DC HEROES UNITE (SPIN MASTER)
2020’s been rough on everyone, and the toy industry’s no exception. While bigger companies with established product lines, such as Hasbro and…uh, Hasbro’s it, I guess, have been able to more or less keep going, smaller companies have been having slightly more trouble. At the start of the year, Spin Master was one of two companies to pick up the license for DC figures, with a focus more on the kid-friendly side. They got out their initial product before the shut down, but things have been rather scarce since. Fortunately, they seem to finally be getting more product out there, and I’ve managed to fine enough of it to justify doing a whole week of reviews. So, I guess that’s just what I’ll do. I’m kicking things off with (spoiler) my favorite of the recent additions, Green Lantern!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Green Lantern is part of the second assortment of Spin Master’s DC Heroes Unite line, which is their more Justice League-oriented line. For their first GL, Spin Master’s gone for John Stewart, a pretty smart idea, since he’s really become the most marketable of the bunch these days, and is a nice way of getting some more diversity into the line right from the get-go. He’s in his cartoon-inspired costume, which is again a smart choice because a) it’s his most recognizable and b) it’s his best looking one. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 17 points of articulation. His body looks to be an all-new sculpt, something that I’ve kind of got to commend Spin Master on. A lot of the bodies they’ve put out have been basic enough that I could see some justification for re-use, but they’ve actually been trying to keep the heavy hitters unique. John’s build is definitely the bulkiest on the standard build characters I’ve looked at so far. On one hand, it’s weird that he’s larger than Superman, but on the other hand, he’s been pretty consistently shown as roughly this build, so I think it really works. The head’s the most unique piece, and it goes for a slightly younger looking John than we tend to see, but one that never the less still sports that usual look of determination, so it’s very on-brand for the character. The paint work on John is pretty basic, but it’s clean, it’s bright, and it’s eye-catching, so it works well for me. The only issue I have with it is that they’ve made John a lefty by painting the ring on his left hand. Come on, guys! All of the accessories so far for these lines have been blind-boxed, but for this round, it looks like most of the new figures don’t actually have randomly packed ones. John in particular seems to only have the one color set. He’s got his lantern, a fist, and a gun construct, all in green. A translucent green would have been cool, but this still works for me.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m a big GL fan, so I was really looking forward to one being added to this line. He wasn’t the first of the new set I found, but I spotted him on the included pamphlet, and was on board immediately. Fortunately, Max was able to help me score one, so I didn’t have to wait long. He’s really fun. Pretty simple and straight forward, but also just fun, and probably my favorite from this line so far.