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.