Green Lantern Action League Review: Green Lantern Corps

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When the Green Lantern movie originally came out (I still haven’t seen it), Wal-Mart was supposed to get some exclusive Green Lantern Action League three-packs. The first wave was based on the comics and was simply an excuse for Mattel to re-release a bunch of figures for a cheap way to cash in. Of course, it took me four months before I finally found these figures in stores!

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

The packaging on this three-pack is amazingly boring. I love the look of the elongated Lantern emblem that makes up the bubble, but there’s nothing on the pack to differentiate the sets or anything. In fact, this set doesn’t even get its own name but I think “Green Lantern Corps” is a pretty good fit.

Right off the bat, all three figures in this set are straight repacks from older Action League sets. Nothing new was done with paint, no added accessories in the form of constructs – just three figures I’ve seen before.

Hal Jordan is quickly becoming the poster child for Action League abuse – more so than Batman. His original figure showed up in the first wave of the DC Universe Action League and nothing has changed. He’s still smirking and looks good, but there isn’t anything new here.

The sculpt is still heavily stylized but unique, going as far as making the differences in color actually sculpted in. Articulation is the same at the big four: waist, neck and shoulders. The paint is well done but unexciting for the most part.

John Stewart is another straight repack. Originally from wave 2, Stewart does shine when standing with Hal because it shows how different these two figures actually are – even though they look near identical. The sculpts are very similar, but well done. Articulation is the same four points as well.

The paint really helps set Stewart apart because of the glossy black paint on his costume. It contrasts surprisingly well against Hal while still evoking the same general imagery. John Stewart’s eyes are still glowing green.

The final figure in the pack actually makes sense in terms of getting a re-release – Guy Gardner. Near impossible to find since he was barely released during the in-between-time of Batman the Brave and the Bold and DC Universe Action League lines, Guy Gardner looks slightly off now. His design elements don’t quite work with the Brave and the Bold look, but seem a bit too soft for the DC Universe. It’s not horribly glaring, but there are enough little touches that feel slightly off.

Guy is wearing his appropriately awful looking outfit of boots with white trim, white gloves and the garish bright green vest. The face is pouty but all the elements are right on for this style. Articulation is the same as the other two.

Sadly, Guy has some paint issues. His ring is painted lime green and doesn’t look anything like Hal’s. Also, his Green Lantern Corps insignia on his chest is horribly applied and doesn’t stay in the lines. The last thing that seems odd is Guy’s black eyes.

As a three pack, there really isn’t any reason to get this if you’ve been following the Action League line. The fact that these figures weren’t even given repaints just feels cheap to me. Something as simple as including energy constructs would have really helped up the value of this pack. At the same time, if you’re looking for an easy way to get three different Green Lanterns, you could do a lot worse.

Written by jestergoblin

October 12th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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