DC Icons Green Arrow figure hits the target
As the franchise hero of the ever expanding DC Universe on the CW Network, Green Arrow has never been more popular. Arrow is so popular these days, DC Collectibles could comfortably release him in the debut wave of its new signature line and not worry about fans asking why him? So let’s check out the DC Icons Green Arrow figure.
It helps when the figure in question is a pretty on target (sorry) take on one of the classic Green Arrow storylines – The Longbow Hunters. Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunter (Green Arrow (Graphic Novels)) I was very impressed with the Batman figure so I have high hopes for Green Arrow as the other A-list hero in this kickoff wave.
Packaging: I like the dominant white with the character appropriate accent colors. This time it’s a green color scheme with a few arrowhead designs throughout the package.
I love the front, but remain far less impressed with the back, which just features multiple pictures of the first wave. The lack of personalization with a bio remains disappointing since the line covers characters from various eras and worlds.
Likeness: The DC Icons Green Arrow features a less playful, more stern Green Arrow and the expression conveys that attitude. Green Arrow is one of those characters that sculptors typically get right and Sculptor Sam Greenwell did a bang up job here.
Greenwell probably could have made the fabric on the sleeves a bit more pronounced since an archer would have fairly well developed arms. They’re just a little too small even accounting for the clothing. The hands also are a smidge too tiny.
While the whited-out eyes is more common, Longbow Hunters creator Mike Grell kept GA’s eyes visible. It’s hardly a deal breaker, but it’s not 100% accurate for sticklers to that kind of detail.
Scale: A lot of collectors are still fuming DCC didn’t design these figures to be more compatible with their existing Marvel Legends and other 6″ lines.
Far more important to me is that the figures are scaled properly to each other in this line. From early previews of the Wave 2 teenage Blue Beetle compared to the adult Black Adam, those fears appear to be firmly put to rest.
In the context of this wave though, I appreciated the distinction between Batman and Green Arrow’s build. Batman would need to be more muscular than GA, who typically would battle from a distance so his slighter appearance — save the arms and hands — are appreciated.
Paint: DCC is keeping the paintwork simple using a plastic in the same color as the parts to cut down on those issues.
So far it’s worked fine as the sculpts have enough detail to catch light in various ways to give the appearance of a paint wash. The figure’s neck already had a scrape in the package, but the more important mask and goatee lining were sharp.
Looking at images from the comic, I’m not sure if the outer portion of the costume shouldn’t have been a darker shade of green and the inner garment a shade lighter, but that’s more a matter of preference than an actual issue.
Articulation: The Icons line packs more articulation than the standard DCC figure, allowing for some dynamic posing possibilities. Spoiler: the DC Icons Green Arrow figure can actually be realistically posed to shoot arrows.
The figure has:
- ball jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- knees (double-jointed)
GA’s lack of the thigh swivel isn’t as noticeable as Batman as I was able to do most of the typical archer poses.
Most importantly, like Batman, DCC used a flexible enough material for the hood and skirt that the articulation isn’t restricted nearly as much as you’d imagine. Naturally some sacrifices have to be made with the skirt section, but I didn’t have any problem getting him into a seated position.
Accessories: Naturally GA comes with a bow and a few arrows. The setup is interesting though as there’s a pair of connected arrows and two solo arrows. That’s an unusual display option, but allows for some neat variety since the comic archers aren’t strangers to shooting multiple arrows at a time. This isn’t the more Silver Age era GA so the lack of trick arrows is in keeping with the more grounded take on the character.
The bow is unlike most we see in figure lines as it’s connected with string allowing for a working notching and releasing of the arrows. Just don’t shoot your eye out kid. While fiddling in setting up the photos, it dawned on me the bow fits snugly in the hand and stays in securely an unfortunate rarity these days with accessories.
Additionally, GA has another pair of hands that swap in and out easily enough. I like that more companies are adding multiple hands as it adds to greater display variety.
Worth it? At around $25, these are slightly higher than the retail Marvel Legends. I’d like the price to be a couple dollars cheaper, but I don’t feel like I’m getting cheated with what’s being offered even with the lack of a Build a Figure piece.
This isn’t the signature Green Arrow outfit, but is a worthwhile choice considering its significance in the GA mythos. I’m still pulling for the classic outfit down the road though, but for now the DC Icons Green Arrow figure is a terrific version of DC’s preeminent archer.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Where to get it? Check your local comic book store to grab them in person like I did at my area store Third Eye Comics. Or you can grab him at Amazon.com
I didn’t pick him up, but you can get the Earth 2 Mr. Miracle for under $20 now: DC Collectibles DC Comics Icons: Mister Miracle Earth 2 Action Figure
Want more Green Arrow? Check out the Arrow TV Reviews and Episode Guide.