Each week we take a look at cool action figures you can find on store shelves along with some from the past you might already own or have to search for online.
This week's 'new' selection from Wave 17 of DC Universe Classics line, Orange Lantern Lex Luthor.
In some ways, it was an odd choice to make a figure of Lex in this manner considering he wasn't really an Orange Lantern for that long. But that's what this line was about. Other figures in the line include Star Sapphire Wonder Woman, Sinestro Corps Scarecrow (who we saw in a previous edition), Blue Lantern Flash, Indigo Lantern Atom and Black Lantern Hal Jordan.
Typical of the DC Classics line, there is plenty of articulation. This always for more movement and the ability to position him in different poses. What is a little odd is the torso joint he has. It's a ball joint and you can practically make Lex dance around (something that pictures can't fully convey). His lantern also doesn't include a handle like Scarecrow's so it's a little harder to get him to carry it.
You might be familiar with the DC Direct Blackest Night (Series 8) line with an Orange Lantern Lex. This one has a calmer expression and isn't as transparent as the other. Check out these other images. He almost looks...heroic, doesn't he?== TEASER ==
(Many thanks to Norm for taking those pics.)
For the older selection, I actually just picked this figure up at one of the comic shops I go to (I shop at two different locations). From the 2005 Justice League figures (designed by Alex Ross and sculpted by Tim Bruckner), we have Sinestro.
What I like about this figure is he actually has a little less in terms of articulation. Having a lot is great but sometimes it comes at the cost of making the sculpting of the figure look bad. There's been plenty of times when I've stared at a figure and wondered if some of the articulation is really necessary. Usually we see weird torso articulation and it almost ruins the sculpt of the figure. It's nice to be able to brag about how many points of articulation a figure has but that's not a selling point for me. Maybe it's because I don't actually play with them, I don't need them to be able to bend in all sorts of ways.
You'll notice that Sinestro has a slender look to him. Let me offer you a bit of warning, he is a little delicate. When I was removing him from the packaging, I missed one of those stupid industrial strength twist ties. What resulted was his right are breaking at the elbow. Luckily, it fits right back in. You can see from the photographs I took that it's staying in place and I could still position that arm as well. I might add a bit of glue to it later. Maybe.
Sinestro also comes with a mega-rod accessory (you can see it in the picture above in the box if you click to enlarge). I must've been so excited to take these pics that I forgot to remove it. Check out the rest of the pictures and see if you can figure out what the 'story' is.
I explained my story to my daughter and she just stared at me for a few seconds.
That wraps up this week's edition. Be sure to check out the next installment and let us know what you thought of these.