Vault Review: DC Unlimited
New 52 Superman

As for articulation, nU Supes is pretty on par with what to expect from a DC Classics figure.  His head is on a ball joint, and it can actually move up and down a very tiny bit.  His shoulder and hips are swivel/hinges.  His biceps, wrists, waist and thighs have swivel cuts, while his elbows, knees and ankles are hinged.

Supes has no accessories, which I guess is OK since he couldn’t hold them with his fist hands.  He also doesn’t come with a stand, which used to be inserted into these rerun figures.

What you see is what you get.  Paint apps seem to be the biggest quality control issues with the figures I’ve seen.  The paint can be a bit thick in places, and you’ll definitely want to look the figure over before purchasing.

All around it’s a pretty decent DC Classics figure.  It’s nice to get such a unique body, which helps to add a bit more variety to the shelf.  Even if you’re not into the nU 52, this version of Supes could easily be from an alternate reality, the Legion time, or One Million.  Either way I think I’ll be picking up a Batman and Wonder Woman to keep him company.


27 thoughts on “Vault Review: DC Unlimited
New 52 Superman

  1. I like the review Vault, short and concise. I’m hoping to find the All-Star one, I was wondering which you would have got if they both were staring at you from the peg? Looks like they may have overdone the blue in his hair, but otherwise a nice painted figure.

    Also your last pic, Inspired by Supreme: Story of the Year?

  2. Nifty review and great pics, but if it weren’t for this site, I wouldn’t have known that DC was doing another reboot. But wouldn’t have been surprised. I’m just glad I don’t collect comics any more.

    Like the sparkly outfit on this guy, though. In the last picture on the first page, you can practically hear the “TING!” sound effect as sunlight glints off him as he strikes his heroic pose.

    1. yeah, DC rebooted everything after the “Flashpoint” mini ended in Sept 2011. they didn’t even make it known until halfway through the series. Almost every title was affected, with the exception of the (top selling) GL and Bat-family titles, and even then it depends on who is writing/editing on how much has changed. So of course, the continuity problems that plagued Hawkman post-Crisis in 1986-on are nothing compared to what has cropped up in the GL and especially Bat-titles the last year and a half.

      for instance, I dropped from about twenty books to maybe a dozen just to keep my pull but after a year, I was only looking forward to TWO books a month and killed my comics addiction after three plus decades. (Marvel costed me out several years back at $4 for 20 pages.)

  3. Well truth no nu52 for me other than to have it look like Supes and Ultraman and trying to figure who he looks more like.

    Saving money I am.

  4. I saw this (and Flash) at a TRU a couple of days ago, but ultimately passed. I don’t care much for the new52 designs, although Batman is “passable”, but I hate the head on this Supes. It’s just way too off-model for my tastes.

    Although now reading your review, I wonder how the old DCUC Superman head would look on this body… I’d also repaint his belt gold, or silver.

    Thanks for the insight!

  5. I agree, that last pic is great.

    Superman looks more like he joined the Silverhawks than the JLA. I just don’t get why Supes would need a shiny armored suit if he’s already indestructible. Jim Lee should know the answer but then again, I really don’t care to know. DC’s spanking new, next generations of readers will find out in my place.

  6. Every time I look at the head sculpt from the front, it reminds me a great deal of Nicholas Brendan (Xander from Buffy). I think it’s the ears and the eyebrows. I wish they sculpted it closer to Jim Lee’s design. I might try a head swap with the DC Collectibles head as they’re reasonably close in scale.

    1. THAT’S who it reminded me of! Thank you! Every time I look at it, I think, “That face looks familiar, but . . . . ”

      Now I can sleep.

    1. AGREED.
      I look at Cavill’s movie suit and can’t help but think it’s even more laughable than this iteration.

      I can only hope DC reverts soon, not that I care, anymore.

  7. Man, Mattel should make that lion head Superman, or even better, put him in a two pack with Zebra Batman! The perfect Con exclusive!

      1. That’s actually a DC Direct figure of Superman. It came with alternate lion, ant and giant brain heads so you could reenact all the crazy things that happened to Supes in the golden age.

    1. Agreed. DCC is easily better with most figures due to unique sculpts. Just articulation is lacking.

  8. honestly, I still hate this new costume and take on Superman… it really isn’t very good. I’ve dropped most of DC by now, which is really depressing… at least Marvel stepped up their game and is kicking ass.

    1. I’ve dropped most of my DC (I almost dropped all of it when DC fired Gail Simone, but when they reversed course I added a couple of their books back to my pull list), but I’ve also dropped most of my Marvel. Many of my favorite books by my favorite creators came to an end recently to make way for the “Marvel NOW!” stuff, and I haven’t enjoyed most of the new books nearly as much as I’d been enjoying the previous versions. Specifically, Avengers, Captain America, and Iron Man are nowhere near as good as the Bendis, Brubaker, and Fraction stuff, though Iron Man’s decent enough that I still pick it up. All-New X-Men has been great so far, but Young Avengers was a huge disappointment on every conceivable level.

  9. The head sculpt IS a little bit distracting. Kind of reminds me of Superboy’s look in the all-too short-lived “Legion of Super Heroes” cartoon. It’s a nice figure, though. Love the raised “S” shield, and the sparkly paint is really growing on me. I don’t think I’ll ever recognize nu52 Supes as the “real” Superman, but this figure might act as a stand-in for Superman One Million (from the above referenced story). Nice stuff, Vault!

  10. wait, you got the All-Stars wave with Prime last summer? I didn’t. 🙁

    While I don’t like the character or many nu52 reiterations, this does appear to be a good translation. I never made the DC1M connection before, but I see it now. would that we could get some of THOSE in plastic form! (except John Fox needs his FA black/blue Flash costume, not the gaudy red/yellow 1M one)

    One drawback to these sculpts is that they’re ONE-OFFs with all those detailing lines. Sure, we can expect a couple variations of “Kal’El” here, as this is already the second version, but for some others, it will be much harder and lack of parts re-use will be another excuse for Matty to drive up the price again. (For me, I’m hoping to paint over Flash’s “speed lines” for a basic Wally, don’t know about the rest of the line, yet.)

    btw, I found out the other night a friend has been over in Germany for their Toy Fair, she commented she was on the way back from it. Her work makes those big Playskool type tables and larger toys (sleds and ride-on vehicles) of more durable plastic. She didn’t go into details, but this is just what I know about her place of work, here in Onion.

    1. Don’t give up hope on the All-Stars wave! They actually just started showing up at K-Mart by me in the last few weeks. Funny enough, I haven’t seen the All-Star Superman yet, but was able to pick up the other three.

      1. Are you serious?! I’d given up hope of ever acquiring those figures at retail prices. Thanks for sharing that info!

  11. Picked one up at TRU last week – the only figure from this line in the store and I found mine laying on the floor in the middle of the aisle. The package was pretty beat up, but I always open my figs anyway.
    The legs on mine are horribly warped from the flying pose the package forces the figure into. He can’t stand up, even with a figure stand… the left leg is the worst, but both are jacked.
    This guy is gonna need some serious boiling.

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