Friday, February 22, 2008

Many Armored Aquamen...

Okay, so I'm a serious Aquaman fan. Please don't ask me to explain - I don't know why. I remember being a kid and loving the Superfriends cartoon and - wait for it - standing poised with my little Kodak camera during the opening of the show to take pictures of the television when Aquaman was on the screen. I'm sure there's something to analyse there but that's a session for another day.

So anyway that's the only explanation I can offer for the fact that I have bought not just one but two Armored Aquamen in the last month or so. I reacted like most others when the Armored Justice Figures and Armory Waves were announced: shaving all the hair from my head and body, putting on sackcloth and ashes and engaging in a suitable period of wailing and gnashing of teeth. I protested loudly along with the rest of you, and yet deep in my heart of hearts I knew that when it came time to pass an Aquaman by, I wouldn't be able to do it. I bought them, just like I'll be the sad guy that buys Aquaman as Betty Boop or Aquaman as the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz in that episode of Superfriends where they all got turned into Oz characters (and yes, that really did go to air).

With that out of the way, here's a rundown on the two. The JUSTICE Armored Aquaman is...... quite green. There is a reasonable amount of detail and all the appropriate Aquaman-ish scales etc. It would have been nice to have an alternate head for this to have a sense of the character being in there, but then the idea of this armour is that it's the Metal Men covering over the JLA (as you do) so I can see the argument for not having that. Overall, more interesting than I thought it was going to be but unlikely to ever become the centrepiece of my Aquaman display.

The Armory Wave Aquaman comes from the "Our Worlds at War" crossover event in which Aquaman "died", but not before donning this fetching gold armor with green chainmail getup. Now I have to say I really like this figure. The helmet is removeable and the head underneath is very well sculpted, presenting one of the most striking Aquaman visages we've seen in an action figure.

The most perplexing this about this figure is the multitude of golden prongs that come in the packet. It's very rare that DCD provides any instructions when assembly is required and this is no exception, and this one required a bit of thinking as they all go in the back of the figure which isn't visible in any of the pics to provide a guide. I assume I got mine right, I found enough holes to stick them in at least - that has to count for something, right?

Anyway these are they. I thought that since it's quite likely that I'm the only person that bought these that I shouprovide the public service of putting pics and some words up to help others out.

Just don't judge me, okay? It's obviously a deep-seeded childhood thing.

And no, I don't take pictures of the TV screen anymore.

That's what DVD screen captures are for, right? :0)

Yours in collecting.

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