Superman Blue DC 9"

New in the continuing series of DC 9" figures, Superman Blue is a Kaybee Toys exclusive.  He's hit most stores by now, but if there isn't one in your area you can pick him up on-line at for $14.99.

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 though!

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 strong.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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