Welcome back to MTV Geek’s reviews of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics Wave 16. Today we’re going to be taking a look at none other than Gotham’s own criminal mastermind – The Riddler! Strangely enough, this is actually the 2nd Riddler figure to appear in the DCUC line. The first version came to us as part of the impossibly hard to find Wal-Mart exclusive Wave 5 and had Nygma sporting the familiar hat and suit combination he currently wears in the comics.
Edward Nigma had been a cheat all his life, especially when it came to the solving of puzzles. He turned this into a career by running a crooked carnival puzzle game. But E. Nigma, yearning for greater glory, decided to use his love of riddles to match wits with the Gotham City Police and Batman, sending them fiendishly complex clues to his forthcoming crimes as… The Riddler!
The sculpt on The Riddler is 100% new. Nah, just kidding! He’s about 95% re-use with only his head being a newly tooled piece. The face is fantastic though and features a very character-accurate smirk. This design is actually really close to the Wave 5 figure, but this time there’s no bowler hat to mask that high forehead and Nic Cage-ish receding hairline. The rest of the body is made up of the medium male buck (most commonly seen on a million Hal Jordan figures) with the addition of gloved forearms. A rubber piece has also been added to the waist to represent the belt and while looking the part, causes the Riddler to gain a little extra height. While most of Edward isn’t new, that’s not to say that this body isn’t a good fit.
The Riddler is molded in the bright green color of his costume, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of paint apps. The face and head is painted with the greatest of care… or accuracy. Either way, there’s no slop on Nygma’s noggin anywhere. There are tons of question marks tampographed all over his body and we’re shocked to say that every single one turned out perfectly! This was really our biggest concern when we first saw the figure and just assumed there’s be some “fuzziness” around some of the edges. Well folks, that is not the case. Also, you’ll be glad to know that his belt buckle was also applied cleanly. Why is that such a big deal? Because his belt buckle isn’t sculpted, it’s only PAINTED on! Weird, right?! Our only problem spot is at the base of his neck where it meets his uniform. From the seam to his throat, the skin wasn’t painted on thick enough and a lot of green tint has come shining through. We’re just calling it a mysterious STD he picked up on Gotham’s back streets. The real riddle is if he’ll need a penicillin shot or something stronger.
In the articulation department, there’s no mystery to the Riddler. While most of Wave 16’s offerings feature various additions in the movement department, Edward here comes to us on the standard DCUC male buck. He has a ball-joint neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged torso, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, hinged knees, and hinged ankles. There was no trouble to be had out of his joints and even his head manages a good range of motion… so that’s pretty much the gist of it on that subject. Quality Control shined down from the heavens on this one, people!
The Riddler comes packaged with his stylin’ cane (which he probably needs after having Batman’s foot removed from his ass on a regular basis – metaphorically speaking… probably) and the left arm of Wave 16’s Collect & Connect Figure, Bane. The cane is the same one that came packaged with the Wave 5 Riddler, and is a perfect accessory for this guy. As for Bane’s arm… well, we’ve covered that muscle-y extremity in his own review.
While The Riddler isn’t the most original figure in the DC Universe Classics line, he’s still a solid entry. Being a major Bat-villain only adds to his necessity, along with the fact that you’ll need him if attempting to complete the Bane C&C. This figure harkens back to Kenner’s re-releases of the DC Super Powers figures, so his nostalgia factor alone places this criminal-turned-private dick on the front of our display shelf!
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