“Now, you listen to me. When you first came to us, we thought people would come and take you away because, when they found out, you know, the things you could do… and that worried us a lot. But then a man gets older, and he starts thinking differently and things get very clear. And one thing I do know, son, and that is you are here for a *reason*. I don’t know whose reason, or whatever the reason is… Maybe it’s because… uh… I don’t know. But I do know one thing. It’s *not* to score touchdowns. Huh?” – Johnathan Kent, “Superman: The Movie” (1978).
So a couple weeks ago, NECA did their “Oh, Hai. Here is a figure you want. It’ll be out next week” thing and their 7” Movie Line grew by three: Heath Ledger Joker, Adam West Batman, & Christopher Reeve Superman. When they did this with Keaton Batman last year, I snagged him on eBay courtesy of the NECA/Hastings/WarnerBros store and lucked out – because I never saw Keaton Batman in stores.
When the new trio popped up on eBay just before Halloween, I got lucky again. I only had enough money for one and I chose Superman. I ran across Joker & Batman at TRU later that week, but Superman seems to be shipping a little bit behind the others and I haven’t run across him yet. That’s twice I’ve chosen wisely. I live in fear of the toy comeuppance.
Until then, I get to enjoy a Holy Grail come true. Superman is my favorite comic book superhero. I love a ton of comic book characters and all sorts of less popular guys. Dr. Fate, Firestorm, Plastic Man, etc. But in terms of being a DC fan, there’s always a “two kinds of people” debate. Batman or Superman? Batman is awesome; particularly in the 70s & 80s when the sci-fi closet started to wrap up and before the gritty emotional stiltedness set in.
But Superman? Superman is the best. Like Batman, he’s had his fair share of less than great eras and poor writers, but when the folks working on him get it? It’s some of the best stuff. I don’t know how to even explain it without sounding like a dippy fanboy, but it just speaks to me more than reading about any others superhero. While not all the Superman movies got everything completely right, Christopher Reeve simply nails it. And for a toy collector, a figure of him has been atop many want lists.
For me, the Christopher Reeve Superman was one of the figures that finally got me to cave and start collecting Hot Toys. I did pick up Mattel’s weak 4” attempt, but skipped NECA’s quarter scale figure (they’re awesome, but just too big). So NECA scaling down that monster into their standard 7” size? Well, that was worth buying a DVD I already had, I guess.
The packaging is NECA’s quarter scale packaging scaled down and is a nice, simple window box with a Fortress of Solitude motif. It’s probably cool for display, but I couldn’t wait to tear my figure out of it.
The sculpt is gorgeous. The suit is well detailed throughout to give a cloth-like appearance while the boots appear leathery. The body proportions are good too. The figure may be a bit more heroically startured than Reeve himself, but it looks like a great cross between realistic and super-heroic. The materials concern me just a bit as the torso and outside-undies are a softer plastic covering an internal torso. This works great for posing and the extra layers don’t cause any bulk, but I just worry about how that soft plastic will be looking in ten or twenty years – this is a Chris Reeve Superman, I need it to last a long time.
Sitting atop all that is a great head sculpt. There are one or two angles that maybe don’t nail down the likeness, but there are far more that do. This is a little Christopher Reeve hanging out on the shelf and it makes getting the figure all that much sweeter. NECA really outdid themselves on the sculpt. Continue to Page 2…