DC Universe Flashpoint Action League Review: Cyborg & Element Woman

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I think I figured out the entire reason for Flashpoint to have happened, and it wasn’t to allow the New 52 to exist. It was just to change Cyborg’s costume.Cyborg and Element Woman team up to save the world from the Amazons and Atlanteans!

In a world without the Justice League, a new hero rises up to stand for truth, justice and the American way – Cyborg! It certainly is an odd choice, but no weirder than Iron Man being so prominent in Marvel. Plus if anyone in DC Universe needed a redesign, Cyborg was near the top of the list.

Gone is the classic look of skin tight metal and a tiara, Cyborg looks like a cross between Mega Man and Kano from Mortal Kombat and it works. Large and bulky, the figure makes great use of huge shoulder pads that really gives him the heft he needs. It’s a design that really evokes his Teen Titans animated look.

The armor works well thanks to multiple overlapping pieces, but it doesn’t fall into the trap of being overly complicated. The blaster around his right hand looks great, while the circles covering the figure give him a feeling of unity. The head looks amazing (and thankfully isn’t just a rehash of John Stewart). With the left side of his head being metal, the right side has to work hard to look human and it absolutely does. Cyborg moves at the big four, but his neck and shoulders are all limited by his shoulder pads.

Sadly, the paint on Cyborg isn’t up to par. The color choices are perfect, but there are multiple areas where it is sloppily applied. But the worst offense is on his back where it looks like the figure was put into packaging before the paint had fully dried.

Element Woman is a character who so far has only appeared in Flashpoint and seems to exist solely to be one of those gender-swapping characters for trademarks. She’s basically Metamorpho/Rex Mason/ Element Man (it’s complicated), but a girl. She has not back story, she has no history other than maybe being crazy. She’s just a multicolored monstrosity.

Like the Action League Metamorpho figure, Element Woman is divided up into multiple sections that are all sculpted differently. Her right leg is sculpted like wood, while her left resembles clay. Her right arm is orange and rocky like the Thing, while her left is fluid and lavender. Visually, it’s an interesting look.

Her actual costume is a white corset with black and maroon detailing. Her underwear matches it, but the rest of the design is odd. She’s wearing sleeves, but they aren’t attached to anything. She also has a collar on. Did she escape from somewhere?

Element Woman’s face is calm and collected. It’s the same gray-blue as her leg, but the black eyes and yellow pupils give her an otherworldly look. Her flowing hair is maroon and looks animated. Articulation is minimal with her barely being able to move at the shoulders and neck. For some reason, she also comes with a clear stand which she doesn’t need (though Project Superman does).

The paint looks fine from a distance. Here individual sections are well painted and the costume is well detailed. The only real issue is her face, which on closer inspection seems to be covered in tiny flecks of other colors.

Now this is a pack that works for me. Cyborg is a great toy and the fact that his Flashpoint look is pretty close to how he has appeared in multiple versions over the years makes him an auto-include in the Action League line. Element Woman is a weird figure, but knowing Geoff Johns, I wouldn’t be surprised if she soon shows up in the New 52. If you want the latest version of the Justice League, then pick this pack up!

DC Universe Action League

Wave 1
Superman & Bizzaro | Hal Jordan & White Lantern Sinestro
Firestorm & Deathstorm | The Flash & Captain Boomerang

Wave 2
Green Arrow & Prometheus | Batman & the Joker
John Stewart & Atrocitus | Tomar Re & Low

Wave 3
Superman & Wonder Woman | Batman & Deathstroke
Split Hal Jordan & Saint Walker | Killowag & Zilius Zox

Wave 4
Batman & Bronze Tiger | Professor Zoom & the Flash
Martian Manhunter & Deadman | Yellow Lantern Sinestro & Akrillo

Flashpoint Universe Action League
The Flash &  Citizen Cold | Project: Superman & The Batman
Wonder Woman & Aquaman | Cyborg & Element Woman

Written by jestergoblin

March 1st, 2012 at 12:00 am

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