Monday, September 6, 2021

LEGION TOYS: Electric Blue Superman (DC Universe Classics)

Ready for the next century, Superman is reborn as an Electric Energy being with a containment suit designed by Prof. Emil Hamilton and Dr. Kitty Faulkner.  This reborn Electric Blue Superman would assist the Post-Zero Hour Legionnaires during their battle against C.O.M.P.U.T.O. in the late 20th Century.

Electric Blue Superman uses the standard adult DC Universe Classics body type. There is a slot in the back for the electric effect piece that generates from over his shoulders. On this figure it is not removable and glued into place. Later DC Multiverse figures like the New 52 Flash use the same piece, but it is removable. The wrist electric effects pieces fit well on the wrists and evoke the imagery of Ron Frenz's cover from Superman #123. The head sculpt is completely original to the figure, save that it is immediately reused for the Superman Red variant figure from the very same wave.

I count 25 points of articulation on Electric Blue Superman in total. His neck can move in a 360 rotation, pretty far up and a little ways down and also from 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 wrists can rotate. There is an ab-crunch and also a waist swivel cut. The legs move forward and back and can do the splits. Single-Knee joints and ankle tilts for forward and backward motion complete the standard articulation.

Paint applications are extremely well done for so much white over blue paint and/or plastic. The White really pops and is not dull or grey or blended to the point of no longer being white. The Blues on the containment suit also are four-color and stand out as well. This same blue is effectively reflected in the hair and eyebrows on the head sculpt. The light blue on the face is effective, although there is some overlap with the white paint from the head guard. The tampo from the Electric 'S' emblem is perfect and the precarious position of the white lightning along the arms and legs does not falter the execution in the least.

If I were to make a Top Ten list of my Favorite DC Universe Classics figures, this would make number one. I'm not overly fond of the Millennium Giants era of the Superman titles, nor do I have any issue with the comics from that era, but this figure is a terrific representation of the look and feel of this version of Superman. The paint applications and/or tampos are spot on, which can't be easy with white over blue. The electric accessory effects went on to be reused by pretty much every New 52 version of the Flash and other electricity based heroes.

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