Welcome to a new feature. Occasionally I receive emails asking about various toy-related things, so I thought I’d start sharing my knowledge with the collecting world (plus build more content for the website).
First off is a Poester who wishes to remain Anonymous. He first contacted me a few weeks ago after spotting an eBay auction offering what appeared to be a lighter-blue DCUC Superman. Most fans figure it’s a factory prototype for the proposed (but as yet unproduced) Superman/Bizarro DCUC 2-pack.
Well, Mr. Anonymous got his hands on one and sent along an email, complete with pics.
Since no one has any other info about this figure, I thought maybe you would like an exclusive pictorial of the toy.
A few quick notes: just to give you a “heads-up” (pun entirely intended), I swapped the heads of the unreleased figure and the Superman from the Walmart Gotham City 5-pack. So every pic with the darker blue Supes is the head that actually came with the lighter blue Superman. The close-up headshot is the head that it came with as well. This is obviously a “factory sample” as there are a decent number of paint errors. These can easily be seen on the S shield, the paint on the boots, as well as the Superman head that looks like he put on some rouge before leaving the Fortress. 🙂 All the joints are solid, if not a little loose, but hold poses well. No joints were stuck. Head movement is okay with some decent up/down movement, but not nearly as much as the darker Superman. When switching out the heads, I could easily tell a difference in the peg movement. I’m not sure if it is a different peg, or a different chest cavity, but the range of movement is hindered.
The paint errors are minor and do not detract under normal lighting. I cannot stand the head it came with. The Gotham Superman head is massively superior.
Overall, a fantastic homage to the old Super Powers figure and my preferred color scheme for the Man of Steel. If Mattel can find a way to release this figure as well as additional Super Powers-esque paint jobs of Batman, Wonder Woman, and some of the villains, I would certainly pick them up at retail.
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Next up, Poester JH asks:
Just read your post on action figure stands. I’m looking for something for possibly NECA or DST’s Battlestar line. What would you recommend?
I can’t say for 100% certain because I haven’t officially tried it on the specific figures you’re thinking of, but my guess is that the McFarlane stands would work fine for either NECA or DST figures. I’ve used them with both in the past, and usually they fit fine, or will fit with a little pressure. You can buy them online here. You get 15 stands for $5, but be aware, the shipping sucks. It’s $10 or something like that, so buy in bulk.
Got any toy-related questions or comments? Feel free to send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org and you just might seem them here on the site!