Toy Review: DC Direct Justice League | Aquaman

It’s Toy Review Tuesday again and this week I’m reviewing my favorite aquatic sea superhero who gets no respect from anyone, Aquaman. Ok, actually, my favorite aquatic superhero is Marvel’s Namor, but I do really like Aquaman too.

  • Character: Aquaman
  • Manufacturer: DC Direct
  • Series: DC Direct Justice League 
  • Dimensions: 6.75
  • Weight: 8.5 oz
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.99 | Paid: $6.08
  • Part Number/SKU: MAR120301

Articulation – ★★☆☆☆

Aquaman and I assume this action figure series is likely not going to impress you too much compared to many of the other action figure lines out there. I’m not real impressed with his articulations. For what I paid, it was totally worth buying, but at the MSRP of $24.99, I would expect so much more. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got.

Total POA’s = 11

  • Arms – There are a total of 3 POA’s on Aquaman’s arms. Not horrible, but they really are quite limiting. The biggest articulation missing here is a wrist joint. This would have made the figure so much better. Could have even added a star.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation as well as a pretty good amount of outward motion.
    • Upper Arms: Peg Joint which allows for full 360 rotation
    • Elbows: Pin/Hinge joints allow for about 95 degrees of motion. There is a joint groove to allow the elbow to remain in position.
  • Legs – There are only 2 points in each leg/hip area. This is the most limiting area for posing Aquaman. I just don’t understand why there couldn’t be an ankle joint. That would have at least allowed Aquaman to be posed in some actual action poses.
    • Hips: Peg Joint with very limited forward/backward motion. This is a standard T-joint pelvis/hip area.
    • Knees: Pin/Hinge Joint. No grooves to allow for position hold.
  • Body: There is no torso/body joints. This would have been nice, though not a huge detractor.
  • Head: Ball Joint allows for full 360 degree motion, though it appears the joint is getting loose very quickly. This could pose a problem if you actively play with your figures. The range of motion is pretty good for tilting Aquaman’s head.

Mold – ★★★☆☆

A little bit, it feels there were two different sculptors working on Aquaman. From the head down to the hips, the mold is great. Honestly, the upper body mold is close to awesome for details. The detail of Aquaman’s head is awesome. He looks very realistic.

From the hips down, not so great. I see they were trying to keep his legs smooth for a more fluid/liquid feel, but it just looks and feels cheap. The other issue with the mold I have is the leg shape seems to be a little out of alignment that sorely limits the available poses you can do.

I would have liked to have been able to put Aquaman’s trident in either hand, instead of just his left hand. That would have been nicer than a fist for his right hand.

For those reasons, Aquaman had to lose at a minimum the 2 stars. I was close to dropping a 3rd star as well considering the mold is negatively affecting his ability to do action poses, but the articulation plays a larger role in that limitation.

Paint – ★★★☆☆

Due to the mold seeming to be done by two different people, the paint also seems disjointed. The upper body paint is very well done. The detail is on par with so many of the other figures I’ve reviewed. Unfortunately, the lower body is just not very good. Basically, his lower body is just green plastic. No real paint application at all. There is no detail to the color of his legs as well as the gloves.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Aquaman comes with a trident that is tethered to his belt via a gold jewelry chain. The chain feature is awesome. It really gives Aquaman a great look. The trident, however, is quite cheap. There is no paint. It is simply a brown/tan flexible plastic. I don’t want to give the impression I think the trident is horrible, but I just think it could have been a little better.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

The packaging Aquaman comes in and the entire series he’s a part of is quite nice. I prefer boxes with the clear plastic peek into the contents over the blister packaging with the cardboard backer board. So I have to say the packaging for Aquaman is one of the higher points of this figure. It doesn’t take up a lot of space but definitely allows for display of the figure in box if that is what you desire.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

Overall, I gave Aquaman 3 of 5 stars. I could have gone all the way down to 2 stars, but I thought it unfair since there are definate positives that I love about this figure. Don’t get me wrong, with all those negatives, I still love my Aquaman figure. He’s really cool, but he strikes me more so as a statue than an action figure. For that, you won’t be throwing him into many action poses with your other figures, but to stand him up and display him, this is a decent enough figure. If the price is $24.99, however, pass on it.

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