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click for larger Mattel's Superman Returns Large format figures
by Mr. Stinkhead

Are you getting psyched for Superman Returns? The crew here at MillionairePlayboy.com could not care less. WRONG! We're super-psyched. And we're still truckin' along checking out these Superman Returns related figures. These aren't the 5.5" assortment (that review is coming soon), these figures are larger than normal and offer a range of play options.

Some of these figures are great fun for collectors, others are more suited for the younger set. I'll give you the run down. If you're a Super-fan, you'll find something you like.

click for largerPoseable Superman
This Superman is roughly 10" tall, and makes a great first action figure for the little tyke you know. There are no electronics in this one, and though he's got several points of articulation, he's perfect for little hands. He's got a cloth cape, a ball joint head and shoulders, articulated waist, hips, knees, and ankles. He's pretty durable and will definately survive headers off the shelf, or a week outside.

click for larger"Ultra" Flight Force Superman
Ok, I didn't understand this one. I'm sorry. He has a side pull string, that you pull, and the entire Superman figure vibrates. You can "rev" him up by rapid pulling the string over and over. But I don't know if this is to simulate him eating chili, or if it's replicating some specific scene in the movie. I could stoop to a level of highly inappropriate and immature bathroom humor, and say that this would make a great present for your mom, but I won't even go there.

click for larger"Ultra" Heat Vision Superman
I love this guy. He's closer to 7" tall, so he's a bit beefier than the standard 5.5" assortment, but he's got an amazingly bright heat-ray LED. Push in his chest shield, and he will come close to blinding you with his corneas. Good God, you could host a Power Point presentation with this guy—hey, that's a good idea. Note to self: market super-head laser pointers for the board room—anyway, he's pretty bright. He's got a cloth cape, a ball joint head and shoulders, articulated elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees, and ankles; but his size and fun action-feature make him the top contender for my desk at work. Plus I love the outline his eyes make on the wall.

click for largerElectronic Ultimate Powers Superman
I think this one is definately my favorite. Clocking in at about 12", he's quite the handful! [Ed note: With a joke like that you better counter with two breast-related jokes, and pronto!] Ok... this is the second greatest thing in the world to play with! [Ed note: OK, that's one...] And this one makes noise. Lots of noise. 26 sound effects according to the packaging. He has a flying mode and a fighting mode. So choose, fight or flight. Har har. Jeez, that was super-lame. Ok, change modes by pressing his belt buckle. When in fighting mode, push in the peg on his side, and he starts swinging with both fists. Yes, this removes a little bit of the poseability (in what poses are available) but he sure goes to town throwing punches. Take that, ML Sentinel!. There's appropriate punching sound effects to correspond with his punches. Then press the button on his back shoulder, and he has heat vision too! Just a little less intense as the Heat Vision figure above, but this time you activate him by aiming away from your face. So this is more of a weapon, as opposed to having to press the chest which pretty much points his eyes right for yours, just try and dodge his glare. Kind of like when I'm at Victoria's Secret. It's like a stinkin' eye magnet factory in there! [Ed note: quota fulfilled]

click for largerPress his chest shield and he starts talking. Metropolis is in trouble! he says. Press his belt shield again to change to flying mode and he says Up, up and away! and it makes an old school wind-blowing sound effect. Well don't stop! Start swinging him around the room! The sound effects will continue as you're "flying him." He'll bark out a command like Turn left!, and if you tilt him to the left, it'll make a woooshing sound and say Good job!. I can only guess this is what professional flight school is like.

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Would Superman really put the S shield on his tread? This is overkill, to me.
Shaking Superman around makes a lot of sound effects too, but it makes a "landing" noise when you set his feet down. Sweet.

My only complaint about this guy was that his joints seemed a little loose. I would think that they could retain all of the super play value I mentioned above and still have tight joints, but maybe not. Anyway, this figure is very fun if you like cool sound effects. I'm hooked.

If you're looking for more statue-esque figures, definately check out the S3 Superman Figures sculpted by the Four Horsemen!

We're putting all of our Superman Returns coverage in one spot.

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