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DC Comics has announced a slew of LEGO-themed variant covers for November 2014 to go with the launch of the game LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, releasing the images to various news sites. Nerdist has The Flash #36.
Originally posted at Speed Force

Gotta love Lego Flash!

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DC Comics has announced a slew of LEGO-themed variant covers for November 2014 to go with the launch of the game LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, releasing the images to various news sites. Nerdist has The Flash #36.

Originally posted at Speed Force

Gotta love Lego Flash!

Latest Haul 7/19/2014
So I came home from work today to find a gigantic box filled to the brim with DC Collectibles goodies!
Altogether we have Earth 2 Series 1 which consists of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern, a deluxe action figure of Lex Luthor and a slightly older release in the Trinity 3-Pack featuring Superman with a metallic color scheme and Wonder Woman with a new face sculpt.
Look for a review of Earth 2 Flash in the next couple of days.
-Flash Johnson 
Which one should I open up first?

Latest Haul 7/19/2014

So I came home from work today to find a gigantic box filled to the brim with DC Collectibles goodies!

Altogether we have Earth 2 Series 1 which consists of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern, a deluxe action figure of Lex Luthor and a slightly older release in the Trinity 3-Pack featuring Superman with a metallic color scheme and Wonder Woman with a new face sculpt.

Look for a review of Earth 2 Flash in the next couple of days.

-Flash Johnson 

Which one should I open up first?

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Full 5 minute trailer for The Flash

If you haven’t seen it already, there are definitely major spoilers for the pilot episode!  But it’s very cool, I enjoyed it.

Lightning gave me abs?

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, 

-Flash Johnson

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Beautiful promotional poster for Wally’s series. I actually picked this up and scanned it months ago when the New 52 was announced, but I’ve just now gotten around to posting it. 
Art by original Wally series artist, Jackson Guice and Ken Steacy from 1986.
*Thanks to Lia from The Rogues Kick Ass and Speed Force for the confirmation on Ken Steacy’s identity.

I think is a pretty appropriate time to reblog this beautiful poster. 
-Flash Johnson

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Beautiful promotional poster for Wally’s series. I actually picked this up and scanned it months ago when the New 52 was announced, but I’ve just now gotten around to posting it. 

Art by original Wally series artist, Jackson Guice and Ken Steacy from 1986.

*Thanks to Lia from The Rogues Kick Ass and Speed Force for the confirmation on Ken Steacy’s identity.

I think is a pretty appropriate time to reblog this beautiful poster. 

-Flash Johnson

Free Comic Book Day and Birthday Haul!
DC Collectibles New 52 Teen Titans and the stars of Forever Evil, the New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate! Special Bonus: New 52 Bizarro!
From Top left to bottom right: Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Superboy, Superwoman, Ultraman, Power Ring, Deathstorm and New 52 Bizarro.
Yeah, not much in the “free” department but I got some awesome deals on the rest of the Crime Syndicate (Superwoman, Power Ring, Ultraman, and Deathstorm) and the New 52 Teen Titans (Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Superboy). Special thanks to E.G. Comics in Vienna, VA. (Been going there for at least 18 years or so now, and finally found out that the E.G. stands for Edwin Gumel, the owner of the store).
These represent my Free Comic Book Day purchases AND my birthday purchases. My birthday was last week (April 24th) and I got some money from my sister, Laura (Iris by way of Wally), and my brother, Dederick. I used the gift to finally finish my DC Collectibles Crime Syndicate (already had Johnny Quick + Atomica and Owlman), and to purchase the newly released New 52 Teen Titans: Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Superboy. While I’m not a big fan of the current iteration of the Teen Titans, I’m hoping the figures will at least be up to snuff. We will find out together in a few when I post my reviews. All in all a GREAT Free Comic Book Day and I can’t wait to bust open my Teen Titans and complete my Crime Syndicate. 
-Flash Johnson

Free Comic Book Day and Birthday Haul!

DC Collectibles New 52 Teen Titans and the stars of Forever Evil, the New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate! Special Bonus: New 52 Bizarro!

From Top left to bottom right: Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Superboy, Superwoman, Ultraman, Power Ring, Deathstorm and New 52 Bizarro.

Yeah, not much in the “free” department but I got some awesome deals on the rest of the Crime Syndicate (Superwoman, Power Ring, Ultraman, and Deathstorm) and the New 52 Teen Titans (Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Superboy). Special thanks to E.G. Comics in Vienna, VA. (Been going there for at least 18 years or so now, and finally found out that the E.G. stands for Edwin Gumel, the owner of the store).

