McFarlane Toys Movie, TV and Video Game Action Figure Review

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of the biggest assets McFarlane Toys has with its DC Multiverse figures is the variety of characters and properties they represent. More than that, they draw on all kinds of entertainment media, from comics to video games to movies to TV shows. There seems to be almost no bottom to the well they go to for inspiration, and this week we have some great new figures from multiple different sources. Read on to see what we think of their latest video game, TV, and movie offerings.

arkham knight

I just realized something: McFarlane has done a lot of Jason Todd figures. We’ve covered something like four or five at least up to this point, and now we can bookmark another Jason figure with Arkham Knight here.

Oh. Spoilers for a video game from seven years ago. Jason Todd is the Arkham Knight.

And Arkham Knight is a pretty sweet action figure to boot. Both the sculpting and paint work are incredibly accurate, capturing the look of the video game antagonist. Despite having a largely dark gray color scheme, the different pieces of his outfit appear to be different materials. His arm and chest armor looks smooth and solid, while his pants have pleats, as one would expect from the cloth. It’s unsurprising work coming from McFarlane, but it’s good to see nonetheless.

For a fairly bulky figure, Arkham Knight is well balanced and stands up pretty well on his own, though the thicker arms and legs mean his range of motion is a bit limited. He can’t be placed in as many different poses as other figures, but considering Arkham Knight is all about intimidation and vibes, it makes sense.

It comes with three accessories: two smoke grenades and a grappling gun. All three fit pretty well in each hand, though the thin tab on the grenades feels pretty flimsy, so I had to be careful not to warp or even break them. Still, they’re solid accessories for an incredibly solid action figure.

Available on Entertainment Earth.

Bat girl (gotham knights)

Keeping with the video game theme, we have the first of two figures from the Gotham Knights game coming out later this year. I’ve already reviewed Red Hood and Nightwing, so the first in this batch is Barbara Gordon herself, that Dominoed Daredoll Batgirl.

Of the four figures in the line, Batgirl has the costume that most closely resembles one of her comic book looks, and I really appreciate that. There are some additional shields and pipes here and there, but she doesn’t seem too busy or extreme. Instead, she looks like a faithful update to her Burnside costume of hers.

The sculpting is really good, and I love the way the purple and yellow colors pop against the black accents on her legs and arms. Her hair in particular looks fantastic, full of volume and a bit messy with a few stray strands here and there. It has that weird “sideways eye” look, which is becoming almost standard operating procedure with most McFarlane figures, but if it bothers you too much and you’re good with a brush, it should be a pretty easy fix.

While the figure looks great and is quite posable, it is very skinny and doesn’t have much of a center of gravity. That, along with its small feet, makes it quite difficult to get it to stand up on its own, so using the included base is almost a must. To be fair, both Nightwing and the next figure in this review have the same issue, so it’s not just a Batgirl thing.

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She is equipped with a riot baton, which is cool looking but a bit too big to fit comfortably in either hand. There were times when I thought she was twisting her fingers and I had to patiently move her handle in her hand to get some of these shots. Those drawbacks take the figure away from true greatness, but she’s still really good nonetheless.

Available on Amazon and Entertainment Earth.

Robin (gotham knights)

Now we have my friend Tim Drake, with one of gotham knights‘ more drastic redesigns. While I’d say you can’t really upgrade any of his outfits from his first course (the original and the red and black outfit from “One Year Later”), I…do I really like this?

I’m also not sure what it is, because at first glance I didn’t think it would work. I love a robin suit with a tunic, but here she has been re-imagined as a kind of hoodie, with long front flaps that extend down the legs past the waist. The hood is a nice touch, but it’s interrupted by a solid red cape that almost ruins the look, because it looks like too much.

