By Bearded Justice 0 Comments
Since my last review was a decent success... plug plug... I've decided to go ahead and do some more! Yay, fun for you! So, maybe you're looking at these Flashpoint figures out now and maybe you're looking at these Batman Inc. figures out now, and thinking, "Man, I wish there were some way to know what they are like out of the box." Well, say that no longer, my friend! Here for your reading pleasure is a review of one figure from each of those sets, and a couple other random figures.
Hey, look, it's Hal Jordan! aka Green Lantern!
This all-around cool figure is Justice League: Classic Icons: Green Lantern (phew that's a lot of colons). Sure, there might be better Hal Jordan figures out there, but I needed a classic looking Green Lantern for my collection. I made my choice, and stick by it! What's not to like here? Well, maybe that wretched base that it seems DC Direct has adopted as the new base standard. Whatever. The detail is fine on this one. It's nothing amazingly insane, but good enough for what I wanted. Hal is doing a classic Green Lantern pose, so we're all set there. He comes with a ring charger, that I didn't put in his hands, cause I think it looks a bit silly, but he holds it nicely. If you're into the ring charger, then all the better! I'm giving this guy a 4.5/5. It might seem dull to some Green Lantern collectors, but it fits great in my collection.
Don't call him a Robin Hood rip-off! It's Green Arrow!
Here we have Brightest Day: Green Arrow. This is probably one of the best Green Arrow figures ever made, so I'd try to get my hands on it before they're gone! Pretty much everything about this is next to perfect, unless you hate his Brightest Day costume, in which case... too bad for you. The detail is superb, and you can kinda tell in the photo just by looking at his face. This figure is a little more articulate than the last one, as he's capable of taking several poses. You can't really see it in the photo, but on his back is a quiver of arrows, with one loose arrow. He comes with two loose arrows, a bow, and his removable hood. You might think the hood would look dumb since it's removable, but it actually works really well. It allows him to move his head around more, and if you don't like the hood... did I mention it's removable? Green Arrow doesn't even have that crummy base that I keep talking about. No sir, he comes with a clear Brightest Day-esque base. Very cool! Certainly a 5/5 from me!
The first figure to show off Bruce's new costume! It's Batman!
I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed in this one, this Batman Incorporated: Batman. It was looking good in the preview guide and everything, so what happened? Honestly, I don't think a whole lot of effort went into designing this guy. It seems a bit cheap to me. He's not as thick, or heavy, as other figures. It's hard to describe. You need to have it in your hands to notice this. He's articulate, I'll give him that. Buuuuuutttt.... I'm not crazy about articulation. I used to love articulation! I thought it was the greatest thing in the world if a figure could move in all these wild directions. Now, not so much. I kinda like my figures to be statue-like, and only capable of being put in a few poses. Hey, if you like articulation, then this could be the Batman for you. Not for me, though. The detail is quite solid, so there's not much I can gripe about in that area. The poses are good, and that comes with the articulation. Does he come with stuff? Hmmmm.. let me check... no, no he does not. You know what though, that wouldn't normally bother me, but his hands are crafted to look like he's supposed to be holding something. His right hand isn't a closed fist. It's a hand that's meant to be wrapped around something, or holding something. That brings the figure down. It feels like they just took the hand off of some other figure and stuck it in here. Yeah, like that's a rarity. As with most other new DC Direct figures... HE HAS THAT FRICKIN' CRAP BASE! God, I hate that base! This figure could've been a lot better, but what we have isn't bad, and I could see others enjoying it more than I (look, when you already have 13 other Batman figures, it's easy to criticize new ones). So, I'll go with a 3.5/5.
P.S. I did order the Knight figure from this set, but apparently it didn't arrive yet, so I'll be reviewing that one later.
Hey, another Batman, but from another time-line, or something... I don't know, I didn't read the main title.
Flashpoint: Batman is a decent figure. You see, I like elseworlds crap, and I throw this in there with that lot, even though it's not an elseworlds. It's a "Don't call it an 'elseworlds' elseworlds!" Cause I mean, if it were an elseworlds, then no one would read it. But, enough of my silliness. It's hard for me not to compare this with the figure above, so I'm probably going to. There's less articulation, which me likey. Maybe you don't likey?? How am I supposed to know? There's a little less detail, though. This Batman looks a little more "blocky." I don't know, maybe he's the Minecraft Batman! Yeah, let's think of it like that... nah, you know if it were a Minecraft Batman, I feel like Mike Mignola would be the artist. I really like the pose I've got him in, though. He looks like he's ready to crush some weakling, hopefully not me. As with the previous Batman, this one doesn't come with anything, but it's cool here. He doesn't need to have anything. His hands weren't obviously crafted to be holding something. I groan once more, as he has that same base. I'm sorry I didn't get the base in any of these photos, but believe me, it's quite lame. Just a black piece of plastic, basically. I'm also sorry I didn't get any of the feet in the photos, but suffice to say that all feet were satisfactory. 4/5 for this guy, cause I think I like him a little better than the previous one.
In honor of the new trailer, it's Ghost Rider!
Marvel Select: Ghost Rider is pretty awesome! I've had this for awhile, but I figured I'd review it just to prove I don't only buy DC stuff. Yeah, I have some Marvel things too! I had to include the base in the photo, cause it's just so cool. Johnny Blaze has his hands full, as it appears some hands are trying to drag him down to hell. Now, I do prefer Johnny Blaze to Dan Ketch, but I gotta say, I'm more into the Ketch costume. The black leather and chains just seems cooler than the blue... whatever you call what he's wearing. I think it might be his stunt costume. Costumes aside, this figure rocks, mostly due to the amazing detail. Marvel Select is their prestige figures, and they are indeed like mini-statues. Everything is detailed well, even the head, which seems like it would be hard to do considering it needs to look like it's on fire. Not a lot in the way of poses, but like I said, it's a small statue, not something to go into battle with your Mephisto figure, but hey, what you do with your figures, in your home, is your business! There's no wuss base for Johnny, either. In fact, it might be one of the best bases I've ever seen. All in all, a solid 4.5/5.