I've seen a number of reviewers cover these McFarlane figures and frankly, they are really reluctant to critique them the way they would ordinarily. This review is better in that respect, but still, there's a kind of deference given to this work that just isn't warranted here. For months the hype has been "McFarlane is coming, say goodbye to Mattel" because the expectation was that a level of quality and detail was going to surpass anything they did and just knock it out of the park. Reviews like "Its not so bad" and its "fairly solid" tell us that just didn't happen. This is just now how you debut your line.
The scale "issue" is nonsense; if youre a collector buying a 7" figure and complaining that its 7", then there's no point in discussion with you. Bye Felicia.
The time crunch issue is also not going to work. If you accept/lobby for a product to be promoted with your name is on it, then you need to put in the work to make it the best it can be. These certainly aren't terrible figures by any standard, but theyre not on par with many of the action figure lines already out there.
These are the flagship characters for DC. They are iconic, they are legends, and they deserve the best work you can do. The legs for both of them look weak, no heft or definition. The figures' torsos have almost no ab movement to speak of, and the almost jagged mold looks crude (especially on the Batman). What is the point of the barely-there butter fly joints? Why would you have Superman unable to look up in a flying pose (doh! How did they blow this??) and just give him a single jointed elbow, with one fist? There's a great attention to detail given to his 'S' symbol on the chest, but why omit it altogether on the cape? And speaking of capes, one way McFarlane could have distinguished this line up would be to go with soft goods capes. Just an idea.
What I did like, was that the boots are well done. Nice pointed tops on Batman's, and the inverted 'W' on Superman's. Not painted on either (lookin at YOU, Hasbro). Rich vibrant colors on the figures- so glad they went with actual red for Superman and not that muted brick or whatever a lot of companies seem to want to use for red. Also, BIG props for making the legs able to fully horizontally extend out.
In closing I would say that if a new/newish company put out these figures, most of the action figure reviewers would have been a lot more harsh (and honest). Seriously doubt these 2 will be on anybody's "Top 10 of 2020" list. I cant spend money on these, because Im confident better versions will roll out to redeem them. That's what I look forward to.