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First Look – DC Universe Classics Deadman

Faithful Fwoosh Staffer DisThunder got his greasy mitts on the brand-spankin’ new DCUC Deadman figure! Join me in hating him with jealousy but loving him for sharing some fun pictures and a nice review. Take it, DisT!

I know, I know…everybody is just soo sick of series 11, it’s like “where’s 12 already!!”, but I figured the three or four of you who haven’t seen any yet might appreciate a better look at one of the most unique figures in this series, if not the entire line: Deadman!

Deadman Carded
Deadman Carded

Let’s start with the bio:

Once a leading high-wire artist for a traveling circus, BOSTON BRAND was felled mid-performance by an assassin’s bullet. Impressed by Brands many acts of kindness during his life, the Goddess of Balance, RAMA KUSHNA, allowed him to return to Earth as a spirit to find his own killer. After avenging his death, Rama Kushna assigned DEADMAN the task of welcoming new souls to the afterlife. From time to time, Deadman has lent his assistance to living heroes in situations of inter-dimensional crisis.

Deadman apparently just dismembered Kilowog!
Deadman apparently just dismembered Kilowog!

Well, let’s get one thing out of the way: this sure as hell ain’t Black Manta with a collar. Deadman is a comlpetely new sculpt, from head to elf-shoe. He is much skinnier and more skeletal than I was expecting, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. I suspected at SDCC that Deadman might use a “faked” open collar; i.e. the collar and the bare chest actually being a separate piece layed over the buck body’s chest, but that is not the case. Brand’s chest is sculpted with the chest-striations and all, and the collar merely plugs into the chest to create the appropriate change in texture. Very impressive, but that does mean there’s some new parts in store for the next character to take advantage of this new “buck.”

DeadmanDeadman-Back

His build is a textbook example of how difficult it is to assess a figure’s relative scale when he’s in a display case. Again, I thought he looked a little tall and lanky at SDCC, but in reality, he’s barely taller than Barry, just much skinnier. Proportion-wise,from elbow to wrist, from knee to ankle, he’s roughly the same size. The sculpt does all the heavy lifting here- it’s just his skinny build that makes him appear so much more lanky. The head sculpt truly captures his ghoulish nature; the deep set eyes and open mouth pair up with some very expressive hands to make some great zombie-esque posing.

Deadman and Flash
Deadman and Flash
Deadman and Flashes
Deadman and Flashes

Articulation and overall quality do not disappoint, he’s just as sturdy as the last couple waves, but sadly his neck does seem to have some of the restriction that series 9 and some of 10 have had. A concern, sure, but if the rest of the figures continue to have this high level of quality, I’m willing to overlook it for this wave. He comes packaged with Killowog’s right arm, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that he’s shaping up to be my favorite C & C yet.

A-haunting we will go, a-haunting we will go...
A-haunting we will go, a-haunting we will go...
Oops, 'busted!
Oops, 'busted!

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6 thoughts on “First Look – DC Universe Classics Deadman

  1. That’s a great review, Dis. Especially nice to know that proportion info prior to him hitting from a customizing standpoint. That last picture killed me!

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