No matter the distributor, every DC figure line’s success is measured by their take on Batman and Superman. DC Collectibles isn’t taking the patient approach and released its DC Essentials Superman in the line’s second wave.
By a number of variables, this could be one of DC Collectibles’ best takes on Superman yet. Let’s see if this figure really is essential to add to the collection.
Packaging: It’s the standard white package with accent color setup. This is a smart contrast from Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line with its black/accent color scheme. Still, I’d love DCC to take a little more interest in writing up unique bios for the figures.
Likeness: It’s not always easy to articulate what a Superman figure has to look like to properly channel the comic book look. You know it when you see it.
From my eye test, the DC Essentials Superman is a pretty iconic Superman. The DC Icons version was close, but his head sculpt always seemed a bit pinched and a little off.
This figure is based on Superman’s current Rebirth appearance. Over the years all the traces of the original Rebirth look have been stripped away save the pointed sleeves. By all other important measures this is the classic Superman. The headsculpt looks heroic, determined and approachable. He’s got one Fist and open, flying forward hand.
My belt was weirdly applied so some of the red on the tights peeks out at certain angles from the top. It’s a little weird.
Scale: Maybe the most controversial aspect of the line is the heavy body re-use. That’s not such a big deal when you compare Batman to Flash, but ideally Superman would be taller and broader than his buddies.
DC Collectibles is trying to keep costs low with the line and re-use is a big part of that, however I hope it’s not too long before they establish three base bodies. It’s not like this has to be the only Superman figure.
Paint: DCC didn’t play any games with the paint scheme. This is the classic bright blue most commonly associated with Big Blue. The red is vibrant and the yellow is nice and bright. Oddly DCC missed the red belt loops. That was consistent throughout in the proto pics right to the final execution.
There’s a little bit of black overspray from the hairline, but that’s about it in terms of paint issues.
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Articulation: The DC Essentials line boasts some of the best articulation we’ve seen from DC Collectibles. Superman can achieve a perfect flying pose, which I haven’t been able to truly accomplish with any previous Superman figure. The fist and flying hand are very helpful with pose variety as well.
Like Batman and The Flash, the ankle joint requires finding the exact sweet spot. While this helps with posing it does tend to lend to some frustrating random falling moments.
DC Essentials Superman has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: This is the other controversial category as Superman gets a fat goose egg here. You could argue Superman doesn’t need anything, but then I’d direct you to the DC Icons Superman, which had an alternate set of hands and a Kelex droid. Man, that DC Essentials Superman package is looking pretty sparse right about now, huh?
Worth it? At $26, these figures aren’t cheap and the lack of accessories really hurts. This line doesn’t offer the best value so paying for more than one at a time might lead to some serious sticker shock.
Rating: 9 out of 10
The DC Essentials Superman shows DCC needs to quickly invest in a larger base body for more powerhouse characters. Beyond that, this is a pretty good Superman figure that would benefit from some more accessories.