DC Universe Action League Review: Superman & Bizarro

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If there was absolutely necessary figure to be given Action League treatment besides Batman, it’s the blue Boy Scout: Superman! And with the first wave, Mattel wasted no time getting the man of steel made. Now it’s just a question of how long until we’re sick of his variants.

Bizarro was created as a doppelganger to Superman, but something went very wrong – now he’s a super strong backwards clone!

Mild mannered Clark Kent crashed landed on Earth as a baby when his parents launched him from his dying alien home world of Krypton. Years later, he protected his adopted home from all manner of threats. But if you don’t know this, there’s nothing I can do to help you.

Like the Flash, Superman is posed with a clear stand so he looks like he’s either in flight or about to take off from the ground. Either way, he looks fantastic in this pose that’s perfectly iconic. With one arm close to his chest and his left fist extended, he looks like Superman. His hair has the spit curl and his red cape flows behind him.

So many little details are sculpted into Superman’s look. Everything from a belt buckle to the trim on his boots. It’s simple, but the fact that it’s even done astounds me. His chest emblem isn’t sculpted in, but that probably allows for reuse of his torso down the road. Superman moves at the shoulders, waist and neck.

The paint is well done with bright reds and blues, though Superman’s legs seem to be a slightly different shade of blue. There’s a bit of slop on the yellow belt, like it was applied before the red fully dried but it looks good. Superman doesn’t have the yellow “S” on the back of his cape, but I don’t usually think of him as having that anyway.

Paired up with Clark Kent is Kent Clark – better known as Bizarro! Every time DC goes through a crisis, Bizarro gets swept under the rug only to come back time and time again. Is he a clone? From a different earth? It doesn’t matter; he’s just like Superman only not. He’s rash and impulsive, the mirror image of Superman. So he’s got stuff like freeze vision and vacuum breath.

Bizarro is a much bulkier figure with large gorilla-like arms, a barrel chest and a tattered cape. His hands and neck are huge. Bizarro’s face is pointy and angular, which works incredibly well in the Action League style. Two teeth jut out from his mouth while sunken eyes glare out from under his oversized brow. The bottom of his cape is tattered and uneven, but oddly enough – his legs look perfectly normal.

The paint takes a page out of Bizarro’s more modern appearances where his entire outfit is different shades of purple. His skin is a super light purple, while his eyes are black and yellow. The “S” on his chest is backwards too.

Bizarro also comes with a massive rock, which happens to be painted bright green like it was kryptonite. I don’t know how he would have gotten a rock that big, but the addition of it is a nice touch. Plus Bizarro can hold it over his head! If only he came with his “Bizarro #1” neckpiece.

Superman doesn’t really have the best rogue gallery like some of his friends. The only other characters who I’d love would be Brainiac, Doomsday, Darkseid and Lex Luthor in power armor. This is a fun pack and definitely worth getting if you like Bizarro. If you don’t, I fully expect to see Superman again and again in the new DC Universe Action League.

DC Universe Action League Wave 1
Superman & Bizzaro
Green Lantern Hal Jordan & White Lantern Sinestro
Firestorm & Deathstorm
The Flash & Captain Boomerang

Written by jestergoblin

February 9th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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