If you’re looking for an iconic superhero with a fresh totalitarian twist to it, then look no further than this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman collectible.
It seems like yesterday that Marvel’s primary competitor announced that it was going to collaborate with comics’ very own rabid capitalist and “champion” (snicker) of creator-owned IP’s.
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“Affordable and Topnotch Superman Toy”
Our Rating: 5
And we here at Shrunk Collectibles have to say: this Red Son McFarlanetoy is an indication that DC and Todd Mcfarlane’s union was a proper move.
Gone are the days when you simply had to rely on DC Direct or DC Collectibles to come up with a Mcfarlane DC Red Son Superman doll.
That way you end up with a toy that’s honestly good but not at all perfect.
The Right Direction
Now, we’re not saying that this DC Multiverse Superman Red Son figure is indeed flawless.
But it’s a step toward the right direction for both DC and Mcfarlane toys.
And if you want to know why our opinions about this nice 1950s Soviet Union version of Supes are as such, then just keep on reading!
Top Quality Toy
First off, this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman action fig. is one of the more recent offerings based on DC’s collective farm of more or less iconic properties.
Mcfarlane Toys started rolling out wave after wave of these figures ever since the announcement was made that they had teamed up with DC and Warner Bros.
As such, we collectors and fans have been given a wide variety of DC collectibles.
It ranges from Dark Nights versions of characters to other alternate reality versions of DC properties.
The Early Releases
To be completely honest with you guys, we were a little disappointed with the earlier waves that Todd and co. released.
That’s because they mostly just consisted of either a JokerizedNightwing, Death Metal Batman, or one of those other newer versions of these characters.
You know what we’re talking about: there was a phase not too long ago when DC leaned heavily into turning their properties into juggalos.
And the fans ate it up faster than you could say “McFarlane DC Multiverse Red Son Superman.
So, just imagine our delight when they started churning out other DC Multiverse figure releases, and this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman is exactly one of those.
As Expected from the Mac
Mcfarlane toys has been around since the 90s boom.
And it’s done well for both the “Toddfather” and the legions of fans looking for quality collectibles at reasonable prices.
This Red Son McFarlane doll is no exception to that rule.
You will definitely appreciate how the company provides you with a relatively deluxe experience in spite of something like this actually being a mass-produced collectible.
Speaking of, that’s a compliment, too.
Affordable and Widely Available
This is no Entertainment Earth or SDCC exclusive that you’re going to have to punch and elbow your way toward just to get a hold of.
Plus, it won’t hurt your piggy bank too much to grab.
This Mcfarlane Red Son Superman isn’t just affordable; most of these newer 7’ scale figures by Mcfarlane Toys tend to usually go on sale, too!
Having said that, adding this McFarlane DC Multiverse Red Son Supermanto your collection shouldn’t be too much of a burden to your wallet.
And it will be even less of a time consumer should you choose to hunt it down.
A Multiversal Box
Now, if we’re speaking absolutely truthfully here, we’re going to have to say one thing.
The overall packaging design for all the Mcfarlane DC toys that the company has been sending out to consumers has become, well, boring.
We understand the need to keep things uniform.
But that doesn’t discount the fact that this Red Son McFarlane collectible would have been better off with more of a themed packaging.
The same is true for the other releases from other corners of the DC wheelhouse.
As it stands, you’re getting the standard DC Mcfarlane packaging here.
It is a window box, which means you can see what you’re getting without having to open and actually enjoy it.
But that’s not the main culprit here: what we have issue with is the overall design, which is frankly just on par with Hasbro toys.
Suffice it to say that we expected better packaging design from Mcfarlane Toys.
Especially considering their track record for quality ever since the company was founded back in the 90s.
If DC Direct and DC Collectibles could churn out specific themed packaging for the Dark Knight and Smallville characters, respectively, then Todd’s outfit could do it too!
Still, It’s Decent…
This Mcfarlane Red Son Superman’s box might be all humdrum (as with all the other DC Mcfarlane releases before and since).
But it sure as hell provides you with a certain degree of quality that you won’t find on something like a Black Series action fig.
As is the norm, you’re going to find that there’s the Red Son McFarlane character biography on the back of the box.
It talks about Supers’ incredible superpowers and other details about this version of the Kryptonian.
Collectable Art Card
However, what makes a toy like this McFarlane DC Multiverse Red Son Superman stand out from something that Hasbro might release is the nice collectable art card.
Hey, say what you want about how he deals with fellow comic book creators, but Todd Mac sure knows good presentation.
And the best part, too, is that the collectable art card is more or less based on the collected book Superman Red Son.
As opposed to having someone like Jim Lee or Todd himself do it (but hey, if those guys trot your tots, then too bad for you).
Yes, guys and ladies, they didn’t use an Image founder or a 90s EXXXtreme illustrator to come up with the art for this Red Son McFarlane’s art card.
They went with the original artist: the reverend himself, Dave Johnson.
Popping This Baby Out
Once you pop this McFarlane DC Multiverse Red Son Superman action fig. out of its box, then you’re going to be in for a treat.
Aside from the aforementioned collectable art card, you’re getting a pair of alternate hands and a freaking amazing flight stand!
