10" Justice League
Batman, Superman, Flash

Mattel is hitting the shelves pretty hard with Justice League product this summer, with a wave of the regular figures, new playsets, new vehicles, and a series of 10" versions of Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern.  I haven't seen GL yet - I'm not sure he's shipping quite yet either.  If you've already seen him, let me know!

I found these first at Wal-mart, retailing for $10 each.  I suspect we'll see them pop up at the other retailers supporting the Justice League line, like Toys R Us and Target soon enough.

Packaging - ***
The large window box shows off the figure nicely, and the graphics match the carded series.  The boxes I found were tri-lingual, which can be annoying for some folks.  A nice touch here though is that they are moderately collector friendly - there's only a couple twisty ties, and everything can be put back into it's original state if you desire.

Sculpting - ***
The sculpting isn't bad at all, and is really the nicest aspect of this large scale series.  They've captured the look of each character well, although that's not too tough considering the basic quality of the style.

My personal nit to pick here is that the hands weren't sculpted to hold anything.  Okay, Mattel decided to not give us any accessories, but that doesn't mean a resourceful kid couldn't come up with something.  Unfortunately, with the closed fists on Batman and Supes, that won't be an option.

Scale between each of these three is good, although Bats seems a tad bigger in relation to the Supes and Flash than either the smaller versions or the maquettes.  Still, it's hardly noticeable, and overall you should be very satisfied with the sculpting.

Paint - *1/2
Too bad I can't say the same about the paint ops.  Every figure has issues in some way or in some place, and I looked at several on the shelf.  The borders between the red and yellow on the Flash are all sloppy, the top edge of Superman's costume, next to his skin, is poorly done, and the soft rubber capes have odd marks or dots.  My poor Flash even had a pock mark on his nose.

Considering the size of these figures, and the simplicity of the colors and design, there's no excuse for this poor of paint application.

Articulation - **
The figures all have neck, shoulders, waist and hips.  Again, it seems very odd for such large figures to have such little articulation.

The capes restrict the shoulders slightly on Batman and Superman, but it's not terrible.  However, cut elbows or wrists would have been a nice addition, and you may have a little trouble finding that sweet spot that keeps them standing on their own.

Accessories - Bupkis
None of the figures comes with any sort of accessory.  That's another very disappointing feature, since in this scale there are plenty of possibilities.  How about a sculpted hand on Batman that can hold a batarang?  Or maybe some Kryptonite for Superman?  Anything?

Value - **1/2
The larger scale Simpsons were $15, but they came with four or five very cool accessories each.  The similar rotocast Hulk was only $10, and had lots of articulation.  That's a great price - these should be at least two bucks cheaper considering the great work Toybiz is doing with their large scale rotocast figures.

Overall - **
I bought all three because I'm a big fan of the license.  If I weren't, I'd have skipped on anything but Batman.  Had the paint ops been well done they would have been a great, low cost alternative to the maquettes, but instead they are neither great looking statues or great looking toys.  They fall in that limbo in between, and neither kids nor collectors will be overly pleased with them.  They're not doggie chew toys, but it's disappointing to see them miss such a golden opportunity.

Where to Buy - 
I snagged mine at Wal-marts.  I'm betting Target and TRU get them soon, although they might be a buck or two more than the $10 I paid at Wally World.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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