Bulk Toy Review: Green Lantern Movie Corps from Waves 1 and 2 (Mattel)


Green Lantern scores the number 3 spot on my list of favorite superheroes (right behind Batman and Superman), so it's easy to say that the Green Lantern movie is my most anticipated movie of this year. After seeing the new GL displays in the toy aisles, I got caught up in the merchandising campaign and snatched up as many of the Corps as I could find. I opted to collect the smaller 4" figures over the Movie Masters for a number of reasons: first, the 4" figures are cheaper; second, they're smaller and easier to display; third, the various issues I've had with the MOTUC and DCUC lines soured me on the larger scale (not to mention the crazy ordeal that would entail collecting a build-a-figure). But was that a wise choice? Read on!

This review covers eight figures from the first two Green Lantern waves. Wave 1 is included in its entirety: Green Lantern Hal Jordan (GL01), Max Charge Hal Jordan (GL02), Kilowog (GL03), Sinestro (GL04), and Green Man (GL05). Only three of the six figures from Wave 2 are included: Abin Sur (GL07), Hannu (GL08), and Isamot Kol (GL10). Not included from Wave 2 are Solar Saw Hal Jordan, because he's just another Green Lantern repaint, Test Pilot Hal Jordan, because I couldn't find him, and Stel, because the figure is based on concept art. But I managed to find all the "legit" Lanterns from the first two waves, so that's what this review will cover.

This is definitely the most number of figures I've reviewed at once, hence the label of "Bulk Toy Review". Let's get started!


Stats

Company: Mattel
Size: 4" scale (the tallest are Kilowog and Hannu at almost 5")
Price: $9 at Toys R Us, $8 at K-Mart
Packaging: Carded. Each card features Hal Jordan on the front, but an individualistic shot of the movie character is included on the back. I included scans of the card backs below, since I'm sure many of you would like to check out the cool aliens we can expect to see in the movie.



Appearance

The running theme here is that most of the figures have cool sculpts but the paint apps are lacking. The paint detailing isn't bad, but without any washes and limited paint variation, the figures lack realism. Some sort of effect, like the metallic green of the Movie Masters, would have gone a long way to make these figures look awesome. Maybe some glow-in-the-dark paint detailing could have mimicked that cool Green Lantern glow you see in the movie.



Green Lantern Hal Jordan 
Mattel managed to capture the cool "visible human" detailing of the costume in this basic Hal Jordan figure. But as I said previously, it seems flat without any washes.



Max Charge Hal Jordan 
I love the look of clear plastic figures and this Hal Jordan variant doesn't disappoint. The paint apps are minimal, but any paint would just cover up that cool-looking clear green plastic, so I'm cool with that.



Kilowog  
Kilowog's the winner in this category. The rhinoceras-esque folds and textures in the sculpt look awesome and he has a nice paint wash on his face to add depth and character. The weird thing is that the green of his suit is a different hue than the others. Judging by the promotional pics I've seen so far, that doesn't appear to be the case in the movie.



Sinestro  
I like the suit design, but I noticed that Sinestro in the movie has his ring on his left hand (which is appropriate since "sinister" means "left side" in Latin) while the figure has the ring on the right.



Green Man  
Like Kilowog, Green Man has a really cool sculpt with nifty amphibian textures. Again, if only there was a paint wash to add some more depth...



Abin Sur  
Abin Sur has the most diverse uniform of the Lanterns, with a few different hues adding a bit of visual interest.



Hannu 
Hannu is the epic failure in this category. Although they nailed the posture of the character, the sculpt is so lacking in detail that the figure looks like a Happy Meal toy.



Isamot Kol  
Isamot has a lot of really cool reptilian skin texture, but I'm questioning the screen accuracy of the head sculpt. The movie Isamot looks much like GINO (Godzilla In Name Only), with a squared-off rostrum and an upward-curving mandible. This figure looks more crocodilian, with a more tapered head. It's close enough that it's not distracting, but I wonder if the figure is based on concept art.


Articulation

The articulation of this line just doesn't hold up to the hyper-articulation standards of today.

Green Lantern Hal Jordan
Swivel neck, ball-hinge shoulders, swivel waist, swivel hips.
This is the standard articulation for this line. The cut of the buttocks restricts the legs from moving backward, but really what I miss is elbow and knee articulation.

Max Charge Hal Jordan 
Swivel neck, ball-hinge shoulders, swivel waist, swivel hips.

Kilowog 
Swivel neck, ball-hinge shoulders, swivel waist, swivel hips. 

Sinestro 
Swivel neck, ball-hinge shoulders, swivel waist, swivel hips.

Green Man 
Swivel shoulders, hinge chest, swivel hips.
Although he lacks the ball-hinge joint of some of the others, Green Man's chest hinge allows for a really cool effect: he can arch backward so he looks forward while flying. Advantage: Green Man.

