JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED (MATTEL)
By the time Batman Beyond hit the air, Hasbro had fully absorbed Kenner and had also given up almost entirely on actually doing complete tie-in toy lines for the DC cartoons. So, their Beyond line was mostly comprised of weird variants of the title character, with only a handful of supporting players offered, and even then in very altered states. The Beyond characters largely went un-released until Mattel decided to expand the reach of their Justice League Unlimited line, and go beyond just items based on that show. It’s only fair that this expanded line would include members of the team actually *called* the Justice League Unlimited, which covers today’s figure, Micron, the team’s legacy replacement for the Atom!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Micron was released in 2012 as part of Mattel’s Justice League Unlimited line. He was originally packed alongside his teammate Aquagirl and the future version of Static Shock. Both he and Aquagirl never actually showed up in Justice League Unlimited, but at this point, the line had more of an anthology thing going on. The figure stands about 4 1/4 inches tall and has 5 inches tall. He was built using the small male body, with a new head. While the base body was decent enough for Micron in terms of build, he definitely seems a little small. Just one of the sacrifices of doing a line based on this sort of model, I suppose. Also, as a later in the line figure, he’s got the really weak ankles that plagued a lot of these guys, meaning he falls over at the drop of a hat. It gets rather annoying. The head is a pretty nice recreation of Micron’s look from “The Call,” though it does seem a touch too big for the body. Still, not terrible. The rest of the work is all in the paint, which is pretty decent overall. The application is clean, and work on his logo is certainly sharp. The red’s a good shade, but the blue seems a little light. It’s hard to say, because in the show, the blue sections of his costume were actually black with blue highlights, so how that’s supposed to translate into an actual figure is anyone’s guess. Micron included no accessories, not even a little mini Micron, which seems like a real missed opportunity.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When “The Call” aired originally, I actually missed most of part 1, meaning I missed almost the entirety of Micron’s role in the show. It wasn’t for several years that I actually got to see him in action. As a fan of the Atom, I was always intrigued by his design, and certainly would have gotten a figure of him when the show was still on. By the time Mattel released this guy, I had largely given up on JLU, and wasn’t really following it. I ended up getting this guy just this past summer, fished out of a bin of loose figures at Yesterday’s Fun. He’s not super thrilling, or anything, but he’s not a bad figure.