s one time crime-fighting partner, and Artemis, Ollie’s newest sidekick and daughter of criminals, Sportsmaster and Tigress.
I’m not really one for purchasing figures based on TV shows, but 1) I love this show and 2) the figures are phenomenal. This show has made me a fan of Green Arrow, something that I could never say before. Yes, as a comic book geek I am quite aware of the glaring differences between the show and the comics but the heck if I don’t enjoy the show a lot more. Great show and great figures. I’m anxiously awaiting the debut of The Flash pilot and hopefully a new Flash figure based on his TV suit. I could see them repackaging this figure with The Flash and maybe replacing the head with his new mask or something like that. I would buy it right up!
All in all I am extremely happy with this set. Great figures, great show, great stuff! I highly recommend this set and if you aren’t checking out the show, Arrow I highly recommend that as well.
Thanks for reading,