The GeeksverseREVIEW | Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke (DC Collectibles)

REVIEW | Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke (DC Collectibles)
Published on Monday, March 10, 2014 by
Guest reviewer Jamie Owen shares his thoughts on DC Collectibles’ Deathstroke action figure, based on the character’s appearance in Warner Bros. Games Montréal’s Batman: Arkham Origins game. Take it away, Jamie!
  • deathstrokerev05Figure name: Deathstroke
  • Line: Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Manufacturer: DC Collectibles
  • MSRP: $24.95
  • Manufacturer’s product description: This Deathstroke action figure is inspired by the designs from the Batman: Arkham Origins video game. One of Gotham’s dangerous supervillains, his appearance is based from the early days before the events of the critically acclaimed video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Measures approximately 6.75 inches tall.

Deathstroke has been around in the comic book world for over 30 years, mainly as a foe of the Teen Titans. Over the past several years, the character has become a major player in the DC Universe thanks to his ongoing New 52 comic series, media tie-ins to the TV show Arrow, and video games like Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Origins. Fighting Deathstoke proved to be the most difficult part of Origins for me. After 150 (or close to it) attempts I was able to defeat him, and I knew at that moment that I had to own this figure to commemorate all of those lost hours spent playing my Xbox.

Packaging

deathstrokerev08Deathstroke comes in a clamshell-style package. The top is very wide and features a large Batman logo; it slims down drastically to fit right around the figure. The backer has a nice shot of a snowy Gotham City and folds open to show off other Batman: Arkham Asylum-franchise related products from DC Collectibles. If you are a “mint-on-card” collector then this should suit you just fine, as it showcases the figure and all the accessories very well. If you’re an “opener” like me then you know how big a pain clamshell packages can be, since there is no way to remove the figure with destroying the package.

Design and Articulation

deathstrokerev06DC Collectibles really put some work into recreating the design of the video game character into plastic form, every scratch and ding that can be seen in the game is present on the figure.

The sculpt is bulky but has a real world feel to it, almost like something that could have been used in one of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. The armor is amazingly detailed and conveys a look of real metal; it’s covered in pouches, bullets, and a few grenades. Underneath that armor is what appears to be just a basic jumpsuit that looks great and textured like everything else on the figure. There is also a very nicely done scabbard and gun holster for the accessories.

This design allows for some well-hidden (and unexpected) articulation that includes:

  • Ball-jointed head (not a great range of movement but it gets the job done)
  • deathstrokerev04Ball-jointed shoulders
  • Swivel Biceps
  • Pin elbows
  • Ball/Pin wrists
  • Ab crunch (mine will not budge, but at least it’s there)
  • Swivel waist
  • Ball-jointed hips
  • Thigh swivels
  • Double pin knees
  • Ball/Pin ankles (this allows the figure to be posed in some deep stances)
Paint

deathstrokerev03The paint applications are all very clean with no slop at all. The armor has a faded metallic sheen coloring, and every scratch has been done in a visually striking silver. The black jumpsuit under the armor has been given a nice gray wash to really help showcase the sculpted texture. The one visible eye has been painted in a bright green that contrasts really well with the rest of the faded and worn colors that cover the figure.

Accessories

deathstrokerev02Deathstroke only includes three accessories but they are all character-appropriate and very well done. First is his signature staff. It has been cast in a sturdy plastic that doesn’t seem like it will droop or warp at all over time. Next is an awesome sword that fits in the previously-mentioned scabbard. The blade has been cast in the same sturdy plastic as the staff but the handle is made of a softer plastic which is not ideal, but I’m willing to look past that issue because it seems reasonably durable. The final accessory is a nicely sculpted gun that fits in the holster on the figure’s right leg. All of these accessories are well painted in grays and blacks that match up with the gritty design of the character.

Final thoughts

deathstrokerev01Deathstroke turned out to be great and has made me want to buy the rest of the Batman: Arkham Origins line. From the sculpt to the articulation, everything about this figure makes me feel like I got my money’s worth, which is no longer a common feeling in this hobby. Later this year, DC Collectibles will be releasing this same figure with an unmasked head sculpt in 3-pack with Copperhead and the Red Hood, so if you only want one Deathstroke in your collection and prefer to see his ugly mug, you might want to hold off on purchasing this one. Otherwise go out to your local comic shop or specialty retailer and pick this guy up ASAP, you won’t be let down.

Liked this review? Check out Jamie Owen’s action figure photography and more on Instagram.
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