Collector's Corner - Justice League Team Base

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:08:00 Europe/London

Welcome back to another edition of Collector's Corner and this is one I've been looking forward to for a while! Ever since I heard Wizkids were introducing Team Bases in the Teen Titans set I was hoping the New 52 Justice League would be one of them so I was very happy to see this in the set!

Set: Teen Titans (2013)
Numbers: T002, 015, 025, 033, 050, 066, 067, 068
Rarity: Common, Uncommon, Super Rare

For those unaware, DC relaunched all their monthly comics almost two years ago rebooting the majority of the continuity and restarting all the titles back at issue 1. The relaunch also brought in a slew of design changes, one of the most controversial being the absence of Superman and Batman's underwear on top of their pants, and it's those designs which are highlighted here.

JL Team Base 1

Sculpt: What's great about these figures is that they can be played alone or as part of the team base, and Wizkids have had to design the figures to look great either way.

To give us a little bit more freedom with the figure placement on the team base all of the heroes, excluding Wonder Woman, are standing on the same grey area of flooring. This compatibility does limit Wizkids' creativity when getting a bit wild with their designs, though it is nice to see they're willing to make exceptions with figures, like Wonder Woman standing on a set of steps, to make the individual figures a bit more exciting.

One great benefit about the generic nature of the switch clix figures is that if they keep coming we'll be able to choose our favourite pose of a character and plop that on to our favourite dial to make a really individual figure.

The poses of the team members have been carefully chosen to look good on their own but look even better when put together on their team base; fliers Superman and Green Lantern fly above the other characters so they can be behind the more earthbound heroes and still be seen, The Flash looks like he's coming to screeching a halt as he joins the team and Cyborg changes from looking like a battlefield leader to a taking on the role of intelligence officer when put onto the base. The only 'boring' pose on the team is Aquaman and he manages to redeem himself with some impressive sculpting and paintwork.

All the sculpts capture the 'New 52' redesigns accurately, though I would have liked to have seen Aquaman's sideburns make an appearance, granted they've disappeared from the comics fairly quickly too.

Jim Lee's redesigns also added a lot of intricate armour lines to existing costumes, and surprisingly they've managed to recreate those here as part of the mold rather than painting them on; the detailing on Batman is particularly impressive. Wizkids have also managed to get a scaled texture on Aquaman and an insane amount of detail into Cyborg's armour, right down to him only using two fingers to point adding a dimension of character to the figure.

The standout sculpt of the whole team is the super rare Flash figure however, which I'm sure will impress any fan of the character and make your opponents jealous. The scarlet speedster looks like he's been captured during a rare moment of motionless with a gorgeous stream of colour left behind him. If there's one figure who looks like he could be destined for another team base though it's this one, that speed line cuts off in too particular a shape for it to be random, but that might just be me secretly hoping for a speedster base with the various Flashs'.

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JL Team Base 2

 Paint: As always the devil is in the details and Wizkids do not disappoint, everything is well painted as standard but here we have added elements like the silver studs on Batman's gloves, the gold rim around Aquaman's collar and of course Green Lanterns ring which all make the figures really exemplary and show the hand painted nature of Heroclix.

 I love the paint lines on The Flash's speed line which all originate from the yellow details on his costume and add to the illusion of movement on the figure. The painting on the Superman emblem is that good it adds to the 3D effect of the iconic symbol, and as always I'm amazed at the steady hands of Wizkids' expert painters when I see things like Cyborg's red electronic eye and intricate details on his armour.

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JL Team Base 3

 

Team Base: The Team Base itself has had a lot of work put in to it and it's a great representation of the Justice League's base of operations, the Watchtower.

 The huge windows which the team use to look down on Earth are made of a semi-transparent plastic and have pictures of the planet Earth, the Moon and other celestial bodies illuminating through it, a nice touch and a good substitute for a bland sticker of the same view.

 Cyborg's computer is made of the same material and it looks like he was investigating some sort of seismic disturbance, with files for Lex Luthor and Sinestro as well as other villains clearly visible it seems like the Justice League have their hands full!

 I was a little worried about how easily the figures would be to switch between bases when Team Bases were first announced however all the figures I've tested have had great pegs on the bottom which are easy to remove but don't allow the figures too much movement, so fliers stayed in place without falling over.

 When the full Justice League are assembled the base is incredibly impressive, and intimidating to face on the battlefield. The completed team base is that dynamic it looks like it's been ripped from the cover of a 'Justice League' comic, and with DC exploring using figures for some of their variant covers I'm hopeful for a Heroclix one in the future, and shows off the individual talents of each member quite nicely.

JL Team Base 4

Overall: If there was ever a team base where Wizkids had to bring their all it's the Justice League and they really created an impressive ensemble. Fans of the 'New 52' will love the detail put into the team here, and when put on to their team base the Justice League aren't just impressive Heroclix they're an impressive diorama in their own right. The ability to use the figures individually is an added bonus and having the option of using different sculpts on dials is a great feature of switch clix and adds to their collectibility.

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 Check back in a few weeks time when we'll be taking a look at the dynamic Changeling figure which might be the best version of Beast Boy so far!

 Paul started collecting Heroclix over a decade ago when he picked up a Hypertime booster at his local comic book store, he was instantly hooked by the idea of detailed collectible figures that you could also play a game with. Check out his blog where he posts comic book news and reviews here: Impulsive Reactions

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Paul Lightfoot

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James Houston

posted on Sunday, 7 July 2013 09:42:14 Europe/London
Really cool looking figures and I can see from a collector's point of view why you like it so much but really really overpowered. Also has anyone managed to straighten out Aquaman's trident? The bottom of the trident beneath the hand actually seems too long and is always bent. I also really like the clix that we have had so far that model superman's new costume. This one and the JL52 figure had that extra detail that made them look quite different from earlier figures.

Vicente De los Santos

posted on Wednesday, 3 July 2013 20:16:10 Europe/London
Nice review... waiting now for an Avenger Team Base to compare... I really hate this one :P

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