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  1. Once again McFarlane is getting praise for subpar work. That does not look anything like Gal Gadot. The figure is mediocre at best, and what the actual eff are those tubes theyre trying to pass off as legs?? Its laughable that some of the action reviewers are applauding the weak efforts done with the Batman/Superman releases, now adding this mess too?

    Let's see some honest integrity here, fellas. You know damn well if these lines were being put out by anybody else you'd have no problem pointing out their considerable flaws. McFarlane's a well known persona, and justifiably so, but he shouldn't get a pass for mediocre work.

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  2. 18 hours ago, Lord_Scareglow said:

    As I ranted on in the other thread about this, this is a no for me, judging from the promo shots, maybe this isn't the final product, but no ab crunch no knee bend, if this is the case, this is just more of mcfarlane b.s. I don't want to invest in anymore, I have enough Spawn stuff that I won't be spending my money on another almost static figure, the 12'' Spawn I got still wins over this one as far as I'm seeing

    but let's see what actually comes to fruition with this.. I might still be on board

     Don't know why they're just showing new articulation for this; I would have led with that, but that's me. I see he's  touting a "new re-sealable clamshell  package...take out your figure for display, but also be able to return...into their packaging like you have never opened it in the first place!"  That's a nice feature, but its not new. FourHorseMen have been doing that with their Mythic Legions line since the beginning, 7 years ago or so. Overall, if he really does have improved articulation and we get to see that, more fans will come on board and help make this a success.

  3. 2 hours ago, TheViewingGlobe said:

    Todd clearly doesn't understand what the "toy" community wants these days. If he wants to sell statues, that's cool. Some people like that, but don't call it a toy (it's not and it's definitely not an action figure)….Yet, Batman/Superman figures still have no fist. 

    This is why I have no interest in supporting any kickstarter of his. I have no issue with scale he wants- 6" or 7", etc. but an action figure has to be articulated, and articulated well. Hasbro seems to get this, other kickstarters like Fourhorsemen's Mythic Legions and Articulated Icons get it, but McFarlane's debut with the "basic" figures here seems hit and miss (the armored versions were a lot better and I could excuse SOME of the limited articulation due to the bulk of the suits). The legs look weak, one has double jointed elbows while the other doesn't, head cant bend for flying pose, costume details are off, the butterfly joints are almost useless, and why does Superman have a trigger hand when he doesn't have a gun?? And WHAT is up with these ab/torso cuts?

    Outside of the great paint applications, it just doesn't seem like a lot of care went into these. I also notice a lot of toy reviewers are giving this guy a lot of excuses (maybe because its fanboy love for McFarlane, maybe its free samples, who knows) saying its not that bad for the cost of the figures. Yet this guy has had his own toyline for decades now and should have it down by now. End of the day, if Im gonna invest in a project I have to be convinced its gonna be worth it.

  4. On ‎2‎/‎26‎/‎2020 at 7:52 AM, SubZero said:

    McFarlane probably has a hard time getting DC Multiverse and Mortal Kombat into major retailers. That cant bode well for Spawn, a totally 90s character with no media tie in to sell the figures. If Toys R Us was still around, they would carry it.

    I wouldn't say he's had a hard time getting to major retailers, and not having a media tie in wouldn't matter here. Its McFarlane, so he's the tie in. Problem is coasting off past fame wont cut it, and the recent Batman Superman figures prove that. The quality just wasn't there, and no matter how many excuses people come up with, it is what it is. I get the feeling they felt because of his name and the known popularity of the characters, they could just phone it in and that doesn't make me wanna put down coin for a kickstarter.

  5. I'm not a big GI Joe fan but if I something I like I'll get it. Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Baroness (but not if she's in some spindly form) and Crimson Guard would be my choices. Also what is with these weird code names? What is the point of "dung beetle", "darkling" etc. if they're going to be released under their actual names anyway? Hasbro's announcing theyre making a GI Joe line, so how do these false names matter?

    And please don't reply "its to generate curiosity", because that would be stupid. Since, as said before, we already KNOW theyre putting these guys out anyway. Has to be another reason.

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  6. Yeah I'm thinking Whale is played out at this point. So is Painkiller. Enough.

    And while I like the new costume, I'm always suspect of it because of who Black Lightning got it from, so yeah, lets have Gambi do it over.

    Actually since the Crisis I was hoping we'd get maybe a kind of "flashback" season that focused on Black Lightning before he got married and had kids. Also would like to see some guest spots from the likes of the Flash and Supergirl. Maybe Kid Flash could meet up with Lightning (Jennifer). Oh well.

