Do you have toylines that you keep buying, but you’re not sure you should? Young Justice six-inch is that way for me. I enjoy the show and I’m always down for some DC Comics figures, but I find myself constantly questioning if this really is a toyline I should be collecting.
My biggest hesitance with the Young Justice line is a simple one for most collectors to understand: team completion. It’s one of those fun little disconnects between a toy company and a toy collector. They want to keep us hooked by not finishing the very subgroups that we wish to complete. The way I see it though, the main team isn’t a subgroup here. Mattel needs to plow through the core cast and get Superboy and Miss Martian (didn’t Mattel already screw us around enough when it came to getting Martian Manhunter?) sooner rather than later. Looking at the lineup for the next three waves though, it appears Mattel is dead set on holding core team members back. And combined with how the line is selling (not well here), I find myself asking, do I want to get these if I’m not going to get a shot at getting all six?
Still, I’m the first to admit that I’ve kept buying (so far). I snagged Robin & Artemis early, and snapped up Aqualad the one time I ran across him. After that though, looking at the offerings of those aforementioned next few waves – Red Arrow (2), Sportsmaster & Solar Suit Superboy (3), Kid Flash & Guardian (4), and Batman (5) – I kinda balked. Solar Suit Superboy & Batman don’t really do much to in terms of team building. I resolved to pick up Kid Flash and then hold off on the rest. Then Mattel came along with a bundle…
My intention to not purchase Red Arrow was interrupted by a deal at the Shop.Mattel.com. All four 6” Young Justice figures in a set for the low price of $40. And with a trusty coupon code and free shipping, it came out to just $36, or $9 each. Vault was looking for the hook up on Artemis & Aqualad, so I could get Red Arrow for cheap and have a Robin leftover to boot.
As you can imagine, resolve tends to go out the window in such a scenario.
* – I also have to point out how delightful an experience I had from Mattel Shop. No crazy WSOD, a free shipping deal, and a coupon code. Oh, and did I mention that I placed this order from Mattel Shop about an hour after my November Mattycollector order? Both shipped UPS, but the Shop Mattel order got here a week earlier.
Okay, so that’s how I came to own this figure I wouldn’t have bought otherwise. Now, I might as well get to talking about it. The sculpt uses the same basic buck as the recent Legion set with a few notable additions. Green Arrow’s hands are carried over for their archery goodness. Roy also sports new, chunkier feet, a soft plastic belt/thigh holster, a new torso with sculpted costume details, a quiver, and a new animated-style noggin’.
All of that combines to make for a top notch figure with mostly sculpted detail. The belt and thigh holsters add a nice extra layer and don’t restrict movement while the sculpted harness on his torso prevents the figure from looking too bulky.
I really like the head sculpt, but mostly because it’s not too animated. My biggest beef with this sub-line is that decision to make these DCUC compatible, but with animated head sculpts. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but I think giving these guys more realistic head sculpts and leaving the animated designs to the 4” line would have really helped both lines.
Articulation is what we’re used to since Red Arrow sports what is essentially the standard compliment for a DC/Mattel figure. There are some changes though. One, the range of the neck is a little more than were used to with some nice tilt and the use of Green Arrow’s hands brings ball-jointed wrists into the mix. I know, I know, archers keep their wrists straight when firing, but let’s face it, these figures couldn’t get into anything close to a good archer’s pose without the ball-jointed wrists to compensate for the lack of range in the arms and torso.
I didn’t have too many paint issues with the Red Arrow, but that is primarily because of molded colors. There was some general fuzziness on the few paint lines, particularly the longer right glove and the boot tops, but nothing I’d go crying to customer service about. Like Robin, I wish the figure wasn’t as pale, but that’s more about matching the animation than it is an issue. Continue to Page 2…