Mattel's Superman Returns 5.5" action figures
by Mr. Stinkhead
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We received an army of Superman Returns figures to review, and like that awkward day in gym class, we're looking at the 5.5" assortment. There's quite the variety of action features here, so we'll break each one down so you can pick which ones you decide to collect. Just a little more than two weeks away from the opening of Superman Returns, and we're giddier than Lex Luther in a head buffing contest.
I like how Mattel broke the line into different, color coded, categories. Each one representing an aspect of Superman's powers. There's strength, power, and flight. The strength featuring figures have an orange hue on the label, the power figures have a red hue, and the flight figures, blue.
X-Ray Alert Superman
This figure has spring loaded arms, so if you put the safe in his hands and raise his arms above his head, he'll smash that safe to the floor, revealing the kryptonite inside. How does he know there's kryptonite inside? With his x-ray vision of course. Press in the, well, x-ray viewer that's built into the side, and the hidden contents slowly become visible. We took a vote and decided that this feature should have been introduced a couple of years ago on the Lindsay Lohan doll.
This one comes with an easy to break-apart gun. When Superman delivers a karate chop to the top panel, the whole thing falls apart. This one has my favorite action feature... hold down his belt buckle and spin the wheel coming out of his side, and lights flash to simulate bullets bouncing off his chest. Cool! They haven't made a figure reproducing the bullet popping out of his cornea like from the trailer, but maybe that is in wave 2?
Kryptonite Smash Superman
I guess this is a spoiler? How can Superman smash a chunk of Kryptonite bigger than he is? He should be a pile of sniveling weakling, huddled in the corner in the face of a monolith this large. Anyway, twist his torso back (there is an easy to use tab on the back) and his spring-loaded waist provides a side swipte that smashes the kryptonite to smithereens.
Clark to Superman
This one would be great for your desk at work, you kind of get two figures (yeah yeah) and he's a bit more poseable with some nice winged ball joints in his shoulders. This was designed to let the shirt go on easier, but provides some great poses. Yes the toupee-glasses but looks really funny, but Superman dressed as a nerd always looks funny. Kind of like Christopher Reeves dressed as 19th century fop.
Wall Busting Superman
This one isn't spring loaded, so you can pose him with the pillar in his arms above his head. I like the re-bar sticking out. Nice touch, Mattel. It kind of locks together, and then slides open as it hits the ground. I like the art-deco look as well. I can see customizers adding a nice touch to their Gotham city backdrops.
Flying Attack Superman
This particular Superman is also recommended to collectors. Move his right arm above his head, and a compartment on his chest flips around revealing two small wheels. This allows him to glide across a smooth tabletop in a flying manner. He also has jointed ankles so you can stretch his feet into proper flying stance. This is also the only 5.5" figure we received that has a rubber, sculpted cape. This keeps his cape in a great pose while he's verticle. Boy could I have used that in college.
Super Breath Superman
Yes, this figure is the one that everyone's talking about. I don't know if it's appropriate to bring up in a quasi-family friendly article. (who am I kidding) I don't know how to say this safely, but it looks like Superman, whispers, ate some really hot chili peppers. This figure also comes with a cardboard standee of Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. Sqeeze the accordian shaped bubble on Supes' back and he really does blow over Lex. I would make jokes about the depth of Spacey's acting ability, or what a pushover he is, but I'd be WRONG. Mr. Spacey is a really stand up guy, and he does a mean Christopher Walken impersonation. I'm actually quite a fan.
Well there's the line up. There is another wave coming out, hopefully we'll be able to check them out soon. You can swing by YouBuyNow.com to see their Superman Returns assortment, featuring these figures, plus collector statues.
If you're looking for more statue-esque figures, definately check out the S3 Superman Figures sculpted by the Four Horsemen, or the larger figures for more play value. We've put all of our Superman Returns coverage in one spot.
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