I'm ambivalent on the Mattel/Wal-Mart partnership. I really don't care if they keep getting exclusives or not. I live practically on top of Wal-Mart HQ and have dozens of stores within a reasonable driving distance, but that doesn't make it easy to find the exclusives. I didn't get DCUC5 first hand. I had to buy the Giant Man figures and Nemesis figures while traveling in other states. And I know that even though DCUC10 was easier to find for a lot of fans, the bad taste DCUC5 left in the mouths of most collectors is still fresh enough that even I cringed at the announcement that DCUC14 would also be exclusive to the retailer. But I'm not writing about whether there should or shouldn't be Wal-Mart waves today. That ship has sailed, so I'm moving on too. But I do have a problem with some of the figures that go into Wal-Mart waves.
Zatanna has been a favorite of mine since I was a wee tot. Her origin is one of the first things I ever read. And I don't mean comics, I mean out of everything. As a toy collector, a good Zatanna has been a long unfulfilled wish - she's been cursed with bad figure after worse figure. I had my fingers crossed for this one.
This year, I've only had the opportunity to review two C&Cs - Darkseid in March & Trigon in July. That's it for the whole year. After some serious delays, waves 15 and 14 came out virtually ontop of one another. That means this review has a double dose of C&Cs in today's review: Validus & the Ultra-Humanite.
Even with being a lifelong DC Comics reader, there are portions of the DC Universe that I haven't had time or, at least, made a point to get to. The Legion of Super-Heroes is one of those areas. I know the basics, the characters, the history, but I can't say I've ever read a Legion comic that featured Tyr.
Today, I'm stepping in for Noisy to continue our DC Universe Classics Wave 14 reviews. In the spirit of the greatest Brave and the Bold comics, I’ve decided to throw two characters together that you wouldn’t normally see: Alan Scott, Earth’s Golden Age Green Lantern and Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth.
DC Universe Classics Wave 14 is a wave without variants, so that means one figure gets a solo review. I picked Hourman because he's a favorite of mine and because he has a ton of comic potential. He's a smart character, but he's still a brawler at heart. Plus, he only has powers for an hour. That’s kinda cool.
Before we get to DCUC15's Validus, we're going to jump into some DC Universe Classics Wave 14 reviews. Today, we'll take a look at a character from one of my favorite teams, the Metal Man's Gold, and a character from one of my least favorite teams, Infinity, Inc's Obsidian... er, I mean Todd Rice.