DC Universe Classics, Series 2: Superman Blue The Man of Steel Gets Energized
May 25, 2008 (Updated May 25, 2008)
Review by Charles Morris
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Good sculpt and paint job; great articulation
Cons:Not the Superman people are going to be looking for
The Bottom Line: Even though Superman Blue isn't a fan-favourite, the action figure is still a great looking one to add to the collection. Besides, why should Batman always have various outfits?
Superman has been powerless before in his career but never has he gained a whole new set of electricity-based powers. Back in the 1990s, DC Comics first killed off Superman in the spectacular event known as The Death of Superman. Since then, event storylines such as that became the norm. The latter part of the 1990s saw Superman lose his fabled powers only to be transformed into a being of energy. The electric blue Superman kicked off a new and interesting era for Big Blue (he really lived up to that moniker now). Mattels DC Universe Classics kicks off its second series with Superman Blue, its staple character. But as you can tell, he doesnt look like the classic Superman at all.
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Instead of wearing his familiar red, blue and yellow suit, Superman now sports a blue and white outfit. As an energy-based being, this suit serves as a containment unit in order to keep Supermans energized body together in one place. It was a bold move on DC Comics part to tamper with an iconic image. After all, are you not supposed to tug on Supermans cape? The reasoning behind this move (besides trying to come up with new concepts and sell stories) was to see if Superman could still be Superman without his powers? Is it the powers that make the man or is it the man himself?
I will go on record saying that if you are going to call this line the Classic series, then you definitely need to lead off Series 2 with your flagship character. With that said, I never thought Superman Blue would be at bat first. I always thought the design of this costume was a very interesting interpretation of the character and I definitely wanted to see how this version would be perceived.
Despite the new look, Superman Blue looks very generic and utilizes the same body sculpt as Batman, Red Tornado and Orion from the first series, but he lacks even fewer details than his peers. As simple as Orion looks, at least he has his bucket head helmet. Superman Blue looks like a rejected contestant from a break dancing contest. I guess what disappoints me is the lack of layering. Because he is wearing a one-piece bodysuit, there isnt much left to add besides the stylized S insignia.
The paint job is not a complicated one at all. It is a two-tone colour of white and blue. Now this could have looked very bland but I believe the detailing of the body sculpt really helps accentuate the colour application and helps give it a more dimensional form. The paint application is actually done well considering its mass-market distribution. Kudos on Mattel for at least pay close attention to detail.
Since he shares the basic medium body build, articulation falls in that same category as well with hinge joints at the elbows, knees, ankles and abdomen, post-hinge joints at the hips, swivel joints at the wrists, biceps, thighs and waist, and ball joints at the neck and shoulders.
I never would have pictured Superman to come with an accessory but Superman Blue does provide something from that department. The plastic energy crackle is attached to his back. It doesnt come off at all (unless you really want to yank it off). However, the energy crackle the fits around his wrists are removable. All are made out of clear blue plastic and are rendered quite nicely to add to the overall appearance.
The next Collect & Connect figure is Gorilla Grodd, a major foe of the Flash. Collecting all five characters in Series 2 will allow you to complete and build this bonus sixth figure, so definitely be on the look out for these other characters in this series: Aquaman, Firestorm, Harley Quinn and Black Manta.
Believe it or not, there is a variant Superman that is also shipped with this one: Superman Red. Supermans energized state allowed him to split into two beings with two distinctive personalities: Superman Blue is more level-headed while Superman Red is impulsive. The distribution of these two characters is on a 50-50 ratio, so theres no need to kill somebody in order to try and find the missing link, if you are so inclined to do so. Superman Red also comes with the same Collect & Connect body part. The only difference, besides the colour, is his face: he has mischievous grin.
Personally, I would have done a different type of variant for this character. Superman Blue and Superman Red are a homage to the old Superman imaginary tales of the Silver Age era. I would have included those versions as the variant figures. That definitely would have made more sense considering that this is the DC Universe Classics line.
DC Universe Classics
Series 1: Crime Stopper Batman || Etrigan the Demon || Orion || The Penguin || Red Tornado
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Amount Paid (US$): 9.99
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens
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