If anything lets us know that the line ended, it’s this Sinestro. He’s essentially an apology figure. The original Sinestro figure was famously craptacular and it took Mattel nearly three years to make a corrected version. But that original figure had a variant, leaving one more error for Mattel to correct.
I was never the biggest fan of Sinestro growing up. I don’t really know what it was. It could just be that I never made a connection with Hal Jordan and thus his rogue’s gallery is of little interest to me (what other classic Hal rogues do you guys want to see?).
Sinestro is one of the few characters that I think Geoff Johns has actually improved upon though it took a bit for Johns to get a good handle on him – I distinctly remember being pretty annoyed when Johns had Sinestro kill Black Condor II in Infinite Crisis. Since then, Johns has written Sinestro somewhat more nobly, thought that may not be a take you like if you prefer to view Sinestro as a villain’s villain.
Since Johns took the idea of his yellow power ring and extrapolated it into an entire Corps though, Sinestro has taken off. He’s even currently starring in the Green Lantern title alongside Hal Jordan and the book is arguably more about Sinestro than Hal. Even though Sinestro’s back in his green jammies for the current run, a corrected height Sinestro Corps version was a must for Mattel. While it’s not my favorite thing in the world, it was important that they got him down before the line wrapped up – and they did. This is my preferred version of Sinestro and it’s really the only one I need to own (I’ve bought eight, five from Mattel and three from DC Direct).
Like the original Sinestro Corps Sinestro, this figure is a repaint of the classic costume. In this case, it’s repaint of the corrected figure that came in TRU 2pk with Hal Jordan. The good thing is that the height and build are much closer to being comic-accurate. The downside is that I’ve found myself spending another $16+ to get a figure that features no new parts and reuses some parts that I wish he wouldn’t, like Deadman’s striated and pock-marked legs.
That said, the reused Sinestro parts cobbled together with the leaner, taller buck definitely work for Sinestro and finally give me one a figure that’s able to replace my DC Direct figure (which I had apparently used in a previous shoot and forgot to put back, I couldn’t find it for this pics!). The DC Direct figure still has a better, more menacing, sculpt, but I prefer the articulation and solid sculpt here over the more detailed sculpt and limited articulation on the DC Direct offering.
All the paint lines are sharp on the figure, mostly due to some nicely down tampo work. The only thing that looks a bit odd, and it’s hard to tell from the pics, is the overlapping yellows around the collar. You can see how the tampos were applied and it looks weird, but it’s not a deal breaker. I did have a little fuzz around the armband, but again, not a dealbreaker. Continue to Page 2…