Amazing what a taste can do…now I’m getting DC figures…great! Actually it is great for you curious collectors out there. Well this weekend I was at yet another convention and saw this guy on a peg for a decent price ($25 to be specific, fantastic deal for a show) and decided to take a chance. After Catwoman, you’d think I’d think twice…well…let us see if I’ve been burned again…(and yes I saw the typo in the title card…grrr….)
This cool dark hunk of dreamy plastic is based on the TV show Arrow’s rendition of Deathstroke. If you are not watching Arrow and/or Flash, you NEED to! Just…accept the first four or five episodes of season 1 are rough to watch…but still…this costume is IN THE SHOW and it looks fantastic!
Just look at this! The brilliant blues touched with orange, the folds in the cloth, the multiple belts of ammo and pouches…on I can go on and on singing praise…oh hell I will…the armor is wonderfully textured and all the lovely buckles, plus all the ammo touched with brass…I have trouble believing this is a US made figure. Keep in mind, this is a 7” figure, so he has some great stature.
Look at this zoomed in shot…look at all the details! The paint applications! Hasbro, oh god if you could pull this off…Then we have the helmet with that one glaring eye of detached determination. This figure looks amazing…
Now articulation is a bit mixed. From the waist down he is perfect (NO JOKES!). Double jointed knees, ankle pivots, and the hips have plenty of movement. I really like how the leg armor helps hide the kneed joints. These joints are tight man. I had to work them slightly. Again, if only Hasbro could pull this off. Above the waist, we have a waist AND chest swivel, ball jointed neck, single jointed elbows and swivel and hinged wrists. Then we have the shoulders…this is my main complaint. Much like Burning Form Agito what you see is about as high as they can go. The shoulder armor just restricts the movement.
And yes, he passes the one leg standing test.
This guy looks great from all angles. I really like the mask ties being a soft rubber also.
Deathsroke is also weapon laden. From the Katana, to the two combat knives (one in the back holster, other in the leg) to his pistol. These all store on him pretty well, though the back dagger does slip out from time to time. Again all are nicely detailed and painted.
The sword can only be held properly in his left hand, and it is TIIIIIIIGHT! I had to work it in there for the right angle. I have a little gripe with it as well. I just think it is too small. For a figure like this, it just needed a bit more…heft? Looks like a toy for him. The other hand is more for the pistol, but you can get the knife in there with out falling with some playing around.
This pistol grip is also crazy tight and is near impossible to get the finger on the trigger…I’m sure it is, but just isn’t worth the effort lol. The gun also looks fantastic.
Despite some short comings, I can not recommend this figure enough. This is THE definitive Deathstroke figure, unless Bandai makes a Figurart of him…but until that day, this is just freaking amazing. Solid A+