Alright, I’m still getting back in the groove here, so you might forgive any typos or grammatical errors today (this means you, Brainlock 😀 ). Well, it might be that I’m exhausted or it could just be I’m tired of doing Rainbow Lantern reviews? I’m thinking even Larfleeze wants to be the last one.
Larfleeze is the sole ringbearer for the Orange light of Avarice in the Johnsified GL mythos. He’s basically greed personified; sometimes dangerous, sometimes funny. Now, don’t be frightened dear readers, but Larfleeze is over five years old, first appearing at the end of 2007. That blows my mind. I guess time flies when you’re reading one giant-ass, event-filled, Green Lantern mega-arc that never ends. I kid, I kid.
But yeah, Larfleeze is into his sixth year of publication and has already scored two figures. And, actually, I’m okay with that. He’s one of those characters that, for many, just shot up pretty high on the most wanted figure list despite being a new character. I can’t always tell if I like him better as a serious threat, a joke character, or even a character that I want to see redeemed. He’s had great stories in each of those areas. I guess if I had to pick, I’d like to see him move a bit back into the serious threat territory, but I think he fits well as any or all of the three when the stories call for it.
The only thing I don’t like about Larfleeze is the inconsistency between his appearances. I don’t want to call comic artists lazy, but they’re either lazy or just too high on themselves to stick with a character’s given look. This is true for plenty of comic book aliens, but Larfleeze has had some pretty drastic changes to his look over the years. So much so that, I would say both the DC Direct & Mattel versions are on-model even though they don’t appear to be the same character.
It’s been a few years since I read the original Orange Lantern stories, but I think the Mattel version may more accurately represent his original look as drawn by Ethan Van Sciver while DC Direct more closely followed the later Philip Tan version. I think they’re both great head sculpts, but I have to lean more towards the DC Direct version on sculpt. That figure’s head has much more personality even though the 4H version is well-executed.
Below the neck, Larfleeze is a big mish-mash of parts. I don’t have them unpacked, but he looks to draw from Black Lantern Abin Sur & Sinsestro for most of the pieces. He does sport new unique hands, a torso, and upper arms. The new pieces are all fine and do a great job of giving Larfleeze a great look with a shortened torso and extended limbs, long & lithe as seen in the comics. Thankfully the arms here are not as long as the DC Direct version, but there is still a slight annoyance with those biceps. Continue to Page 2…