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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but pretty short., July 15, 2013
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So, it's 23 minutes (+2 hours bonus features) for ten bucks. Have to agree with those people who said that it would be nice if those "bonus features" included all of the previous DC Comics character segments from past seasons of Robot Chicken. As it is, the bonus features are two different audio commentaries, a "pop-up" fun-facts version of the special, a behind the scenes feature, and some deleted sketches (not actually filmed; audio with storyboards). So, it depends on how much of a hardcore Robot Chicken and/or DC fan you are whether this will be worth it to you. It's about the same as the RC Star Wars specials in terms of content, so be forewarned.

The one really odd thing I found (as a toy collector and DC fan) in watching this special was the odd mix of classic Mego-style action figures with the regular larger size "DC Universe Classic" (Mattel) figures and "DC Direct" action figures. I wish they had gone either all Mego-style or all modern-style, because mixing the two types together in one sketch gives the viewer a strange feeling of incongruity. Other than that, the material is pretty funny.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2013 12:57:04 AM PDT
Geena says:
"The one really odd thing I found (as a toy collector and DC fan) in watching this special was the odd mix of classic Mego-style action figures with the regular larger size "DC Universe Classic" (Mattel) figures and "DC Direct" action figures. I wish they had gone either all Mego-style or all modern-style, because mixing the two types together in one sketch gives the viewer a strange feeling of incongruity."

This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read in an otherwise okay review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 11:39:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2013 11:48:08 AM PDT
Hi Geena,

Actually, to be fair, they do explain in the "Chicken Nuggets" popup commentary segments that their preference was for the Mego-style characters (established all the way back to the first season of RC), but the reason they mixed them together is that they couldn't afford the time and expense of fabricating new Mego-style figures for every incidental character - so they used off-the-toy-store-shelf Mattel and DC Direct figures.

Granted, it's not the kind of thing the average person takes note of. "Hey look, they used the DC Direct figure of Toyman from Alex Ross' JUSTICE... and the Giganta Build-A-Figure from the Mattel DC Classics line... and hey, pretty weird that Cyborg is the only figure from the 'New 52' DC Direct figure line. And wow, they customized a Marvel Hulk figure to look like Solomon Grundy!"

...But these things are glaringly obvious to a toy collector. It's a geek thing. I wouldn't expect the average Robot Chicken viewer to get it.

TO simplify for the non-collector geek viewer, just watch the segments and look for the figures with sewn cloth costumes (which is all the main characters), and then keep an eye out for the figures (secondary characters) with sculpted/molded-on painted costumes.
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