As Captain Collector, I have literally reviewed thousands of toys over the past ten years. However, I must admit that this is the first time that I’m reviewing an action figure based on a character I had a hand in designing personally. You see, in my previous life, I was a game designer, and I spent more than 2 years of my life creating the world of Twisted Metal: Black for Sony. I even developed and designed a line of action figures for them, which never saw the light of day nor pegs on a shelf. Not only will I be reviewing this latest offering from DC Unlimited, I’ll be showing the production sample of the version I produced.
First, let’s take a look at the new guy. As the designer, I feel uniquely qualified to break down where this version succeeds or fails versus the game model. Sometimes it can be hard to distance yourself to review such a thing, as in many ways Sweet Tooth feels like my own child.
However, in this case, rest assured; he rocks. This version shows excellent attention to even some of the smallest details, especially when it comes to his very distinctive mask. The cracks, the eyes, the staps and buckles – they’re all where I remember them being.
He’s got the appropriate bulk and look of the serial killer clown with the flaming hairdo. He includes a bloodied version of his butcher knife, and an ice cream cone. He was never shown with the cone in the game, but it seems very appropriate.
Sweet Tooth features two-way ball & pin shoulders (with a very good range of motion for DC direct), bicep swivels, elbows, wrists, neck, waist, hip, and limited ankle articulation. Poaseability-wise, my only complaint would be his lack of knees and true ankles.
If I had to nitpick, and my gripes are minor, I think he’s a tad bit too tan (I always envisioned him fairly pale skinned), his chest is airbrushed a little TOO hairy, and the straps on his chest should be darker (like on his head), so that they don’t get lost with all that chest hair. Additionally, he should have sould scars on his shoulders and torso, which are mysteriously missing. Aside from this small points, I have to say they did a fantastic job. I can only hope that he sells well enough that they consider making more of the characters, especially with the latest Twisted Metal game coming soon for PS3. I’ve got a great pride in the work we did on this game and it’s characters, and I think that DC Unlimited has done an admirable job in bringing the homicidal clown to life in plastic. He is currently stalking shelves at your local Toys-R-Us, for $16.99. Daddy’s home, boys.
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