Thursday, March 24, 2011

Toy Review – Green Lantern Classics Series 2 Carol Ferris By Mattel

After rambling on for so long in Tuesday’s intro I find I don’t have that much to say today.

I guess the second series of Green Lantern Classics from Mattel kind of marked the beginning of the end for me collecting DC Direct figures. Between getting a Star Sapphire, seven fairly crazy-looking alien Lanterns and Stel it really just seems like Mattel is going to scratch my intergalactic itch.
First Glance: I like this Star Sapphire Carol more than DC’s, though I did dig the translucent parts on that one. Note that this observation is filed under “First Glance”.
Sculpt: I’m going to start with her ugly torso. There is this hideous line across the top of her abdomen. It looks like it might be a joint where the torso could swivel around or maybe just move front-to-back or side-to-side, but it is immobile. And ugly. Even if this thing was a functional point of articulation, I’d rather not have it if it’s going to be that ugly. Ugly.
Her face isn’t great, either. It’s not bad – I do like it better than the DCD one, I just think it could be – I dunno – softer, I guess? Her mask and hair do look great, though.
Aside from Ferris’ hideously mangled torso she looks great. Her boots and gloves and monokini thing are all clear and well-defined, not painted on. I’ve read about some with major warping problems due to the packaging, but mine is okay.
Design: The paint on this figure is outstanding. The different shades of violet look really good and there is no bleeding or blotchiness. The face is detailed very nicely and the eyes and lips are where they should be.
Accessories: Nothing. Nada. Zip. Not a sausage.
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: Aside from that gash across the top of Ms. Ferris’ abdomen, I really like this figure. But between that and the complete lack of accessories, she only gets
3 out of 5
If you want a nicely sculpted Star Sapphire to just stand around you should probably get the DC Direct one. But it’s going to look like she’s about a foot taller than your Mattel figures.
Until next time, stay creepy
-Phantom

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