Golden Pharaoh has by far the most new sculpting of any figure in this wave. The boots are a modification from existing parts, where the boot cuffs are glued onto the existing piece. Itís this new piece that has all the detail, with the scarab and sun molded right into the piece. Similarly it is in the wings and head piece where the highest level of detail is found. But the genius of this figure is that all the purple parts in the upper body are made from translucent plastic. The light passing through these parts highlights all the details and makes them stand out on display. The gold body paint adds to the light effects as light shines off the body and through the translucent plastic. It is a very unique look for this line, and the only thing that comes close in another figure is the shiny silver coating on Captain Atom.
In terms of proportions and size Golden Pharaoh fits right into an existing display. The clothing style is quite a bit different from other figures, but is executed well enough that it doesnít matter. The paint apps are clear and distinct, and the sculpt details highly visible. Overall this is definitely one of the more visually interesting figures in the line.
Golden Pharaoh has standard DC Universe articulation. The head can look up a good ways but not down. The ab crunch gets a fair amount of movement. The legs and arms are not hindered in their rotations. The wings do not turn or anything, they are permanently oriented along the arms.
The balance on this figure is good, and he can also use his staff to help. Because of the paint and wings, the visual focus is mostly on the body outline, which lends itself well to action poses. With his ab and head articulation he can also do some good flying poses. Overall posing is as good as I would expect from this line. He canít do a spider-man pose, but heís got plenty of potential.
Golden Pharaoh is definitely one of the more interesting choices in this line. What he lacks in name recognition he makes up for style and design. If you are looking for another good figure to add to your next collection, I would definitely recommend Golden Pharaoh.
Thanks to the folks at Mattel for providing us with this product for review.