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Silver Swan - Unleashed!

Reviewed 05.19.2004

Rank Veteran
Point Value  73
Collector's Number  090
Rarity  6

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Shooter Silver Swan

73 points
Range 8; 1 Target
7 clix of life

Charge (1 click); Force Blast (4 clix); Blades/Claws/Fangs (1 click); Pulse Wave (3 click); Incapacitate (3 clix); Toughness (3 clix); Ranged Combat Expert (4 clix)

Ah back to Unleashed and some of my more favorite sculpts (is that proper grammar? I honestly can’t tell). Anyway, Silver Swan is actually kind of a boring sculpt. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad sculpt. Quite the contrary actually, I think she is very nice looking. But she just doesn’t appear to be doing anything really. She doesn’t look ready for battle even. She really just looks like she’s out for an evening fly around…oh come on, wouldn’t you randomly take evening flights if you could? That’s what I thought.

Silver Swan has some of the most unique series of powers in my opinion. Her stats are standard, maybe even a little low for a 73 point figure. I mean, her highest attack is a 9, and that’s only on her fist click, and her highest defense is 14 and that only hangs around for the first 2 clix. But her stats aren’t really what make her interesting. Looking at her dial’s first click, she has Charge and BCF (she also has toughness, but that’s not really interesting). Combined with her flight and an average speed of 8 (charge of 4), she looks like a nice charging slasher. But click her over to her second click and she loses both of those powers and picks up Force Blast, Pulse Wave, and Ranged Combat Expert. She becomes a complex ranged combat offender. She can push people away from her is they get too close then she can either take a shot for 4 damage with her above average 8 range or use her Pulse Wave to blast anyone around her for 1 damage within 4 range regardless of whether they have stealth, invulnerability, super senses, or whatever. For those of you who don’t know, Pulse Wave is one of the best powers in the game because it ignores all powers and abilities of anyone within the range of the Pulse Wave. A little later she gains some Incapacitate, but it’s not really worth it in my opinion. I mean, she either has a 7 or 6 attack, which isn’t going to hit much anyway, and she’s just a sitting duck then with her low 12 or 11 defense, no damage reducing powers, and one light hit away from KO. Also, on the one Incapacitate click with 7 attack, she still has Ranged Combat Expert and 2 base damage (although she has a base damage of 2 on each and every click), so you’ll more likely be using that instead of Incap, that is unless you’re running back to your medic. I would highly suggest to use those light blue clix as a signal to fly her back to a medic for an easy heal (since her defense is only 12 or 11).

While that first click of hers is good, don’t have any qualms about pushing her over, since she becomes all the more interesting. Although I wouldn’t recommend just doing it on a whim like pushing off an activation click, since it is quite useful and can scare your opponent into playing defensively against a short charging BCFer, and it is quite useful as is. Think about flying up (possibly soaring to avoid many ranged attacks), clearing, then charging it for 1 to 6 damage, then if they hit you, just force blast them into a wall or off a building. She’s definitely a lower point game character…I wouldn’t really consider playing her in anything more than 300 points. Sure, she could make an interesting secondary attacker and an unexpected surprise attacker if your opponent doesn’t pay enough attention to her, but her low defense value makes her an amazingly easy target, and while damage reduction is always good, 3 clix of toughness isn’t going to make too much of an impact in these higher point games.

The bottom line is that if you want to use her, have a blast, but I don’t predict that too many teams will use her in a competitive play unless they want to create a theme team or just want a piece that will mess with the opponent’s head. I personally played a casual game against a silver theme team that featured Silver Swan as the lead attacker (for those of you wondering, it was 300 point constructed and also had R Steel, R Colossus, E Silver Samurai, and R Cyborg). The team played ok, but they clearly didn’t know how to use Silver Swan effectively…she mostly just fly around taxiing and trying to set up a charge. Silver Swan definitely takes some skill to use effectively, and can really do some damage in the right hands, but isn’t the best choice for most.

100 points: 2 out of 5
200 points: 3 out of 5 (At this level, it is difficult to quickly adapt to the sudden and substantial change that she has)
300 points: 2 out of 5
400+ points: 1.5 out of 5

Next time…he’s the new head of the DEO…


Name: Silver Swan
Set: Unleashed!
Number: 90
Rarities: 6 - Unique
Costs: 73
Health: 8
Powers: Charge, Force Blast, BCF, Pulse Wave, Incapacitate, Toughness, RCE
Ranged Attacks: 1Ranged 8
Team: None

You ever pull a figure out of a booster, look at it, discover it’s a Unique, then say to yourself “Who the heck is this character?” Well, I guess that’s the theme this week, little known characters who got themselves Uniques in the new Unleashed sets. You have to be a pretty die hard DC junkie to have even HEARD of these guys this week, let alone desire their clix.

Silver Swan is up first, and in order to relate her brief bio, I had to check Whoclix (http://members.aol.com/whoclix/dc2qz.htm ) Since I had NO idea who she was. Apparently she’s a Wonder Woman villain. Whoopee.

She’s got an interesting dial that looks really pretty, but doesn’t offer a whole lot besides that. Charge and BCF is cool, but you only get one click of that, then you have your choice of Force Blast , Pulse Wave or RCE. However, with only an 8 attack at that point, that choice isn’t all that exciting. Ultimately, I doubt she’ll appear on a lot of teams.

Have I ever mentioned that I love winged figures? Well I do, and I think this one has a nice sculpt on her, if not spectacular. Her tiny hand could actually hold a weapon too, that’s always nifty. Sales wise, Silver Swan is definitely in the second tier of Uniques, if not the third. She’s popular, having 53 auctions end within the last 90 days, ranging in price from $1.75 to $14.00, with an average of $7.77, however more than half of the sales went for higher than $7.77.

My ratings –
Playability 3
Collectability 3

Next time – The man with a skin problem so bad, even dermatologists can’t fix it.


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