One of the amazing things Mattel’s DC Universe Action League has done is keep current with its characters and designs. The Green Lantern universe has been receiving a lot of attention, thanks to the successful stories in the comic books. The whole debut of different Lantern Corps has opened a window of amazing possibilities with the Sinestro Corps leading the charge in the Low vs. Tomar-Re two-pack set.
Low is one of the recruits in the newly formed Sinestro Corps. Low is a parasite in the truest sense of the word. He can leech the blood out of nearly any being in seconds. To make matters worse, he then replicates by laying "eggs" in the bodies he kills. This, in turn, births up to a thousand parasitic slugs from a single carcass. With a being like this already dangerous, giving him a yellow power ring makes it so much worse. Low looks like the Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi only complete with body and limbs. His bluish complexion helps make him stand out while wearing the yellow and black Sinestro Corps uniform. He’s of the bulkier side, at least in his upper body. I’ve never been a fan of the kneeling pose unless there is a good reason for it, like Green Arrow crouching down to make a shot. Usually figures in this pose don’t “stand” properly because they fall over by the sheer weight from the upper portion. Surprisingly, this doesn’t happen with Low. The paint application is done nicely with the glossy black against the matte yellow.
Tomar-Re is the assigned Green Lantern for this set to keep Low in line. He is a longtime member of the Green Lantern Corps having achieved Honour Guard status. In the pre-Crisis universe, he is also known for having failed to save Krypton from its final destruction. But more importantly, he is the first Lantern to meet new recruit Hal Jordan, the successor to Abin Sur. Tomar-Re is not hard to determine for the rest of the pack. He looks like a cross between a bird and a fish especially where his head is concerned with the nice fin running across his head. His orange complexion is a good contrast to the green and black outfit. His eyes are big, so big that I keep forgetting that he is wearing a mask. It just looks like his eyes are highlighted instead. I really like out of all the Green Lanterns created for this collection, he is the only one that wears the classic uniform. Even Hal Jordan has subtle tweaks to his. Everything about him looks great. I’m sure he will be used as tool to create other Lantern characters. Just replace his head with someone else and you have a new Green Lantern.
Both figures have very limited articulation from the other figures. The symbols on the power rings are stamped on rather than sculpted but they are also nice and crisp.
Even though Low vs. Tomar-Re is from Wave Two of the DC Universe Action League series, it is still available in some stores. What I don’t like is how Toys “R” Us has greatly increased the price from $6.95 to $9.95 in such a short amount of time. Luckily I picked this up before that happened but it almost seems that Mattel is sabotaging itself to cancel the line. Or maybe that’s the plan all along so they can introduce something new. Whatever the case may be, having different Lantern members is definitely going to increase the rainbow brigade.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Wave 1: Aquaman vs. Balck Manta || Batman and Red Tornado
Wave 2: Batman and Rex Mason the Element Man || B'wana Beast and Batman
Wave 3: Batman vs. The Demon Etrigan || Batman vs. The Joker || Batman vs. The Top || Dr. Fate vs. Wotan || Owlman and Blue Bowman
Wave 4: Batman vs. Scarecrow
Single Packs: Plastic Man
Deluxe Wave 2: Batman vs. Gorilla Grodd || Batman with Batcycle
Deluxe Wave 3: Batman vs. Chemo || Batman with Batcopter
Wave 1: The Flash vs. Captain Boomerang || Deathstorm vs. Firestorm || Superman vs. Bizarro || White Lantern Sinestro vs. Green Lantern
Wave 2: Batman vs. The Joker || John Stewart vs. Atrocitus || Prometheus vs. Green Arrow
Wave 3: Batman vs. Deathstroke || Hal Jordan and Saint Walker || Kilowog vs. Zilius Zox || Superman and Wonder Woman
Green Lantern 3-Pack Sets
Comic Series: Guy Gardner, Hal Jordan and John Stewart || Tomar-Re, Hal Jordan and Sinestro
***This is part of my 2012 Funny Pages Write-Off. Let your inner geekdom out. You have until the end of July.
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Amount Paid (US$): 6.99
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens