Monday, July 6, 2020

LEGION TOYS: DC Multiverse (Lobo)


"He who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it."
The Main Man.
The guy Darkseid calls when he needs someone assassinated (after Amazing Grace).
The penultimate Collect and Connect Figure from the DC Multiverse line, Lobo.

Action Figure History Lesson: 
Lobo here is part of what is commonly known to action figure collectors as the Build-A-Figure or Collect and Connect figure. I believe the Build-A-Figure concept originated with Wave 9 of the old Toy Biz Marvel Legends series. You could buy eight Marvel Legends figures and they each came with a piece that would let you build Galactus. This concept proved very popular with action figure collectors, and while Mattel could not use the name Build-A-Figure for their DC Universe Classics line, they forged ahead calling their version the Collect and Connect figure. The concept continued to be put into practice, including Lobo. He was the Build-A-Figure of a DC Multiverse Wave comprised of Batman Beyond, Kid Flash, Kingdom Come Superman, and Kyle Rayner Green Lantern. 


Batman Beyond includes the Head(s) and Crotch. Kid Flash includes the left and right arms. Kingdom Come Superman includes the torso. Kyle Rayner Green Lantern includes the left and right legs. 


Sculpt:
Sculpt is where this figure shines. The two different heads have great expression and detail on the goggles, hair, and facial hair. The head without the goggles appears to represent Lobo's time prior to joining the Justice League of America, when he was part of Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad, but it can effectively function as a standard post-Crisis DC Universe Lobo in my opinion. The head with the goggles definitely points to the DC Rebirth Justice League of America, where Batman recruits Lobo as a member of this team. He comes with a nice metal chain (about 17 inches long) that his hook accessory is attached to. His necklace sits well on his chest and the cross is nicely sculpted. The vest is sculpted plastic and works great for the leather representation it is going for. The outer crotch is entirely rubber, but the sculpting mostly hides this unless you are articulating the legs. It's similar in feel to the Dark Knight Returns Batman figure or other Masters of the Universe Classics figures in that regard. The legs, especially the shin guards and boots, are excellent. Also this Lobo is right in scale with your other DC Multiverse figures at a little over six inches as opposed to the DC Universe Classics offering, which was a larger Collect and Connect body that stood at a little over eight inches tall.

From Left to Right: Justice League Action Lobo. San Diego Comic Con Exclusive DC Universe Classics Lobo. DC Multiverse Collect and Connect Lobo (with Goggles). DC Direct Lobo. Dawg (from SDCC Lobo). Dawg (from DC Direct Lobo).
Articulation:
I count 25 points of articulation for Lobo in total. His neck can presumably move in a 360 rotation, but the newer DC Multiverse neck pieces are scary and I'd rather not put it to the test for fear of breakage. Mostly, the fear is that the neck peg that articulates the head of these newer DC Multiverse figures will break and has happened with other Multiverse figures I've had before. The hair sculpt also makes this a more difficult proposition even without the scary neck joint. The squeaks are still there and the pegs are incredibly thin. Head moves slightly up and a fair bit down,  Arms can move up and down, as well as rotate in a circular fashion. There are bicep cuts that swivel and single joints at the elbow. The fists can rotate and move slightly up and down as well. He has an ab-crunch that should move  30/70, but it's currently stuck and I'll probably need to boil or heat the joint to get it to move at all. He has a waist swivel and the legs move up and back. He can do the splits, but there are no swivels above the knee. Single-Knee joints and ankle tilts for forward and backward motion complete the standard articulation.


Paint:
Paint application is mostly fine. Both heads have certain degrees of paint slop to them. The red of the eyes somehow has tiny splotches and specs of red on the brow of his white skin. Also on the non-goggled head, I believe the three dreads or strands of hair left little black splotches on Lobo's right cheek that look like little ants crawling on your toys. The red paint applications on the goggles themselves is slightly off and either misses the mark and then overlaps into the frame or just has sloppy bleed around the edges. Some black schmutz ended up on the chest piece of mine as well. YMMV. Other than that, the silvers on the Leather vest and gloves pops fairly well and the skin tone of the body has a grayish/blue wash on it (which would be fine, but the heads don't exactly match or fade into one tone over the other). The red stars on the knee pads are clean and the black wash over the gun metal grey look works well to convey the metallic appearance of Lobo's boot guards.

From Left to Right: DC Direct Lobo w/Bike. DC Multiverse Collect and Connect Lobo with no Bike. Justice League Action Lobo w/Bike.


Overall:
It's a fun figure and I appreciate that he's not as tall as the previous offering. However, I can't help but think that a Lobo figure should really be a separate offering with a bike. The DC Direct and Justice League Action versions of Lobo understood this. With Mattel on their way to lose the DC license, they probably didn't care too much about Lobo's bike, but it would've been a nice touch. With a lot of choices out there for a Lobo figure, I won't say this one would be my first, but it certainly wouldn't be my last choice either.

