This Top Ten was super-difficult to pick. There were so many good choices. Here are Heroclixin’s honorable mentions for best figures of 2015.
Koriand’r [WizKids D15-003] has one huge weakness: Lack of Running Shot on top. While her combo of Outsiders and Move And Attack serves to mostly mitigate the matter, the fact that she can’t use the latter when based can shut her down pretty well at the worst times. Add to that her complete lack of armor and you see how she JUST misses top status. Especially in a year in which…
…Wonder Woman [ 033] also missed the cut. She’s a durable, high-damage Mystic brick resistant to most forms of Outwit and Prob Control, the banes of many a tentpole. If she were just a little cheaper than her 200 points, she’d have been a near-lock for the Ten. But there was also her rival child of Zeus, Apollo who shares the same price point and resistance but offers a ranged attack component.
Juston Seyfert — Despite making showings in both HeroClix Worlds and Realms Open Championship finals, he didn’t rate on Heroclixin’s Top Ten because he requires a very specific set of teammate to work at all. But to the degree that he makes any Robot rock the house means he’s got to be mentioned here.
Jewel — In the early days of HeroClix, the Rookie Infinity Challenge Black Panther was THE source of free-moving, cheap Outwit. And though the black damage power has lost some of its former bite, it’s still great to have for as low as 25 points.
Thor [Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD 050] — She got very close to carving her spot among the immortal 10 with her power to electrify rooftops. Her low 17 DV for her points cost her.
Superman Blue — Granting immunity to Pulse Wave is an ability that will get SuperBlue onto many meta builds in 2016. But he’s so short-lived at 50 points and lacks the Willpower punch at 125 to rate top status.
Clark Kent — At a light 55 points, he offers Prob, then Outwit, then his SuperPog. His trouble is that he’s got to get far too close to the action to really levy his anti-power action trait.
Rick Jones — Endless pog minions and TK and long range help him make bitches of many a team. He’s possibly the most honorable of these mentions, despite his soft skin and some outright wasted points with 2 damage and THREE targets top dial.
Gluttony — A Mystic who only takes 1 damage at a time, he’s unkillable but also so immobile for his price that he really can’t gobble his way onto the list proper.
30-point Ultron Drones — All dangerous, these make great filler. But their real honorable mention status is that they’re even better at using ID cards — and that dependence ran them afoul of our “Can’t require resources/relics/whatnot to be top-tier” rule
Green Arrow [Trinity War 208] — May be the game’s best pure shooter. Though Hawkeye [Avengers Age of Ultron 009] could be the game’s OTHER best shooter. But GA lacks the Willpower and Sharpshooter ability he needs to truly leverage his extreme versatility while Hawk’s defense is rather poor. Both are soft.
The rest of the OMAs: A number of characters had solid figs that can perform solo against 300-point swarms. Some, like Black Adam [Trinity War] and Ultron (Future) [Age of Ultron 052a] weren’t good on their defense numbers, others had soft spots (see Hulk [Avengers Assemble 064] and King Thor), mobility issues (Iron Man [Avengers Assemble 062] and Ultron (Phalanx) [Age of Ultron 055], or wasted points (the SHIELD TA on Hulk [Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD 052] at full strength) . And either a vulnerability to Outwit or a lack of stop clicks were enough to immediately disqualify a OMA in a year when Outwit resistance or KO insurance was in good supply. Of the other also-rans, Superdoom [Superman/Wonder Woman 059], Superman [Superman/Wonder Woman 065], and Superman [Trinity War 050] each had a good chance of making Heroclixin’s Top Ten. TW Supes’ ability to auto-heal almost made up for his Outwittability and lack of stop clicks, but that and the fact that at 250, he wasn’t quite a true OMA kept him from the slot. Red Son Superman has two of the very best stop clicks in the game coupled with Regen, and Superdoom adds a strong layer of Outwit resistance to make his case. The former lacks that resistance, though, and the latter has a troubling lack of opening move+attack followed by a lot of range-killing Battle Fury. And so they couldn’t quite unseat Hulk 008 from his No. 6 slot representing the One Man Armies of the year.