And yet… I still like it. No, I don’t want him to adopt something like this in the comics (although it looks better than any outfit he’s had in the last ten years, and that includes his current suit), however it grew on me the more I took pictures of it. The hooded robe in particular looks great on closer inspection, with its classic R symbol and a neat rendition of the yellow “stitching.” The black blocking on his arms and legs contrasts with the red and green, respectively, without looking busy or distracting, and his gauntlets appear solid without being too bulky.

Tim comes with a bo staff, as it should, and is solidly built and fits well in one or both hands. Although sculpted to be smaller than Nightwing, he is larger than Batgirl and has better balance as well. That makes it easier to get him into some great poses, but I still ended up having to use the base most of the time to make sure he stayed upright.

Even if DC doesn’t know what to do with Tim Drake, I know what to do with this Tim figure: put him in comical poses alongside my other Drake pieces.

Classic.

Available on Amazon and Entertainment Earth.

Flash (TV Series)

Even if you don’t watch the show, you have to give The flash Some credit: Over its nine seasons (the finale of which will air next year) it has delved into some truly weird and dark corners of the DC Universe, which I love and respect. Series lead Grant Gustin has also transitioned into the role over the years, achieving the bland goofiness that defines Barry Allen.

Isn’t that bland or silly? This figure, based on the look of the TV series. While my timeline is a bit fuzzy, I’m going to place the suit look somewhere in season six or seven as it looks more polished than previous seasons but lacks the gold boots he recently adopted. No matter where he’s from in the show’s period, he’s a great looking piece and on par with other Flash figures I’ve reviewed.

The suit’s red is a bit duller than the comic or cartoon based ones, which is pretty true to the show. The gold accents on his belt, around his torso, and on the tops of his boots and gloves break up the color nicely, and his logo looks particularly good against the white background. He also bears a decent resemblance to Gustin, which is impressive considering the mask covers a good portion of his head and face.

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Flash comes packaged with three lightning bolts and power accessories, which are so much fun. Yeah, the idea that he could turn speed into a lightning lightsaber was beyond dumb, but who cares? This is comic book television, and I’m here for it. Both beams fit quite nicely in his hands and can be used as melee-style weapons or speed effects when in a sprint stance. The third power crunch attachment fits around his shoulders to add a pretty neat effect as well.

Of the five figures in this review, Flash stands on his own without the need for a support base, except for the next final figure. Still, it has the advantage of possibility, so you can get great shots of Flash running without too much trouble.

Available on Amazon and Entertainment Earth.

king shark (the suicide squad)

Yes.

Yes.

me love this number so much. As much as I loved the suicide squad and all his characters, Nanaue the King Shark definitely stole the show, thanks to his funny and scary personality and Sylvester’s great vocal performance “he should have won the Oscar for his performance in CreedStallone.

This oversized figure is just as impressive and lovable as his on-screen counterpart, for obvious reasons. I mean, he’s a giant shark-man. How can you No love that?

He is quite large, a few heads taller than most of the other figures, but still shorter than Swamp Thing, and has quite a bit of weight and girth.

In other words: it is heavy.

That doesn’t limit the posability and playability factors though, as even with limited articulation, the figure packs a lot of personality. That’s mainly thanks to its articulated jaw, which allows it to open and close its mouth. He can show just the bottom row of teeth for a goofy and inviting grin, or he can open his mouth wide to reveal the top row of teeth, making Shark look rather sinister and menacing. Hilariously (and grotesquely), he comes with a severed arm and leg, perfect for bullying and nom-noms alike. There’s also a gold foil trading card on a gold base, which was pretty neat.

Nothing else that I tell you or show you should be said or shown to convince you of the greatness of this figure. Even if it’s the only one the suicide squad figure you collect, King Shark is worth having as part of your collection.

Say goodbye Nanaue!

what a champion

General: A diverse group of figures based on popular characters from different mediums, there is something here for everyone. Whether you want a beloved hero, a menacing villain, or a walking, talking shark man voiced by John Spartan himself, you can’t go wrong with any of these pieces.

Disclaimer: McFarlane Toys provided each figure for the purposes of this review.

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