JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED (MATTEL)
“Starman created the Cosmic Rod which collects stellar energy and allows him to fly and manipulate gravity on Earth and beyond.”
So, yeah, you know the guy mentioned in that bio? It’s not the guy shown here. The bio is very definitely talking about original Earth-bound Starman Ted Knight (not to be confused with the actor), who operated as a member of the JSA in the ’40s. This here would be Starman #4, Prince Gavyn of the planet Kranaltine. He was introduced in the ’80s, just before Crisis and is yet another only vaguely related character in the Starman mythos. Also, for reasons that never quite made sense, he was the version of the character chosen to appear on Justice League Unlimited. Hey, I’m certainly not complaining. Though he never spoke once on the show, he somehow managed to get a whopping two figures in the toy line, the second of which I’m looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This version of Starman was released at the tail end of the Justice League Unlimited line, after the line had left retail and moved to Matty Collector. He was sold in a three-pack with Animal Man and Adam Strange. His placement in this particular set is rather baffling, since I don’t believe he’s ever had much interaction with either of those characters, and he’d already gotten a figure, meaning he was hardly at the top of anyone’s list at the end of the line when character slots were all the more precious. Further more, he’s not even based on his show appearance, but is instead based on the character’s second, all-blue get-up from the comics. An odd choice to say the least. The figure stands 4 1/2 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. He’s the exact same sculpt as his previous figure, which is fairly sensible, since the costumes where really just palette swaps, and he *is* the same guy. One small tweak, though, was that by this point in the line, the molding error on the base body’s leg had been repaired, meaning that he no longer leans to one side. His head sculpt also remains one of my favorite in the line, and looks just as nice here as it did the first time around. His paintwork is, of course, the main breaking point. Rather than the red of the original figure, this one’s molded in blue, and drops the yellow and black detailing on the legs, resulting in an even more streamlined appearance. It’s sufficiently distinct from the prior figure, and is still nice and striking.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted when I reviewed Animal Man, by the time of this set’s release, I’d pretty much abandoned collecting JLU, so I didn’t get it new. I picked him up alongside Animal Man two summers ago when I made a stop at Factory Antique Mall while on a road trip. He’s not much different from the first figure, but I loved that one, and I quite like this one too. Now I guess I need to track down an Adam Strange to finish out the set…