Last week was a little light on reviews, so it seems fitting we kick things into high gear this week with Reviewapalooza II! Our second foray into the mad world of double reviews will feature over a dozen figures between today & Saturday. Let’s kick off with Club Infinite Earths Starman!
If you’d just told me Starman was going to be included in Club Infinite Earths a year ago, I would’ve gotten really excited. I love having the Golden Age Ted Knight (Starman I) and his son Jack (Starman VII) on my shelves and I’m still looking forward to flesh out that legacy on my shelves. I really want the otherworldly Prince Gavyn (Starman IV) on my shelves, preferably in blue. I’d love to have his successor Will Payton (Starman V), preferably in black. I’d get a huge kick of having both the alien Mikaal (Starman III) and the mysterious 1950’s Starman II.
Well, we didn’t get any of those. And we also didn’t get Ted’s other son and Jack’s brother, David (Starman VI), but that’s okay because he pretty much would be the same as Dad with only slight modifications. No, what we got was the eighth Starman, Thom Kallor.
Thom Kallor started out in earnest as a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes back in the early 60s. I don’t know as much about the early Legion as I should, but he dated Dream Girl, hailed from the planet Xanthu, and can control the mass, gravity, or density of any object. In the later years of the original continuity, Starboy grew a beard and adopted the star field costume that this figure sports… but this figure isn’t necessarily that Thom Kallor.
I don’t want to descend into madness here, so I’ll try to keep this brief. In Robinson’s Starman, the post-Zero Hour retconned versions of Thom was fascinated with the past Starmen of Earth (all those guys I named up above, yo) including Danny Blaine, Starman VIII (who also looks just like this figure). To that Thom’s horror, he would learn that he’d eventually travel to the past, take the alias Danny Blaine, and be Starman VIII (and die!!! Dun dun dun!!). But this figure isn’t necessarily that Thom Kallor either.
During Geoff Johns run on Justice Society of America v3, another rebooted version of Thom Kallor appeared in the past sporting the star field costume and temporarily joined the JSA. This version of Thom might be the original, he might not. Johns wrote him as partially crazy (due to too much time travel) which was silly, but it was nice to see Johns using a guy as the “ditz” character for once.
There might be some clue as to which version of Starman this is based on the styling of his hair or beard – I’d expect that they likely make him the Geoff Johns version, but this figure can really be whatever version you want. He’s seems a little old to hang out with the Legion, but the bearded head gets him pretty close. He can hang with the JSA. Heck, he could hang out with Red Robin & gold Captain Atom on a small Kingdom Come shelf (yes, he was in that too, it’s complicated…). He’s versatile enough. Heck, I think he displays great in an eclectic collection just because he’s a cool “clear/glitter” star field figure. Continue to Page 2…
25 thoughts on “DC Classics.Com Club Infinite
Earths Starman Review”
My Star Boy is sitting on my LoSH shelf. Personally, I wasn’t too big a fan of Thom in the JSA. Of course, I cut my (comics) teeth with silver age LoSH, so I’m a little partial there.
I do really enjoy this fig, especially with the unmasked head. While Thom has so little to distinguish himself from other figs, he does work very well, even with this buck system. He may not be a highlight fig for a premium subscription line, but I’m glad to have him! Of course, it also helps that the rest of the year looks pretty great for a DC fan.
Love that last pic! What a beautifully creepy Starchild! I can totally picture Thom singing “Daisy Bell”!
Thanks! I’d wondered of the last pic was a little too “out there”! lol
Yeah, Starman isn’t the best figure this year by a long shot, but he looks sharp and keeps me happy that the line’s still going! Now, where’s Dawnstar…
yep, Dawny can use Hawkgirl as a starting base, with only a few mods, depending on the costume they pick. (Hopefully, not the current L.Lost look! dangit, I just jinxed us, didn’t I?)
Maybe… the Legion is such a mess of designs. 🙂
I really am enjoying this fig. My only complaint is wish he had a half mask on head and a sloppy joe platter. Yeah I brought that up but I dug that look with Thom in the books. The joes just a throw in and if read the book you know why.
He’s with my JSA shelf and I switch heads when clean the shelves. Each time I wonder what if we got that head. Also the legion ring hand. Forgot about that but I don’t have the legion 11 fig set (lazy matty) so thats okay.
Currently waiting on Mirror Master to get here along with the rest of the 2012 sub.
Dog! I forgot to mention the lack of a ring hand! Not sure if it’s a design choice or an oversight, but it’s sloppy either way for sure.
