LEGION OF SUPER HEROES (DC DIRECT)
Early last week, it was announced that DC Comics was letting go of a major portion of their work force, as well as shutting down their in-house collectibles company, DC Direct. Ever since DC separated from Diamond Distributors earlier this year, the writing has kind of been on the wall regarding DCD’s fate, but it was still kind of sad to see them officially announce the shut down. Though rather turbulent in the last decade or so, DCD certainly had some impressive work behind it, and its a presence in the market place that I’ll miss. I guess in honor of their memory, I might as well jump back to early in their career, back when they were focusing just on giving figures to a bunch of DC character who had never gotten toys before. In 2001, they gave the Legion of Super Heroes, long a fan-favorite team, their very first action figures, starting with the team’s three founding members. Today, I’m taking a look at Saturn Girl!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Saturn Girl was released in the inaugural series of DCD’s Legion of Super Heroes line in 2001, alongside fellow founders Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy. All three were based on their classic Silver Age designs, which seems appropriate for their very first figures. Saturn Girl stands 6 inches tall and has 8 points of articulation. Articulation on DCD figures was never really standardized, and the Legion figures exemplified that. Though Irma gets reasonable articulation for her arms, there are no joints below her waist. This wouldn’t be such a terrible thing, if not for the fact that the figure’s legs aren’t *quite* molded in the right position to let her stand flatly, meaning she pretty much can’t stand on her own (the turnaround shots below were nothing short of a miracle, I assure you). On the plus side, her sculpt is at least a rather nice one. It’s nothing amazing, but it’s definitely got a nice clean feel about it, and it manages to make her look rather attractive, without having to give her any truly crazy proportions or anything. The hands do seem maybe a touch on the large side, but otherwise she’s a pretty nice rendition of Saturn Girl’s ’60s design. The paint work on this figure is fairly basic overall, but the application is all nice and clean, and I quite like the slight bit of accenting on the face to help give her a little color. I also just really like how clean the painted flesh tone looks on these earlier figures. Saturn Girl included a stand (which, though helpful, still doesn’t keep her standing as well as you’d hope), a Legion flight belt for her to wear, and a life-size Legion flight ring for the collector to wear. Please note: flight right does not allow wearer to fly.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My Dad was getting all of the DCD Legion figures as they were released back in the day, so I experienced most of them through him. I did get in on the line’s last assortment, however, and I’ve been slowly filling in the rest of the line since. I’m pretty close, and some of the last ones I still need are the original three. My dad found Saturn Girl a couple of weeks back, and grabbed her for me for my birthday. She’s a product of her time, and perhaps not the most impressive by modern standards. However, she’s still pretty solid, and showcases the work that DCD did to get us figures of the greater DCU.