SUPERMAN/BATMAN (DC DIRECT)
Today’s figure is technically only half a figure. Or rather, half a two pack that was sold as a single figure. And this figure’s only half the figure he used to be…no, wait… Sorry, I’ll come in again!
Occasionally, there is a character that is of a much smaller stature than most other characters in the line. Toy companies have gone back and forth on how to handle releasing such characters. Selling the character by themselves means you either have to come up with a new price point (too difficult), or overcharge for them (which pissed off the fans). The solution that a lot of companies tend to settle on is including smaller characters as an accessory with another character.
That’s the case with today’s figure: Mr. Mxyptlk* from DC Direct’s Superman/Batman line. Mxy was originally packed with the Joker, but I have several Jokers and increasingly less and less space, so I just kept Mxy.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mxy was released as part of the fourth series of DC Direct’s Superman/Batman line. The series was based on the S/B comic’s “With a Vengeance” story line, which was drawn by artist Ed McGuinness. As such, Mxy’s based on McGuinness’s rendition of the character. This isn’t really an issue, as his design stayed pretty much in line with the classic depiction of the character. Mxy stands about 4 inches tall, and has 5 points of articulation. The biggest tweak that McGuinness made to Mxy for the story was giving the character a top hat in place of his trademark bowler. DC Direct decided to please everybody, though, and included both hats with the figure. The hats are held in place via magnets in the head and each hat. They work like a charm, and allow you two cool looks for the character. The paint and sculpt on the figure are both done very well, translating Mcguinness’s clean style to three dimensions expertly. The paint highlights the sculpt nicely, especially on his face, where the paint makes Mxy’s crazed look even more pronounced.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, as I said above, this guy was only available as part of a two pack with the Joker, who I already have several figures of. But this is the only Mr. Mxyptlk figure that’s ever been released, or is ever likely to be released, so no way was I passing him up! So, I bought them both and sold off Joker. I know, that doesn’t sound like me. But I had to draw the line somewhere!
*Pronounced: Mix-Yes-Spit-Lick. Thanks go to Paul Dini for explaining that for everybody!