Monday, August 24, 2009

Vote Superman!

For President! If you wanna live, that is. Or he'll just do this to you!

Just like he did to Brianiac in Superman: Red Son.

In one of the DC Universe's many worlds, the Man of Steel crashes in USSR instead of America in the 1920s and grows up Russian!

Written by arguably the best graphic novelist, Mark Millar, the series won an Eisner Award in 2004 for best limied series, AND it is popular enough for someone to put up a Wiki entry on it. ;)

Needless to say, I highly recommend this series--it is nothing short of mind-blowing and will change the way you think of not just Superman, but also Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern(s) and Lex Luthor.

On to the toy from the DC Direct Elsewords Series!

As with all of their figures, they come highly detail but sorely lacking in articulation. President Superman is no different.

And with the relatively high price compared to the likes of the DC Universe Classics figures, which have 21 points of articulation, President Superman only has 9.

He's got a swivel head joint, ball-jointed shoulders which can only rotate outwards slightly but is fine rotating front and back, hinge elbows, hinge legs/hips, and hinge knees.

No waist, no wrists, nor boot tops. No ankles.

Neither did DC put a lot of effort into the packaging, which is generic for all figures in this series except for the one sticker that's on the bubble. The card back is also the same for all the figures in the series.

So the question is, why does a figure that's more expensive than usual have less play/collector value than a DCUC figure that has better articulation and packaging unique to the character on the card?

The only reason I got Pres Supes is because the Red Son happens to be my favourite take on Superman. And I say despite the poor articualtion, which I expected anyway, I still dig this figure.

He comes with a figure stand and only one accessory, which is Brianiac's head. But it fits perfectly in his hand. :)

Now here some shots of how great the detail can be:

Here's how I rate him:

Character Accuracy: 10/10 - Instantly recognizeable if you've read Red Son. They've also got his bulk/heft right--Superman gets drawn bulkier then less definied as he ages in the book.

Poseability: 5.0 - Just horrendous. But then again I wasn't expecting much, and neither should you if you decide to get him. :/

MacBeth moments. :P

Aesthetics: 10/10 - I have to say, I am impressed. From this haunting blue eyes to the high cut hair on the back of his head, to the folds of his costuniform, the cape, and the hammers and sickles, they could not have done a better job. His colours also remind me of a darker, less optimistic take on ol' Supes.

Overall: 8.33 - I actually love this guy, despite his obvious shortcomings. He's defeinitely worth getting, especially if all you wanna do is stand him next to Red Son Wonder Woman and Batman (when and if you get them! Lol.)

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