Be here next week when we review this actual comic! 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #37

The Legion #37 (Early October 2004)
title: "For No Better Reason, Part Three: A Sense of Confinement"
writer: Gail Simone
breakdowns: Dan Jurgens
finishes: Andy Smith
lettering: Rob Leigh
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Greg Land and Jay Leisten

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Gear, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum, Live Wire, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Spark, Star Boy, Superboy II, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Dr. Gym'll, Legion Academy (named: Infectious Lass, Nightwind), Lialla, Trudy Trusoe; Metropolis citizens

Opponents: 
Karahdians, Oasis One inmates, Organ thief (gets the name Pinter), Persuader, Spike (Arrow, Canary, Devil, Lantern)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #43

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #42 (July 1992)
title: "Something in the Air"
writer: Barry Kitson
breakdowns: Barry Kitson 
finishes: Robin Smith and Jimmy Palmiotti
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Dan Nakrosis
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Scott Hanna
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After the gangster G'odd used his daughter to manipulate Dox into dispanding the L.E.G.I.O.N., the team is trying to rebuild. Dox has taken them to the planet Arga-Prime to help deal with a group of insurgents, but finds the problem to be more complicated than expected. He soon learns that the planet's leaders have not been honest with him, and that the population has reason to be unhappy due to racial strife. While Dox tries to deal with the leaders, the new recruits are left having to deal with events on the ground, and the Khund is captured by rebels. He comes close to escaping but does not quite make it.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Superboy (v2) #50

The New Adventures of Superboy #50 (February 1984)
title: "Dial 'V' For Villain!"
writer: Paul Kupperberg
artist: Keith Giffen (pp 1-7, 39-40)
penciller: Kurt Schaffenberger (pp 8-38)
inker: Dave Hunt (pp 8-38)
letterer: John Costanza
colorist: Jerry Serpe
editor: Julius Schwartz
cover: Keith Giffen

reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Superboy; Chameleon Boy, Brainiac 5, Colossal Boy, Element Lad, Star Boy, Wildfire

Guests:
Krypto; Pete Ross, Lana Lang, Bash, Lisa, Valerie; Ma and Pa Kent; Police Chief Parker

Opponents:
small-time hood with telekenesis powers named Nylor Truggs; Lex Luthor

Friday, June 26, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #36

The Legion #36 (Late September 2004)
title: "For No Better Reason, Part Two: Personality Conflict"
writer: Gail Simone
layouts: Dan Jurgens
finishes: Andy Smith
lettering: Rob Leigh
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kevin Maguire and Wayne Von Grawbadger

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Dreamer, Gear, Karate Kid, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Dr. Gym'll, Legion Academy (named: Nightwind), Lialla, Lt. Renslie, Trudy Trusoe, Wimena Wazzo; Metropolis citizens, Oasis One personnel, Upper Metropolis Advanced Med Center personnel

Opponents: 
Oasis One inmates, Organ thief, Persuader, Spike (Arrow, Canary, Devil)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #42

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #42 (July 1992)
title: "Revolution"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciller: Barry Kitson 
embellisher: Robin Smith
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Digital Chameleon
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Dan Bremerton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The gangster G'odd placed his daughter, Ig'nea, among the L.E.G.I.O.N.'s new recruits, and she used her power of control to make Dox fall in love with her. Under her influence, Dox disbanded the entire organization. But the team knew something was amiss and fought back. Eventually Dox realized he had been manipulated and fought back. He regained control of the L.E.G.I.O.N., and declared the team reborn.

Monday, June 22, 2020

LSH (v8) #6

Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (March 2020)
title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ryan Sook
inker: Wade Von Grawbadger and Travis Moore
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Alex Garner (variant)

reviewers: Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol and Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
The Legion confronts the Horraz Pirates, who are attacking in order to destroy New Earth and kill the Legionnaires. Guess who wins. 

Mission Monitor Board: 
Here are the characters who were identified or had speaking parts, in (kind of) order of their appearance: Brainiac 5, Monster Boy, White Witch, Element Lad, Chameleon Boy, Ultra Boy, Wildire, Dawnstar, Superboy, Saturn Girl, Colossal Boy, Gold Lantern, Bouncing Boy, Cosmic Boy, Shadow Lass, Dr. Fate, Lightning Lad, Light Lass, and various others who appear in the last scenes

Supporting Characters:
Rose Forrest, UP President RJ Brande, Crav Nah

Opponents:
Horraz Pirates and their leader Tortor, bad writer, worse editor

Friday, June 19, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #35

The Legion #35 (Early September 2004)
title: "For No Better Reason, Part One: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
writer: Gail Simone
breakdowns: Dan Jurgens
finishes: Andy Smith
lettering: Rob Leigh
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Adam Hughes

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy (hologram), Dreamer, Ferro (hologram), Gear, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II (hologram), M'Onel (hologram), Spark (hologram), Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Lialla, Taan, Trudy Trusoe, Wimena Wazzo; Oasis One perosnnel (Lt. Renslie)

Opponents: 
Organ thief, Persuader, Spike (Arrow, Canary, Devil, Lantern)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #41

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #41 (July 1992)
title: "Caring"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciller: Barry Kitson 
embellisher: Robin Smith
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Dan Bremerton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The gangster G'odd placed his daughter, Ig'nea, among the L.E.G.I.O.N.'s new recruits, and she used her power of control to make Dox fall in love with her. Under her influence, Dox disbanded the entire organization. Dox travelled with his new love Ig'nea to her father, G'odd's planet, and Dox began to suspect that he had been manipulated. The remains of the disbanded L.E.G.I.O.N. arrived on the planet and occupied G'odd's troops while Dox hunted him down. Instead of killing him, Dox left G'odd tied up so he would become food for his own pet bird. Dox also found Ig'nea but by the time Comet arrived on the scene, she was gone. Despite breaking her influence, Dox still harbored feelings for her and apparently let her escape. Once everyone was reunited, Dox declared the L.E.G.I.O.N. reborn. The team subsequently began to rebuild on Cairn but Lady Quark and Garv mysteriously disappeared.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Action Comics #568


Action Comics #568 (June 1985)
“The Amazing Matchmaker of Metropolis”
Cover Art: Howard Bender and Jerry Ordway (signed)
Writer: Craig Boldman
Art: Howard Bender and Alex Nino

Another "Jimmy Olsen tries to find Superman a girl-friend" story review by Emsley Wyatt

At the end of my review of “The Girl of Steel” I made mention of another story in which Jimmy Olsen attempts to play matchmaker.  This is that story.