Every week we take a look at a comic book collectible to see how cool it really is outside of the package. This week we have another Matty Collector exclusive figure. This is the March Club Infinite Earths figure. Who would have ever thought we'd see an Elongated Man action figure?
Ralph Dibny doesn't have the long history like many other classic DC Comics characters do. His first appearance was in 1960 in THE FLASH #112. What set Ralph apart from many of the other heroes is he publicly revealed his identity. He was an adventure as well as a bit of a detective. It's unfortunate that he hasn't made an appearance or been mentioned so far in the New 52.
As usual. the back of the packaging does give a brief summary as to who he is.
Elongated Man is a simple but cool figure. This is one for the fans. You most likely wouldn't see an Elongated Man figure sold in stores (although there have been a couple in the past).
As with the other Signature Series figures, he doesn't have an enormous amount of articulation but that's a good thing. Too much articulation often takes away from the appearance of the figure.
As far as accessories, he does come with a magnifying glass. That might sound a little lame but it's actually pretty cool looking.
You don't need to worry about him only coming with a magnifying glass. Because he is a character that is supposed to be able to stretch, he does come with one extra arm/hand to give the illusion of stretching.
Some may say he should have come with actual stretchy limbs. I'd have to disagree there. If we're being realistic, these "adult collector" figures are more for display. You're likely not going to actually be playing with them. The proble with the stretchable limbs is they do not hold up over time. I have a Mister Fantastic from Toy Biz from the 90s. His arms have become slightly discolored and any attempts to stretch them could cause the rubber to snap. No one wants an action figure with a missing limb.
Again, this is a figure for fans of the character. Sadly, with all the Club Infinite Earths figures, it is sold out already. It originally sold for $20. You can easily find many on eBay and they tend to go around that same retail price. Sometimes you can find one with a lower starting bid and you could get lucky.
That's it for this week. There might be a LEGO set or two featured next week. That'll depend if I get the time to build them this week.
Are you hoping to see Ralph Dibny in the New 52 soon?