LEGION OF SUPERHEROES (DC DIRECT)
Today, we’re taking a look at another DC Direct figure. This time around, it’s Ferro Lad, member of the Legion of Superheroes! For those not in the know, the Legion of Superheroes is a group of teenaged superheroes from the 30th Century, inspired into heroism by the stories of Superboy (this was back when Superboy was just a younger Clark Kent). Ferro Lad, who joined the team not too long after they initially appeared, possessed the ability to turn his body into iron, kinda like Colossus of the X-Men (though Ferro Lad appeared about 10 years earlier). Ferro Lad is mostly noteworthy for his place as the first Legionnaire to die (and stay dead) in the line of duty, sacrificing himself to defeat the Sun-Eater. According to his creator Jim Shooter, Ferro Lad was meant to be the first black member of the team, an idea that the editors at DC at the time decided to veto. So, instead, the first black legionnaire was Tyroc. Thanks guys…
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ferro Lad was released as part of the fourth series of DC Direct’s Legion of Superheroes line. He stands roughly 6 inches tall and features 11 points of articulation. Ferro Lad was built on the basic legion body that DC Direct introduced in the second series of the line. It’s a well done base body, and features a decent set of proportions. I wish it had a bit more articulation, but at least he fits in with the rest of the line. He features a newly sculpted head, belt and wrist braces. The belt and wrist braces are add-on pieces. This works fine for the wrist braces, but the belt doesn’t sit quite right on the body, so it looks a bit odd. Not terrible, but it could be better. The head is the most important part, and it’s done very well, in all its simplistic glory. The rest of the details on the figure are carried out with paint. With the exception of the flesh tones, all of the paint is done with a nice metallic sheen that fits the character well. I do wish the rivets were sculpted instead of painted, but the paint does a serviceable job of handling them. All in all, a solid figure, not the greatest, but far from the worst DC Direct had to offer.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ferro Lad has long been my favorite member of the Legion. Needless to say, I was extremely excited by DC Direct’s announcement that he’d be in the fourth wave of Legion figures. It marks one of the earliest instances of me pre-ordering a figure, starting me down a very dangerous path. When the figure finally arrived, I was thrilled beyond belief to have him. I recognized the flaws, but I didn’t care, ‘cause I had a FERRO LAD ACTION FIGURE!