Great Job I never knew he was going to be translu at all
It’s cool! I had a ton of fun with the pics!
I have Thom displayed with my lone JLA/JSA shelf as well since there is no room for the Legion and it just struck me the other day that there was no Flight Ring fist! Bummer. Other than that and the lack of brighter stars on his costume, (as per the Giffen era Legion) this is my second favorite offering from CIE next to Jay. I love the “Zinger frosting” hair on Thom and his beard rocks for sure. A solid offering all around.
Bigger glitter would’ve really helped! At least they didn’t sparkle silver paint on him like they did with He-Ro’s sword!
dude just needs a “corncob” pipe and fisherman’s hat —
WOW ROCKET RED IS EVEN BIGGER THAN THE ANTI-MONITOR!!!!!!! WOW, SURELY TOYGURU USE TO BE DRUNK OR IN DRUGS
The Four Horsemen sculpted it that way. Neitlich and Benecke left it that way. The clucks in charge over at DC approved it. Rocket Red makes me question how any of them can claim to be DC fans.
Yeah, Rocket Red’s got plenty of blame to go around!
A couple of people have suggested the unmasked head on a X-Men movie Professor X as a good Dr. Niles Caulder to round out the Doom Patrol
It does look like it could work, doesn’t it!
I really like this figure. Its kind of that less is more thing. However i would have liked it if they made him a little more clear…so you dont have to put a search light behind the figure to see that he’s transparent. BUT with that said…if they did make him more clear…you’d lose that dark black and end up with a smokey looking figure. Its tough to get that right mixture….but i think he’s a little too thick
I’m a lad dissapointed that he didnt come with a Legion ring hand…but since I think he was intended to be with the JSA…I’m ok with it. I think if they DID give him a flight ring…then he’d be too much of an adult with that buck.
In a perfect world he’d come with the alternate head AND alternate teenage buck body AND flight ring hand. Maybe even a clean shaven teenage head like in the Mike Grell era
Every time i look at my Legion 12 pack i wish they would have given Timberwolf his more modern 80’s costume. That earlier costume design just dosent match with the others
Agreed. If they ever do another 12 pack to round out the Legion, it wouldn’t bother me one bit if one of the slots went to a 80’s Timberwolf. I remember Steve Lightle drew the hell out of that costume for T-Wolf’s “Who’s Who” entry.
My biggest problem with that 12pk is the gender ratio. One more girl, preferably Apparition if I had a vote, would’ve made the set much better.
I got mine, opened the shipper box to check them out, and…set them aside. This was after I ordered extras just for the bearded head for a “Chief” custom, and was thinking the other day that instead of never getting around to turning black suit Superman into Will Payton, I can add the “sparkle” of this body, since it will be fodder, anyway.
don’t diss the Beard, tho! I had several friends in HS who weren’t exactly facially follically challenged, including one guy who could pass for 30 at 13. Noisy, you can check my recent pics on FB to see my friend Elliot aka “Big Bear” who’s just shy 7′ tall and is a literal Sasquatch.
(then again, I don’t recall the Thom of the past two decades or so having a handlebar mustache apart from his beard, they flowed together.)
Would I want a Price Gavyn Starman? Not really, but if he does make it, I hope it’s at retail so they can do the 50/50 for the blue/red costumes. Considering the current mindset at DC, tho, I’m not holding my breath unless something really big happens with the character really soon. I doubt even Sylvester Pemberton’s original Star-Spangled Kid or later persona as Skyman isn’t even on the DC/Mattel radar.
Regardless, this figure fills in several spots: Legion, JSA, and Kingdom Come (where you forgot MAGOG from the JSA wave!). I think the main reason I didn’t immediately add this Thom to my shelves is I already have the DCD version in with my JSA, and the main difference is articulation. (and price.) I take it you don’t have him, or we could have gotten a comparison review?
I also got my 2 Mirror Masters today, kinda peeved they were already shipped before I could order the JLU set with them or an extra Bow before he sold out. I hope they offer the JLU sets again later, as I can’t see paying $30+ship for them, right now. Weird thing is, I actually wanted to open him up, but told myself not without opening the other DCIE figures, first.
crap. just checked and the JLU are “almost gone” and MM is Sold Out! sigh….do I want Old Static to fill up a line I stopped caring about when it was still at retail or not…?
Good idea for the Will Payton! I wasn’t sure on the mustache/beard connection either, I wondered if it was a Geoff Johns thing.
Tried putting Monster Kolor Glasscoat on my spare, doesn’t look good.
I never understand how that Monster Kolor works with the clear plastics. Shame it didn’t work!
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