Anti-Monitor Week rolls on with a review of Lex Luthor during his brief stint as an Orange Lantern Deputy. Normally, I wouldn’t be too excited for this particular figure. Two things though: orange is one of my favorite colors. And I love translucent figures. Now, if only I enjoyed crazy, armored up Lex Luthor…
My first introduction to Lex Luthor was more or less the Super Friends version, but he never really appealed to me in those days. Well, in some ways, he has never appealed to me. I like the idea of Lex Luthor, but it has always seemed to me that Superman is better showcased when he’s fighting Darkseids, Doomsdays, & Brainiacs. Luthor always remains unbeatable in a way – a mental invincibility against Superman, perhaps – and I’ve never liked it.
I did come to appreciate him as a corporate villain only to be disappointed by his rise to the Presidency and the subsequent implosion of his character (perhaps the DCnU Lex Luthor will do away with most of that unfortunate turn of events). Anyway, Luthor has been a bit more interesting in the last year after temporarily receiving an orange ring as Larfleeze’s “deputy” during Blackest Night.
Lex Luthor getting an orange ring was pretty interesting, but was also ultimately futile. Instead of focusing on the task at hand – defeating Nekron, Luthor was first out to kill Superman and later to steal the rings of the other deputies. He successfully robs Scarecrow of his before he’s restrained by Wonder Woman & Flash. It was pretty interesting and fun until Wonder Woman’s lasso had him reveal he secretly wanted to be Superman. I thought that was pretty stupid. He might want the power or the adoration, but he’d never want to be Superman outright. I should thank my lucky stars that he didn’t talk about real estate though. Ugh.
Luthor is largely a “retool” of his original DCSH figure. While I prefer my Luthor in a business suit, I do have a soft spot for his battlesuit from the mid-80s. It might be important to note that the DCSH figure caused a bit of controversy back in the day. He was originally shown with a classic/rounded armor while the final figure ended up with the boxy armor seen in the picture above. So, when it came to do this figure, he needed a few new pieces to get back to that rounded armor – essentially a new loincloth, chest, and shoulder armor. These all look great, but I’m honestly waiting to see them in proper green & purple. We’re one new chest piece (with his ‘L’ symbol) from getting a proper Battlesuit Lex for Classics now. I still want my business suit Luthor, but I wouldn’t mine a proper Battlesuit Lex one bit.
Luthor’s sculpt is rounded out with the head from the Gotham City 5pk and a new right hand featuring the orange lantern ring.
Hmm, well there’s not much to say about the paint, huh? Luthor is almost entirely cast in orange translucent plastic. Mattel wisely avoided any washes, so that he could look like the big orange-flavored gummy bear that he is. I do wonder why he’s clear though. I get that his armor’s a construct, but shouldn’t there be a naked Luthor in there? Not that I want to see a naked Luthor, far from it.
The paint work is basically restricted to the head and it’s done well. Luthor essentially becomes the best painted figure in the wave by default. Continue to Page 2…