TOTAL JUSTICE (KENNER)
“Expertly trained in archery and martial arts, young Connor Hawke now fights as the Green Arrow, taking the place of father, Oliver Queen, who died in battle after a lifetime of crimefighting. Armed with his enhanced action/reaction Fractal Techgear mega longbow, the new Green Arrow slings fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere!”
Over the years, there have been a few attempts to capture the lightning that was Kenner’s Super Powers line in a bottle. The first was a pretty blatant knock off from Toy Biz, under the heading DC Super Heroes. The second, Total Justice, came after the return of the license to Kenner themselves. As much as Super Powers was a rather timeless collection of evergreen looks, Total Justice is a hardcore product of its time. One such product was the character line-up. While there were lots of consistent names, many of the characters presented were new versions. That includes today’s figure, the Green Arrow of the ’90s, Connor Hawke, the long-lost son of Oliver Queen, who’s now so lost that he doesn’t even exist.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Green Arrow was release in the third and final series of the Total Justice line, alongside Black Lightning, Parallax, and Huntress. Truly, it was the line’s most exciting line-up for collectors, but I guess it’s not hard to see why the line didn’t have much traction after this. The figure stands a little over 4 1/2 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. The Total Justice line was privy to all manner of pre-posing, and Green Arrow was no exception. In fact, Green Arrow is probably one of the most prominent examples, because, though he might have articulation, there’s pretty much only one single pose this guy’s ever going to be in. At least in his case, it’s actually a pretty sensible one, since he’s holding his bow, arrow drawn, as if he’s aiming at some baddy. Heck, he’s one of the few Green Arrow figures out there that can actually do this pose, so more power to Kenner on that. Generally speaking, his sculpt is just one of the nicer ones to come out of the line. The proportions aren’t quite as whack, the detailing is pretty crisp, and the expression on his face isn’t nearly as “x-treme” as a lot of the others from the line. He’s just a solid recreation of the design of the character as seen in the comics at the time. In terms of paint, the figure definitely takes some slight liberties, giving us a color palette that’s far more primary than what Connor tended to sport in the comics, and ultimately giving him a color scheme that looks more like his dad’s first costume. It hits okay in a broad strokes sort of sense, but it definitely feels ever so slightly off, and is even missing some paint for certain sculpted details, most notably the straps on his chest. Fortunately, Connor’s mold would get a re-use in Hasbro’s JLA line, where he wound up with a more comic-accurate color scheme, which had all the proper details painted. The only slight downside to this later release is that his skin-tone got noticeably lightened, reflecting the tendency of colorists in the comics to forget Connor’s mixed heritage from time to time. Both releases of the figure had the bow and arrow piece included. The JLA release also got a display stand, while the TJ release got some of that sweet fractal armor that all the kids were clamoring for. It’s pretty hellishly goofy, but it wasn’t as wonky as some of the other figures from the line.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got the JLA release of this figure first, and it actually kick-started my JLA collection. See, when Hasbro released the JLA figures, they offered them up both as singles and as two larger boxed sets (available only through specialty stores). The mall that my grandmother used to take me to had a KB Toys and a comic book store called Another Universe right across from each other, and I usually hit up both to find something I wanted when we’d visit. On this particular visit, I spotted the JLA set that included Green Arrow, but I really just wanted him. The very helpful guy behind the counter told us he had just seen the single Green Arrow at the KB, so we ran over, but alas, none to be found. Since he’d been so helpful, my grandmother decided to just buy me the whole boxed set, thereby taking my JLA collection from 0 to 5, and getting me this dude. He’s been with me since, and I finally got his Total Justice counterpart last fall from a trip to the country’s largest antique mall. I still like my JLA figure the most, of course, but they’re both cool in their own right.