Awesome Toy Picks: DC Universe 'Action League'

Posted by G-Man (32081 posts) - - Show Bio

Each week we like to check out comic book collectibles, take them out of their package and see how cool they really are. This week we're going to look at a bunch of DC Comics characters. They're a little on the small side but they're full of style. DC Universe 'Action League' sets give you a variety of characters to collect and you can find a lot of your favorites.

I've been picking up random sets from time to time. I haven't actually opened any of them (until now). These figures are reminiscent to the Marvel Super Hero Squad figure. They're in the same scale (besides having large hands and feet) so if you have any of those, you can mix them up for the kind of crossovers we'll never actually get to see.

The reason I finally got around to opening these was I came across a five pack at Toys 'R Us (for about $20, I think).

== TEASER ==

If you're looking to get started picking these figures, this is a great way to start. The two packs usually run $8-$10 so for $20, five figures is a great deal. Plus check out how cool they are out of the package.

Each figure has some limited articulation. Most have about four - head, arms and waste. For the size of them, that's all you really need.

First we'll take a look at Batman. He comes in a ready-to-fight pose and is holding a batarang.

The costume is more in the style of the pinstripe version he had before the New 52 started.

Next we get an interesting looking Wonder Woman. You can see she's wearing pants but not quite the same pants she recently wore. They're a little darker but it makes for a cool looking version.

It's interesting that this set refers to Billy Batson's alter ego as Shazam! rather than Captain Marvel. That's his name now and what most people call him. This might be one of my favorites from the bunch. His expression really captures who he is. Or at least, who he was before.

The Martian Manhunter included here is supposed to be in his transparent state. It looks pretty cool and has a different feel depending on the lighting.

The final figure in this box set is Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle. It's a little weird that he's included here with the others and unfortunately his head has an odd shape.

The first two pack we'll look at contains Superman and Wonder Woman. Almost as if they knew what was coming since this was released before the big kiss.

Superman is in a flying position. The problem with that is he cannot stand on his own. These figures do have holes in their feet for stands. This set did not include a stand but a couple of the others did.

This Wonder Woman is in her traditional costume. It's the same head sculpt except the hair has less of a shine to it.

The next two pack contains John Stewart and Atrocitus.

John Stewart is the Green Lantern that most of the general public knows. He's ready for action against Atrocitus.

When I saw the Flashpoint sets, it seemed odd to make figures based on a single story arc that likely wouldn't get referenced again in the comics. But seeing this version of Batman, I had to get it. The "Project" Superman figure is still kind of weird.

Larfleeze and Glomulus in a two-pack? How could I pass this one by?

These newer sets are geared more to contain a figure and some sort of item. The last one is Atom with Plastic Man, as a hang glider.

As with the Super Hero Squad figures, these guys are the perfect size. They're small enough so you can get a whole bunch of them without it taking up huge amounts of room. You have to admit they are a bit cute. I'm sure these won't be the last that I'll be getting.

Here's a few random parting shots.

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#1 Posted by papad1992 (6829 posts) - - Show Bio

First...

They're so cute!!

#2 Posted by modunhanul (405 posts) - - Show Bio

Plastic man as a hang glider looks awesome.

#3 Posted by ARMIV2 (8419 posts) - - Show Bio

I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

(It is a reference.)

#4 Edited by CitizenJP (596 posts) - - Show Bio

Quite the variety! I was surprised they got Flashpoint Batman and Project: Superman! Cool art style too. Blue Beetle and the Atom look neat. :p

#5 Posted by Ash The Flash (35 posts) - - Show Bio

Love The Atom! Hope Flash and Green Arrow comes in the next wave.

#6 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

cute!!!!!!!!!

#7 Posted by longbowhunter (7044 posts) - - Show Bio

I never got into collecting these. Really like the Martian Manhunter and Larfleez.

#8 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (14594 posts) - - Show Bio

Dat Thomas Wayne.

