Numerous important characters inhabit the DC universe and Shazam is definitely among these acclaimed heroes. 30623 SHAZAM! has elicited significant excitement and the minifigure looks fantastic in official images, replicating essential details from its comic counterpart.
Unfortunately, this exciting polybag has proven scarce, although it remains worthy of comment and comparison with the Comic-Con version.
This rendition of Shazam closely resembles the version from 76120 Batwing and the Riddler Chase, albeit featuring a black hair piece which replaces the hood. His attire appears fairly generic, although it borrows most significantly ftom the New 52 universe where Shazam's distinctive lightning bolt emblem is white. The metallic gold highlights are similarly authentic and I like the textured detail on his upper chest too.
Furthermore, the double-sided head looks perfect. One side seems overwhelmingly confident while the other appears angry, featuring crackling electricity around the eyes. The subtle wrinkle between his eyebrows is another pleasing detail. Shazam wears an elegant cape which is made from soft fabric but this could potentially have been improved with a golden strip along its edge.
LEGO created an an earlier Shazam minifigure for San Diego Comic-Con. This figure was released during 2012 and takes inspiration from the character's original aesthetic, including slicked hair and yellow torso decoration. Both designs are impressive in my opinion but the modern version seems more detailed and his facial expressions convey more personality, as demonstrated below.
Shazam has enjoyed significant popularity since his introduction and I am quite pleased with the latest rendition of this hero. His attire appears reasonably faithful to the New 52 design but could also depict other incarnations of the character, including that featured in the recent movie. Hopefully this polybag will soon become more widely available as it would be an excellent addition to any DC Super Heroes collection.
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