LEGION OF SUPER HEROES (DC DIRECT)
The early days of the Legion of Superheroes had the characters sticking to a pretty set formula of “word to describe powers” and Boy/Lad or Girl/Lass. Very basic, and generally very descriptive, right? Well, not always. Starboy may seem to follow the schtick closely, but “star” as a descriptor for “makes things heavier and lighter” does seem like a bit of a stretch, doesn’t it? It’s not exactly “Matter Eater Lad.” Nevertheless, Thom is a pretty prominent member, due to his placement with the JSA after he moved to Starman, as well as being the first member to be kicked off the team for breaking the rules, namely killing someone in self defense, which is a big no-no.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Starboy was released in Series 3 of DC Direct’s Legion of Superheroes line, alongside last week’s Ultra Boy figure. He’s the first figure to be really negatively impacted by the line’s fixed point in the ’60s for the designs, since it means he’s in his original Superboy knock-off design, rather than his later, much cooler starfield costume that Dave Cockrum designed for him. Alas, it just was what it was. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. He’s built on the body that had become the standard base at this point, and was the same exact one used for Ultra Boy (well, in theory, anyway; mine erroneously has the loose sleeve upper arm sculpt on his left side). It’s fairly basic, so it still works. He’s also got the same cape used for Series 2’s Mon-El (again, a sensible re-use), as well as a new head and belt pieces. The new parts are different from those on prior figures, but only just enough to notice that their different. It’s not exactly like they’re amazing new parts or anything, but they get the job done. Starboy is totally painted, like the rest of the figures of the era. He looks pretty decent, but he’s also a little more prone to wear and scratching. Still, not a bad appearance. He’s got no accessories, but they’d fully given up on them for this line at this point, and, honestly, what would you give him?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was in no particular rush to own this figure, due to this particular design not ever being a favorite of mine. Starboy really just doesn’t get interesting until after he gets the new costume, so fixating on the old one does very little for me. But, I wound up finding him loose, while on a road trip with my dad in the early summer of 2007. It was him and a few other DCD figures that I found at the time, and he was more of a “well, I’m already getting the others” sort of a purchase. He’s okay. Nothing to really write home about, but he’s far from a bad figure.