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Green Lantern vs. Sinestro Review

There were only minor paint issues in the set. Sinestro ended up with some black scuff marks on his receding hairline and Hal had some brown paint on his ears. Everything else was pretty ship shape though. The metallic paint, even though I’m not a fan, looks sharp on Hal. Mattel added a high gloss to the black areas and pearlized the gloves and symbol. It really blends together well and I find myself hoping that the TRU Hal repack coming in the Zodac 2pk features the gloss and pearlized paint applications. That way Hal No. 11 will have some value besides being a repackaged waste of money.

Articulation is similarly decent. Hal features the original neck articulation – once simply nice, but now comparatively awesome – and has great range. He looks up far enough that he’s fit for some great flying poses. All the other articulation is there: ball-jointed shoulders, hinges at the chest, elbows, knees, and ankles, swivels at the biceps, wrists, and waist, and the Mattel hips. The only thing really missing is the now removed rocker ankles (as evidenced by the odd foot poses in nearly all the pictures on this page).

Sinestro’s articulation is the same, but the range isn’t there for all the joints. The recesses on the top of shoulder are smaller and limit the ball-joints a bit and the head is a tight fit on the larger buck’s neck. It’s not as bad as on the GL 5pk, but there’s only slight up and down movement and it’s a very squeaky, noisy joint every time you move it. Finally, Sinestro did feature the only stuck joint in the two-pack – his left hip. It ended up giving with some careful work, so no heating or freezing this time, but it’s never fun to pull a figure out of a package and have it unable to move.

The set also included a whopping seven accessories. I had concerns about these accessories being functional. I wasn’t sure if the Metal Men redecos would fit on Sinestro’s smaller hands, but Mattel found the right ones and both the pickax and wrench accessories work for him (the wrench is a little loose, but it stays on). He doesn’t really hold the mace all that well though. Green Lantern ended up with the other Metal Men accessories and they fit well on him since he sports the size hands they were designed for. The wrecking ball and circular saw are nice, but I was disappointed by the gun.

Hal is known for making giant fists. Mattel has a giant fist accessory. Mattel will not give it to him. His third accessory is John Stewart’s rifle and he’ll have that same accessory in the upcoming Zodac 2pk. Der. Also annoying is that these accessories are in different shades of green and yellow than the previous constructs. In fact, all three figures that have come with a yellow construct have each featured a different shade of yellow. What’s up with that?

Finally, there’s a lemon-lime lantern to round out the set. It’s a call back to Green Lantern #52 which was the first cover to feature the half and half lantern. I’ve never read the issue, but I always thought the half-and-half lantern was more of a “cover metaphor” and not really a real thing. Still, with Mattel, I never look the accessory gift horse in the mouth.

Overall, I still feel like this set isn’t worth the price. I don’t mind having a corrected height Sinestro and getting seven accessories helps the value, but I wouldn’t have bought this set for $35. I probably shouldn’t have bought it for $28, but that was at least less than two figures. There are some nice elements to Hal – not the eyes though – that I’d like to see incorporated into the next Hal I have to buy to get Zodac, but I had no real desire to buy this Hal by himself.

If you’re a huge Sinestro fan or a DCUC Completist, this set is for you. Otherwise, you’re probably okay to buy something more substantial with your $35.

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31 comments to DCClassics.Com
Green Lantern vs. Sinestro Review

  • Dude, I wrote a pictorial review of these that may or may not see the light of day (depending on my editor at Geek), and I called out the creepy eyes too. Geez, he looks so g.d. weird!

    Very nice review, and the Sinestro comic is priceless. Everyone loves a bastard joke! 🙂

    • An editor? Ewww! 😀

      I guess the bright side is that they tried to do something different for him, but the end result just looks strange. Plus, with the eyes and symbol going the SP route, I don’t know if metallic paint was the right choice (as good as it looks here).

