JOHN STEWART – GREEN LANTERN
DC: INFINITE HEROES
So, I’m taking a short break from all the Minimate-y goodness I’ve just gotten and looking at a few other figures in my collection. This one’s not a new figure, nor is it one of my favorites. But I own it, and it’s on the list of random figure choices from which I dare not deviate.
Mattel is a company I’ve mentioned a few times before on this site. They aren’t really my favorite topic, as I have a tendency to go off on rants when I bring them up. They just recently started up a new 3 ¾ inch scale line of figures. This is actually their second venture into this scale. Their first was called DC Infinite Heroes, and was widely seen as a pretty big failure on their part. It didn’t last as long as some of their other lines, but it went a few years, and did release a fair number of figures. I’ll be looking at one today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
So, it’s John Stewart. Earth’s 3rd or 4th Green Lantern, depending on how you look at it. Not the host of The Daily Show. Sorry if it’s confusing. John was released as part of a Green Lantern themed 6 pack. The set was released relatively early on in the life of the Infinite Heroes line. The figure stands about 3 ¾ inches tall and has 10 points of articulation. Like most of Mattel’s DC toy lines, DCIH operated on the buck system, meaning every figure was built on one of the few stock bodies. Unfortunately, the stock bodies for DCIH aren’t anywhere near as nice as those used for DCUC or even Justice League Unlimited. John was built on the slightly larger male body. This is okay, since John tends to be depicted a little bigger than Guy and Hal, but the body itself is probably one of the worst of the stocks. The waist is super tiny, the arms are bulky and stubby, and the hands are GARGANTUAN. The only new piece here was the head, and it doesn’t do much to improve the figure. I’m not really sure what look they were going for, but John looks sort of like he was kicked in the crotch while eating a whole pack of Sour Patch Kids. I’d love to say the paint helps the figure, but it just makes things worse. For some reason, they gave John brown hair and eyebrows, which makes his whole heal look a bit…mushy. Plus, his eyebrows kinda give off a weird Vulcan vibe. The paint is particularly sloppy on the wrists, and for some reason his boots are an entirely different shade of green than the rest of his uniform. John includes no accessories, which is a shame because they might have added some value to this figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t remember where I got this figure exactly. I know at one point I had the whole set, but I think I sold most of the others off. I don’t know why I kept him. I think I just wanted to have John represented in this scale. Infinite Heroes wasn’t a very good line, but there were a few figures that didn’t totally suck. John is not one of those figures.