With the live-action Black Adam movie making money at the box office, I got to review a couple of tie-in toys from Spin Master.
I was provided with the 12-inch Black Adam action figure and the Hawk Cruiser Patrol Playset by Spin Master for free for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.
I recently shared a post about the variety of toys released by Spin Master for the Black Adam movie. The merch line has a bunch of 12-inch and 4-inch action figures, a Black Adam action figure with a punching and sound feature, and the Hawk Cruiser Patrol Playset.
Spin Master sent over two toys from the line. So, let’s talk about them!
12-Inch Black Adam Action Figure
Retailing for approximately MSRP $10.99, I found this particular toy to be well-constructed. The design team did a good job when it came to capturing Dwayne Johnson’s likeness in the face sculpt.
The figure has 11 points of articulation. The head can rotate 360 degrees. There’s movement in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and knees. The joints are strong enough to hold the pose you want the figure to strike. And yes, it can stand on its own.
There’s a lot of detail going on in the outfit, with the highlight for me being the inscription covering the entire suit. I appreciated the belt being detailed in the back, too. I won’t name names, but certain companies are known to cut corners and not add details on the back. Also, the cape’s a piece of cloth instead of plastic.
My only nitpick would be the fact that Black Adam’s hands are closed into fists. I get that he likes to punch things and people, but I would have liked at least one of the hands to be molded in a way for the figure to hold some kind of an accessory or a weapon. I’m not saying that the figure should have come with an accessory, but not having both hands clenched into fists would have added to the overall play session because you could give Black Adam some other figure’s weapon to hold.
While the figure had some weight to it, it also felt a bit hollow to me. So, I didn’t risk doing my accidental drop test. And while I can’t guarantee it, I think the 12-inch Black Adam should be able to withstand an accidental drop from 5 feet.
Black Adam Hawk Cruiser Patrol Playset
Coming to the Black Adam Hawk Cruiser Patrol Playset, this MSRP $34.99 toy includes quite a large cruiser and two 4-inch figures of Black Adam and Hawkman. The 4-inch figures from this line are supposed to be worth MSRP $8.99 each, so that would mean the cruiser is supposed to offer $17 in value.
I didn’t expect a lot of detail from the 4-inch figures, but still, I liked the amount of detailing happening with the Hawkman figure even though his face didn’t resemble the actor from the movie. Hawkman’s armor, wings, helmet, and weapons are quite detailed.
As for the Black Adam figure, his outfit doesn’t have the inscription that I liked in the 12-inch version of the toy. The cape is still made of cloth though. So, there’s that.
The 9 points of articulation include the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. The 4-inch figures also come with two accessories each. Black Adam has two lightning bolts while Hawkman has an axe and mace. The hands are molded in a manner for them to easily wield their accessories.
Both figures can stand on their own, with Hawkman’s long wings (that easily plug into his back) offering better support. He will not topple over easily.
My only gripe would be how Hawkman’s mobility is limited even though he shares the same points of articulation as Black Adam. You can’t really move Hawkman’s shoulders for a spreadeagle pose because of the pieces of armor on the shoulders blocking mobility. I don’t know if the same design flaw is also present in the 12-inch version of the character.
Talking about the Hawk Patrol Cruiser, it is modeled after the aircraft from the film. It’s not to scale, but the approximately 18-inch wide wingspan is definitely a highlight. The wings and the character accessories came in a separate plastic bag. I found it easy to snap the wings to the main body of the jet. They didn’t come off even after I shook the plane quite a lot.
There’s detail on top of the cruiser and the wings. The screens/windows on the cockpit are painted white instead of being clear plastic.
The play element comes via the cockpit and the bay or cargo area. The cockpit opens upward to reveal a single seat and a control panel. Due to the aircraft resembling the one in the film and the cockpit being on the slimmer side, you will need to have the figure laying down to properly close the top part.
The main body of the cruiser has two doors at the top to reveal space for you to store other 4-inch figures. The space also has detail showing various machines that you can use as you see fit during play sessions. I would have liked at least two seats present inside the space, so the little action figures had a proper place to sit in.
A thing I liked about the cruiser was how you don’t have to worry about the action figures falling out. The doors to close the main body of the cruiser had little nubs. Just make sure all of them click into place and you are free to fly the cruiser however you like. I even shook the cruiser upside down, and Hawkman didn’t fall out from the main body. Black Adam also remained secure inside the cockpit.
The Black Adam movie toys from Spin Master are currently available at retailers. So, if you have someone in your life who is a fan of Black Adam, you should look into this particular toy line, especially with the holiday season coming up.
If I were to choose, even though I liked the details in the 12-inch Black Adam action figure, I would still opt for the Black Adam Hawk Cruiser Patrol Playset. It comes with two articulated figures, accessories, and a large plane that can also be used with other small figures.
Have you watched the Black Adam movie? What do you think of the toys?
Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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