Packaging - ***
The packaging hasn't had any significant changes, other than the different
inserts for the bubble, and the slightly different lineup on the back. I still
like the embossed logo, and I'm all for the small size.
Sculpting - ***1/2
While the overall sculpt isn't perfect, it is pretty close to the animated
source. It fits in nicely with the rest of the series as well, with a
pretty decent scale. Slightly smaller than Darksied, but slightly larger
than the regular heroes, he looks great in the mix.
Of course, the animated style doesn't allow for a lot of detail, but they've
done a particularly good job with the look of the head. The bulging brainy
veins are present, and the outfit matches his normal day wear on the show.
Another nice aspect of the scale on this whole line is that it fits in pretty
good with the BTAS figures, so if you'd like UH to hang with the Joker or Killer
Croc, it works pretty well.
Paint - **1/2
There's not a lot of detail on this figure in the paint category either, but
there's a few areas of note.
The eyes are very clean on mine, quite well done for a mass produced figure
intended for kids. All too often companies assume if it's for kids, it doesn't
need to be that great. How wrong they are!
I did knock of some points here though, because one area where there could
have been more paint detail is his brain veins. Most of the time, I
believe these are not the same color as his skin, at least not that I
remember. Without those paint ops, he loses what could have been some very
good looking detail work.
Articulation - ***1/2
Mr. Humanite has all the articulation he really needs, although he's not super-poseable
by any means.
He has neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips. The joints all work
well, with a good range of motion, and you'll have no trouble getting him to
stand even when he's carrying the oversized gun. He has just about the
right amount of articulation to please both kids and collectors.
Accessories - ***
Ultra comes with one accessory that works as two. There's a handle on the
bottom, which he can hold so it operates as a gun. The projectile launches
from the front with the push of the button, although it's not the most powerful
I've seen lately.
There are pegs on either 'wing' as well, so Ultra-Humanite can stand on it
and use it as a mode of transportation.
The twoferone idea is an interesting one, but UH's version isn't the most
Fun Factor - ****
If you've got kids that love the show, you know they need a few villains for the
team to fight. We've only had Darkseid and Lex Luthor so far, so an
additional big bad, especially one that's so unique in appearance, is a very
Value - ***
At six bucks, you could have added another half star, but Target is selling
these at $7. That's a solid value, but it's not Scrooge McDuck good.
Overall - ***
I'm really very happy with this figure, although he's not outstanding.
Mattel is doing a nice job with the Justice League line, and we're still getting
a nice variety from them. Oh sure, we have way too many versions of Flash,
GL, Batman and Superman, but it could certainly be worse, and the new
assortments are coming out often enough to keep it interesting.
Where to Buy -
I picked him up at Target on Friday. There's two of him per case, so you
shouldn't have TOO much trouble finding him. Or at least not more trouble
than finding Darkseid was!