||This week has seen it's second DC 9" figure hit the shelves here in
Michigan. The local Kaybee stores received a bundle of the exclusive
Martian Manhunter, packaged under the JLA label. Here's how he meets
Packaging - *
Somebody needs to fire the packaging engineers at Hasbro. Poor Jonn
is held in with around 9 twist ties - two for each arm for crying out loud
- and his cape is again attached to the back of the package. I'm
sure they believe two things - that MIB collectors want the figure in a
'dynamic' pose, and that this type of packaging also reduces theft.
They'd be wrong on both counts - the theft-notion is long outdated, and
MIB collectors would be just as happy if they could remove the figure from
the package without damage and put it in their own 'dynamic' poses.
|Articulation - ***
This is the same body used on the rest of the series, not including the
Batman Beyond figure, so it has the same articulation - cut joint neck,
ball joint shoulders, bicep cut joint, elbows, wrists, fingers, double
joint at the waist, knees and ankles. While I would like to see a ball
joint at the neck, the articulation is solid.
Accessories - no stars
That's because there are none - not even a display stand like the others
in the series. Considering the $15 price tag, the stand would have
Costume - **
This is a costume that's okay, that could have been fantastic with just a
couple tweaks. I like the molded boots, but I'm sure some folks,
particularly customizers, won't be too thrilled. But the boots look
good, and don't interfere with the poseability or ability to stand.
The cross belt is nice, but it's hard to imagine how they could have
screwed it up. The real problem is in the cape and shorts - the cape
is *this close* to being terrific - but they didn't hem the outside
edge. While they did hem the shorts, they are a little small - or
perhaps just not well designed - so that he is pretty much forced to show
you some cheek. If those two minor spots had been considered, this
would have been an easy three stars, and maybe four.