Mr. Terrific

May 20, 2011 | By More

Mr. Terrific is another of those action figures I pick up without any prior knowledge of who the character is. I happened to see him hanging on the pegs alongside a fistful of the DC Infinite Heroes figures released in the 75 Years of Super Powers packaging, and his costume just caught my eye.

Mr. Terrific basically wears a leather jacket over the skintight superhero costume, with a T-shaped nanite mask that manifests at his whim. After a little research, I found out that Mr. Terrific is reputed to be the third smartest man in the world of the DC Universe; so inventing a fancy “magical” mask would certainly be within his capabilities.

Mr. Terrific uses the basic second-generation body sculpt developed by Mattel for this line, with the legs and torso pieces molded in black plastic; the arms are sculpted with jacket sleeves and a new set of hands to go with them. The jacket torso is a separate vest piece molded in flexible black plastic.

The sculpting of the torso and legs is very basic, with no texture details, but there is a decent amount of sculpted wrinkles on the arms and some paneling and ribbed sections sculpted onto the rubber vest. The head sculpt is decent, although the facial features are hard to appraise because of the painted mask which, I guess, it’s the whole point of wearing a mask in the first place.

Being a second-generation figure, Mr. Terrific has the following articulation spread:

• Swivel neck.

• Peg & hinge shoulders.

• Peg & hinge elbows.

• Swivel forearms.

• Swivel waist.

• Swivel hips.

• Peg & hinge knees.

• Peg & hinge ankles.

Mr. T’s paint job consists in solid blocks of color with no shading or highlighting to them, but these are applied neatly enough for mass-produced figures. The more complex paint applications are the “Fair Play” legends printed in red and white on the jacket sleeves. The word “Terrific” painted in black cursive font at the back of the jacket is also a nice touch.

Mr. Terrific doesn’t come with any useful accessory (I’m not counting the vest as such because it is an integral part of the costume), but instead is packaged with yet another of the commemorative plastic DC buttons decorated with a group image of some of the Silver Age JSA members.

I had high hopes for the Infinite Heroes line, and these latter day offerings were really starting to live up to my expectations. Mr. Terrific is a darn good example of what these figure should have been from the start and one I am happy to have in my collection.

Errex Score: 83/100

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I've been collecting action figures since the original Kenner Star Wars days. Nowadays, I still collect pretty much anything that catches my eye.

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