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This is the newest offering from the JLU line, bringing this long living line in closer to completion. Grodd was one of the main bad guys on the JLU show and now we have him to add to the growing roster of villains for the Justice League to square off against.
The main feature in this box set is the Gorilla Grodd. Grodd was an ape who came in contact with a meteor during the 19th century. This gave him and his fellow apes both super intellegence and, in some cases like Grodd and his adversary Solovar, telekinesis and telepathy. Grodd and Solovar clashed time and time again for the great Gorilla City. When Solovar was captured by humans and brought to Central City, Grodd saw an opportunity to not only take over Gorilla City but also the world. This plan put him in the scope of the Flash and brought Grodd into The Flash’s Rogue Gallery. Over and over the Flashes of many generations would come to blows with this foe. Over time Grodd’s abilities have grown, developing both his mental abilities as well as his telekinesis. Most figures in the JLU line have issues standing, but like the other larger figures Grodd has no problems at all. The figure has an amazing sculpt, really bringing to life the cartoon character. The figure is well painted and the detail on his face brings that sly look of the criminal mastermind to life.
The other new edition to this box set is the Red Hood. This figure is a simple repaint of the Joker. The new part of the figure is the addition of a large red dome and cape. The largest problem is that you can not see the Joker’s face before you buy the box set. After opening the set and taking off the hood this Joker looks like Crazy Eyes from Mr. Deeds. Given a profile view the Joker looks great but if you look at this figure straight on his eyes are looking in completely different directions.
Overall a solid set for both collectors and parents. Hopefully this will not be the last, and Mattel will continue box sets to get us larger characters.
This week come over to Fwoosh to see which of the many verisons of Hawkman you would like as an action figure.
This past week on Fwoosh one thing I noticed was the drama that my choices of both characters and costumes in my weekly article caused. While I was not alone in causing the drama my polls were the focus of all of the action. The heated debate is centered around the fans on Fwoosh mostly wanting to see modern versions of the characters, with those new and usually silent posters voicing their dislike of the modern and wanting a more classic look to every character. When I posted the original poll and article I included about 20 costumes that Hawkman has worn in his history. My choices and labels caused more drama so the Fwoosh editor changed both my poll and list of pictures. By giving all those choices I thought everyone would be happy, guess not. Anyway here are all the different choices that were edited out.
As you can see there were way too many choices for this character, and I left out a ton more. I do want to thank a few sites without whom my research would be much more difficult.
I had the chance to acquire some DC Direct figures this month. Having a 25% off coupon I picked up figures, which I though Mattel would not make right away and are sort of in scale in with the DCSH.
First up is Alfred, who looks like he jumped right off the page. While the other figures really do mix in well the DCSH Mr. Pennyworth is a little tall. I really like the figure and as a back ground figure in a display I think he works well. This slanted picture reminds me of “Same Bat time, same Bat Channel”.
The next figure I picked up was Hush. This figure was part of wave one of 3 waves from the Hush story line. The differences between wave one and wave three are very apparent when you have them next to each other. Hush has limited pose-ability due to the cut joints rather then ball jointed arms and legs. The other draw back is the guns are molded into his hand which really makes this more of a statue then an action figure.
The final figure is Jim Gordon. I think this is really the start of the figures I got this time around. The Commish is well sculpted, comes with clip-on glasses, and his gun is also removable.
Jim Lee is one of my favorite comic artists and having these figures mixed in with my DCSH really makes the display complete.