Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Night gets Blacker…. and Better….

We all know how much Georg Brewer likes his Green Lanterns, so combining that with the mega-event that is BLACKEST NIGHT, it’s really no surprise that we’re getting a massive swag of figures over the coming months. Wave One was a solid start, giving us our first plastic members of the Blue, Red and Black Corps and our first Alpha Lantern. Wave Two brings us our first Indigo Lantern, a second Yellow and Black Lantern, and another version of Green Lantern John Stewart.

The first thing that surprised me about Kryb is that she is a massive figure. She also has a very wide stance so takes up a fair bit of display space. For the uniqueness of this figure and the quality of the sculpt, it’s worth it. She comes with two of her “babies” which she can hold in her multiple hands and also can be contained in the cage on her back. It’s great to have another member of the Sinestro Corps, and I wouldn’t mind some more. I’ll find ways to combine the DCUC “Colour of Fear” figures with Kryb, but of course the massive scale will create some display problems.

Indigo-1 is another very different type of sculpt which is well executed and painted. At first I thought she was going to be difficult to pose, but with a bit of experimenting I found a good balance. This is quite a nice figure, but as with a few in this series, its’ long term worth really depends on whether or not the character is around for the duration or not.

I was looking forward to the John Stewart figure as a chance to have a Stewart figure more in the modern DCD scale. The headsculpt is serviceable, but it uses the buck that was used for JLA Series 3, with those horrid, horrid legs, so it’s not a winner for me. Why DCD keeps recycling this ugly buck is beyond me. A shame for everyone that has been wanting a Modern Age John Stewart.

I was in a rush when I picked these figures up from the LCS and so I grabbed the whole box, forgetting that the Black Lantern Martian Manhunter would be there, so I have included him in the in-package pics. The sculpt and look is great, and it’s almost enough to break my resolve about not buying the Black Lanterns (even Aquaman, and that’s saying something!), but I’m going to try to stick to it, mainly because I am going to run out of display space soon and need to avoid giving it to flash-in-the-pan characters – even good looking ones.

There are some great figures coming up in this line, and recent promo pics show that there has to be at least one more wave, of what looks to be all Black Lanterns. That will be an easy pass for me. I remain hopeful that Mera’s star turn in the event will lead to her finally appearing in 6” form. We shall see.

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Until next time!


Kyle said...

I'm loving this line. Especially with wave 5 announced and that they are doing an Arkillo. I really hope they do a Mera in this line too.

Saranga said...

Well if you really don't want Black Lantern Martian Manhunter you can always send him onto me ;)

Westy said...

I find it interesting that DC do lines of figures based around their current events, while Marvel just do whatever they can. There are some very nice looking figures there, but in 5 years time, are we even going to remember most of those characters?

chopa said...

That stance on John is funky.

BTW are the DCD hips just a swivel? or is there a hinge there too?
Really hope they make a laira.

fishmilkshake said...

This is turning into a great line. But since they're exclusive to comic stores, do we really need another John Stewart as a recognisable character for the line? I'd prefer more red/yellow corps members. Not that I can find an Atrocitus anywhere anyway :(

Tom Freak said...

yeah... I'll be getting the dead guys... I decided after seeing Dead Lantern... Sorry... Black Lantern Batman.

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