Awesome Toy Picks: John Constantine (Signature Collection)

Posted by G-Man (18919 posts) - - Show Bio

Each week we like to open the package of a cool comic collectible to see how cool it really is. We actually took last week off to recover from the massive Darkseid action figure. This week's figure is the guy moving up the ranks in the DC Universe thanks to the New 52 tweaks being made, John Constantine.

This Signature Collection figure is part of the MattyCollector line of exclusive figures. It was the Club Infinite Earths Figure of the Month for November and if you're a subscriber, it gets sent automatically. Like other figures in the line, it comes in a plane white box with just the name. Inside is the figure in the packaging you see above. The back has some artwork and a brief bio.

Constantine, as you know, is the lead in the (sadly soon to be canceled) HELLBLAZER series. He has been moving around the New 52 DCU as the 'leader' in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK. The cancellation of his long running series will lead to a new series in the next 'wave' of New 52 titles, CONSTANTINE written by Robert Venditti with art by Renato Guedes.

How does the figure look out of the package?

== TEASER ==

I'm a little torn on how I feel about this figure. He is cool looking. The disheveled look of his tie is a nice touch. The biggest problem I have are his arm joints and hands. Trying to position his arms a little shows the seams in his arms. These figures don't usually come with accessories so you have to wonder what the purpose of having these hand molds are. He isn't going to be holding onto anything. It's also a shame he didn't come with a cigarette. But we all know smoking is bad. Still, this is an "adult collector" figure so why not make him come with what he's known for?

There is some nice little touches of detail on his coat. Rather than make a plain trenchcoat, some thought and effort was put in. The same can be said for his pants.

What's he trying to do here?

This is a simple figure but that doesn't mean he's not cool. Honestly, I never thought I'd actually have a Constantine figure. The fact that this was even released before his new, more mainstream comic is surprising. Despite the minor flaws, it's a cool figure.

How does he fit in with other figures? Well, we still have a certain figure lying around so why not put him to use?

How can you get this figure? You might want to keep an eye on his page at MattyCollector.com. I mentioned it was the figure of the month back in November but instead of saying "sold out," the page page says "coming soon." Sometimes they end up with extra inventory and sell the figures again. The other place is eBay. Doing a search will show quite a few with an average price of $20, which is fitting.

That's it for this week. What's coming next week? I still have a few sitting around waiting to be showcased so stay tuned to find out what's next.

#1 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

The only thing that kills it for me on this Hellblazer figure is the joints. The look is awesome and would be more so if not for those joints. Love seeing him put a boot in Darkseid's @$$ though.

#2 Posted by cbishop (7475 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else think the figure looks like Will Ferrel?

#3 Posted by Decept-O (7294 posts) - - Show Bio

I always get a "kick"---pun intended--out of these action figure pictorials.

#4 Posted by Cavemold (1684 posts) - - Show Bio

wheres his cig and drink ay

#5 Posted by Omen14 (9 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool, it's a guy with a tie. He also has a long jacket. Amazing.

If you can't follow, I'm being sarcastic.

#6 Posted by dreamfall31 (579 posts) - - Show Bio

The uncovered joints on all these DC characters are the main reason I'm not buying them. The Wonder Woman one looks the worst since it's on skin. It just looks like she had holes drilled in ther joints!

#7 Posted by wowylied (238 posts) - - Show Bio

20$ for this one ?

Well it is quite expensive for a dust trap.

#8 Posted by Onemoreposter (4101 posts) - - Show Bio

Complete fail. Is that what John looks like in the new 52? How bland.....

#9 Posted by lifeboy (1675 posts) - - Show Bio

I dont know gman, what is he trying to do there? Lol

The first couple of pic. It Iooked like constantines sleves could roll up. It would ha ve been off the hook if they could roll up to reveal the 2 matching symbol tattoos on his forarms. Then you could put the arms together like he does when the mess hits the fan. You bloody buggers

#10 Posted by Billy Batson (58358 posts) - - Show Bio

@Onemoreposter said:

Complete fail. Is that what John looks like in the new 52? How bland.....

I think it's supposed to resemble the Vertigo John with the eye scar and all.

@lifeboy said:

I dont know gman, what is he trying to do there? Lol

The first couple of pic. It Iooked like constantines sleves could roll up. It would ha ve been off the hook if they could roll up to reveal the 2 matching symbol tattoos on his forarms. Then you could put the arms together like he does when the mess hits the fan. You bloody buggers

This isn't a figure of the movie character, so no harm, no foul.
BB

#11 Posted by Shallbecomeabat (33 posts) - - Show Bio

Please give me a John Constantine statue, DC!!! I am reading Hellblazer for more than 10 years religiously and I own every single issue! I NEED A STATUE! Action Figures do, sadly, nothing for me! (Too small and I don't need the joints, prefer a cool pose) I want a nice Kotobukiya statue, which celebrates the end of Hellblazer and the start of his new 52 series. Pretty please?

#12 Posted by BennyB (11 posts) - - Show Bio

he looks ready to play air guitar.

#13 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (35144 posts) - - Show Bio
@Billy Batson said:

@Onemoreposter said:

Complete fail. Is that what John looks like in the new 52? How bland.....

I think it's supposed to resemble the Vertigo John with the eye scar and all.

@lifeboy said:

I dont know gman, what is he trying to do there? Lol

The first couple of pic. It Iooked like constantines sleves could roll up. It would ha ve been off the hook if they could roll up to reveal the 2 matching symbol tattoos on his forarms. Then you could put the arms together like he does when the mess hits the fan. You bloody buggers

This isn't a figure of the movie character, so no harm, no foul.
BB

Yea I was going to say this DCnU John doesn't have the scar 
 
@Shallbecomeabat said:
Please give me a John Constantine statue, DC!!! I am reading Hellblazer for more than 10 years religiously and I own every single issue! I NEED A STATUE! Action Figures do, sadly, nothing for me! (Too small and I don't need the joints, prefer a cool pose) I want a nice Kotobukiya statue, which celebrates the end of Hellblazer and the start of his new 52 series. Pretty please?
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#14 Posted by bob808 (6785 posts) - - Show Bio

The only thing I don't like is the joints.

