Monday, February 28, 2011

Toy Review – Green Lantern Classics Kyle Rayner By Mattel

So I bought most of the first series of Green Lantern Classics over a month ago. Lantern Rayner is the only one I was missing and I was kind of stressing over it because that’s the kind of stupid shit I stress about.
I do think a tiny bit of stress was appropriate, though. Mainly because it meant I was missing Arkillo’s right leg, but also because Toys R Us jacked their prices up to an absolutely fucking absurd $17.99 apiece for these guys. That is a twenty percent price increase over what I paid. I’ll be honest – I’m about done with Toys R Us. They seem to be having serious issues getting current product on their shelves and everything in the store costs more than it does anywhere else. The first sign of this change was when the Star Wars Vintage Collection arrived at TRU priced at $9.99 each, while they were $7.99 at other retailers. Granted, everybody else has jacked them up to $8.99 now, but TRU’s still cost a dollar more.
Sorry. I got off track. Again. I just wasn’t looking forward to paying eighteen bucks for a six inch action figure, but it seemed likely that Toys R Us would get restocked before anybody else got theirs in (though they still haven’t). And the Arkillo thing was annoying because it’s one thing when you’re missing a build-a-figure’s head or arms. At least they can still stand up on a shelf somewhere until you complete them. But when you’re missing a leg it means you have this big, useless lump of plastic laying around, mocking you for your sub-par toy hunting abilities.

Anyway, the Kyle I had preordered from Amazon months ago (at $14.99 w/free shipping) finally arrived the other day; along with the four DCUC Series 16 figures I had ordered (we’ll get to those – and Arkillo - later).
First Glance: Kyle fucking rules for that GIANT-ASS SWORD. I did not know he came with that and it makes me unspeakably happy.
Sculpt: This is about as standard DCUC as you get. Rayner has a basic male body with the standard articulation. He does have the neck attachment that allows for more poseability, so that’s a plus. On top of that neck is a particularly good head sculpt. Mattel got Rayner’s likeness just right, as well as his distinctive mask.
Design: Kyle’s head looks pretty good. The hair is excellent, with very nice comic-booky blue highlights in the black paint job. His mask isn’t quite painted completely, with the edges remaining the same color as his skin. It isn’t terrible, but it could be better. His uniform looks very good, with the green and black parts remaining well-defined. The only complaint I have is that his armpits look terrible. The circular piece that allows for articulation is green and shows through the black pieces surrounding it. I’m not sure what the answer is since you couldn’t very well paint it or mold it in black. It just looks ugly. I guess if he was just standing there it wouldn’t be noticeable, but for some crazy reason Mattel decided to package him with the flaw staring you right in the face.
Accessories: While it would be super for every Green Lantern figure to come with five or six different constructs; I think we all know Mattel isn’t going to do that (not without jacking the MSRP up to fifty bucks apiece, anyway). I’m very pleased with the big-ass gauntlet clutching a much-bigger-ass sword they gave to Lantern Rayner. Not only does it fit his personality, it looks fucking awesome. Thankfully, the construct is molded out of sturdy, rigid plastic and not that rubbery shit that idiot toy makers like to use these days because kids are too fucking stupid not to stick toy swords in their eyes or shoot rockets up each others’ noses, so you don’t have to worry about it drooping or anything.
Lantern Rayner also comes with those stupid 3-D glasses, just to give you something extra to throw away.
Packaging: I like the GLC packaging quite a bit. Not only is it a nice break from the yellow DCUC look, The blisters themselves have a new and interesting shape. Not to mention the holes punched in the side that allow you a nice pre-purchase whiff of that sweet, sweet New Toy Smell.
Overall: Obviously you’re going to buy Kyle Rayner. And you should. He’s a very good figure, almost perfect except for his armpits and the mask, and what’s a little paint weirdness between friends?
4 out of 5

Until next time, stay creepy

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