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Infinite Earths Larfleeze Review

Articulation is almost standard for Larfleeze, but there are some key differences. All the figures with the particular foot mold have limited ankle articulation due to sculpt blockage, but the rest of the leg is what we’re used to. The neck & torso articulation work great. The arms are where the figure stands out. First, the good: ball-jointed wrists and double-hinged elbows make for some great poses, but the drawback here is that the newly sculpted biceps cost us bicep swivels.

I’ve complained for years about removing articulation. The blocked necks. The lack of rocker ankles. These new small-foot ankles. It’s been plenty of little cuts, but this one is deep. Larfleeze’s iconic pose is clutching his lantern with both arms. Good look trying to get that without biceps – even DCD knew to step in and add bicep swivels for their Larfleeze. Ugh! And the sad part is that I, and I bet most of us, would’ve gladly traded in the newly sculpted shoulders to retain the much-more-useful articulation.

Larfleeze does hvae sharp paint and tampos throughout. I did have some black specs on my figure that still need cleaned up, but otherwise the paint was what I expected for a subscription figures.

Larfleeze included one accessory: his lantern. I’m chalking this one up as a personal victory. I haven’t unpacked the DCUC accessories box, so I couldn’t get the money shot with all the lanterns, but one thing I hated about the Lantern that came with Orange Lex was the lack of a handle. Yes, the Orange Lantern has been drawn without a handle, probably as much as it has been drawn with one, but I don’t care. I want the 4H sculpt in a matching set, handles and all. I bitched a lot and whether that was heard or not I don’t know, but hey I’ve got a handle now and I’m excited. Now, I just have to figure out how to get white & black (and really indigo & sapphire in the basic mold too, because I want them all and all matching).

Overall, Larfleeze is a decent entry into Club Infinite Earths. It seems a bit much to get him so soon after Saint Walker (and that Blue Kyle / Yellow Hal 2pk, or as I call it, that review I keep putting off), but I don’t mind getting a DCUC version of Larfleeze, particularly one that varies so much from what DCD chose to do. He has a lot of new bits, probably due to his originally being created for the retail line, and that helps the figure look great. I love the colors too, but that lack of the bicep swivel is a big no-no for me, Bad Mattel!! Bad!!

I still think I have to keep my DCD version out on the shelves because I just love that head sculpt so much, but I don’t mind putting this Larfleeze with the group. And while I teased in the opener that I’m tired of the Rainbow Lanterns… I kinda still feel like I need a better Indigo-1. Getting all these Rainbow Lanterns may be odd, but it’s better than Mattel leaving another team hanging.

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Infinite Earths Larfleeze Review

  1. Man Mattel the bicep swivel would allow the best pose for Larfleeze. Well that killed my pose idea for him. Clutching the lantern, squating and trying to hide it from the other lanterns on my Lantern shelf. onlybthing missing I see is a Glomulus (sp?) He woulda been a nice bonus.

    Indigo still want but never saw a Lantern except the large power battery in the nu52. Speaking of, yours can stand on her own. I had her slung over Atom’s shoulder cause mine kept falling over. Was a cool action shot butbshe got heavy and just put her in my sale pile with DCD Saint Walker.

  2. I couldn’t get Larfleeze to clutch his lantern the way I really wanted, because Matty got cheap on the bicep swivel. Don’t know why. So I have him with his back turned to the other Lantern members holding his lantern to his chest, best as possible.

    The Indigo tribe members lanterns are their staffs. I have an uneasy feeling when it comes time to do the female Indigo leader that Matty will not do them, “to cut down on production cost, blah, blah, blah” all done just to drive another nail into my collecting heart.

