HeroClix: World’s Finest – Superman, Batman and… the Metal Men!

With Batman v Superman dividing fans and critics alike, Esdevium Games have sent over the new HeroClix set, which focuses on the two iconic heroes: World’s Finest.

The set is headlined by new Batman and Superman minis, of course, but also contains other characters pulled from the comics who have ties to them. I’m still a casual HeroClix fan, truthfully the fun comes more from seeing the appearances of comic characters than it does from actual stats or playability. But I was still really excited to jump into this set.

Curious who made the cut? Read on to see what set of characters we received in our booster brick of 10 boxes.

 

Booster #1

Occultist, Superman, Alloy, Major Force, Warlock

Occultist, Superman, Alloy, Major Force, Warlock

 

Well, this is a good start! For those unaware, Alloy is the huge amalgamation that the Metal Men fuse into. The Metal Men being a set of characters who’ve been around a long time and popped up in various different ways. Their most memorable recent appearance was in Forever Evil, where Cyborg sought them out for help.

 

Booster #2

Superman, Demon, Superman, Batman, Condiment King

Superman, Demon, Superman, Batman, Condiment King

 

That demon sculpt looks like an Etrigan to me, and a quick check confirms he is in this set too. Meanwhile this set brings up the total Superman appearances to 3 already, with 3 totally different sculpts, pretty cool!

 

Booster #3

Robotman, Superman, Occultist, Batman, Copper

Robotman, Superman, Occultist, Batman, Copper

 

So the first thing to get my attention here is that awesome Batman mini, I love it when they shake up the poses and it’s obviously quite different to have a character not even upright! Also of note is Copper, who continues our Metal Men collection.

 

Booster #4

Druid, Allura, Mercury, Witch, Apprentice

Druid, Allura, Mercury, Witch, Apprentice

 

I absolutely adore that Mercury sculpt, if you’ve not guessed yet I really like the Metal Men! Otherwise Allura, Supergirl’s mother, is certainly another cool addition here.

 

Booster #5

Witch, Blackcat, Element Man, Blue Beatle. Warlock

Witch, Black cat, Element Man, Blue Beatle. Warlock

 

Yep, that’s a black cat, not to be confused with Marvel’s Black Cat, that’s an actual black cat. Costing only 13 points the black cat is actually pretty amusingly clever from a gameplay perspective and works as a little bonus support character.

 

Booster #6

The Wizard, Mr. Nobody, Ragman, Booster Gold, Jason Blood

The Wizard, Mr. Nobody, Ragman, Booster Gold, Jason Blood

 

Booster Gold is definitely a fan favourite character so it’s great to see him pop up here. We also have Ragman who’s quite a left-field choice. Created back in the 70s, Ragman is a pretty interesting character, his Suit of Souls (which utilises the souls of the guilty) sets him apart from the other Batman-esque vigilante characters.

 

Booster #7

The Chief, Creeper, Batman, Poison Ivy, Blackbriar Thorn

The Chief, Creeper, Batman, Poison Ivy, Blackbriar Thorn

 

Now this is quite a fun pack. First we have the Chief, leader of the Doom Patrol, the Creeper, who is the alias of journalist Jack Ryder and a creation of Steve Ditko, a spotlighted Batman sculpt, Poison Ivy, probably one of DC’s most famous villains and Blackbriar Thorn, a magic-based villain.

 

Booster #8

Druid, Crazy Jane, Monsieur Mallah + Brain, Tin, Batman

Druid, Crazy Jane, Monsieur Mallah + Brain, Tin, Batman

 

Monsieur Mallah and the Brain are certainly the most noteworthy pair here, I’m delighted that they’ve included the two as a set, considering their comic book origins. We also have another of the Metal Men here in Tin.

 

Booster #9

Druid, Creeper, Toy Master, Desaad, Robotman,

Druid, Creeper, Toy Master, Desaad, Robotman,

 

Toy Master is a really nice looking sculpt out of this set, although the character is over 50 years old they’ve pulled from the modern incarnation here, seen recently in the Batman/Superman comic.

 

Booster #10

Doc Magnus, Mento, Batman, Superman, Iron

Doc Magnus, Mento, Batman, Superman, Iron

 

And finally, a fairly strong set rounds out the 10 boxes with a unique Batman and Doc Magnus, creator of the Metal Men.

 

Conclusion

Overall I think this looks like a really solid set. It’s always fun to see Superman and Batman pop up in new variations, but on top of that the other selections are great little comic book choices. Specifically I was really happy to see the Metal Men, as a group who were recently modernised in such an enjoyable way. Of course it’s also impossible not to appreciate the giant Alloy mini which just looks fantastic.

Otherwise there are also a lot of Doom Patrol themed characters of both the heroic and villainous variety. It’s a shame there were quite a few duplicates in this set, but sometimes that’s just how the numbers go.

Altogether I think World’s Finest looks like a fun set, balanced between a modern and older cast, it’ll appeal to fans beyond just being more Batman and Superman.

 

Want to check out HeroClix for yourself? There’s a handy store locator here, to find your nearest hobby shop. Meanwhile a booster pack of HeroClix costs £10.99.

 

Author: Mia Violet

Mia has been blogging about comics and video games for several years from her home in merry ol’ England. She invites you to take a look around the blog before saying hello on Twitter, where she can be found tweeting about pop culture from @PanelsAndPixels

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