They call me MISTER Freeze!on August 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm
You know, there’s so many supervillains with a “Doctor” in their names of which I question the validity. Does Dr. Destiny actually have a doctorate? Dr. Doom? Dr. Light? No idea.
But I’m pretty sure Dr. Victor Fries has a doctorate, and yet he calls himself Mr. Freeze. Mister. He’s the only supervillain I can think of offhand that purposefully undoctorates himself.
Mr. Freeze is one of the only Batman villains that had a “recent” six-inch toy that I hadn’t picked up. The best version of the original DC Superheroes Mr. Freeze was a NYCC exclusive, so I hear, and that isn’t cheap. And as I understand it, the original version didn’t have modern-style articulation. As I understand it. It’s hard to glean this information off images and Internet reviews. But this version from the new “Batman Legacy” line does! It’s got the modern-style DCUC hips, with the hinging outwards coupled with the rotating forwards. And there’s universal-joint, ratcheted shoulders. Those aren’t things I’d expect a mold of its alleged age to have. But I could be wrong, easily.
One thing that is definitely different are the hoses. According to images, they used to run from the detachable backpack back into itself. Now they run from the detachable backpack into the forearms. This means you can detach the backpack still, but it’s attached via the hoses. This also means the water squirter doesn’t work, because the holes where the hoses plugged in before are now open, so if you submerge the backpack in water, water goes in, but if you take the backpack out, everything just pours back out the holes. Otherwise, the water squirter gimmickry appears to still be intact. This causes me sadness, because water squirter.
A gimmick that remains is the way his neck is connected to the direction of his hips and legs. Rotate him at the hips, and his head turns. Otherwise you can’t turn his head. It’s under the dome, which you can’t remove, so that’s a fun solution.
His colors are based on the DC Superpowers Mr. Freeze. Loosely. Is that why he’s labeled “Silver Age” Mr. Freeze on the box? If it is, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the Silver Age. It’s kind of confusing to me. (And wasn’t he called Dr. Zero back then?) Regardless, it’s an interesting Mr. Freeze color scheme, if not the traditional one.