DC Collectibles New 52 Green Arrow Figure Review

by Jay Cochran
February 07, 2013

DC Collectibles has released Green Arrow, the newest 6Ē figure in their line of New 52 figures. Joining the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, check out our review of it and see if itís worth adding to your collection or not.

Check out hi-res images for this figure in our GALLERY below.

Packaging - This figure incorporates the same basic packaging as all DC Collectibles. The figure comes in a white window box with green highlights on the right side to match the character and the name of the figure on the bottom right corner. The right side of the box shows a picture of the figure and the name of the sculptor, Jack Mathews. The left side has some shadow art of the character.

A thumb image of the figure with a brief bio for the character plus two other thumb images are on the back. One image shows the New 52 Superman which is already out, and the other shows the Simon Baz Green Lantern which will be out soon. Under that is a group shot of the original seven New 52 Justice League figures released. Nothing particularly stands out with this packaging, but you are able to see the actual figure before purchase which is always nice.

Sculpt - The sculpting is very well done on this figure as with most the DC Collectibles New 52 figures. Truthfully, I have not really been following Green Arrow in the comics since the New 52 era began so I donít know much about this version of the character. The figure portrays the character as much younger looking than the regular DC Comics one. In fact, he looks to be more in line with his TV counterpart than the old comic version. This version appears to be clean shaven, missing the traditional goatee I remember. He has some nice detailing on his boots and arm guards giving them an armor look and feel which is pretty common with the New 52 designs. His right hand is sculpted so it can hold his bow pretty well, and the left hand is sculpted with the fingers positioned to pull the bow string. If youíre careful, you can also have him hold one of the two arrows he comes with in this hand as well.

Paint - The paint job is decent but not perfect. They left the hinge joint on his elbows skin-colored not black like the rest of the arm in that area, so when you bend the arms you can see a funny unpainted spot on the back side of the arm. Itís not too noticeable unless youíre looking for it because it is on the underside. Still this would seem to be a bit of a paint app error. The greens on the boots, arm guards and parts of his belt use a metallic green adding to that overall armor look. The mask is painted on the face and the eyes are all white, which looks good. I do think they made his skin tones a little too pale looking. It looks like Ollie hasnít been spending much time in the sun these days.

The bow is painted with the same metallic green as the boots and arm guards, and his arrows use a standard green color.

Articulation - Green Arrow has similar articulation to the previous New 52 figures. He has a ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, single elbows, cut hips, and single knees. Like with the other figures, he doesn't have a lot of poseability. His head can look down but not up. You are limited as to the types of poses you can put him in due to the hip joints and lack of any ankle articulation, but he can reach back and grab an arrow out of his quiver which is nice.

Accessories - He comes with a bow with workable bowstrings and two removable arrows, one trick arrow and one regular arrow. Unfortunately, you canít really put the arrows in the bow because they didnít include any kind of grooves on the bow handle for the arrow to sit on.

The quiver on his back is not removable, and only the two arrows come out. All the other arrows you see in the quiver are permanently attached.

Quality Control Issues - No major problems here. I did notice the joints, especially the knees, seem to be a little loose on my figure. No major problems now but I could see these becoming a problem over time. This may just be a problem unique to my figure but is worth mentioning it as something to be wary of.

Fun - The lack of articulation hampers the fun factor a bit with this figure, though it still looks good on the shelf with the rest of the New 52 figures.

Overall - If you like to pose your figure in a bunch of different positions, then you may want to hold off on this one to see if Mattel ever puts out an Arrow figure. This figure does look nice. If you have been collecting the other New 52 figures from DC Collectibles, then you will want to pick this one up as well.

Score: 3 1/2 out of 5
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