Abin Sur 
Swivel neck, ball-hinge shoulders, swivel waist, swivel hips.

Hannu 
Swivel shoulders, swivel hips. 
Hannu lost out again here. Not only are the neck and waist joints missing, but the cut of the shoulder joints keeps him from raising his ring upward.

Isamot Kol 
Swivel neck, swivel shoulders, swivel hips, swivel tail.


Accessories


The accessories are where this line shines. Each Lantern comes with a construct made of rubbery clear green plastic that's just crazy fun. Unfortunately, they're often too heavy to display with the figure, unless you use some sort of stand or putty to cement the figure's feet on the shelf. Each figure also comes with a Green Lantern ring (see above), which is kind of cool the first time you get it, but more than a little repetitive after 8 figures.



Green Lantern Hal Jordan 
Hal comes with the giant fist that you've likely seen in the trailers. What a classic Green Lantern construct!



Max Charge Hal Jordan 
Crossbow construct! I dig it, but I almost wish there was some kind of arrow-firing action.



Kilowog 
Kilowog comes with an "energy blast adapter". It's moderately cool by itself, but you can connect most of the other constructs to it so Kilowog can use them as well. The coolest thing about this adapter is that DCUC figures can use it, which means that DCUC can also use the other constructs in this line when they're attached to the adapter. It's true genius, if the cross-line functionality was intentional.



Sinestro 
Sinestro wins this category. He comes with not only one sword construct that fits over his hand, but a separate smaller sword that can be held in the other hand so you can recreate the duel between Hal and Sinestro.



Green Man 
Green Man comes with a plasma gun construct. I dig the sci-fi style of the gun.



Abin Sur 
Abin Sur's mace is my least favorite of the constructs, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.



Hannu 
Hannu comes with the same energy blast adapter that Kilowog does.



Isamot Kol 
Isamot's beast trap construct is another awesome accessory. The jaws of the trap are articulated so that you can snap them shut on unsuspecting victims (but the trap isn't spring-loaded or anything). Chewie, would you care to demonstrate?


Value

Although the $8 price tag seems somewhat expensive, the substantial accessories even out the value for the most part. The price range is roughly on-par with Star Wars and Marvel figures, give or take a dollar. I've also seen them for $9 at some stores, which is borderline unreasonable. Kilowog is substantially larger than most of the other figures so he gets a little bump in value. Hannu loses again, as his overall poor quality drops his score.

Green Lantern Hal Jordan 
Max Charge Hal Jordan 
Kilowog 
Sinestro 
Green Man 
Abin Sur 
Hannu 
Isamot Kol 


Coolness


Green Lantern Hal Jordan 
Despite the haters, I love the look of the movie costume. The "Body Worlds" design, mimicking anatomical human musculature, looks crazy awesome. I can't wait to see it on screen.



Max Charge Hal Jordan 
Since the clear green plastic of the figure almost exactly matches that of the constructs, I like to think of this figure as a construct itself. Maybe Hal could make a doppleganger of himself to confuse his enemies.

Kilowog 
I'll have to give this category to Kilowog, too. A great sculpt, massive size, and bad attitude makes this figure a whole lot of fun. And with the "adapter", Kilowog is compatible with almost all the other accessories.



Sinestro 
Sinestro has great constructs, but he isn't cool enough to warrant special mention.

Green Man 
Another great character design, Green Man falls right behind Kilowog in the coolness category.



Abin Sur 
I like the detailing of the sculpt, and the stylization of the uniform is pretty cool.

Hannu 
There's not much cool about this figure. The crappy sculpt really wrecks it, and I'm not even a fan of the character design. He looks too much like the rock monster from Galaxy Quest.

Isamot Kol 
Despite the inherent coolness of dinosaurs, it's rare to see dinosaurian creatures as heroes in movies. I can't wait to see Isamot in action!

Overall

Green Lantern Hal Jordan 
Max Charge Hal Jordan 
Kilowog  Winner: Appearance, Value, Coolness.
Sinestro  Winner: Accessories.
Green Man  Winner: Articulation.
Abin Sur 
Hannu  Loser: Appearance, Articulation, Value, Coolness.
Isamot Kol 

Checking the scores above, you can see that Kilowog won the most categories with his great sculpt, substantial bulk, and cool demeanor. Green Man gets a nod in the Articulation category, and Sinestro wins the Accessories category with his dual sword constructs.

Overall, the Green Lantern movie line is better than many other movie lines (Tron: Legacy, I'm talking to you). The sculpts are nice and the construct accessories are super cool. The main problems lie with the paint apps, which don't do much to add a sense of realism to the figures, and the articulation, which is clearly not up to today's standards. And Hannu was a disaster. The only reason to get that rocky piece of crap is if you're trying to collect a complete Green Lantern Corps. Regardless, the line as a whole is pretty strong and the figures just make me more anxious to see the movie. Let's hope all these characters get their moment on screen!

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