Packaging - **1/2
The line of Superman characters receives a rather generic but unique card that features an
exploding green planet as a background. The packaging is actually very
generic for the price you're paying, and the cardstock is rather thin as
well. Hunting for a solid mint figure might be tough. But I buy
to open, so it didn't bother me TOO much. There's nothing much to it
really... just your standard card & bubble. Quite unattractive
Sculpting - ***1/2
If there's something that DC Direct can always be counted on, it's the
sculpt. No matter how much articulation is provided, everyone can rest
assured that the figure will look GREAT standing on your shelf.
There's not much more to say really... this is pretty much the version of
Superman I've been waiting my entire life to own. A superb recreation
of the comic book character.
Paint - ***1/2
Pain applications is also very well done on Superman. All the colors
are bold and clean. Blues are solid blues, reds are solid reds.
Paint on the face is also nicely executed. And yes, the 'S' on the
cape is painted yellow... just in case any of you were curious.
Articulation - **1/2
The standard DC Direct action figure tends to only have a small 9 points of
articulation. Superman, however, really IS super in comparison with 21
points of articulation. It's still disappointing after owning many of
the Marvel Legends, but for those who own all of the DC Direct figures,
Superman will probably land the highest on your list.
Superman's neck articulation allows for looking up for comfortable flying.
Another few extra points are given in his wrists as well as a cut thigh and
Unfortunately, Superman still isn't articulated enough to display in cool
action poses. But he does look rad standing tough... which is good
enough reason for me.
Accessories - 1/2 (that's right... it's
one half of a star)
Superman comes equipped with a stand. That's it. Now I totally
understand that Superman is just the most comprehensive of super heroes, but
at least a chain necklace of kryptonite would have been a neat addition.
But still, shouldn't we be glad that he comes with a display stand?
Well for that price... yes. But it's a cheap blue piece of plastic
that doesn't look very good at all.
Value - **1/2
I picked this up from Towerrecords.com for $14.99 with tax and shipping,
coming out to $18.05. Expect to pay about that price or more depending
on the comic book shop or ebay auction. So anyway, $18.05 for a figure
with far less points of articulation than Marvel Legends (that sell for
$6.99), is the low point here. But Superman is a classic and I didn't
regret picking it up.
Overall - ***1/2
As I mentioned above, Superman is one of those characters you can't pass up,
if you're a comic book fan. There has never been a Superman figure
this good before so I advise all interested parties to pick one up.
This is the best DC Direct figure ever made and will make a perfect addition
to all collections.
Where to Buy -
You're local comic shop is your best bet right now. On-line:
- Boise River Collectibles have them for
$16. Check under the DC Direct category.
About the Reviewer:
Coheteboy collects many popular toy lines and writes for Galactic