Monday, January 28, 2013

DC Comics Unlimited - New 52 Superman

DC Unlimited is finally hitting retail.  We've already reviewed The Flash and The Savage Hawkman, so now we look at the least exciting figure in the wave, sparkly Superman.

Jason basically already reviewed this figure when it came out in the DCUC All-Stars wave, so I'm not going to go super in depth.  This DC Unlimited release is just a repaint of that same figure, with what originally looked like a metallic paint job in early photos.  It's actually not very metallic.  It's more... sparkly.  I'm not sure how I feel about it.

The packaging is the newer style DC Unlimited line look.  I like it better than DCUC.  Nice artwork.  Cool design.  Unfortunately, though, it warped Superman's right leg at the knee.  So now he has gimpy leg syndrome.

The body sculpt is nice, but a little barrel chested.  And I'm not crazy about the face sculpt.  But it has the sculpted-in costume panel lines and raised "S" logo, belt, and boots, so it's more interesting than your standard DCUC buck.

Articulation is standard for this line.  Decent, but not spectacular.  Supes really, really needs some rocker ankles and double jointed elbows and knees.  He includes no accessories, which is probably a good thing, since he can't hold anything anyway.  Two fists.  Appropriate for Superman, but I would like at least one swapable gripping hand.

If you didn't get the All Stars release, and like the New 52 designs, this one is worth picking up.  But the All Stars version looks a little better, since it's not sparkly.  So I'd really recommend picking that one up instead.  Unless you like sparkly super heroes.  In which case, go you.  Sadly, this figure is packed three per case, while Flash is two per case, and Hawkman, the star of the wave, is only one per case.  This figure isn't bad, but if you have the original release, it's an easy pass.  Purchase at your own discretion.


  1. Zak, you do realise that a buck is just a piece of metal/wood that they used to build the sculpts around action figures back in the 90's, don't you? Either way, great review as always. I went up to my "local" comic book store and was shocked to find that they're still selling DCU classics! But at least I finally found Avengers Black Widow & Marvel Select Thanos.

  2. Sorry, I meant they built the action figure sculpts around the "buck".

    1. Technically, you're right Oisín, the definition of the word "buck" (or at least one of them) is a frame that something is built upon. But the word has also taken on somewhat of a slang definition in many circles of the action figure world over the years, to refer to the basic, blank base body that an action figure us built around. For example, Mattel doesn't re-sculpt every figure from scratch (neither does Hasbro). They have a library of base bodies that they use, which they can then add character specific details too. Unfortunately, for Mattel this usually means just painting on the costume details and adding a new head, rather than new a lot of new sculpting. But in this sense, those blank base bodies are a "buck". It may not be the official dictionary definition, but in the collecting communities I've been a part of at least, it's commonly used vernacular.

    2. Thought this was relevant :P

    3. I'm not arguing the validity of what you're both saying, I'm just saying, good luck getting everyone that uses the word incorrectly to stop. I'm in the same bad habit as many other members of this hobby, and it has become habit for many collectors to use the term in such a way. But I'll try to be better about not using it incorrectly since I like you guys ;). Thanks for the interesting read, RPM.

  3. I think it shouldn't matter. Sometimes, the meaning of a word changes based on how it's used. A lot of derogatory terms got started as innocent words, then someone applied a new meaning to them. it's the same thing.

  4. Buck is a generic term used in manufacturing meaning: A test vehicle. A buck is a partial assembly which is used for design analysis or test purposes.

    And yes, as time goes on and the original purpose for a word disappears, others pick it up and in this case apply it as a generic body used as a base for action figures...

  5. Dude put a hair dryer on that gimpy leg had mine straightened in seconds!