Mattel’s Speed Strike Flash and DC Collectibles Injustice Flash Double Review and Pics!
Hello again Speed Readers,
So for Valentine’s Day my lightning rod got me a few awesome Flash-related gifts. I showed you the fantastic Lego Flash set last week and today I’m going to show you Mattel’s latest 3.5 - 4 inch action figure endeavor, Speed Strike Flash. Since I wanted to be able to show off the complete array of 3.5 - 4 inch Flash offerings I finally decided to pick up the Injustice Flash that I had been holding off on. The set was on sale on Amazon for a ridiculously low price and I had to jump on it. Unfortunately my low expectations may very well have been confirmed. But we will get into that later in the review.
First we are going to take a look at Speed Strike Flash. Mattel is known for designing it’s action figure properties to be able to reuse as many parts as possible. Now in the case of Mattel’s now defunct 6 inch line, DC Universe Classics and their previous 3.5 - 4 inch effort, DC Infinite Heroes, the heavy reuse was frequently accompanied with a couple figures in waves featuring new or additional tooling. Which basically means that they are able to add more unique props and accessories like specialized belts, capes, or other additional weapons. As the DC Universe Classics line continued to age, fans would notice a dramatic reduction in original tooling or additional accessories until they almost ceased to exist completely. Now with Mattel’s new 6 inch line Total Heroes and this 4 inch Batman line they have created another standardized look but even more simplistic sculpts to save on costs I imagine.
Despite the standardized parts Flash obviously features an original head sculpt with decently painted wings, and kind of a helmet/armored thing going with his mask/cowl reminiscent of the New 52 look, right down to the sculpted seams, which unfortunately are hard to see in the photos. The eyes are painted white like Wally’s old costume from the nineties and the paint apps could be a little cleaner here. The same goes with the lightning on his wrists; There are parts where the paint was not evenly applied or somehow rubbed off in the packaging process and you can clearly see a few blotches of red. The Flash logo on his chest is also painted on but fortunately there are no issues with it. Flash’s belt as you can see is a rather large additional non-removable piece added to the sculpt and I have to say it definitely takes some getting used to. It for sure cuts down on the sleeker aspects of Flash’s uniform.
Speed Strike Flash’s hands are sculpted rather largely so that he can hold the accessories that he comes with; a set of Speed Force energy skates that convert into Speed Force energy battle lances. I have to say it is nice to see accessories again. Even though they are a little nonsensical and these figures are obviously made more for children I definitely don’t hate them. In fact this and the Total Heroes Flash are definitely growing on me the more I mess around with them.
Speed Strike Flash is a little bit taller than Mattel’s previous Infinite Heroes line and honestly doesn’t really fit in that well with them as you can see in the comparison photos. While the Infinite Heroes line definitely had it’s flaws it took a huge amount of it’s influence and designs from the actual comics whereas, as I mentioned before, Speed Strike Flash looks to be marketed towards kids and features an edgy, cartoonish look to represent that.
Speed Strike Flash retails for $8.99 and can be found at most popular toy retailers/e-tailers. My lightning rod picked it up from Target but Amazon definitely has it in stock as well. I would say overall I think the price is decent, especially since they actually included accessories and the belt is a separate piece. Definitely ups the value of the figure in my eyes.
DC Collectibles (formerly DC Direct) recently dipped their toe into the 3.5 inch action figure business with their Injustice line of action figures. These figures are based on the designs from the immensely popular and immensely fun, Injustice: Gods Among Us fighting video game released last year. The designs weren’t as well received as the game but in my opinion The Flash got off relatively easy. The design for him is pretty solid in my opinion. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the figure.
Within minutes of opening Injustice Flash his right hand/forearm fell off. Then earlier today when posing the left arm it too fell off. This is not acceptable! I have to give DC Collectibles some credit. For the most part they have tightened up their game when it comes to quality control. Yes I understand, things slip through and problems arise with products from time to time. But what really bugs me is that there really is nothing I can do about it short of trying my hand at another set (which I’m not about to do) or sticking my Injustice Flash on the shelf with two unposeable glued on hands/forearms.
Now that we have gotten past that unpleasantness as I mentioned before I do dig the design overall but even discounting it’s fragility the figure just isn’t that great. Somehow the details of the figure seem…washed out. Like the miniaturization process somehow affected the finer details of the figure. What detail does come through however is pretty slick as they captured the look of the video game well enough. Well except when it comes to the head sculpt and the wings. This and the paint applications are areas where this figure really suffers. The head sculpt features white pupil-less eyes that just look creepy and the washed-out details of the sculpt are more evident here than anywhere else on the figure. The wings are also lazily sculpted straight up instead of taking the time to really get the details correct and making them angular and sleek.
Injustice Flash came in a two-pack with Raven and normally retails for about $35. I got my set for $20 and I still feel like I paid too much. Even more so because of the aforementioned breaks but I guess I only ended up paying 10 dollars for each figure so I guess it isn’t that bad.
I also have to mention that despite the many 3.5 - 4 inch scale figures that I own I really have no love for the scale. I grew up on Toybiz’s Spider-Man and X-Men 5 inch action figures. The only 3.5 figures that were around then that I ever had the chance to grab were G.I. Joe’s and Star Wars. I just didn’t care enough about either property and the figures didn’t fit in well with my Marvel Universe figures. So yeah 6 to 7 inch figures are definitely what I prefer. .
In the additional pictures I’ve posted some comparison pics with the many Barry Allen 3.5 inch figures, a pic of all the 3.5 inch Flashes together, another picture of the Flash Rogues and villains and then a combined group picture of all the 3.5 - 4 inch figures.
Thanks for reading,