#9 Posted by jesusdisciple001 (546 posts) - - Show Bio

Action heroes cartoon

#10 Posted by Dbennett6684 (193 posts) - - Show Bio

Ummm...I would maybe have given a second thought to new 52 batmans graphics-too much detail can lead to confusion

#11 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2230 posts) - - Show Bio

"Action League?" I see no Meltman or any of the Action Leage Now team.

#12 Posted by Stormbox (2001 posts) - - Show Bio

@Dbennett6684 said:

Ummm...I would maybe have given a second thought to new 52 batmans graphics-too much detail can lead to confusion

What are you talking about, new 52 batman isnt here

#13 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4234 posts) - - Show Bio

I have a couple sets of these and really enjoyed the cartoon like proportions. You might want to check your trash can though, the Superman/Wonder Woman set I got did come with a clear stand for Supes.

#14 Posted by BlackArmor (6137 posts) - - Show Bio

@ARMIV2 said:

I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

(It is a reference.)

Action League Now?

#15 Posted by GothamRed (2563 posts) - - Show Bio

So it's the DC equivalent of the Super Hero Squad

#16 Posted by Icon (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

Fun! ..Except batman looks like he has camel toe.

#17 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (71 posts) - - Show Bio

Why'd they put that gross design on Batman's crotch?

#18 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Now this is a treat. I really enjoy these figures!

#19 Posted by The Average Bear (2072 posts) - - Show Bio

Batmans suit could've used a different artist

#20 Posted by Captain13 (3318 posts) - - Show Bio

I must get the John Stewart and Atrocitus set!

#21 Posted by G-Man (32081 posts) - - Show Bio

@DoomDoomDoom: I thought about that as I was typing. Yes, it was in the packaging. Luckily I was able to find it before it went away.

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#22 Posted by ARMIV2 (8419 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor said:

@ARMIV2 said:

I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

(It is a reference.)

Action League Now?

Bingo.

#23 Posted by alanfrancis (10 posts) - - Show Bio

I must get the Larfleeze one. These are awesome.

#24 Posted by pedroescamoso22 (12 posts) - - Show Bio

OMG these are very cute.

#25 Posted by shikatema88 (11 posts) - - Show Bio

Found the Larfleeze and glomulus set at Ross for four dollars could not say no to that

#26 Posted by GR2Blackout (2564 posts) - - Show Bio

Super Hero Squad!

#27 Posted by Clark_EL (2648 posts) - - Show Bio

John Stewart is not as well known to the general public. Hal Jordan has had his own movie, two animated movies, and his own animated series!

#28 Posted by BlackArmor (6137 posts) - - Show Bio

@ARMIV2 said:

@BlackArmor said:

@ARMIV2 said:

I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

(It is a reference.)

Action League Now?

Bingo.

Good memory even with the name "Action League" this didn't remind me of that until you mentioned it

#29 Posted by ARMIV2 (8419 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor said:

@ARMIV2 said:

@BlackArmor said:

@ARMIV2 said:

I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

(It is a reference.)

Action League Now?

Bingo.

Good memory even with the name "Action League" this didn't remind me of that until you mentioned it

Thanks. I'm rather surprised I still remember it myself.

#30 Posted by BlackArmor (6137 posts) - - Show Bio

@ARMIV2 said:

@BlackArmor said:

@ARMIV2 said:

@BlackArmor said:

@ARMIV2 said:

I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

(It is a reference.)

Action League Now?

Bingo.

Good memory even with the name "Action League" this didn't remind me of that until you mentioned it

Thanks. I'm rather surprised I still remember it myself.

Yeah I haven't thought about that show in years

#31 Posted by yo_yo_fun (643 posts) - - Show Bio

Sweet.

The Martian Manhunter figure is my favorite!

#32 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4234 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man: Awesome!

#33 Posted by cjf28 (7 posts) - - Show Bio

unfortunately, you just reviewed a toyline that has already been cancelled.

Which is unfortunate, because there were alot more figures that deserved to be made, and would of looked great in this line.

#34 Posted by TheBlackestNight (67 posts) - - Show Bio

I Don't Really enjoy the wal-mart brand of Dc's Toys but it sure is nice to see 'Larfleeze' and 'Atrocitous' but all the same i say no to these toys

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