Normally, I gobble up DC Classics releases as soon as possible. I like DC and I’ll buy figures of just about anybody. Add that to the fact that I’ve only seen some figures once or twice, and I’ve learned to buy ’em when I see ’em. But this 2pk? I left it at TRU plenty of times. It just didn’t seem worth it.
I don’t normally talk about price here at IAT because… well, because pretty much everything I buy is a little too expensive. $9 for an MU figure? $15 or a DCUC figure? $20 for a MOTU figure? Whether you want to believe that that is just how much stuff costs these days or you’re convinced it’s all a money grab by the companies & retailers is up to you. I’m somewhere in between on the issue.
For me, if something costs too much the simple solution is that you’re not going to see it featured on IAT. I won’t buy it. That was going to be the case for this 2pk. It just isn’t worth the $35 that TRU is charging for it – particularly right after I watched TRU jack up the prices on the Marvel Legends and MOTU 2pks by $5 just a few weeks before this hit.
So why did I pick up this two-pack? Coupons. Right around Christmas, I got a 20% off one item coupon for TRU. And I had some TRU reward bucks that were going to expire. I looked high and low at TRU for anything there I really wanted and, being pretty much caught up thanks to Christmas, I ended up picking up the 2pk for $28. That was at in the typical 2pk range and less than the cost of two figures.
The set does have nice packaging if you care about that sort of thing, but the main purchase appeal of the two-pack is a “corrected” Sinestro. He’s packed with a shiny “Super Friends” Hal (Hal No. 5 if you’re counting) and some redecoed accessories to help round out the value of the set.
If you bought the set for Sinestro, you’re probably okay with the figure you received. The height and build are much closer to being comic-accurate (and, man, if you thought the old Sinestro was small before, it’s flat out comical when they’re together). But Sinestro is still done on the cheap. He gets some parts from Deadman – from his ab-crunch to his ankles, plus the biceps – which gives him some odd striations and pock marks across his body. He shares other new parts with Black Lantern Abin/Amon Sur (smooth biceps, smooth torso, & feet) which are what make this figure possible. And finally, Mattel called on the original Sinestro for the forearms, head, belt, and hands.
This Frankenstein Sinestro pretty much gets the job done though. Sure, I’d prefer if he didn’t have the Deadman detailing and his arms look a little off with the shortened forearms (the overall length looks okay), but he’s a decent Sinestro figure for the folks who’ve been waiting on him for their collection. The annoying thing is that we still need this figure repainted one more time so those of us that prefer him in his Sinestro Corps uniform can replace their figure as well.
What more can I say about this Hal mold that I haven’t already said? It’s his movie year, so I have no illusions about how many Hal Jordan figures I’m going to see Mattel crank out in 2011, but he’s already been overpopulated in the DC Classics line. I still want a Parallax, but I wish we were done with Hal otherwise. He doesn’t have the same costume breadth that Superman & Batman do (a facet of the line Mattel doesn’t really explore) and with him already up to seven figures released eleven different ways (the Zodac 2pk will feature the TRU Hal for a second time, Hal No. 11). I’m well past Haled out.
As for what makes this Hal standout from his brethren? He’s an amalgam of the Hals of yesteryear. He features the classic Silver Age Costume of the DCUC3 release and the metallic paint of the TRU release. He’s further differentiated by the Super Friendsesque logo and his visible eyes. I always thought his eyes were a bit creepy on Super Friends because the mask went right up to the whites of his eyes and so, similarly, his figure creeps me out a little. Even from the extras box he’s already in down in the basement. Continue to Page 2…