    You probably haven’t done the Blue and Yellow Lantern 2 pack because then you have to photograph them for the collecting guide. And if you do that, you might as well take the other missing pictures, etc, etc. I’m only trying to nudge you in that direction Noisy because I use it all the time for reference. 🙂

  3. It’s really tough to decide which one I like better, the DCD or the Matty version. I think I still have to stick with the DCD version. I like the head sculpt and I like the extra long arms. They make him look more alien….which I think is lacking in the Matty lines across the board. (more diverse body types)

    I’m a fan of the handleless lantern. I like the idea that it dosent need a handle because he holds it so close to his chest, you cant even wedge a finger in there to try and pry it away. Handles aside….why do you want all the lantens to match Noisy? I would figured you for a guy that would want them to all be different as they were originally shown in those early glimpses. I like the idea of them all looking different yet still retain some design elements that make them slightly uniform. I know its extra sculpting money, but I’d like to have them all different

    now that we’re really close to having all the heads of the Corps represented…whats everybodies feelings on a Matty figure of The First Lantern? haha

    1. Sure. They can do a clear figure with a white energy design printed on top. Then make it a secret hidden figure on the Matty website you can only find a certain times. (rolls eyes)

  4. I may be in the minority but I dont have a problem with Lantern figures as long as they are new characters and not repaints of existing Hal Jordans. I will be disappointed if I dont eventually get a Soranik Natu. Also I am ok with there being at least six months between Lantern figures. I get more riled up about Batman family figures in the sub taking up valuable space when they can easily go to retail.

  5. otay, just fer that, I’m not correcting any of MY tupos! seriosuly. ;p

    While Larfleeze does take advantage fo the added sculpting costs allowed by his initial retail staus, that face is NOT doing any favors for thim! cuz DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYUM boyyyeeeeeeee! He does look good, otherwie.

    the proper Orange Lantern was shown withOUT having a handle, so Lex should really get this handled one, and Larfleeze the one without.

    As for the others (which others commentated on):
    -Indigo had their staffs, which Indigo Atom already came with, so the mold is there.
    -I’m nt sure if
    i want Indigo-1, who would require a new: Head, forearms(?), and loincloth piece.
    -black and white lanterns I think only came with the DCD Lanterns? so either take some paint to existing Lanterns or do without. (easy if you have a swath of extra Lanterns form the GL 5pk) seriosuly, how did GLC Black Lantern NOT come with a Lantern? ok, there was really only one, and that was Nekron’s staff, but still!

    btw, that Lex reminds me I really need to headswwap his onto Black Mask for a “proper Lex.” …and maybe get an atomic Skull outof it, too?

    (all these redlines…..spellingOCD going tilt!!!!gnyahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!)

    1. um, if you make those customs happen, i expect lots of pics… that sounds like a fine pair of ideas!!

      i get why noisy wants all the lanterns to have handles, cuz in the really real world, the action figure can’t suspend the piece of plastic in mid-air by quasi-magic, they would have to hold the lanterns. now that said, as i recall more than one of the matty lanterns don’t have open hands, so they couldn’t hold it either way. am i wrong there? maybe it’s a uniformity of aesthetic thing, noisy is kinda OCD that way.

    2. I would like to see an Indigo-1 as well, BUT Matty wont spring for the new parts. I’d rather stick with my DCD if thats the case. In the comics, she’s on the tall side and very thin and willowy. Every part of her is long. Her neck, arms and legs. Her torso is also long and thin. To me, that would require a completely new sculpt. You know as well as I do that Matty will give us that same tired and busted female buck

      1. the DCD was rushed into production before the artists found her “groove” like with any new character, when they’re still toying with slight tweaks. Then there are situations like with Larfleeze, Kyle’s crabmask, and even Kilowog where every artist draws them differently. I seem to recall Joe Staton drawing ‘Wog with bone-thin biceps and Popeye forearms back when the (ONLY!) GL title became GL Corps post #200.

  6. The lack of bicep swivels is unfortunate. It seems like it could have been a simple cut, or something like what green Steppenwolf had. Oh well, the wrists at least allow him to do a good one-armed clutch.

    I’m with Brainlock: Lex immediately got the handled lantern and Larfleeze go the handleless one.

    Before I had this guy in hand I was worried about the oranges not matching. Luckily that seems like something that shows up way more on camera and is not very obvious in person.

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