Whenever I get a Mattel figure with complicated paint work, I cringe a little bit. Surprisingly, Stel turned out really well. The metallic green is fantastic and the various little running lights, rivets, and pistons are painted well throughout. I did get a couple smidges of silver here and there, but it doesn’t detract from the figure. The only paint issue I had is an annoying one though. The black on the GL symbol doesn’t quite hit the mark. I also find myself wishing that Mattel would’ve opted to do the symbol area like they did Metallo – with the paint giving off a glowing effect. As it is, the symbol because the lesser of two annoyances about this figure.
I couldn’t do a mug shot because Stel clocks in a hair over 9″ tall which is a bit too big for my setup. I have included a shot of Stel from one of the comics in the photo above though. You can clearly make out Kilowog behind him – and significantly taller than him. But, as you can see, that’s not the case on the figure. Stel’s likely more than 2″ bigger than he needs to be. We recently asked Mattel about his height and they said:
He was designed to share parts with some other upcoming Collect and Connect figures and we cut the difference.
Now, the heavy rumor on these shared parts is for S.T.R.I.P.E. from the pages of JSA, but as you can see in the photo below, Neither of Stripe’s two looks match up well with Stel. I think this rumor is more about Stripe supposedly being the rumored DCUC19 C&C. That said, I don’t have any alternate suggestions either. He doesn’t look like any of the other large robots of the DCU like Brainiac 13, Mister Atom, or the Construct. There’s not really a dearth of them to choose from either. If it is S.T.R.I.P.E., then I hope there’s a lot of new tooling…
Overall, Stel is a great figure. He’s got an awesome sculpt and the crooked symbol aside, he’s painted really well for the complexity of the sculpt too. But his size does keep him being perfect. I understand the need for shared tooling, but knowingly making Stel a C&C when he should’ve been a roughly normal sized figure is just wrong to me. I’m not a scale freak by any means, but Stel being bigger than Kilowog is just plain wrong.
Still, the scale issue is just one aspect of the figure and it’s not enough to sour the whole thing for me. The sculpt and paint won me over and it’s cool that we’ve gotten nearly all the characters featured on the cover of Green Lantern #11. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for Xax (if you’re not a GL fan, that’s the little grasshopper alien between Tomar & Nautkeloi), though I hope he’s a pack-in or accessory and not counted as a figure like Despotellis.
Hopefully, the wait for Star Sapphire won’t be too much longer (mostly for my sake) and we can get a few images of a completed Stel into this review. Thanks for putting up with the one armed review!
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