DC C3 CONSTRUCTION (PLAY ALONG)
The vast majority of the DC C3 Construction line was Batman-related. It’s not a shock, since Batman’s always been DC’s main squeeze, and they tend to go heavy on him in any untried territory. However, they did also include a few not-Batman characters, all courtesy of tying in with Justice League, which had just wrapped up its two season run a year prior, and was moving onto Justice League Unlimited. This, of course, still got us one more Batman, but at least it also gave us Superman, Flash, and today’s focus, the J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Martian Manhunter was released as part of the “Mini Javelin” set, which was part of the second series of DC C3 Construction, which hit in early 2005. Like the Mini Batmobile, this set was meant to be a smaller version of a more properly scaled Javelin, which was set to include GL, Hawkgirl, and Wonder Woman, but was ultimately scrapped. So, instead, we got this set, which included this guy here and one of two different versions of Flash. I’m just looking at Manhunter today. He’s built on the basic C3 body, but still has one of the heads without peg-hole. He gets a healthy helping of new parts, with add-ons for his head-piece, cape/torso, and the tops of his boots. Ultimately, it’s a strange bit of give and take on the new parts. It’s cool that he got so many, but ultimately I don’t know how well they handle the character. The head piece seems a touch extraneous, especially given that there’s full detailing beneath it, allowing him to be displayed without. Manhunter tends to have a somewhat pronounced brow, but this takes it a bit to the extreme. The cape piece is nice, but is permanently attached to a bulked up torso piece. Manhunter was depicted as larger than the rest of the team on the show, but this takes it a bit past that and makes it look more like J’onn has been enjoying too many Oreos. The boots are nice in theory, but ultimately feel like they sit a bit short on the figure’s legs. So, you know, it’s all kind of got issues. Ultimately, the fully assembled product doesn’t look quite so bad, I suppose. In terms of paint, J’onn sticks to the show’s color palette. As much as I like how that looks on the show, it does wind up being a little on the drab side on this figure. It’s not awful, I suppose, and the actual detail lines work quite well to define the character. The face in particular seems quite right for J’onn. Though these figures were little more than accessories themselves, J’onn actually got one for himself. It was an alternate head piece, designed to look like his more natural Martian form. Not a bad piece, though somewhat non-essential, so the fact that mine’s missing it isn’t the end of the world.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This set was definitely the most in-demand of the second assortment (the fact that the other two sets were quite extraneous bat-variants aided in that), and I never actually saw it at retail. It only became harder to find once DCD did their own official DC Minimates and neglected to update J’onn, making this figure the only version of the character. I wanted one for a while, but he was just always outside of my price range. Back in 2019, when All Time got in a big Minimate collection, this was the one item I requested from the start, and I actually wound up getting him in exchange for staying late one night to help get all of the ‘mates processed for sale. Given his rarity and price, getting him was a touch anti-climactic, I suppose, since he’s not a terribly impressive ‘mate in his own right. That being said, as with a lot of the older ‘mates, I do enjoy the old charm of this one, and I’m glad I finally got one.