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Click to see!Mattel's JLU with Gorilla Grodd
by Mr. Stinkhead

GRODD!!!

This sweet new JLU six pack features an exclusive Gorilla Grodd. So if you want him, you have to track down this set. But fear not, you also get Superman, Batman, The Flash, The Red Hood and Lex Luthor. I really enjoyed the figure assortment in this pack, getting a lot of classic costumes (aka not high lighter yellow), and the Joker as the Red Hood. If you don't have any JLU figures, this is a great started pack (or gift set) If you do have a lot of JLU figures, this set looks really handsome in the packaging.

Click to see!Grodd himself is very solid and chunky. I love figures with this kind of heft. He's got articulated arms, neck, elbows and hips. I wish there was a little more range in movement, however I wouldn't want them to affect the overall look of the character at this point, the sculpt is really clean and smooth, and looks great from all angles. This figure was completely worth the wait.

Click to see!The Red Hood has a shiny red dome that works well with the Joker's paint job. The cape is a soft flexible rubber, and it sits easily on most of the characters with ease. My only complaint is that the figure would not stand-up at all. If you notice in my pictures, I'm using a little piece of tape to hold his foot down. His tiny feet just don't support the weight of the cape in the back. But otherwise, the clean sculpt and expression really make this Joker come alive. The packaging lists Grodd as the Exclusive figure, but I haven't seen The Red Hood offered prior.

Batman, Superman, the Flash are just as you'd expect them. They have knee articulation (Joker, Grodd, and Lex do not), and an iconic look. Batman and Superman's capes are that soft rubber (It's bouncier than the rubber from other Mattel Batmen). Their legs are really skinny and small and they take some balancing to get them to stand, but they do stand on their own. I like how Batman and Superman don't look like they came from the same mold (literally) yet fit that Bruce Timm look perfectly, right from the show. Lex Luthor has dramatic lines on his legs, and he actually looks pretty cool from multiple angles. I bet ole Lex never thought there'd be some dude admiring his legs. I never thought I'd admit to admiring some dude's legs...

Click to see!Verdict: I'm typically an "opener" of toys. I like handling them, getting a feel for their range and durability, it's part of the experience of enjoying a toy. However I feel that this set may be best enjoyed in Package. Luckily the packaging is such that you should be able to pull them out and then put them all back (no twist-ties!!) without a problem and choose to play and then display. With the overall executions skewing more on the Click to see!"looks" and display column rather than the posability/playbability column, I recommend this as a great collectors' item or gift. I had fun setting up and photographing this set, but got a little frustrated with the Joker's tendency to tip over.

Check out all of our Batman coverage, located in one spot. Including some sweet Batmobiles and instructions on making your own working Batphone, and a podcast devoted to covering most of my Batman paraphernalia.

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