By Hervé St-Louis
December 4, 2003 - 11:20
The most striking feature of this figure is its large forehead. This is a trait that's been seen in the Silver Age Flash and the modern one. This figure's costume has the same design used by the current Flash. Although the uniform's red is darker, it has some shiny stuff used in the version without the eye openings.
I dare anyone to prove to me that this is not the same sculpt used for the Silver Age Flash and the Crime Syndicate's Johnny Quick. Bruckner simply added some toning to the muscles and spaced the legs. The thighs are longer, making the figure taller. The shoulder cage and the feets are the same. However, the figure looks unique and more dynamic than either Johnny Quick or the Barry Allen Flash.
This figure is stable and no problems should occur. Unlike the JLA Aquaman, it is not top heavy, having smaller shoulders and a thinner chest. His knees are much stronger than the Silver Age Flash. That should help. If any problems occur, use the action figure stand that came with the figure.
The JLA Flash has the same type of plastics that all the new DCDirect figure sport, although it's hard to tell with the paint finish on. Needless to say, he is lighter than the Modern Superman or Aquaman. That plastic does not stink, but it bends easily in warm areas. Figures, even those on action stands fall constantly because of this plastic.
The packaging is much better. DCDirect is finally adding comic book art to the card stock. However, there are no more bios on the card's back. They should have either highlighted the image of the figure on the card, made it bigger or put it in the centre of the card. The information on the back stock is much clearer than in the past and more professional.
This figure is over priced, like all DCDirect action figures. This seriously limits the reach of such beautiful and quality figures. One would think that DCDirect would have lowered the price of the figures for the JLA release. It is a popular team and surely many could have tried to start their collection with these. DCDirect favours letting individual stores set the prices for the figures that is not good for the end consumer.
This figure should be available in all comic stores and specialty shops. The Silver Age Flash is very rare so although not the same character, if history repeats itself, this Flash should disappear fast enough. It is a very good base for custom action figure designers so that may also increase sales. While the first Wally West DCDirect figure, the Yellow Kid Flash is a peg warmer, this one is a winner.
Update February 6 2005:
This figure has sold out from Diamond Comics, the exclusive distributor of this action figure.
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