Packaging - ***
The packaging has improved in a couple ways, although it's still got a
long way to go. It's definitely not collector friendly, but I think
that Hasbro's idea of collector friendly is to pose the figure in the box
in some sort of action pose, so that the MIB collector can enjoy the
I'm not sure that actually
matters, and it rarely works. Here, the die cut front gets in the
way of seeing much of the phone booth, but Kent's pose is pretty good.
However, they have improved
this box in terms of shelf life. It's much sturdier than the
previous Bruce Wayne, and the graphics are fairly attractive and bright.
Sculpting - ***1/2
They've updated the sculpt on this Supes, giving him a little more hair
and slightly different face than the previous Silver Age Superman that was
a Target exclusive.
I don't think the head is as
big as others do, so my score is better than most folks. The sculpt
itself is very good, heroic without being constipated.
Paint - ***1/2
There aren't a lot of paint op details here, but the head is well done,
and the eyes on all the ones I've seen look great.
Articulation - ***
These are Famous Covers, and their articulation has never been quite as
good. But the DC 9" body isn't bad in terms of points of
articulation, and the gripping hands can be very useful.
He has all the points you
expect if you've bought one of these before;
neck, shoulder, elbows, waist, wrists, bicep joint, hips, knees, hands and ankles.
Accessories - **
The only 'accessory' with this figure is the telephone booth. A
nice plastic booth would have been fantastic, but it wouldn't have been a
twenty dollar figure.
This cardboard version is
actually better than I had hoped. The cardboard is heavy stock, and
while it won't hold up to much playing, it displays well.
Outfit - ***
This is slightly improved area over the last Superman figure. It's
still basically the same Superman uniform, however we get stitching this
time around the wrists, and the cape both full length, attaches better on
the shoulders, and has the appropriate 'S' symbol. The Superman belt
has several small red lines added, but is the same belt otherwise.
The Clark Kent suit is fairly
good looking, although it's hindered by the fact that it is worn over the
Supes costume. This was the same as Bruce, and it makes the figure
appear big, particularly in the shoulders and chest.
The suit is made of a
stretchy material, which reminds me of a bad 70's polyester suit.
The shirt and pants are actually attached to each other, sort of like a
jump suit. The oddest thing here is the belt - rather than make it
some sort of basic velcro closure, it has a metal buckle.
Probably the nicest addition
to this figure over the previous Bruce Wayne is the addition of his black
shoes. Since he has flesh colored hands, the Clark Kent version
looks far more 'normal' in his street clothes than Bruce Wayne did.
Value - **1/2
I sure wish I'd found these for five bucks. Ah well, $20 isn't a
terrible price, although a more accurate price point for this level of
quality figure is $15.
Overall - ***
The previous Bruce Wayne got **1/2 stars, and the extra half star here is
indicative of the slight improvements in including the shoes, the nicer
cape, and the better packaging. Unlike the Bruce Wayne figure, which
didn't look particularly good in his Batman suit, this Superman looks
better than the first version.
Where to Buy -
This is a Target exclusive, and they
seem to be in big numbers right now. I've seen them at three
different Targets in just the past few days, and I bet that with the after
Christmas lull, they won't fly off the shelves.