I found this review particularly difficult to write. Some figures you love right away, some figures make you love them, some figures just fill out the shelf a bit (or came with a critical C&C piece), and some figures you buy only because you maintain a DC Universe Classics Checklist. These guys are the last two.
This part of the review is usually where I give a brief bio on the character, but I think we can gloss over ol’ Hal Jordan a bit. He’s normally green, a bit of a spotlight hog, and he’d sleep with your sister without so much a second thought about how you’d feel about it tomorrow. I think that sums it up.
These two figures showcase Hal Jordan as he appeared for three total panels in two comics in 2010 when he was very temporarily in possession of a black ring and a white ring.
When you look at the rest of DCUC Wave 17, the obvious omission is a Red Lantern Mera. Toy Guru commented that making a Mera would cost the equivalent of 4 other figures, and so collectors were left with an incomplete set and Wave 17 was short an obvious sixth figure. To finish off the spectrum, Mattel turned to ol’ reliable – Hal Jordan.
Hal’s sculpt is almost entirely the original buck, but with the “recession” ankles. Each figure includes a newly sculpted head & ring hand. It looks like the hands have the proper sculpted rings on them, but it’s hard to tell on the final figures. White Hal’s looks more like an orange ring and my Black Hal has a black blob on his hand that kinda has the Black Lantern symbol in it.
On the head sculpts, both are well executed, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why White Lantern Hal is so unhappy. The Black Lantern makes sense – heck, Hal was even screaming in the two panels from Green Lantern #50 where he was black. Admittedly, Hal Jordan was also yelling in his one panel as a White Lantern, but the concept behind a White Lantern just implies he should have a more tranquil expression. White Lantern Sinestro is smiling after all.
While the Black Hal head sculpt is my favorite of the two, there was one critical error on the figure. He should have gray skin. When Nekron turned nine of the resurrected heroes into Black Lanterns – they got groovy black costumes and healthy gray skin tones. Hal doesn’t look bad with normal skin, but I’d prefer if the figure matched the other DC Direct Black Lanterns at least. Continue to Page 2…