Young Justice. We meet again. This is one of those reviews were I passed on the figure initially, but repeated trips to the store and a lack of resolution about collecting the line ultimately led to picking up the figure. Not my favorite, but not bad, here’s six-inch Solar Suit Superboy.
I know. I’m where I said I wouldn’t be. I’ve bought yet another Young Justice figure that doesn’t complete the team. I feel no investment in Mattel, nor do I feel any closer to getting a 6” Miss Martian. I didn’t buy this Superboy because I want to help the line or support Mattel. I ultimately just bought it because it looked cool. And, hey look, there’s the whole line together. Funny how that happened…
That said, I did spend $21 on this and it’s important that I point out this figure isn’t worth it. I enjoy the figure, but a large part of the “value” these figures are supposed to have comes from the base and Superboy just happens to not only have the worst base so far, but a particularly crappy one at that. More on that in a minute, but yes, that is a piece of styrofoam trapped inside the tube there.
First, let’s focus on what I liked. Superboy has a great head sculpt. I could see some value in his having an angry face, but the sculpt here looks a little sullen. One of the parts of Young Justice that I find interesting is that Superman, acting generally out of character for how I perceive he should be, doesn’t know what to do about Superboy. It can’t be easy – it’s gotta be bad enough when a teenager walks up and tell you that he’s your son, but it’s surely worse when it’s a clone made from your stolen DNA. Superman will surely come around, but in the early episodes he’s kinda of a dick to Superboy and that amuses me. How Superboy feels in those situations is what I see on his face here. Not the anger, but the issues under it. Now that’s a lot of heavy lifting for an animated head sculpt, but it works. It helps that this sculpt doesn’t have too much of an animated influence though.
For the rest of the figure, well that’s nothing new. Superboy sports the Legion buck from his head to his toes. It’s pretty cheap, but it works and I happen to really love the all-white look here. It’s a simple design, one I didn’t really give a second look when the show first aired, but it looks snazzy on the figure and it’s ultimately the reason I bought it. Plus, if I ever tire of having him, he’s like “Anybody Kid” for the Legion, some acetone to get an all-white buck, a custom paint job, a repurposed head, and boom instant thirteenth Legionnaire.
After the figure though, this toy’s appeal starts to fade fast. On the upside, there’s two accessories – a bendy girder and a cement block hammer. I don’t remember the show’s pilot off the top of my head and I don’t recall if he utilized these during his breakout, but that would certainly help. The bendy girder kinda sucks as it’s really only bendy in the middle at the grip – girders don’t bend easy, see? That’s kinda the point.
The hammer is a little cooler, but it walks the line between being debris and looking like it was made to be a hammer. I don’t dislike it, but it’s a fair sight odd and I can’t help but think it’s best use will be in a future edition of Poe Ghostal’s Odds n Ends articles. Now, about that base… (Continue to Page 2)