By Hervé St.Louis
October 17, 2004 - 10:21
This figure is not like on George Perez's designs although changes are minor. There are no scales on Deathstroke's thighs, and some of the straps on his costume positions vary. The figure has a knife attached on the left leg, unlike other versions by Perez and Mike Zeck. Speaking of Zeck, the figure isn't as puffy the artist's designs. As drawn recently in several places, the buccaneer's boots' flap is longer.
The sculpt is great. Deathstroke looks like he's about to go on a shooting spree in a calculated way. Although endowed with a simple pose, one can put Deathstroke in a variety of action poses. The figure's head and torso lean too much forward though. DC Direct has glued much of the gear that Deathstroke wears on the base of the figure. It works well. Deathstroke's forearms are too short and stocky.
Deathstroke is remarkably shorter than the comic book version. That's all right. As an older man from a previous generation, it makes sense. Just because he's a big shot character, he doesn't have to stand tall above every other. Although in promotional images from DCDirect, He seemed shorter than the Contemporary Robin, he's taller. He'll fit well with all Cyborg, Starfire, the Yellow Kid Flash and Raven.
This figure is very stable. His soles are flat and even have a nifty sculpt. He doesn't really need the action figure stand as his weight is well balanced. However, his knees are thin and already loose. It might be a problem in the summer. As the figure leans forward very much, over time, he risks falling face front, unless he's restrained by the action figure stand.
DC Direct succeeded in cutting some of the cost of this set of figures by using cheaper plastic. It's rubbery and will make the figure lose stability in warm weather. This is one of the major defects of this action figures and others from the same wave. These figures will not stand the test of time very much. They will break easily, fall and be deformed after but a few years.
Deathstroke comes with a riffle and removable swords that fits on his back. The riffle doesn't seem like one of his classic weapons. There's a knife attached on Deathstroke left leg that can't be removed. A removable one would have been cool. Of note, Deathstroke's weapon of choice, his power staff is not included in the set. A repaint of the Contemporary Robin action figure would have worked.
Deathstroke The Terminator costs less than previous DC Direct action figures since DC Direct has improved on the packaging and reduced waste. The vendor even reused the same cards for each action figure and added but a sticker to name the figure. This is a smart move by DC Direct and very appreciated by this fan. Deathstroke cost at least three to four dollars less than older DC Direct action figures.
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