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DCClassics.Com Review:
Green Lantern Sodam Yat

Paint does most of the work to differentiate the figure and it doesn’t take too much, most of the figure is molded in the appropriate color. Strangely, the symbol on my Yat is well done while the collar just above is a fuzzy mess. The head, unfortunately, is closer to the fuzzy neck line instead of being more like the symbol. The eyes and mouth look fine in person, but in the images you can see that the white for the teeth and the left eye (right in the photos) aren’t as crisp as a collector would like. It’s kinda funny because the figure on my desk seems to have a nicely painted head, but the photos tell a different story. The hair line is sharp, but just a tad too high.

Articulation is what we’ve come to expect. Ball-joints at the head and shoulders, swivels at the bicep, wrists, and waist, hinges at knees, elbows, and ankles, the Mattel hips, and the ab-crunch. The head is a little limited, but everything else works well enough. I still wish Lanterns were deemed important enough to have ball-wrists.

I should also mention the mold lines too. I don’t normally mind or even notice them. Toys are toys and I accept seams, articulation cuts, etc. with fairly wide latitude, but Sodam here has some really bad seams and lines, particularly the ones running down his neck and across his shoulders. I’m going to have to take an x-acto knife to those.

Sodam included one accessory, an alternate hand with a lantern projection. I have mixed feelings about it. I like the idea of it and I like that it swaps easily with no fear of snapping off like Mercury’s alternate hand, but I’m not sure what Sodam’s doing with it. I guess it’s just a ring blast that happens to be in the shape of the lantern symbol. That’s cool enough, I suppose.

Overall, Sodam Yat is an okay DC Classics figure. I want to make sure that I’m giving him a fair shake despite my dislike for the source material, but I’m having a hard time getting excited over the Sodam Yat figure. He’s sporting only two new pieces and the paint doesn’t quite live up to the job required of it. He is serviceable though and when it comes to a healthy Green Lantern shelf, it’s important to remember that there’s going to be a lot of Hal bodies with new heads. With that in mind, Sodam Yat will get his spot in my collection. He’ll be the sun-reigniting messiah towards the back.

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16 comments to DCClassics.Com Review:
Green Lantern Sodam Yat

  • Sephron13

    “He’ll be the sun-reigniting messiah in the back”.

    You know I love your reviews, and we share similar DC likes and dislikes, comic-wise, so to say I enjoyed this review is something of an understatement. But the quoted line above had me rolling. Thanks for that Noisy!!

  • 3B

    I don’t find him to be a likable character, either. He comes off a lot like Superboy-Prime… a major douchebag! And on top of all that, Arisia, arguably the hottest GL babe ever, is smitten with him. I’m glad he got a super groin punch.

    • Fire King Xi

      You hit the nail on the head. Sodam Yat is like Marvel’s Sentry character. They irk and vex me. The Arisia love interest/crush thing is the most irritating.

  • Agreed on the overall dislike of Yat!
    Great review and great toons as always, I am struck by the cheapness of this figure. Your pictures do a really good job of highlighting his problems, especially next to other figures that I take for granted as being solid (Supes and Hal).

    • The GLC line feels more cheap than regular DCUC waves overall. I’m at a real low point here. I need to here some good DCUC19 news…

  • manekochan

    I don’t know who he is, but I can’t resist laughing at “maybe Alan Moore should have created him with a cup.” Heh heh. ^^

  • Nicholai

    I dig Mon-El because of the Silver Age wackiness of his origin story and being stuck in the Phantom Zone and even his LoSH appearances, but I agree that Yat is just…..not good. I could do with less Daxamites or if I have to have them someone please take care of them with lead. Please.

    • The only thing worse than Sodam Yat is his people! I do enjoy Mon-El quite a bit though. Why wasn’t he in the Legion 12pk??

      • Nicholai

        Total agreement on my part. How we receive Yat before Mon-El is rather annoying considering the history of Mon-El and his relation to both the Legion and Superman.

  • Fire King Xi

    Whoa. Back the trolley up. Stel’s “way too big”. No way. They should have made him bigger. The height is alright, but he should be broader across the chest. I mean he’s robot. Why settle for puny human size when he can be awesome. And don’t try to feed me any bullmalarkey about comic book accuracy. Comic book fans are the bane of the DCUC experience. They would choose mediocre over awesome just because they saw it in a picture book.

    • Sorry, Fire King, I’m not a scale nazi, but Stel is just too big. He’s a normal sized robot. If he were Kilowog size or shorter, I could’ve lived with it, but it’s dumb to have him that big. Particularly when Mattel knew how big he was supposed to be and didn’t care just to save money on shared tooling.

      I love the figure, but I hate his size. It’s cheap and, yeah, it’s inaccurate by more than I can tolerate.

      • Brainlock

        Rumor is, Stel’s body is going to be re-used for another CnC. Biggest/best guess is STRIPE, but the tooling is wrong. Next guess would be Girder or maybe a “war machine”-type of Cyborg (Vic not Henshaw). I dunno. we’ll see, soon enough.

        as for Yat, I’m surprised you didn’t go for the DBZ reference with that hair! LOL That’s the first thing I thought of in the first picture. that and too dark green for the body.

        Yat’s currently featured in the GL: Emerald Warriors book with Guy, and the villain is some telepathic psycho, so Moore’s prophecy might be coming to a conclusion EXCEPT for the fact we’ve already seen Sodam in LoSH with a mohawk/ponytail, no less!

        • The tooling is wrong, but Mattel cut the difference with Stel’s height, so who’s to say that didn’t cut the difference with Stripe’s design? Personally, I’d be happy if it wasn’t Stripe, but I’m pulling a blank on who else it could be. Always more than happy to be wrong about things I don’t like though.

          I’ll probably talk more about it in the Stel review because I’m saving any GL group shots for that one, but I’ve been dissatisfied with the varying shades of green used on the figures and the constructs. It’s like Mattel has never heard of pantone.