  • Megatherium

    I was really surprised at how much i really liked this set (cept for the price, that did make me cry a little)…I wasn’t happy about another Hal Jordan, but man, is he shiny. I musta been blinded by the light! I never understood the white eye covers on superhero masks anyhow…It would have been nice of them to release an All Star Sinestro, but heaven forbids the release of Villains…See Tuxedo Joker for reference…

  • Globulus

    I skipped this 2pk. It’s not selling here either so I’m waiting for clearance next year.

    • All the 2pks except mine are still at my TRU, yeah.

      I saw on RTM that TRU lowered the prices back to pre-Xmas stuff, but this 2pk stayed at $35. Boo.

  • Cunningham

    Another great review. I’m glad for the reviewers out there that aren’t afraid to not like something.

  • Benning

    Awww… poor Lil’Stro. LOL

  • Adrian

    I haven’t bought this either and after reading this I’m even less likely too. I keep hoping TRU will drop it back down to the $30. Hoping they do the same for the MOTU 2pks too.

  • Slugger

    At least the constructs are cool! I want the set for those alone.

  • Diaz

    When will they make Sinestro Corps Sinestro at the fixed height!?!

  • Actua

    Great review! Love your jokes!

  • I still don’t understand why Hal doesn’t get a fist. You’re exactly right, if there’s two constructs Hal was known for, it’s a giant fist and a giant shield.

    I don’t understand the gun. Clearly, if that’s actually a thing it’s from a time I wasn’t reading GL comics.

    The yellow mace is super lazy, because it sure looks like it’s a Hawkman part. If they’re going that route then why not take a ‘Ken’ baseball bat and mold it in clear green? Oh, wait, Hal DOESN’T HAVE AN OPEN HAND TO HOLD THINGS.

    Rargh.

    Well, given how inept and lame we can expect future constructs can be, there’s a giant aftermarket business possible here, that guy who makes the weapons could make some real bank.

    • and now I see he does have an open hand. WTH? Why did I think Hal had two fists? I’m just tired…

      or..it was his EYES! His scary, scary eyes! AAGGHHH!

      • He does have his lantern hand, yeah. I think I remember Toy Guru saying that the mace was a last minute fill-in for something else that didn’t work, but I can’t remember what it was.

  • globaldominationmachine

    this 2pack is the definition of what sucks about mattel.

    another hal jordan using the same exact mold that’s been used 4 previous times? they couldn’t give us a new head? really?

    a “corrected” sinestro done up in his classic costume? meanwhile, sinestro in his current, sinestro corps costume has been HUGE in the dcu for the past few years. but no, we get the classic look. to add to that dumbass decision, we get new sinestro corpsmen… without a version of their leader in the same costume. just dumb.

    reused accessories. really? they couldn’t spring for a couple new accessories?

    $35?! are you effing kidding me?!?!? the only REAL reason to buy this is sinestro. and like the motu/dcuc, mattel is expecting me to spend $35 on ONE figure?!

    for one reason or another, no one wants this 2pk. it’s pegwarming hardcore. $5 says mattel will see that and figure 2pks don’t sell. idiots.

    • Freefire

      Man, where do you guys live? I’m in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and I havent seen this, DCUC 16 at all. Saw my first DCUC 14’s the other day and only Hourman and Obisidian. The TRU near me has the Hal/Abin Sur 2 pack peg warming, and everywhere has lots of Power Girls, but thats it.

    • I guess the 2pks being lower runs as exclusives for one store is somewhat to blame, but they need some development in these 2pks.

  • G-Man

    Instead of buying this, I bought a second Low/Maash and did a head swap and hand swap with the GL Sinestro. Now I have a correct scale Sinestro Corp Sinestro and an alien GL. If I could just find GL Abin Sur cheap and some missing C & C pieces, life would be good! (BTW, love the reviews!)

  • AmericanHyena

    Ha…so funnily enough I loaded up your site yesterday, read this article and remembered that I had $50 in Toys’R’Us rewards money that expired that night. (I would have completely forgotten otherwise.)

    So I went out, saw this set, and used the rewards money to buy it. :-p

    I haven’t opened it yet, but I’m hoping I can use some of the yellow constructs for the other Sinestro Corps members.