Collector's Corner - Trinity of Sin

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:08:00 Europe/London

Welcome to the very first Collector's Corner of 2014! To kick off the new year we've got something pretty special to review, the Trinity of Sin convention exclusive team base featuring Pandora, the Question and Phantom Stranger. This piece has been a huge hit in competitive play so let's see what all the fuss it about.

Fans of collectors corner might have realised by now that I'm a big DC fan but ever since the big shake up with the New 52 Wizkids haven't really released any special edition Heroclix from the DC universe, especially if you're not that big of a fan of Batman. With each Marvel set that's been announced I've been getting more and more envious of figures like Giant-Man, the Fear Itself line and the Mandarin power rings, oh and don't get me started on the Avengers vs X-Men organised play figures! So when the Trinity of Sin team base was first announced I knew I had to get my hands on one.

For those who haven't been following the storyline in the comics the Trinity of Sin is comprised of three characters; Pandora, the Question and the Phantom Stranger. Three characters who were sentenced to live forever by the Wizards Council, of which the Wizard Shazam was the only survivor, to think about the horrible crimes they committed.

Phantom Stranger is one of the most powerful characters in the DC universe, being able to traverse through different dimensions even into hell itself, so it's strange to see him with the Question, a character is much more grounded in reality and is similar to Batman or Blue Beetle. Pandora is the real wildcard as she was invented for DC's New 52 comics and is responsible for the relaunch in universe, so if you're not happy about the new direction she's the one to blame! That's enough explaining though, let's get on to the actual figure itself!

Set: Wizkids Convention Exclusive
Number: D-T001, D-006, D-007, D-008

 Trinity of Sin

Sculpt: The Trinity of Sin are no strangers to working in the shadows so it's no surprise to see them on a base that resembles a back alley or warehouse. The boxes in the middle of the base are a nice touch and serve to elevate Pandora above the over two characters, she is one of the stars of the Trinity War storyline after all. The Phantom Stranger and The Question still fit in on the base very well, with both characters emerging from smoke at either side of Pandora.

The sculpting on the actual figures is excellent. Pandora's cloak is wafting in the wind behind her and there's some really great detail on her skull shaped box. Even taken off the team base Pandora stands out in her all guns blazing pose.

The Phantom Stranger is emerging from smoke on his base which also makes it's way up the back of his cloak. It's a really creepy and iconic pose for the character. Even his necklace of pieces of silver is included. The sculpting on his face isn't the most detailed, but then Phantom Stranger doesn't have on of the most recognisable faces on comics so it still gets the job done.

Speaking of faces The Question's is eerie in it's blankness, featuring nothing but the subtle hint of human features. He also features smoke on his base but it rises up into the shape of a question mark in a pose that looks like it could have been lifted right from a comic book cover. The Question somehow manages to make a blue trench coat and tie ensemble look cool whilst holding on to his hat as the wind blows by him.

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Paint:
I don't know if Wizkids take more care with the convention exclusive figures but there is no visible paint slop on the Trinity of Sin, impressive considering the amount of different paint techniques featured.

Pandora's face is a real highlight as it actually features all of the face tattoos from the comics which would take a very steady hand indeed, not to mention the little tuft of purple hair poking out from her hood. I love the restrained use of clear blue plastic to symbolise a mystical bullet being fired from her gun as well.

The smoke on both Question and Phantom Stranger is a cloudy plastic but the Stranger's is without a doubt one of the best I've seen. His blue costume gradually solidifies from the smoke in a great collaboration from both the sculptors and the painters. The Stranger's eyes and white hair are also painted, though this is harder to distinguish against his light pink face.

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Comic Connections:
The Trinity of Sin haven't really featured in that many comics since the New 52 reboot, they instead prefer to lurk in the shadows and act in secret, so it's no surprise to see them feature the Mystics team ability. The Quintessence team ability, on the team base or on Phantom Stranger, also shows how powerful these magical characters can be.

The Team Base also has a special trait that amplifies the effectiveness of the Mystics team ability, forcing your opponents to take 2 unavoidable damage instead of just the usual 1.

They are also experts at manipulating the people around them which is represented here by three unique powers on their individual dials. These white damage powers allow Pandora, Phantom Stranger and Question to use Probability Control, Outwit and Perplex twice per turn respectively. This power also means when your opponent wants to use one of these powers it counts as a power action rather than a free one so they must be given an action token. This is great for forcing your opponent to really think about if they really need to use one of those powers on your characters, or even their own, and stops their figures using a free action and then another action that turn.

Overall: This is a definite display piece for those following the DC New 52 universe, and even if you're just a fan of one of the specific characters in the Trinity of Sin this is definitely worth tracking down and adding to your collection.

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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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Ian King

posted on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:57:10 Europe/London
I'm going to post again now I actually have a copy of this figure in my hand (Never underestimate the power of a Blue Rat!!). The Sculpts on all three of them really are outstanding. Paul's comments on the Stranger's blending I'm with 100% and the sense of motion on The Question is excellent (the tie is a separate piece to allow greater movement and even the collar of his trenchcoat is raised).

The team dial is top of my MUST-PLAY list as soon as our current event is over and I may try to sneak the Question into the event itself. He has the best special power in the whole of Clixdom (Pick a power on his dial he can't use right now and swap it for one he can currently use) which eliminates that "if only they were on click 5!" frustration we've all felt sometimes. A '5 Rat' figure indeed!

Blue Rat Games

posted on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 16:05:14 Europe/London
Just in case anyone is after this particular piece we have a trinity of sin as part of our prizes for our Realms Open Championship event on the 5th/6th of April. Check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlueRatGames where we are listing details of everything when we have it.

Ian King

posted on Saturday, 25 January 2014 14:48:06 Europe/London
Excellent sculpts and a true collectors piece. Quite how you can get hold of one I've no idea and the price I'm sure doesn't bear thinking about but very nice looking indeed!

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