Sorry for the late update everyone, I’m running a bit behind today. But the website must go on, and before we start talking about Toy Fair, I’m finishing the second half of the giant Legion of Super-Heroes 12-pack review that Noisy started on Wednesday.
Like Noisy, the Legion is just one of those areas to the DC Universe that I never really got in to. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they kept rebooting the series. But like so many books, I did enjoy the 90’s run and tried to keep up with it. Introduction of more lineage characters like XS and Thunder also piqued my interest.
The Legion book I’ve enjoyed most over the years has been Superboy’s Legion, by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer. Although it might be considered sad that my love for these characters comes from an Elseworlds. But it’s a fantastic book that builds on Davis’ earlier work in his JLA: The Nail Elseworlds, and takes a look at what would happen if Superman didn’t appear on Earth until the Legion’s time period.
Superboy is one of those characters that I haven’t been waiting for, but I do enjoy having. Like most of this set, he uses the shorter Kid Sinestro body and fits in well with the other teenage characters. They also gave him the Legion ring right hand. Aside from his new head, he also comes with new shins that have sculpted boot tops. His crotch piece is also new, and so is the separate belt piece that fits over it. Lastly he has a new short cape, which we might see on some future Legionnaires.
This figure would be perfect if it wasn’t for his head sculpt. Or more specifically, his mouth sculpt. I really love the majority of what the Four Horsemen produce, but they need to choose a different look when it comes to sculpting a smiling face. Even with a big grin, people don’t normally smile showing their lower teeth, and when they do it makes them look unnatural. Action figures are no different, which is why Superboy and Star Girl just don’t look right.
Lightning Lad doesn’t have much going on when it comes to new pieces. He’s got the mandatory ring hand, and a newly sculpted head. For some reason his head sculpt reminds me of Shaggy from Scooby Doo, but other than that it looks pretty good. I am a bit disappointed with the paint on his eyes though. It seems that about half of this set was given eyes that are looking up. This is one of those quality control issues that I wish could get resolved.
I’m going to mention this here because I feel it’s most relevant to Lightning Lad. I realize this 12-pack was probably at its limits when it comes to how much money Matty would put in, but I really wish there were a couple of extra accessories. A yellow recoloring of Superman Red/Blue’s electricity effects would have been perfect for LL. It also would have been easy to give us an orange eagle for Chameleon Boy , similar to Beast Boy. Accessories like this would have been cheap since they were already developed, and I think it would give a bit more value to the set.
The funniest figure in this entire set has to be Matter-Eater Lad. His head is the only newly sculpted piece, but it is magnificent! His right cheek is bulging full like a hamster, while the other side of his mouth is clearly in chew mode. To top it all off, his eyes have the perfect “Yeah, I ate the toaster. What’chu gonna do about it?” expression. I only wish all DC figures could have this much personality. Continue on page 2…