Like the best DC Direct figures, the overall sculpt on the figure is great. Excellent work by Paul Harding (who also did the modern Guy head in the GL wave that followed this one). The head sculpt here is fantastic and the costume detail is translated well into 3D despite some of the artwork for the Red Lantern Guy being a little stylized if I recall. The t-crotch articulation and the super-tight fabric lines are a bit unsightly, but that’s more of a common theme with DC figures than a specific complaint about this sculpt (and if you check out that Paul Harding link, the original sculpted piece looks better in that area, I think the metallic paint is throwing things off a bit).
The paint work is the one spot where DC Direct tends to outshine Mattel when it comes to the Lanterns. I’m going to be a bit hypocritical here because I don’t want Mattel to use metallics, but I do enjoy it so when DC Direct does. Guy’s red areas are painted silver and then covered with a red clearcoat to get a great metallic effect. The paintwork was also pretty sharp throughout the figure, following the sculpted detail lines and even getting that one dab of green in just the right spot. There is a little slop in the hair, or rather on the ears. I’m not sure if the blood on the mouth is a paint app or a tampo, but it also looks fantastic and serves as a finishing touch on the figure.
And then there’s the one area where DC Direct doesn’t shine: articulation. The arms are almost nice with the single hinge and bicep/wrist swivels, but it turned out that the shoulder was also a simple swivel so the whole arm doesn’t do much (to make matters worse the left bicep on my guy is completely stuck and after I broke my Man-Of-Bats twice, I’m too shy to try and fix it). With the arms being limited, the head being only a swivel, and the leg articulation (limited t-crotch hips, single hinge knee) being mostly useless – the figure doesn’t really move too much. If I had the bicep issue resolved he could at least hold his chainsaw convincingly, but dramatic poses beyond that (then again, what chainsaw pose isn’t dramatic?) are out of the question.
For accessories, Guy included that aforementioned chainsaw and the par for the course Red Lantern stand. I love the chainsaw, but the clear plastic feels very brittle and it’s an odd fit for his hands. The handle on mine has already got a few stress marks despite my trying to gently get it in the figures hands. I fear it won’t take too much to break it.
Overall, if you’re a DC Direct buyer, then this figure is par for the course. Great sculpt, clean paints, but questionable articulation. The inclusion of the chainsaw is fantastic, but I wish the plastic were a little more user-friendly. If you want a toy to play with, this Guy probably isn’t for you, but if you want something to look cool on your shelves, he’s your man. If you’re like me, you’re surely sick of buying Green Lantern figures (and wondering where are the Flash Rogues, Wonder Woman characters, Morrison JLA, Villains, Space Characters…), but I still can’t seem to turn down one if it’s cool or if I liked the story. If Guy here had a working bicep, I’d be completely happy with him despite my GL fatigue.
It’s a little bittersweet to also realize that this could be one of the last DC Direct figures I’ll be buying anytime soon. While DC Comics has been slowly eroding my willingness to buy their comics, DC Direct just up and left my money on the table. The slim 2012 offerings are of little to no interest to me, so after I get reviews up for Natu & Warth (& Munk once I finally get around to snagging a loose one, stupid 4pk), it might be a long drought before any more DCD is featured here at IAT.
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