GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH (DC DIRECT)
“The alien Kilowog was recruited into the Green Lantern Corps as a protector of the planet Bolovax Vik, and was killed by his former friend and ally Hal Jordan. Recently ressurected, Kilowog will play a key role in the re-formation of the Green Lantern Corps. The Kilowog action figure features multiple points of articulation and includes a display base.”
Despite the fact that the Green Lantern Corps is made up of a very, very, very large percentage of non-human members, it’s tricky for any of the non-human members to really hold the focus for too long. I guess it’s inherently easier for humans to relate to humans. Over the years, a few of the alien Lanterns have caught on a bit more than others, and, perhaps the most successful of the bunch is Kilowog, a character prominent not only in the comics, but also in most other media involving the Lanterns. That also means his fair share of toy coverage, starting way back during the Rebirth tie-in days, back in 2005. I’ll be taking a look at that particular figure today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kilowog was released in the first series of DC Direct’s Green Lantern: Rebirth line. This figure was Kilowog’s very first foray into the world of action figures, shortly followed by his JLU figure later that same year. As with all of the figures in the set, he was designed to specifically tie-in with the “Rebirth” comic event, and as such he was sporting his updated design from the comics. This brought him closer in-line with his animated appearances in the Justice League cartoon, which had served to revitalize the character for a larger audience. So, it was certainly a sensible direction to take the character. The figure stands 7 3/4 inches tall and he has 15 points of articulation. His range of motion isn’t particularly amazing, but for a DC Direct offering, especially of the era, he’s not bad. They were experimenting with a little extra articulation on this line in particular, so he’s got wrist and ankle joints, which were hardly standard at the time. Kilowog sported an all-new sculpt, and it was one that would remain unique to this figure. It’s a pretty darn good one, truth be told. It’s a nice, hefty figure, befitting his larger stature nicely. The face has a really solid level of detail, especially on the texturing. It really adds a lot to the overall appearance, and helps the sculpt hold up even 17 years after the fact. Kilowog’s paint work is pretty solid. The metallic green and pearlescent white for the outfit really lend it that proper alien feel, and the skin tone, with its slight accenting, works very nicely. Kilowog is packed with his power battery, which is a really sizable, as well as a Lantern symbol display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kilowog is a figure I wanted from this series, even before it was released. He was at the top of the list. And then the series hit, and, much like last week’s Barda, he wound up being very hard to get ahold of. I always hoped I might find one, but a reasonably priced one never presented itself to me. When DC Universe Classics came along, I shifted my focus over to that one, but this one was always the one that got away. Remember how I got that Barda figure? Well, as it turns out, that collection had two of my personal DCD grails, because this guy was there, too. I was actually pretty enthused, and, as with Barda, I was able to get him for a really good deal. He’s a solid figure, and one that holds up really nicely, even all these years later.
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