Let me make it clear that I know almost nothing about this incarnation of
Superman. I realize he went through this whole 'pure energy' thing
awhile back in the books, but I haven't been reading Supes comics in quite
some time, so I'm clueless. That didn't stop me from picking one up
Packaging - **
Well, it's not as good as the recent packaging that the GA Batman and
Robin were sporting, but it's serviceable. It holds up well to shelf
abuse, and while there are still way too many twisty ties and tape, at
least you don't have to utterly destroy the box to get him out.
Sculpting - ***
Not bad, particularly for the 9" series. This head is actually
the right size! I can only guess as to it's faithfulness to the
books, but it's a clean, nicely done sculpt, finally in the right
scale. Unfortunately, his paint work on the face was sloppy, as you
can see in the top photo.
Articulation - ***
No surprises here, since it's once again the same DC 9" body.
If you hate the body, you'll still hate it. I think it looks
excellent with the properly sized head, and with neck, shoulder, bicep,
elbow, wrist, waist, hip, knee, finger and ankle joints, it outdoes other
figures in it's size range for points of articulation. Is it better
or worse than the Famous Covers body? That's one you'll have to
decide for yourself, but I put it on a very even par.
Accessories - Bupkis
I'm assuming there wasn't much they could do here, but I miss the stands,
especially at a $15 price point.
Uniform - **1/2
Clean lines, hemmed cuffs (a problem in the past), and a terrific
design. I know, that's the way he should be, since that's the design
from the comics, but still, we've seen action figure companies get these
things wrong before. This costume is an improvement over some of the
past versions, but it still needs to be tighter across the chest and
waist. It could be taken in a bit in the back, and that would solve
the problem. Odd that these uniforms are baggy, since they are not
designed to be removed.
Overall - **1/2
I'd like to give him a three, but the sloppy paint application and still
slightly baggy costume dragged him down. I like the look overall,
and I'm very happy to see the much improved head - with this figure, the
GA Robin, and the new Masterpiece Batman coming later this summer it looks
like they've gotten over that oversized head problem. I have high
hopes for the line, although I hope the character selection remains