Sculpting - **1/2
While these might look exciting, don't get confused - they are foreign
kids meal toys. Don't expect McFarlanesque work here.
That being said, some of the
sculpts are better than others. Superman is the worst, and he simply
doesn't look like the animated character.
The only other head sculpt
that I have serious problems with is the Joker. His hair is
bizarrely shaped, but overall the rest of the head sculpts are good.
Unfortunately, the leg
sculpts (or construction) on these is awful. Ignoring the Penguin,
who doesn't have any leg articulation, the other 9 all have trouble with
the shape and style of their legs. Most are far too close together,
making such top heavy figures almost impossible to keep standing.
You have no idea how much work it took just to get the group shot at the
end of the review.
At least Wonder Woman has her
legs spaced a little. Figures like Catwoman, Robin and Batgirl have
their legs right next to each other, and even Batman and Superman have
The worst is the Joker in my
set, who may have two of the same lower legs causing his oddly deformed
Paint - **
The paint ops on these is fairly sloppy. The paint work on the
animated style isn't particularly detailed, so that's no excuse.
Most of the chest emblems ahd hair lines have bleeding from one color to
the other, or they've been painted outside the lines.
Robin has one rather unique
situation. His cape had a piece of plastic covering the black back,
and when I removed it, the cape was sticky and tacky. I'm not sure
why that is, and if it will stay that way, but it's worth noting.
With a little better quality
paint ops, these figures would have really been nice.
Accessories - Bupkis
As kids meal toys you probably don't expect them, but I can't leave out
the category in all fairness.
At least WW and Penguin have
their lasso and umbrella, respectively, molded to their hands.
Don't let the score here fool you completely. Yes, they have more
points of articulation than 90% of the Hasbro versions, with neck,
shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles on most.
A couple have less - Penguin
only has neck, shoulders and waist, and some of the ladies have waist
articulation and no elbow - but overall there's quite a few points on
The joints don't work
particularly well though. The ankles tend to be weak, exaggerating
the problem with standing on their own, and the elbows, knees, neck and
hips have very limited range of motion.
The score is as high as it is
because these are kids meal toys - you really don't expect this level of
articulation in this type of toy.
Value - **
I paid ten bucks a piece for these, or $100 for the set from a French
dealer. That's not a terrible deal, although these figures are
really worth about $3 each in all reality.
Overall - **1/2
These figures probably only deserve **, but they get an extra half star
because they are simply so unique. If we got something like this
here, for the usual $1-$2 a figure at McDonald's, they would be kicking,
but at the extra expense to get these from overseas, they become less
However, if you're a big fan
of any one of these characters, or the animated shows, you should consider
keeping an eye out for a good deal. These are marked on the back
with the Quick logo, so I'm betting these won't be the JLA premium that
Subway will be carrying in the States later this year.