KYLE RAYNER — GREEN LANTERN
DC COMICS MULTIVERSE (MATTEL)
“Once a White Lantern and the bearer of seven rings, Kyle Rayner is back to basics under a new Corps as a Green Lantern.”
What do you get when you put together two things that Ethan didn’t used to like? That’s right, a Mattel Kyle Rayner figure. My rocky history with Mattel is of course no secret around these parts, but then again most people’s rocky history isn’t much of a secret, I suppose. What’s slightly more downplayed is my dislike of Kyle. I mean, he’s a Green Lantern, and he was active during the ’90s; he’s even the star of my favorite episode of Superman: The Animated Series, which is my favorite DC animated property. What’s not to like? Well, admittedly, I got a little caught up in the “he replaced Hal Jordan” rage. As a kid, my first exposure to GL was in Challenge of the Superfriends, where it was Hal, and I was quite confused by this Rayner guy running around in the comics. Over the years, though, I’ve actually grown to like Kyle quite a bit, which means I’m actually quite excited to get his latest figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kyle Rayner is part of the Lobo Series of DC Comics Multiverse, which is the third assortment following the change to the blue packaging. This marks the second Kyle we got during Mattel’s tenure. The first was a fine figure, but fell victim to the late-line tendency for DCUC figures to be in their most recent costume, rather than their most-wanted. This one goes for Kyle’s classic ’90s costume, or at least the Rebirth recreation of it, which is a solid choice. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Kyle uses the relaunched line’s equivalent of the old line’s mid-sized male body. Like the Bizarro figure (who used the larger male body equivalent), this means the Kyle’s a little bit outdated when compared to the line’s more advanced figures. That said, it’s still a marked improvement over what Mattel was doing a year ago, and makes for a serviceable base body. Kyle gets a new head, forearms, hands, and knees. The new parts are fairly decent; nothing amazing or anything, but they recreate his look pretty well, and he’ll fit in with DCUC stuff, as well as Multiverse stuff, so he’s a decent bridge figure. The paintwork on Kyle is pretty basic, but gets all the important points down. There’s a touch of fuzz on the edge of the white section on his chest, but aside from that it’s all pretty clean. Kyle is packed with his power battery and a blast effect piece that goes over his hand. Standard stuff for a GL, but honestly that’s a step-up from how Mattel’s been handling up to this point. He also included a piece to the Lobo CnC, but I didn’t get that for reasons I’ll touch on in just a moment.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Despite the issues I may have had with Kyle as a character, in the ’90s a figure in this costume was the only way you were getting a Green Lantern figure, meaning I have quite a soft spot for this design. Despite my general reservations about Mattel products, I was intrigued by this figure when he was shown off. Of course, I’ve not once seen a single one of the figures from this assortment at retail, so I didn’t have a chance to buy one. However, Max really wanted the Batman Beyond figure, as well as having a passing interest in the Lobo, so he and I decided to split a set of the figures from Big Bad Toy Store. I got the one figure I really wanted, and I’m really quite happy.