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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Enter the Green Lanterns – DCUC Wave 11

Mattel has been churning out wave for DC Universe Classics faster than Tiger goes through his ladies at the moment! I’ve only very recently managed to get all of Wave 10 together and reviewed, and The first part of Wave 12 is shipping to me tomorrow, so I realised I’d better get my Wave 11 review together before they arrive.

Of all of the recent and upcoming waves, this one probably excited me the least in terms of the line-up, and I wasn’t very excited about the Kilowog Collect & Connect, as I was happy with my DC Direct Kilowog and thought he was sufficient. I don’t usually start with the C&C in reviewing these waves, but Kilowog has to be the starting point here – he’s not just huge, he’s excellent in every way. Scale-wise, he’s probably a bit big compared to his Green Lantern compatriots, but who cares? He’s freaking amazing!

As for the regular figures, John Stewart is the surprise standout for me. I’ve been waiting for a decent Modern Age version of John, and have been disappointed with DCD’s efforts. This blows them all out of the water with a perfect headsculpt that captures the character in every way. The fantastic ring construct, which fits snugly on his fist, seals the deal. Excellent.

The comic accurate Steppenwolf is a shining light for the line. Great detail in the sculpt and fun, different accessories make him a real winner. The Super Powers version is a pass for me. The Bronze Age version of Shark is my other favourite in this wave. Great headsculpt – the only niggle here is that – due to the use of the standard buck, he looks a bit like he’s wearing a mask. A thicker neck would have worked better here. Still this is an exciting character addition to the line and perfect in a GL-themed wave. Cyborg Superman is a yawn for me personally as a character, but again is a nice inclusion thematically here. Not a big fan of the headsculpt on this one – a bit too much Cyborg and not enough Man, and it makes the head look too small on the body.

While a figure of John’s lost love Katma Tui was long overdue and it’s exciting to see her included here, she is still addled with my usual complaints about the DCUC female buck – the stick thin arms that make her look oddly proportioned. The other niggle here is that the way her hair on her face has been painted makes it look more like sideburns than strands of hair. Like Stewart, Katma also comes with a nice pair of constructs. Oh, that sounds wrong…

Fan Poll Winner Question is another good inclusion in the line, and the figure is very well done, although a DCD-style removable mask would have been fun. Hopefully this sculpt will lead to some other trenchcoat-ed characters in the waves to come. Rounding out the wave, is Deadman, The thinner, scrawny buck used here opens up possibilities for some other characters as well – thing is, it really isn’t a great match for Mr Brand himself – he’s generally been presented with a normal build. The screaming face has attracted criticism elsewhere, but I don’t mind that touch – it’s something different at least!

Overall, this wave has been a very pleasant surprise. Kilowog, John Stewart and Steppenwolf are standouts in the line overall. This line truly keeps getting better and better!

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Until next time!

10 comments:

ActionJon said...

Nice going on the waves. I don't like the cyborg superman either, the pose is alright but the head is like you said a little too small.

ryanlb said...

Cyborg Superman is the best figure in this wave. Followed very closely by the Steppenwolfs and Kilowog.

I've gone back and forth about how much I was looking forward to this wave, but once it arrived (nearly a month ago already, sheesh) I really enjoyed it. Just another solid wave of great figures, whether or not I was originally anticipating them.

fishmilkshake said...

Nice write-up Andy! Can't wait for mine. C'mon Digital River you bunch of slack jawed monkey boys!

chopa said...

Easily my favorite wave. Awesome BaF, characters I like, and decent looking characters I don't.
I think it's good that Cyborg Supes has a smaller head, seeing as it's supposed to be a metal skull it makes sense that it's a touch smaller.
Need to get around to finishing my kilowog

Kyle said...

This was such a great wave. Kilowog dominates my Green Lantern Shelf. The only figure I didn't keep out of my set was Shark.

Westy said...

That is quite the haul there Andy. No just imagine how many more flight stands you could do with.

juanjomiv said...

The Question... let's face it is just a guy with a fedora but there's something about that faceless guy that I'm pulled into, Now John is a cool figure in so many ways better than the Blackest night Jhon we got around the same time... look mom the ring is molded instead a circle with green paint on it.... don't know what DC direct is thinking but I'll get this one instead...
Cyborg who wouldn't like a half man half machine man... molded rings and head too small counting... I still want him the other are cool but that would be my favorites

chrismandesign said...

obviously Mattel is improving its collection figures cuz those ones looks really good & that’s the way it should be... DC Direct is a great competitor & the collectors demand more quality, even if that means an extra-cost that will be paid gladly... some characters r totally unknown for me, so that means i hav to get some info...

Saranga said...

Mr Stewart's ring construct is a very good touch!

touch-of-grey37 said...

The second I spotted Question on my routine sweep of the local Walmart's DC figures section, I let out a shriek like (and I'm quoting my husband here) "A cat being thrown in a wood chipper"

Needless to say, Vic came home with me that day. My husband picked up the Katma Tui figure, foregoing the John Stewart figure in favor of the Blackest Night John we ordered from our comic shop. While the constructs she has are AWESOME, my complaint is that it takes way too much time and effort to keep them on her hands, and the figure itself falls over every time someone sneezes.

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