There’s a lot of smaller animal characters in the DC Universe and I don’t know if there’s a good way for Mattel to get to them. They took their first stab at it in this wave with a “three-pack” of B’dg, Dex-Starr, & Despotellis. I put three-pack in quotes because Despotellis isn’t a figure. He’s an accessory, which makes this a two-pack in my eyes. Anyway, I want a lot of the smaller characters like Detective Chimp, Ch’p, Rex the Wonder Dog, etc., but I don’t feel like I got my money’s worth with this two-pack of pack-ins so I’m not sure how I want Mattel to handle them going forward.
B’dg was the highlight for me. In the early 80s, the Green Lantern Corps recruited a young freedom fighter named Ch’p into the Corps. Ch’p’s planet is home to an intelligent race of chipmunks. Ch’p’s history is a pretty fun read, but he ultimately dies at the hands of a yellow truck. When the Green Lantern Corps is reformed post-Rebirth, another member of Ch’p’s race is recruited. Enter B’dg. B’dg hasn’t gotten to be much more than a background character, but it’s nice seeing a chipmunk in the GLC again. No, really.
B’dg is an all-new sculpt and it’s spot-on. He’s got a limited ball-jointed head and cut joints at the shoulders and hips. It’s not much, but it works on a figure his size. The paint and tampos on B’dg were nice and clean too. He does usually need to rest on his tail for balance, but otherwise he’s a great little figure.
Though you can’t tell from some of the artist’s depictions, the DC Direct pack-in, or the Mattel figure, Dex-Starr is a normal (albeit blue) Earth cat. When drawn correctly, he’s just like every house cat you’ve ever seen except that he wears a Red Lantern uniform and coughs blood instead of hairballs. So what went wrong? I don’t know. Some artists feel the need to draw him somewhat anthropomorphized and that artwork apparently ended up as the source material for both figures. It’s a shame, because Dex-Starr was one of the breakout characters and we basically missed our chance at getting a proper figure from both DC toymakers.
Little Dexter was abandoned as a kitten, but was quickly adopted by a lonely woman in New York City. He lived with her for a time, but a robbery attempt on the woman’s apartment went awry and she was killed. Dexter quickly found himself without a home for a second time. He lived on the streets as an alley cat until he was caught by two morons who planned to get their kicks by drowning him. Luckily, a red ring found Dex just before he hit the water and a new character was born. Dex-Starr is easily the second most popular Red Lantern after Atrocitus.
The figure itself is fine if Dex-Starr was from a planet of upright cats the way that B’dg is from a planet of upright chipmunks. The sculpt is done well and the animal head is excellent with the open mouth/screaming looking great with or without the “vomit blood” attachment. Speaking of that, I don’t know if it has to be pink or what, but it really should’ve been red! Dex features the same articulation as B’Dg, except that his head is a simply swivel joint. Like B’dg, Dex-Star usually has to rest on his tail to stand.
The two little figures included an accessory of the Yellow Lantern Despotellis. It’s actually my second Despotellis. I got my first one in what I now know was a “two pack” with Sinestro from DC Direct. Despotellis is a sentient virus and therefore invisible to the naked eye. That easily makes him the most out of scale DC figure ever, but I still think it’s a cool idea. Like the DC Direct one before it, Despotellis does have an articulation point that allows the “head” of the virus to rotate. Despotellis is cast in translucent yellow and required no paint.
Overall, I appreciated G’Hu’s figure, but he’s probably destined for storage unless I buy some other Movie Lanterns to put him with. He’s a solid figure with a neat sculpt, decent paint, and some interesting articulation, but he’s just not part of DCUC despite how he was sold.
For the “three pack”, B’dg is destined for my shelves based on the merits of the figure while Dex-Starr earns a reprieve for being a decent sculpt even if it doesn’t depict him appropriately. The head sculpt looking great with or without the attachment is what really impresses me. Despotellis will go in the accessory bin, I think DC Direct did a better job on him. Plus, they didn’t try to sell it as a unique figure either.
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