LEGION OF SUPER HEROES (DC DIRECT)
Though introduced relatively early on to the Legion (he technically debuted alongside the far more prominent Brainiac 5), Dirk Mogna, aka Sun Boy, has remained relatively minor in terms of actual story telling. He filled Lightning Lad’s spot as slightly persnickety red-head while LL was dead for a bit, but has otherwise just sort of been around for most of his time with the team. He was even dropped from the team during the first major reboot in the ’90s, and hasn’t really figured prominently into any of the team’s non-comics appearances. Despite that, he did still get a figure from DCD’s line, which is good for him, really. Congrats, Dirk.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sun Boy was released in Series 3 of DCD’s Legion of Super Heroes line. Though hardly obscure, he’s probably the least relevant character the line would produce. He’s sporting his classic ’60s costume, which is really the best known costume he’s got, since he kind of stuck with it, unlike others. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. Sun Boy is built on the post-Series 2 body, but specifically with a pair of upper arms that sport some pretty mean shoulder pads. These arms were shared with his Series-mate Chameleon Boy. He also got a new head sculpt, complete with a collar, and a belt buckle piece. It’s not a bad selection of parts, truth be told, and he even swaps out the hands so as to have one open and one closed. The head in particular is fairly distinctly different from the others in the line, with the hair having its own distinctive shape, following the early ’60s depictions of the character. The only down side is that he does have a rather obvious plug on his back from where the cape would have been if he’d had one. Other non-caped characters also had it, but it feels like it stands out more here for some reason. Sun Boy’s paint work is pretty much on par with the rest of the line. He is again entirely painted, but that works to his benefit more than others, since it means no need for the red or yellow to either one go over the other, keeping it a lot cleaner looking. One thing that’s not quite so clean looking, however, is the tops of his boots, which are scalloped on his design, in contrast to the flat tops that are on the sculpt. They just straight up painted across the line, which isn’t ideal. It’s not terrible, but it does seem odd.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had a bit of a fixation on Sun Boy when I was much younger, for reasons I’ve not really been certain of in later years. Of course, it kind of just went away once I knew of Ferro Lad, and he suddenly became my main focus. By the time these figures came along, I had moved on, and I didn’t wind up getting him when he was new. However, I found him at the same time as Star Boy, while on a road trip with my dad in 2007. Not much more to say about him really, but hey, I do have him, so there’s that.