  7. On ‎2‎/‎24‎/‎2020 at 12:56 PM, cbates92 said:

    I'm not sure about these mcfarlane dc figures. I got the superman figure and it's alright looks ok. The other figures tho dont look all that great from what I've seen. Still haven't seen the hellbat in hand yet tho. Not super happy with the scale either. I guess I'll display the ones I do pick up with my my hero academia figures

    There've been a lot of apologists and fanboys out there but I think people are catching on.....just because its got McFarlane's name, doesn't mean its a good product. I'll just say it- he flat dropped the ball on the Batman and Superman figures. I don't know if its because they figured its his name so fans will buy, or because its Batman/Superman and they're so well known, of COURSE they'll buy. But its not working. They have wonky articulation, awful looking torso/ab crunch designs, shrunken heads and don't get me started on the inability to pose the heads looking up. This is just not acceptable, given what we see on the Fortnite figures, Marvel Legends, etc. There are a number of kickstarter projects that have a better product than this McFarlane mess. The Hellbat and Superman armored figures are better, and all the figures I've seen thus far have really nice paint jobs, but that's about it.

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  8. 3 hours ago, silverback77346 said:

    If the Defenders of the Earth figures look as good when they hit the shelves I wouldn't mind getting that Flash Gordon and customize him into the original human torch for Invaders. Ming maybe just to have another villain on hand. I figure the Flash figure is already mostly red, just a little more paint even a no customizing talent ape like me could do a decent job. 

    Defenders of the Earth certainly look jacked. I do hope that isn't the final Phantom however, because he's missing his striped briefs....I don't think they depicted them like that on the cartoon but he really should have them. Well, I can always paint them on myself....but its great seeing these guys.

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  9. On ‎1‎/‎7‎/‎2020 at 9:57 PM, EvilHayato said:

    As a person that started collecting figures with mcfarlanes and now has become a huge marvel legends fan, im very excited at the prospects of mcfarlane quality sculpts with articulation! these first rounds of figs hes done so far havent impressed me so hopefully the kinks get out before launching spawns line. 

    The Batman/Superman figures just released tell you what McFarlane's idea of "improved articulation" is. I cant believe any of these reviewers are swallowing this stuff. If any new-newish company had put these out like this, these reviewers would be stomping all over them. And with good reason. Forget Marvel Legends, these weren't even as good as DC Essentials.


     

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  10. I will be honest: I don't see Pattinson as the Batman. He could surprise me though. Frankly quite underwhelmed with the majority of these DC movies; why  they didn't build their universe during Bale's run is beyond me. At this rate, I'm perfectly content to either pass or wait until redbox release. But as I said....he could surprise me.

  11. 2 hours ago, Sprunt said:

    Love how picture perfect the entire Batman TAS line has been but the articulation leaves a little to be desired and the small legs / feet causing balance issues were what turned me away from it. If it wasn't for at least the balance with these ones I'd be 100% down to pick up these and the rest of the line I don't already have. Leaning more towards selling off though and hoping McFarlane can strike a balance on them. Who knows. Can't argue with how damn good they look though

     

    Personally very disappointed in the McFarlane line so far (the armored Batman and Superman figures are much better). These however will certainly appeal to fans of the animated series. And I'll say it once more: the animated series was written better than many of the movies, certainly better than the Gotham tv show, and even better than the comics written today. I hope this new comic will do the same.

  12. It will be interesting to see just how faithful to the original novella this will be. Extended manuscript, just found? Sounds suspicious to me. Is this gonna be like a "found footage" thing? Both the 1950s and 1980s flicks were outstanding, but didn't match the source material (nor did they try to). The prequel to the 1980s flim starring Nikki Swango wasn't critically liked, but I personally thought they did a good job with it. I hope this addition will be a success.

  13. I guess all is NOT well in the aftermath of the Crisis merging earths after all. Maybe they're deciding Freeland PD needs to have a police inspector less friendly to Black Lightning, change up the arc a bit. I for one don't like so many people knowing the hero's secret ID but I did like Henderson. Sorry to see him go.

    Hopefully the new seasons will concentrate more on Black Lightning and less on his kids. Now he can do crossovers and team ups with the Flash, Argus, etc.

     

  14. 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.

  15. These figures are ok. That seems to be the general consensus. But "ok" is hardly a decent selling point. The Superman figure cant even lift his head for a true flying pose. SERIOUSLY? This is 2020!  How do you screw that up on this guy. Even the fortnite figures can tilt their heads up. And what is going on with this torso? He has virtually no ab crunch, and for what he does have, they may as well have left it off altogether.  No accessories to speak of- only one fist- silly puny legs, for some bizarre reason NO double elbow even though they did it for the Batman figure. One reviewer really likes the skin tone color used for the face, but its ruined by hair that looks like it was just lacquered on (judging by the photos; maybe its not that bad in hand). And they could have used soft goods capes, but no, they stuck with plastic...but why would  you not put the yellow S emblem on the cape?

    This is a pass for my wallet, and the sad thing is it didn't have to be. If McFarlane wanted to do this line, he stumbled out of the gate with the two most iconic DC characters of all time. Superman deserves better than "ok".

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