These represent my Free Comic Book Day purchases AND my birthday purchases. My birthday was last week (April 24th) and I got some money from my sister, Laura (Iris by way of Wally), and my brother, Dederick. I used the gift to finally finish my DC Collectibles Crime Syndicate (already had Johnny Quick + Atomica and Owlman), and to purchase the newly released New 52 Teen Titans: Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Superboy. While I’m not a big fan of the current iteration of the Teen Titans, I’m hoping the figures will at least be up to snuff. We will find out together in a few when I post my reviews. All in all a GREAT Free Comic Book Day and I can’t wait to bust open my Teen Titans and complete my Crime Syndicate. 

-Flash Johnson

Batman Family April 2014/Batman75
From left to right: Knight (Cyril Sheldrake), The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Batwoman (Kate Kane), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Man-of-Bats (Dr. Bill Great Eagle), Red Robin (Tim Drake), Robin (Damian Wayne), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Red Hood (Jason Todd), Black Bat (Cassandra Cain), Batgirl (Stephanie Brown), Azrael (Jean Paul Valley), and Azrael (Michael Lane).
The companion piece to my Batman Rogue’s Gallery picture from a few weeks back. In honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary I’ve assembled as many Bat-family members as I could in action figure form. The last time I showed you the Bat-family I had not yet acquired Knight, Man-of-Bats or the two Azraels. They definitely fill out the display well. Still looking for an Alfred and a Commissioner Gordon.
This picture uses action figures from DC Direct/DC Collectibles and Mattel. 
-Flash Johnson

Batman Family April 2014/Batman75

From left to right: Knight (Cyril Sheldrake), The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Batwoman (Kate Kane), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Man-of-Bats (Dr. Bill Great Eagle), Red Robin (Tim Drake), Robin (Damian Wayne), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Red Hood (Jason Todd), Black Bat (Cassandra Cain), Batgirl (Stephanie Brown), Azrael (Jean Paul Valley), and Azrael (Michael Lane).

The companion piece to my Batman Rogue’s Gallery picture from a few weeks back. In honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary I’ve assembled as many Bat-family members as I could in action figure form. The last time I showed you the Bat-family I had not yet acquired Knight, Man-of-Bats or the two Azraels. They definitely fill out the display well. Still looking for an Alfred and a Commissioner Gordon.

This picture uses action figures from DC Direct/DC Collectibles and Mattel. 

-Flash Johnson

Batman Rogue’s Gallery March 2014
From left to right: Azrael, Gentleman Ghost, Deadshot, Firefly, Scarecrow, Catman, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Owlman, Killer Croc, Ra’s Al Ghul, Clayface, Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Bane, Man-Bat, Two-Face, Catwoman, Anarky, Solomon Grundy, Deathstroke, Copperhead, and Bronze Tiger. 
-Flash Johnson

Batman Rogue’s Gallery March 2014

From left to right: Azrael, Gentleman Ghost, Deadshot, Firefly, Scarecrow, Catman, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Owlman, Killer Croc, Ra’s Al Ghul, Clayface, Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Bane, Man-Bat, Two-Face, Catwoman, Anarky, Solomon Grundy, Deathstroke, Copperhead, and Bronze Tiger. 

-Flash Johnson

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, 

-Flash Johnson

Another look at Grant Gustin’s Flash costume and even more commentary:

So now that we’ve gotten an even better look at Grant’s suit I have a few more things to say.

1) It is nice that we are getting a belt, although not quite the belt I expected. I think I was expecting something more traditional but this looks functional and practical enough. 

2) The boots are going to take some getting used to. While I don’t mind red boots on The Flash, this combination of red and gold is definitely different and a tiny bit odd. 

3) Again loving the fact that he can actually move in this suit as opposed to the John Wesley Shipp suit. 

4) This pic brings to mind even more than before the motorcycle look with an athletic bent to it and it is a little too baggy for my taste. Again I understand wanting to make it look good in the real world but there is a bit of a fine line. Again I think I really have to see it in action before I make any more judgements.  

5) I really want to see how the piping connects from the upper torso to the legs or if they do at all. It looks like the piping goes beneath the belt and kind of connects the two. I want to see the back of the suit and the sides.  

I stand by my original statement: Arrow meets Amazing Spider-Man, meets Daredevil, which is not a bad thing.

-Flash Johnson

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Added a couple more pics courtesy of TouchofGrey37. Thanks ToG!

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