Every April Fool’s Day is pretty much the same at IAT. I always forget to come up with anything clever. Vault’s girlfriend will ask about the plush sheep review she did years ago. I still won’t understand how it’s an April Fool’s joke. Anyway, let’s move along and get to Club Infinite Earths Elongated Man.
Last week, I talked a bit about Ram Man’s figure gaining an unnatural importance due to the length of time it took to get his figure. Though that hasn’t happened to the same magnitude, it has happened to the Elongated Man. While Ralph Dibny was abused more than used in recent years at DC, Ralph (& his wife Sue) were prominent DC characters in the 70s & 80s, thanks largely to Ralph’s prominent role in the pre-Crisis Justice League. While we’re still waiting on Mattel to give us a Zatanna in a period-specific costume for our JLA displays, Mattel processed their way through that version of the League pretty well while the line was at retail. Except for Elongated Man.
The reasons for his absence are a little muddy. They could’ve just not gotten to him. Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich once said that they were getting push back from DC on doing Elongated Man (and then denied saying it despite it being on video), so there might have been some things going on that collectors simply weren’t privy too. In any case, Ralph, despite being a mid-level DC character, started being a bigger and bigger hole in our displays.
I think that graduated importance may have gotten me to expect more when it finally came to Ralph. I hadn’t really paid attention to any early reviews or con pics of him, so I was excited a week or so back when the giant March Matty box showed up. There was a lot in there to like, but when I pulled Ralph out of his white mailer… well, I more or less put him aside and went to checking out my MOTU figures.
When I finally got around to Ralph and got him out of the box, I was a little happier with him. There’s a lot to like – the taller, slender buck is great for the figure. The head sculpt has grown on me, particularly when you can pose him at an angle instead of looking at him head on. (Face forward, Ralph’s neck more or less disappears – not good for an Elongated Man figure). Continue to Page 2…