Monday, December 7, 2020

LEGION TOYS: Superboy Kon-El (DC Universe Classics)

A clone created after Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday in The Death of Superman story line, here comes Kon-El! Just don't call him Superboy! Actually, it's cool to call him Superboy eventually. And he'll have some team-ups with the Post-Zero Hour Legion of Super-Heroes and eventually become their default Superboy. So Superboy-calling away and Long Live the Legion!

The sculpt on this figure is excellent. The face is reminiscent of Tom Grummett's teen faces and you can even see great character underneath the Lennon shades, with a raised eyebrow before The Rock was ever a wrestling thing.

The glasses are not removable, but I look at that as a plus, since I won't ever lose them and they don't look awkward in the least. The hair sculpt executes his 90's hair style with the fade cut in the back rather well. The teen body type is the perfect scale and unlike Marvel Legends overlays for 90's style  waist, boot, and leg belts; these are sculpted and do not fall down to his ankles whenever you pose him. The Leather Jacket overlay is superb and has extremely fine detail, with zippers, fasteners, pockets, handbag straps, a waist buckle, collar, and lapels! The arms are specifically sculpted as part of the leather jacket and have wonderfully sculpted gloved hands.

I count 25 points of articulation for Superboy in total. His neck can move in a 360 rotation,  tilt up and down, as well as side-to-side. 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 hands can only rotate and there is no up/down wrist articulation. He has an ab-crunch that moves 30/70 degrees. He has a waist swivel and the legs move up and back. He can do the splits and there are swivels above the knee. Single-knee joints and ankle tilts complete the standard articulation.

The paint applications are almost perfect for something semi-complicated. The blacks on the boots, hair, and glasses are rich and dark. While the black on the leather jacket overlay and arms has a nice leather-black color to it. There is a nice midnight blue wash in the hair and the blue on the chest is perfect for the era. Amazingly, the four-color yellow pops on the boot, belt, and leg straps and does not have much slop at all. The leg yellow is the most 'banana yellow,' while the other yellows appear more 'lemon yellow' in appearance. The yellow 'S' Shield on the rear of the jacket is also  'lemon yellow' and while I do have some smudges on my figure, I think that is more from wear and tear from storage of the figure than a production flaw.

The 'S' Shield on the front works well. The red I think works well, but the yellow is a little dull, probably as a result of the blue on the chest. Flesh tone is precise and doesn't blend with the rich black of the hair and the darker red of the gloves matches the red on the legs of the body perfectly. The silver accents on the zippers and fasteners is precise and immaculate. 

This figure is outstanding. Probably one of the best DC Universe Classics figures Mattel ever made. It might not be my personal favorite figure from the line, but it is way up there. In the Top 5 at least.

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