Time for another round of McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse figures! Today we are looking at the rest of Wave 4 and recent releases. We already took a look at The Drowned last week, which completed the Dark Knights main line up. The rest of wave 4 consisted of Rebirth Robin, Death Metal Batman, and Red Son Superman. Released around the same time is the Death Metal Batcycle for Bats to cruise on. And lastly, the Gold Label Batman – Designed by Todd McFarlane.
We’ve run them all through base and fancy shots, so read on to check out over 95 pics and some additional thoughts. All of these are out now or will be soon, hit our sponsors or your favorite spot to pick them up!
McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Wave 4, Batcycle and Gold Label Batman
Another solid wave. Still Batman heavy, but for what they are, all executed well.
The Drowned, as we already looked at – completed the team. Great paint head to toe, and proper articulation on female, skinny form.
Rebirth Robin – A really solid sculpt for a modern Damian Wayne. Colors pop, captures that cocky attitude. Weapons are well done. Only downside here is the lack of double jointed knees/elbows. Torso does have a bend under soft plastic, but it’s still very limited.
Death Metal Batman – gangster. Sculpt is very detailed, and paint on top of it. Articulation is there, double everything, wrist and ankle points, toe bends, torso cut. Jacket is softer so moves with poses, but still kinda limits total range. Not much you can do there without soft goods, which wouldn’t look as good IMO. Head is really sharp. Of note – upper thigh cuts, yay.
Death Metal Batcycle – When I first saw it, thought it was ridiculous. In hand – awesome. The bone looks like actual bone, sculpt on the bat head is vicious. Functions as a bike, rubber wheels, turn point on the front wheel. Weathering and detailing everywhere. And — Batman can ride it proper, not just sit on it.
Red Son Superman – Re-use of the first wave Superman 1000 base sculpt. New head, much better IMO. Paint stops at the sleeve, and the ball joint wrist is painted flesh. That ball joint style does stick out either way, I think it’s better like this. New sculpted hammer and sickle on his crest. Paint is muted greys and red. Overall I think this is a better execution of the 1000 Superman. The Infected body is still better tho.
Gold Label Batman by Todd McFarlane – Not sure if this was necessary. On first look, didn’t dig it. In hand, liked it better. Head is still off, he looks almost zombie like. However, I think this would look great in art form on page, being drawn in a specific creepy style. In my artsy photos, when I bounced light off him at different angles, the design came alive and showed how it could work. In standard light just chilling on the shelf, again, not sure it’s necessary. This looks to have a starting base of Thomas Wayne Batman, but it’s not a repaint by traditional standards. Doesn’t look like they reused parts, every area was new. Same general stance, but not a repaint. I’m all for some Todd designed characters, this one just didn’t ring my bell.
Overall once again, I think each wave improves on execution over the last. The figures dropping now are really top notch. The only negative with the line at the moment is the lack of diversity, in terms of Batman vs non Batman that is. Now, I really like Batman and his extended family so I’m not complaining, but I wouldn’t mind building out the universe. It’s happening, just slowly. Modern comic versions of the core DC Universe squads would be welcome. Justice League, LOD, Titans, Dark squads, Lanterns good and bad, etc. Not specific to an art style or comic event. I think they know, and are doing what DC and the sales are telling them to do, so just have to wait it out.
Read on to check out our pics, 95+ down below!