"I'm gonna go back in time and kill your mom!"
While from our mouths, this sentence would simply be an empty threat rattled off to an opponent after a defeat in Battlefield 3-- when said by Eobard Thawne, it's just a fact. The Reverse Flash (a.k.a. Professor Zoom, a.k.a. Zoom) is a time-traveling, speed force-warping, momma-killin' expert and is one of the seven figures in Mattel's final wave of DC Universe Classics. That's right, Wave 20 sees the line end at retail and be reborn (with mixed feelings by the collecting community) as DC All-Stars. This is due in large part to DC Comics wanting the New 52 looks of their main characters to start making their way onto shelves, and what better way to kick off a fond farewell to our beloved DCUC than by the in-continuity cause of the New 52, so read on for a full review of the Reverse Flash!
Born in the 25th century, Eobard Thawne was a fan of the Flash and wanted more than anything to be like the object of his obsession. He went so far as to transform his own face into Barry Allen's likeness and recreated the bath of supercharged fluids, giving Thawne the same powers. Thawne traveled back in time to meet Barry, but the travel made him mentally unstable and he became a supervillain bent on the destruction of his former idol.
Unlike the character in the comics, Reverse Flash Zoom utilizes a different male buck than Barry Allen and only re-uses the boots of the previous DCUC Flash figure. For the rest, he utilizes the slender male buck, and this gives him a leaner appearance than the Scarlet Speedster. The newly sculpted head perfectly captures the deep-sunken eyes and scowl of the psychotic Thawne, making him instantly one of our favorite figures in the wave. He also features an open left hand in order to hold his accessory. Overall, the sculpt is simple but portrays the character to a tee.
The paintwork is minimal on Reverse Flash thanks to being molded in the appropriate shade of yellow. well, "appropriate" is a little too kind as he is not only extremely bright, but also suffers from some difference in shade between the various parts of his body. A lot of this is due to the yellow-colored plastic contrasting with the softer pieces which have been painted, but with his entire body one uniform color, any variation is far more noticeable than it is with other figures. Still, it doesn't show up in photographs quite as much so maybe it's simply a case of personal judgement. As for the rest of the figure, the face has been cleanly done and we dig the red eyes. The tampographs used to detail the lightning motif of his uniform has also been done cleanly and the red paint is very consistent. The red also helps to break up the, previously mentioned, yellow variations.
Articulation for Zoom is the same as we've grown accustomed to in the DCUC line. As you probably know, that includes 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. All of the joints on our figure were tight and held their positions well-- even the crazy running one seen above. Nothing more to talk about really on this front. we love the articulation model and "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"!
In the accessory department, Thawne comes packaged with his "baton" and a piece of the Nekron Collect & Connect figure-- a big-ass leg to be exact. The baton, a lightning-themed wand Zoom insisted on carrying around in the comics for the last couple of years (before Flashpoint Batman stabbed him) is made of a solid piece of rigid gray plastic with two lightning bolt symbols on each end. They have been painted with a metallic gold. It has a raised area in the middle to better fit Reverse Flash's hand, but on our figure still slips out of his grasp rather easily so we chucked that sucker into our Accessories Bin where it will stay until the world is overrun by the undead and we have to melt it all down to create plastic bullets for our zombie-killin' weapons! Speaking of zombies, the Collect & Connect piece will be covered in far more detail during our upcoming Nekron review. We were pleasantly surprised to find that he has dual-hinged knees, though.
While the Reverse Flash has his faults, we love that crazy s.o.b. and he does look really, really good on our DCUC shelf. For more on Zoom and the rest of DCUC wave 20, keep an eye out as we'll be covering all of the figures over the next few days. For the future of DC Universe Classics, and the upcoming DC All-Stars, be sure to visit the Matty Collector website!
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