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 Post subject: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:17 am 
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Ok, this is my take on this latest batch from MATTEL.
1st and foremost, THANKS for making this and giving us, collectors, another addition to our JLU roster collection.

Please feel free to have any added comment/photos/observations to this thread.

AGAIN.... THANKS for making this line.


GYPSY
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I think that this is a new mold. I don't think or recall any female JLU figure having this done. They were all heeled / painted over heeled female molds.


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All I see here is a very oversized Johnny Thunder. He seems like a bit of a giant. He reminds me of a tall athlete amongst average sized men.

SPEEDY and CREEPER
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What's up with the head scale issues? CREEPER's head is a few steps away from being a shrunken Beetlejuice head. SPEEDY - he looks like it's from a different toyline... still TIMMVERSE like style but feels off.

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Ok ok... what's with the different color issues. Gloves and thigh have a glossed finish while the torso has a matte finish to it? Consistency....? Negative on that.

FASHION NO NO!
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I didn't know that Crimson Avenger borrowed his wife's suit. If you don't this by now, mens suits/jackets are buttoned on the right side. LEFT over RIGHT.
Unless, Crimson Avenger is gay.. not that there's anything wrong with that. :wink:

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I like how this figure was made. I like how the hands are translucent and the treatment throughout the figure... frosted to clear areas.
I like that it's not your typical 2 leg figure. Great job MATTEL!!!

Again feel free to post your images of your own JLU 7 pack.

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:46 am 
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No review on Dr. Midnite? :)

I think Dr. Midnite is my surprise favorite in the set. He looks much better in person than in pictures. The coloring of the cape is great. I was expecting to love Gypsy best, and she's great, but takes second spot. Johnny Thunder's scale doesn't bother me. Nor does Creepers. Big Barda and Green Arrow, those bother me.

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:51 am 
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Johnny Thunder being taller than Atom Smasher is kind of annoying. But a quick customizing fix.
And while I'm thrilled to have ALL of these figures, I do think Dr. Mid-Nite is the clear winner. He looks GREAT with Alan, Jay and Carter! And the clear loser of the set is the Creeper. I may try to swap heads with the Batman TAS Creeper and see if that works better. Or just continue to use the Batman TAS figure with my JLU collection.

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:26 am 
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Yeah, Creeper really disappointed me. I love the Gypsy figure though. I can't believe I actually have a Gypsy figure. I've wanted a figure of her since I was just a little amazing. For some odd reason I loved the Detroit League and now I finally have them assembled.


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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:33 am 
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Dr. Midnight is a great figure but I thought that it came standard like the rest of the them. Great scale to match with the rest of the JLU figures. My review was just a brief observation.

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:02 am 
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Creeper is indeed the big loser here. So close, but yet so far. That tiny head just looks really weird, and not in a good "Creeper" weird sort of way. And there's a lot of uniquely sculpted parts on that figure -- it makes it even sadder that his head is so screwed up. Johnny is truly huge. I originally thought he and Crimson Avenger were using the same base, but they're not (see Asiatic Prince's suit comments, above). Crimson is more in-scale. However, his legs don't move because of the new torso. Little bit of wiggle, that's it.

Pleasant surprises: new torsos on Speedy and Doc Midnight.


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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:32 am 
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I'm going to see if I can swap heads for the JLU Creeper with my TNBA Creeper.
That should fix the size problem. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:25 am 
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See, I actually think Speedy is much worse than Creeper. I didn't get what everyone was complaining about 'til I saw him in person. His proportions are all screwy.

I also think that the sculpts on some of the figures aren't quite up to par, especially with recent releases. While I think Crimson Avenger is a great figure overall, head-wise he and Speedy aren't in the same league as the Golden Agers or Adam Strange for example. I was also hoping for a more 'gogglish' visor for Dr. MidNite.

Still and all, great batch of figures. Lots of newly sculpted bits. While Johnny Thunder is enormous, his head sculpt is spot on IMO. I like him & Thunderbolt much more than I expected to (and I expected to like them quite a bit).

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
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I think Speedy's problems are the result of shortening his torso, to bring his size down. The arms and legs are a bit too long because of that. But honestly, he still doesn't bug me as much as Creeper.


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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:24 am 
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Asiatic Prince wrote:
FASHION NO NO!
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I didn't know that Crimson Avenger borrowed his wife's suit. If you don't this by now, mens suits/jackets are buttoned on the right side. LEFT over RIGHT.
Unless, Crimson Avenger is gay.. not that there's anything wrong with that. :wink:


It is funny, because Crimson Avenger's suit error is actually coming from two errors:

1. The error of the artist who did the reference pic...
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(source: http://dchallofjustice.com/news/downloads?album=2&gallery=7)

2. the error at Mattel not realising the error and having to expend extra money to be fully compliant with the reference art.

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:45 pm 
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Thought I would post a Creeper comparison photo in this thread.
The Kenner one VS the Mattel

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It's not really close in my book. I like the Kenner one a lot more.

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:51 pm 
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I think the Kenner Creeper is way too big for JLU as most Kenner figures are. The Kenner Creeper however is by far the better sculpt. The only thing I like better about Mattel's is the Creeper's hands.


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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:09 pm 
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I agree that the Kenner Creeper is to big.
But the Mattel one is to small. (and Asiatic Prince's comment that the head is to small is bang on)

I guess that the sculpt trumps size in my book.

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Did anyone manage to put the Kenner head on the Mattel body? (I'm looking at you An-Gel Sakura)

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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
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The Kenner one is actually pretty close to being in scale with Green Arrow, Speedy and anyone who uses the suit body.


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 Post subject: Re: My review of the JLU 7 pack
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:25 pm 
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reksuh wrote:
I agree that the Kenner Creeper is to big.
But the Mattel one is to small. (and Asiatic Prince's comment that the head is to small is bang on)

I guess that the sculpt trumps size in my book.
Did anyone manage to put the Kenner head on the Mattel body? (I'm looking at you An-Gel Sakura)

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I used a little photoshop magic to see if it would work. What's your opinion?
Is it worth trying?

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