GREEN LANTERN – ARMORED
JUSTICE (DC DIRECT)
Today’s review is a piece of my quite large Green Lantern collection. I’m a huge Green Lantern fan, so I have a tendency to buy figures based solely on the fact that they’re Green Lantern. That’s kinda the case with today’s figure, based on Green Lantern’s armored appearance in Justice. For those of you who don’t know, Justice was a 12 issue Maxi-Series released by DC Comics a few years ago. It featured art by Alex Ross and was effectively a more modern day take on Challenge of the Superfriends.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Armored GL was released in the sixth series of DC Direct’s Justice line. He stands just shy of 7 inches tall, and has 15 points of articulation. Like I said above, he’s based on Green Lantern’s armored appearance from towards the end of the series, when the Justice League has their final showdown with the Legion of Doom. It’s a neat design, and also very unique, which helps to break up some of the monotony of some of the other Green Lanterns. The figure is an all new sculpt, which isn’t surprising given there was little room for reuse. The body is pretty well done, though like many other DC Direct figures of the same time period, he has a slight pre-posed nature to him that doesn’t really work too well with the articulation given. Granted, it’s nowhere near as bad here as it was on some others, so it doesn’t bother me too much. There aren’t really any facial features to depict, but the faceplate looks cool. Also, a really cool touch on the head is the face on the back of it. In the comic, GL’s suit was actually Metal Men member Iron wrapping himself around GL for protection, so Iron’s face is shown in the back. It’s a cool feature and adds a lot to the figure, almost making it a two-in-one figure! The paint on the figure is solid, with little slop or bleed over. GL’s only accessory was a stand, which is somewhere in a large box of stands from other DC Direct figures. It was identical to the stand that was included with every other figure in the line. It looked fine if you only had one figure on display, but any more and it just becomes overly large and cumbersome.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got Armored GL from my local comic store Cosmic Comix during the store’s annual year end sale. He was one of about 15 DC direct figures that I bought for 45% off of their original price (which brought his price to about $8.50). I had held off on the figure before, but for that price it was definitely worth it. He’s a fairly fun figure and I was glad to add him to my collection!