We wrap up our look at DC Collectibles’ first wave of DC Comics Icons figures with a review of the Green Arrow.
Known to many through the popular CW series Arrow, DCC’s Green Arrow design is based on 1987’s three-issue comic–written and drawn by Mike Grell–titled Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters. While the design does a fantastic job of capturing the characters likeness from the Grell series, it is limited by some of the design choices. The first and most noticeable offense is that the figure’s hood is attached to the body. While the hood itself looks great, it becomes problematic when you attempt to rotate the figure’s head. The hood’s peak, which should sit at the center of the forehead lined up at the bridge of the nose, doesn’t rotate with the head resulting in a flawed alignment when attempting to make the figure look to the side. This wouldn’t be a big deal if the figure wasn’t the Green Arrow, who shoots arrows and typically stands in a position requiring the chin be tilted toward either shoulder. If you pose the figure loading the bow from the front and looking forward, it looks really good, but if you want to have the figure taking aim with the bow, you’ll wish the hood moved with the head.
The main reason the hood bums be out is because DC Collectibles did something that most toy / collectible manufacturers almost never do, they included a functioning bowstring on the bow accessory! The elastic bowstring can be pulled back, an arrow can be loaded onto the string at the nock, and the switch-out hands intended for the bow accessory can properly hold the loaded bow and arrow in place. It looks amazing!
The Green Arrow comes with four arrows, two single arrows and two arrows grouped as a pair intended to give the appearance that Arrow’s quiver, which the arrows fit into, is full. The arrows do a good job filling the quiver and the detail in the sculpt, especially on the fletching, is crisp. Arrow’s quiver is set in place by straps around the upper torso and waist that give it the illusion they’re holding the quiver in place. While this looks good, it’s the second offense that I found to be frustrating with the figure: limited articulation at the upper torso and waist because of the quiver straps. Honestly, this isn’t as big a deal as the issue I had with the hood, but had the straps been a little move forgiving or the quiver (with straps) been removable, I think the hood issue wouldn’t have been as evident because you’d be able to contort the torso in a position that made up for the “limited” head mobility. Interestingly, Arrow’s hood–made of a pliable rubbery plastic–can be slipped back over the head to reveal Oliver Queen’s flaxen-colored hair.
Despite the issue I had with the hood, I think DCC’s Green Arrow figure is a solid addition in the fledgling DC Icons line. The figure includes a wealth of articulation points and a nice sculpt with good detailing at the hooded tunic and boots. As with the other DC Icons figures, the paint applications are sharp and on the mark with no issues of overspray or slop. I particularly like the metallic paint used for the mask because it brings depth and texture to the character’s face, which could otherwise be overpowered by the hood’s shadow. While I would have liked to pose Arrow looking to the side, shooting an arrow off his bow, the compromise to pose the figure loading the bow facing forward is an acceptable one because the overall quality of the figure is pretty darn good. I’m really enjoying what DC Collectibles has done with the first wave od DC Icons figures and I’m looking forward to wave two and beyond.