Pros: Excellent scuplt; very easy to use in a game; fun factor is awesome
Cons: People will cry foul over no flight and range; harder to find
One of the most iconic images of Superman comes from the cover of Superman #14 published back in 1942. It depicts than Man of Steel with a bald eagle on his arm standing in front of the American Flag in shield form. Now WizKids/NECA recreates this image for its DC HeroClix: DC 75th Anniversary collection.
Rookie Superman features the Golden Age version of the Man of Steel, the one first introduced back in 1938. Well, technically his outfit has changed since his very first inception but this is still the Superman from the World War II era. That also means he is outfitted with the Justice Society team affiliation on his dial, something that will really help his cause and those sharing the same team name as the highest defense value is shared among them.
His Speed dial is an important one that needs attention for this is a Superman who cannot fly. However he can still Leap Tall Buildings, one of the Special Powers granted to him. Even though he is only eight clicks deep (out of twelve), he manages to keep things simple with his abilities. This is not a hard figure to use at all and quite refreshing. The first four clicks of Charge shows he's not afraid to meet challenges while the remaining clicks help him defensively with Force Blast under his belt. The best way to describe the latter ability is using his super breath to blow opponents away.
***Leap Tall Buildings (Special Powers): Superman can use leap climb. When he uses leap climb, if he starts his movement on elevated terrain and ends on grounded terrain, he can then make a close combat attack as a free action.
His Attack slot has an impressive +11 attack value to start things off for one click. It then drops to +10 for the next four accompanied with Super Strength. It would be a rare thing for Superman not to have this ability at his disposal.
I'm impressed with his Defense slot with 17-defense and the Indomitable ability allowing him the access the use Willpower throughout the dial. He carries this numerical value for the first five clicks before he drops to 16-defense. This is an amazing feat and one that holds a lot of advantages. It also helps that he is supplied with Toughness throughout this dial. While it's not quite up to par with Invulnerability or even Impervious, it does indicate that bullets still bounce off the man.
His damage output is really good as well. His Damage slot shows a varying degree of base-3 hits with one base-4 popping up on the second click. The first four clicks also allow Superman to use Heroic Inspiration, another one of his Special Powers. This could be the game breaker for your team. But just when you thought that the Man of Steel would fade near the end, he gains four clicks of Close Combat Expert just to show that he can still deliver a pounding to anyone who dares tussle with him in hand-to-hand combat.
***Heroic Inspiration (Special Powers): Superman may use Leadership. If he rolls a 6, in addition to the regular effects you may remove an action token from him.
I really love how this game piece looks. It has one of those rare qualities where all you want to do is just put it on display. What makes this even more impressive is that it is only 2" in height. The details and paint application really make it a special piece.
Rookie Superman has a lot of fun factor built into this dial. A lot of people are going to say that this isn't the true Superman at all. After all if he can't fly, has no range, and barely any powers, then why bother using him? It depends on your game strategy but do not overlook this piece at all. While it may not be the strongest Superman piece ever, it sure is a fun one to use. Isn't that what the game is all about in the first place> I'm sure Superman will agree to that.
