Erin is back in Pittsburgh tonight (after a particularly ridiculous ordeal), and I’m sitting around at home missing her terribly. I’ll post the usual narrative/photoblog of our visit in a couple of days, once I’ve had time to cheer up a little bit. In the meantime, how about some toy reviews? Erin, sweetheart that she is, bought me not one, but two Infinite Heroes three-packs she found up north that I haven’t been able to find at a toy store here in the Great South. Let’s take a look at some classic DC Comics heroes:
The big dude with the biggest wings is DC Comics’ high-flying hero Hawkman. The costume design here seems to be the current version, which is basically the Silver Age version with more pouches. I never noticed until I looked at this figure, but Hawkman’s design had to have been an inspiration for the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line of toys. If I didn’t know the scale here, I would swear that this was based on a He-Man mold from one line or another. The wings are particularly good, although unfortunately, they aren’t articulated — so no flapping. Hawkman comes with a pair of minion warriors from his home planet of Thanagar. I don’t mind a few minion figures here and there — the Thanagarians, the Luthor Troopers, the Manhunter Robots, the Gotham City SWAT officers… although the list-maker in me is a tad perplexed by this two-pack. I’m not sure if this pack comes from a period where Hawkman is on good terms with his homeworld or one of the frequent periods in which he’s an exile, so I don’t know if the Thanagarian troops count as heroes or villains. Dang.
Next up was this dandy three-pack with DC’s “Hard-Traveling Heroes”: Black Canary, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. Canary looks good, although like all the female Infinite Heroes toys, she comes with a stand. I’m not sure if the sculpt is a little different than some of the others, though, because Erin managed to get her to stand on her own. Green Arrow is wearing the Mike Grell-era costume which I’ve always been a fan of, although I still think the Robin Hood hat is the best. Still, he’s a great-looking figure that comes — naturally — with a bow that just plain looks cool. Finally, we get Hal Jordan, senior Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. Astute readers will note that this is the second Hal Jordan Infinite Heroes toy I’ve gotten, the first being a clear green plastic variant that was included in the Defense of Oa six-pack. I like ‘em both, and I’m grateful that the two different variants were included in two different packages.
Speaking of which, I need to vent briefly about something I saw that kinda bugs me. While perusing a selection of figures I hadn’t seen before, I saw two familiar-yet-different three-packs. First was the Flash/Weather Wizard/Mirror Master three-pack, and next was the Superman/Supergirl/Wonder Girl, both of which I’ve covered here before. But lo and behold, there was one variant figure in each pack. Instead of the modern age Wally West Flash, the pack featured the golden age Jay Garrick version, and Superman had been replaced by Bizarro. It kinda peeves me here. I certainly want to get both of these figures, but not enough to buy four other figures I already have to get my hands on them. If you’re going to do a variant, do it in a single pack, or at least package it with other variants, minion figures… SOMETHING. This was just bad mojo to me.
Anyway, I’ve actually got several other toys I’ve picked up recently, some with Erin and some on my own. Expect several more toy reviews in the next week or two.