Yes, a flight stand,which is something manufacturers completely omit when releasing toys of this tier.
And it is something that you’re going to absolutely appreciate, especially with a character like this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman.
Sure, you might say that Mcfarlane Toys usually come with a base, but they’re usually just plain one-pegged plates.
This one is more dynamic and allows you to display Soviet Supes in more ways.
But if you just want him on a boring old stand, that’s an option, too.
This flight stand has a single peg that attaches to one of his feet.
Now, an action fig is only as good as its articulation, so let’s look at how well this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman moves.
An Undeniable Upgrade
It used to be that DC’s toys, which were released via the DC Direct and DC Collectibles production arm of the company, had more than decent sculpt.
But they were almost always heavily lackluster in the articulation department.
Mcfarlane Toys did a good job by giving DC’s heroes and villains an upgrade when it comes to articulation.
And this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman is no exception to that rule.
Better Sculpt and Scale
Simply put, what Todd and co. did to the whole DC stable is give it the Marvel Legends treatment but with way better sculpt and scale.
These releases are 7’ scale figures, and we’re not just talking about height here.
The dimensions of this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman are clearly larger than something like a Marvel Legends or Black Series release by Hasbro.
In fact, it’s even larger than the old DC Direct toys from years past, and that’s something you can definitely appreciate.
When it comes to articulation, you’re going to find that this Supes fig is one of the most poseable collectibles that you can find at this tier.
Move it, Son
Like we said, this is a DC version of a Marvel Legends figure.
That means it’s got a whole lot of joints that you can toy around with to come up with a variety of poses.
Whereas DC Direct and DC Collectibles only had single joints and around 10-12 points of articulation, Mcfarlane ups the ante.
They provide you with a whopping 22 articulation points that allow you to play with this in a variety of ways.
And the best part? Unlike Marvel Legends toys, the overall look of this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman isn’t negatively affected too much by all those joints.
Plenty of Joints
Here, you’re getting: double joints on the elbows as well as the knees; bicep joints; shoulder joints; a torso joint; and toe hinges.
You’re also getting: ball joints on the ankles and the thighs; a hip swivel; and a head joint.
If there’s one small complaint we have, it’s that the head piece here isn’t designed for maximum articulation.
But you can still rotate and move it to a certain degree.
All in all, this is an undeniable upgrade from what came before, so kudos to DC and Mcfarlane Toys for doing this to all their releases.
Sculpt and Paint
The sculpt and paint job on this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman doll is a huge step above what other companies are doing at this price point.
We know that is to be expected from Todd’s outfit.
Believe us when we say that the photos don’t give this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman justice; it’s way better when you look at it firsthand.
Amazing Head Sculpt and Cape
We here at Shrunk Collectibles are actually partial towards the head sculpt and cape, which are done amazingly here.
And although the cape isn’t articulated, it’s nice that it doesn’t hinder much of the articulation, too!
And we love how the Soviet Supes logo on his chest isn’t just painted or, worse, a piece of decal that’s just stuck there.
They sculpted the damn thing and it looks great!
It’s also nice that Supes’ suit here doesn’t just have a single texture.
When you look at it closely, you’re going to notice how there are glossy sections and ones that are more matte.
Red Son Supes is based on an Elseworlds story written by Mark Millar (before he started creating TV pitches for Netflix using comics).
It was illustrated by Dave Johnson.
As with all Elseworlds stories, Red Son Supes puts a twist on the iconic character by tweaking certain details of their overall character biography.
In this case, the story answers the question: what would happen if Superman’s pod landed in 1950s Soviet Union instead of Smallville?
Since it was released, the story has gone on to become one of the most beloved interpretations of the Superman property.
Not only that, but it also gave birth to the equally iconic Batmankoff.
If you’re not familiar with this rendition of Batman, then Google it NOW! You can thank us later.
And with the release of this Red Son McFarlanetoy, you can now play with your very own fascist Kryptonian!
Mcfarlane Toys has been around since the 90s, and it remains one of the most popular and well-received collectible manufacturers in the world today.
Founded by Todd Mcfarlane, the company started by releasing collectibles based on his own IP’s, such as Spawn, Angela, the Violator, etc.
Since then, Mcfarlane Toys has branched out to licensing other properties that range from video games (Fortnite) to TV shows (Game of Thrones).
It is known for releasing quality dolls, statues, and action figs at highly reasonable prices.
There’s no wonder that Mcfarlane has become one of the leading manufacturers of collectibles out there.
And with their latest license, which is for DC’s properties, the company has established itself further as one of the premier producers of collectibles today!
Mcfarlane Red Son Superman—Our Conclusion
We’re not really surprised with what this collectible had to offer.
The company that produced it is known for providing fans and collectors alike with top shelf stuff at bottom shelf prices, after all.
As such, you’re absolutely missing out on what Mcfarlane and co. are doing with DC’s properties if you haven’t gotten on the bandwagon yet.
It’s also especially nice that this release doesn’t follow the grand old Mcfarlane tradition of being “limited” or “chase” releases, which makes it easy to acquire.
With a fine sculpt, paint job, and articulation that is basically unprecedented when it comes to toys based on DC characters, this is a gem.
Bottom line: this Mcfarlane Red Son Superman is a must-have!