I’m one of the few that feels Justice League got a bad rap. Is it perfect? No, but it’s also a step toward making DC films more appealing to audiences reared on Marvel Studios films. Of all the supporting characters announced I was most looking forward to seeing Mera. Dan Abnett has made her a vital cog in his Aquaman DC Rebirth series and she was overdue for a larger media spotlight.
As part of the DC Multiverse Justice League line, we managed to get a Mera figure from her brief appearance in the film. Since the previous attempts by DC Direct/DC Collectibles were woefully out of scale, I figured I’d give this one a shot. Let’s see if she can swim with the big dogs.
Packaging: I’ve never been a fan of this Multiverse packaging. It fails to make much use of the space and is just way too busy with all the various languages crammed on to it.
At least the bio sums up Mera’s power and personality. I understand in this case why it’s so vague since she’s in Justice League for all of five minutes.
Likeness: If you’re looking for an Amber Heard likeness you’ll need to look elsewhere. Heard is a special kind of gorgeous so getting her likeness down on a 6-inch scale is asking too much. If you’re like me and just wanted a basic Mera or Atlantean warrior in general, this likeness is fine.
I think one big problem comes from a paint issue, which I’ll address later. Another is the expression, which makes her look overly serious. The picture of Heard with a slightly opened mouth might have helped to give the figure a bit more life.
Like Aquaman, Mera’s costume is overly designed and busy. But give Mattel credit for not cheapening out on capturing this movie look. Mattel did a fantastic job with the plating and patterns of this armor with dedicated sculpting for every piece. That’s pretty impressive.
I don’t like the engineering of the hips as they spread out too far in scale with the torso and further make her arms look too small. Mattel has always made the female figures look too fragile as if one good punch would break them.
Scale: Mera isn’t small, clocking in at an appropriately smaller size to a new DC Rebirth figure. She will stand a bit taller than the typical DC Classics female.
Paint: Maybe it doesn’t look like it at first glance, but this is an incredibly complex paint job. There’s a ton of gold on top of the green paint job. I think the green might be a tad too dull or the gold is overwhelming it, but the paint job is really well done for this scale.
The one hiccup is the eyes. They’re painted slightly looking up and combined with Mera’s stoic expression gives her this look like she’s fighting sleep.
I also wish Mattel could have given Mera’s hair a better wash in the front portion of her hair. The shade of brown really needed a red wash to bring out the detail and to convey hair better.
Articulation: You’re not going to be able to do much in terms of effective swimming poses, but Mera has more articulation than I was expecting. The arms are slightly restricted thanks to the shoulder points, but Mera has better articulation than the average DC Multiverse figure — male or female.
- ball-jointed shoulders
Accessories: Mera is a winner on this front as well. She’s got a basic spear. It’s not the usual Aquaman trident, but it makes for a decent long-range weapon.
To simulate her powers, Mera has two separate water manipulation hands. These pop in and out with no trouble. The water spray looks great with some shading and transparent areas.
Worth it? You can grab Mera for a range of prices depending on when you hit up Amazon. I grabbed her for just over $10 and definitely think she’s worth that or anywhere in the $10 to $15 range. The lack of a Collect and Connect piece is the main reason I’d hold her back from being a great $20 value.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This figures really impressed me. Double-jointed elbows and knees are the main missing articulation points, but otherwise this is an improvement over the typical base body. Add in a fantastic costume sculpt and you’ve got a very well done movie figure.
Where to get it? Mera is an Amazon.com exclusive, so you won’t have to worry about missing out on her.