Usually everything that is presented here is purchased solely because I want it, but after ranting awhile ago about Uni-Formz and Blammoids!, I promised to get some of each to either confirm or deny my dislike.
The first thing that surprised me about DC Direct’s Uni-Formz Superman is that this puppy is BIG! The box is well designed and fun to look at – so much I was torn as to whether or not to open it or not – unfortunately once the box is opened there’s no going back – there’s some ripping and tearing involved.
This is a chunky toy which has basic articulation – neck, arms, wrists, waist, legs. feet. He’s not terribly poseable, but he’s pretty fun to look at. The basic Uni-Formz idea of the big arms and fists works for me, but it’s interesting looking at Supes and the previously released Batman (which I didn’t buy) in contrast when it comes to the headsculpts. Whereas Batman has a bit of a scowl on his noggin, Superman has squinty eyes and a cheesy smile which, combined with the way his black hair is sculpted, make him look like, well, a buff Ronald Reagan in a Superman suit.
In fact, when Mrs AFB saw him, she was a bit freaked out and said she thought he was scary (which was probably reinforced when I chased her around the house with him..). I don’t get that vibe, but the headsculpt doesn’t totally work for me. Still, this was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be, and while I won’t be collecting the whole line, I’m up for favourite characters like the upcoming Green Lantern and an Aquaman or Green Arrow if they eventuate.