JUSTICE LEAGUE (MATTEL)
A large portion of my appreciation for DC characters comes from the DC Animated Universe, created back in the early 90s by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, when they first started Batman: The Animated series. Batman led to Superman and Batman Beyond, and eventually, they moved on to what many see as the greatest entry on the list: Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
Kenner offered the initial figures for BTAS, and when they were bought out by Hasbro, Hasbro continued. By the time of JL, Hasbro was interested solely in Batman and Superman variants, so they had no plans to release the team from the show. Eventually, the license was moved to Mattel, and Mattel quickly released a set of the seven main characters. Today, I’ll be looking at the Superman from that line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Superman was modeled after his design on the show, specifically his look from the first season, although the differences are minor. He stands just shy of 5 inches tall and features 5 points of articulation. The sculpt is really sharp, and very accurately represents the design on the show. The design doesn’t really translate well to articulation, so Mattel seemed to go for the looks over movement, and I actually greatly prefer it this way. I do wish that he had a little less of a hunched look on his neck, but overall, it doesn’t look too bad. For the most part, Superman is molded in the appropriate colors where necessary, but what paint is there is fairly cleanly applied, and has no real issues.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I rushed to get the rest of the members of the team, I had plenty of Batmen and Supermen, so the two of them kinda had to wait. Superman was actually not picked up individually, but actually was included with the Javelin 7, which I believe my brother and I bought a few years ago from a local toystore. My brother kept the Javelin 7 to himself, and I got the Superman. It’s probably one of the best animated Superman figures released, and fits nicely with the rest of the line.