#15 Posted by rbenchley (1 posts) - - Show Bio

@cbishop said:

Anyone else think the figure looks like Will Ferrel?

YES! It looks like Will Ferrell dressed as Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. This figure is complete garbage. With Hellblazer ending shortly, I'm almost through with DC. Once The Unwritten and All Star Western are done, so am I.

#16 Posted by ReadItNow (154 posts) - - Show Bio

I like joints

#17 Edited by Azrael66 (277 posts) - - Show Bio

Constantine is awesome but that figure's arms look weird.

And yeah, Constantine statue. Pretty please.

#18 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice looking figure, but the hands look too early 90's action figure grip, y'know? Also, no cigarettes? That's part of his motif!

#19 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6540 posts) - - Show Bio

John Constantine, Real Name: John Constantine.

Well, yeah. It's like an over simplified 'Bond, James Bond'.

But yeah, those clunky robot arms are a little weird.

#20 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6540 posts) - - Show Bio

@Shallbecomeabat: This might be a little small, but it's not an action figure at least:

https://www.eaglemoss-shop.com/shop/fulldetails/3052

#21 Posted by Shallbecomeabat (33 posts) - - Show Bio

@V_Scarlotte_Rose: Hey, thanks! I will get me one of those. its a bit small, but better than nothing.

I think I will add a hellblazer tattoo to my arm, somewhere down the line. Even better than a statue^^

#22 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6540 posts) - - Show Bio

@Shallbecomeabat:No problem. I haven't seen this figurine in person, but I have a good few Eaglemoss Marvel figurines, and am 23 pieces into the Batman chess set, and I can say that they do make good products.

Gosh, that'd be a big commitment. Are you a big fan then?

#23 Posted by benblanks (65 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, I'd have liked a Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon run-based figure personally, but I guess the Preacher figures didn't come out that well so maybe not...but yeah, no cigarettes? Almost as disappointing as the end of the already deplorable movie where instead of saying f**k it and smoking a cigarette after ridding his body of cancer he takes out a stick of gum instead, which is so out of character. I'm with the masses, let's get a statue.

#24 Edited by Old_Chris (58 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool toy. Looking forward to buying it in the store.

#25 Posted by RoTheKid (254 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty cool toy! Thanks for posting these pics, Tony! :)

#26 Posted by snootchie_bootchies (121 posts) - - Show Bio

Minor flaws? There is nothing to this figure. It looks like a detective who would ask Batman questions at a crime scene. This figure reminds me of The Far Side comic strip when the dinosaur kid gets his "nerd' figure and completes his set.

#27 Posted by irmensul (40 posts) - - Show Bio

This can hardly be said to be awesome or cool..look at the atrocious articulation! That old space ghost toy is how the articulation should be done

#28 Posted by MyNemesisTotoro (29 posts) - - Show Bio

I like the figure but the trench coat is the EXACT same template as the one used for the Question DC Universe Classics figure. I probably only noticed because of how huge of a Question fan I am. Still a cool figure.

#29 Posted by CitizenJP (627 posts) - - Show Bio

Too bad he doesn't come with cigarettes.

#30 Posted by Shallbecomeabat (33 posts) - - Show Bio

@V_Scarlotte_Rose: Yeah, yeah. Big time Hellblazer fan! Loved Azzarellos, Diggles and Milligans run the most, but liked overall nearly every issue. He is my favorite character in all of fiction after Batman. But the tattoo thing isn't that big of a thing for me since I am already heavily inked. You can see a few in my picture on my profile site. I already have three Batman tattoos and one giant Superman related. I think its only a matter of time until I add John. Only reason he is not on my skin yet is that some guy in a trenchcoat who smokes like a chimney isn't as iconic as Batman or a Superman logo. Are you a big Hellblazer fan?

#31 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (884 posts) - - Show Bio

@cbishop: No

#32 Posted by ThomasElliot (369 posts) - - Show Bio

What happened to his face? (And I don't mean the scar).

Look up the DC Direct Hellblazer figure.... the coat isn't as detailed, but I think the face looks way better on that one.

#33 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6540 posts) - - Show Bio

@Shallbecomeabat: I only started reading comics early last year, and have a few loose Hellblazer issues. I decided to wait until #300 before starting to buy them, but when I found out it was to be cancelled, I decided to buy the last story arc. It seems like a good series, but I got into comics at the wrong time for being a monthly reader. I'm planning on getting some TPBs at some point though.

I'm a Justice League Dark reader, and I'm planning on giving 'Constantine' a go when it starts, but I've heard mixed opinions on the DC version of him. What do you think?

#34 Posted by KRYPTON (1868 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks for the weekly toy picks. What kind of camera do you use? These are some great photographs!

#35 Posted by Shallbecomeabat (33 posts) - - Show Bio

@V_Scarlotte_Rose I think you should definately check him out. The great thing with Hellblazer is that you can start almost anywhere, since most creative teams don't influence each other much. Just make sure you start at the beginning of a writers tenure on the title. I would recommend newer stuff, like Azzarellos, Diggles or Milligans run. In my eyes among the best runs and all of them are relatively current, so the art isn't as old fashioned as older stuff, which can be jarring for someone who is new to comics. Azzarello has four trades out, I believe. Starts with "Hard Time". Diggles run starts with "Joyride" and Milligans with "Scab". Let me know if you checked any of them out.

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