I’ve been hitting the stores looking for Star Sapphire, but still no luck! So Armless Stel Week continues towards its one-armed conclusion. I’ve mentioned that this wave left me feeling dissatisfied and I’m reviewing two big reasons today. Movie Masters G’Hu and the so-called 3pk of B’dg, Dex-Starr, & Despotellis.
I’m feeling particularly vexed by the Green Lantern Movie Masters. I’m probably not going to buy them, but I see some potential in some of the aliens like Rot Lop Fan, the Green Man, Isamot Kol, etc. Even though I’m excited at the prospect of any version of Rot Lop Fan, the figures haven’t always looked great at the various conventions over the last few weeks. Will I buy them when I see them? I do love all things Green Lantern (well, everything except Hal Jordan), but I don’t know if that’ll translate into buying Movie Masters. And yet, I already have one…
I bring all that up because I want to illustrate that I’m not opposed to mixing some of these Movie Masters in with DCUC. That I don’t think they’re all bad figures. So when I say that it really annoys me that Movie G’Hu was put in this wave, you know it’s not out of some misplaced angst against the Movie Masters or the figure itself. It just shouldn’t be there in my opinion. We have finally found one character/figure where I’ll actually say, “Mattel wasted a slot”.
I know he’s there to help hook us DCUC collectors on the GLMM line and I can respect it as a marketing decision, but I wanted to complete Stel and it kinda sucked that I had to buy a figure that’s not really in the same scale or style as the rest of the line. I know that stands in contrast to what I said earlier about possibly mixing in them and I may sound really nitpicky or hypocritical, but I want the option to mix them in. I don’t want to “have” to buy a movie figure to build a comic figure.
With my whining out of the way, I don’t mind the G’Hu figure itself as much as I thought I would. His movie appearance is loosely based on his comic look. He’s a very minor character in the comics though. He appeared in the first issue of the current Green Lantern Corps book. I think that was about five years ago now and he might’ve shown up a half dozen times in that span.
The figure’s sculpt is consistent with the other movie aliens we’ve seen previewed. He appears to have somewhat of an exoskeleton look with lots of little protrusions, bumps, and other textures throughout the figure. It’s a nice sculpt and I think it makes G’Hu look like a cool toy on the shelf. The figure does feature a soft, pliable plastic for his lower legs, hands, the extra little arms by his neck, and his tentacles. It all turns out okay, but I wonder if his softer plastic feet will start to bend while he’s on display.
The paint on G’Hu was surprisingly nice – he was one of the nicer painted figures in the wave for me. The mix of metallic greens and flat greens looks great and his purple skin makes for a great contrast. He has some light metallic blue brushing on his face and I find myself wishing they’d done that throughout all the exposed skin areas of the figure, though this deco may be movie accurate.
Articulation is really strange on G’Hu. There’s some normal points like the ball-jointed head (slightly blocked by the tentacle hair), ball joints on the shoulders, the pincer arms, and the mid-torso (limited), and swivel wrists, but there’s also some weird ones like the angled cut joints on the knees, elbows, and hips. At first, I didn’t like it much because Movie Masters should be better articulated, but the more I played around with him the more I got used to it. It really works with the sculpt to produce some strange poses. I got a decent amount of enjoyment out of the figure even though I didn’t really want to buy him. Continue to B’dg, Dex-Starr, & Despotellis…