There are really three Hasbro/Kenner DC lines
that I felt were real winners in the last decade. BTAS is one of
course, and one of my personal favorites is the cool Legends of the Dark
Knight line. The third is still limping along - Total Justice, which
was renamed JLA a year or so ago.
The JLA figures have an extreme pose in
their sculpts, but it works in a Mcfarlanesque sort of way. The
character selection has been great, but it looks like this series - series
4 of JLA - will be the last. These are only available through Toys R
Us right now, and retail for $5.99. This wave includes Wonder Woman,
Atom, Red Tornado (all reviewed here), Batman and Superman (not reviewed).
Packaging - ***
These provide you with some decent card art, and it's a nice touch that
the back of the card has cover art which you can cut out and put in the
back of the display base. Hasbro gets extra points for that move.
Sculpt - ***
Of these three, WW probably has the best sculpt. But Atom's is
nothing to sneeze at - check out how cool the atom symbol on his head
is! And although Red Tornado is the least exciting, he's the only
one of these three that's really in the 'total justice' style. He'll
look perfect with the previous waves. WW will fit in, but she isn't
really in the same style, and Atom probably fits better with the DC Direct
stuff - and he's about the right size!
Value - ***1/2
Here's a shock - well sculpted figures, display bases, and an accessory,
all for under six bucks. These figures are quite a bit better value
than most lines currently shipping.
Paint - **1/2
As is often the case for Hasbro, you need to be picky about your
figures. The paint ops tend to be sloppy, but at least with this
wave there should be enough figures on the shelf (for the next week or so
anyway) to allow you to be choosey.
Articulation - **1/2
Standard Hasbro/Kenner 5 points. Knees and elbows sure would be
nice, particularly on the Atom and WW figures. Red Tornado has that
extreme TJ pose, so extra points wouldn't have done a lot of good.