Set: DC HeroClix: DC 75th Anniversary
Point Value: 120
Collector's Number: 050
Rarity: Super Rare
Team Affiliation: Justice Society
Hypertime: Starter Set || Experienced Harley Quinn (#035) || Veteran Nightwing (#063) || Veteran Doomsday (#096) || Veteran Flash (#105) || Unique Parasite (#121) || Unique Darkseid (#123) || Unique Commissioner Gordon (#124) || Unique Catwoman (#127) || Unique Superman (#130) || Limited Edition Arthur Curry (#138)
Cosmic Justice: Veteran Green Arrow (#039) || Veteran Green Lantern (#084) || Unique Martian Manhunter (#085) || Unique Bizarro (#086) || Unique Amazo (#088) || Unique Eclipso (#090) || Unique Despero (#091) || Unique Mordru (#092) || Unique Catgirl (#093) || Unique Batgirl (#094) || Unique Batman (#095) || Unique Superman (#096) || Limited Edition Donna Troy (#214) || Limited Edition Zatanna Zatara (#219) || Limited Edition Phasing Green Lantern (#221) || Limited Edition Plastic Man (#223)
Unleashed: Booster Packs || Veteran Doctor Fate (#072) || Veteran Black Adam (#081) || Veteran Green Lantern (#084) || Unique The General (#086) || Unique Kilowog (#087) || Unique Shazam (#088) || Unique Wonder Woman (#093) || Unique Batman (#094) || Unique Superman (#095) || Unique Magog (#096) || Unique Bat Sentry (#097) || Limited Edition Hector Hall (#216) || Limited Edition Shazam! (#221) || Limited Edition Catwoman (#222)
Legacy: Unique Wonder Woman (#087) || Unique Ultraman (#089) || Unique Red Robin (#094) || Unique Green Lantern (#094) || Unique Flash (#095) || Fortitude Feat Card (#F004)
Icons: Unique Lex Luthor (#051) || Limited Edition Professor Zoom (#209)
Collateral Damage: Veteran Superman (#069) || Limited Edition Kyle Rayner (#205) || Limited Edition Krypto (#217) || Limited Edition Parallax (#219) || Limited Edition Ultimate Clayface (#220)
Green Lantern Corps: Veteran Arisia (#004) || Experienced Katma Tui (#005) || Unique Ganthet (#006)
Origin: Veteran Steel (#069) || Veteran Green Lantern (#078) || Veteran Shazam! (#081) || Unique Batman (#095) || Unique Superman (#096)
Justice League: Experienced Wonder Woman (#037) || Unique Batman and Robin (#038) || Rookie Shining Knight (#049) || Unique Power Ring (#050) || Unique Amazon (#052) || Veteran Green Lantern (#055) || Experienced Wonder Woman (#059) || Experienced Barry Allen (#107)
Crisis: Experienced Captain Marvel, Jr. (#050) || Veteran Supergirl (#056) || Unique Kingdom Come Superman (#105)
Batman Alpha: Veteran Alfred (#014) || Veteran The Clown Prince of Crime (#027) || Veteran The Boy Wonder (#028)
Arkham Asylum: Unique Superman Prime (#060)
Brave and the Bold: Alter Ego Bruce Wayne (#001) || Alter Ego Clark Kent (#002) || Rookie League Assassin (#004) || Rookie The Atom and Hawkman (#009) || Experienced League Elite (#011) || Alter Ego Superman (#017) || Experienced Martian Manhunter (#036) || Rookie Robin (#042) || Experienced Black Flash (#044) || Experienced Batman and Green Arrow (#046)
Blackest Night: Starter Kit
DC 75th Anniversary: Rookie Batman (#052) || Veteran Hal Jordan (#053) || Unique Wonder Twins (#059) || Limited Edition Sinestro (#100) || Limited Edition Gleek (#102) || Unique Superman (#W-6) || Limited Edition White Lantern (#S102)
Fast Forces: Green Lantern 6-Pack Set
Infinity Challenge: Starter Set || Booster Pack || Sentinel || Unique Vision (#139) || Unique Spider-Man (#150)
Xplosion: Booster Pack
Critical Mass: Unique Dormammu (#092) || Unique Nova (#093) || Unique Beta Ray Bill (#094) || Unique Hulk (#095) || Unique Silver Surfer (#096)
Universe: Rookie Paramedic (#022) || Rookie Destiny (#028) || Rookie Kingpin (#067) || Experienced Kingpin (#068) || Rookie Vulture (#070) || Experienced Vulture (#071) || Rookie Jean Grey (#073) || Rookie Sabretooth (#079) || Veteran Annihilus (#090)
Ultimates: Booster Pack
Mutant Mayhem: Limited Edition Tsunami-Relief Hulk (#218) || Limited Edition Gamma Radiation Hulk (#222)
Armor Wars: Booster Packs
Supernova: Limited Edition The Mighty Thor (#224)
Mutations and Monsters: Unique Iron Man (#200)
Secret Invasion: Experienced Grey Gargoyle (#010)
Classics: Fantastic Four vs. Dr. Doom Battle Pack || Fantastic Four vs. Mole Man Battle Pack || Marvel Heroes Battle Pack || Spider-Man Battle Pack
Hammer of Thor: Rookie Captain America #040 || Experienced Thor and Loki (#057)
Indy: Unique Hellboy (#087) || Unique Hecate (#088) || Unique Judge Death (#092) || Limited Edition Arwyn (#223)
Invincible: Collector's Set
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Unique Hellboy (#001)