AFi -First Look – Mattel’s 4″ Young Justice Green Lantern
March 27, 2012

This week we’ll be taking a look at the newest additions to the 4″ Young Justice Line from Mattel.  Green Lantern is part of the new wave of single carded figures that will be shipping soon.  This new wave is a four figure wave with two members of the Young Justice team (Robin and Artemis) and two members of the Justice League (Superman and Hal Jordan Green Lantern).   These new singles do NOT have a collect-and-connect element to them like the original twelve figures in the line with the Hall of Justice pieces.  As a result, Mattel has reduced the size of the packaging to be similar to the JLU single figure package.  All figures in this wave come with a red tinted stand.

Green Lantern is sculpted on the adult buck, with a new head as the only new part needed. All costume elements are achieved with paint including his power ring.  I’m a little surprised they just call him “Green Lantern” on the package instead of Hal Jordan since they have established there are three Green Lanterns on Earth in the show’s continuity.   John Stewart and Guy Gardner are also Green Lanterns though neither have had speaking roles on the show as of this writing.   The figure does have the “hand of justice” that has become (in)famous for this line of figures.  It’s that weird, upturned web-shooter hand that the sculptor put in this line as his “signature” it seems.  Because it was sculpted into the original buck we will see it in the line for the foreseeable  future.

The other unique thing about Green Lantern is that he has never had a kid sidekick.  I doubt they would create one for him, but that can make him odd-man-out sometimes when heroes are paired up with their sidekicks.

Green Lantern also comes with a morning star (spiked ball on a chain) construct as his accessory.  This construct is recycled from Mattel’s “Justice League Unlimited” line.  It was originally sculpted to fit on a JLU fist, but it still works for the YJ Hand of Justice.  Some of the constructs from Mattel’s 4″ ‘Green  Lantern‘ movie line will also work with this YJ figure.  He does not include a lantern/power battery.

This wave should be hitting stores in the next few week.

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The sample was provided by Mattel.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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