Justice League Unlimited Fan Collection Wave 4
Mattel's Justice League Unlimited Fan Collection has been garnering lots of attention due to the surprise characters that pop up in every wave. Mattel has been listening to fan requests as to which characters should be created for this animated line. Wave 4 doesn't disappoint as the classic Justice League of America characters from the famous "Satellite Era" slowly keep popping up to he delight of many fans.
Firestorm is one of the characters I have been waiting to see rendered in this animated style. He's also a huge surprise because I never thought it would happen. But being the Fan Collection series, anything is possible. I love everything about this character's translation to this style as he is a perfect fit. The transculent plastic for the fire on his head is a great touch as well as the removable atomic blast that fits over his hand. This is a great looking figure and definitely not a peg wamer for the shelves. This figure also marks the first time a character not shown in the TV show is created for the action figure line.
The second Batman is decked out in an all-black outfit. I don't know if this is modeled after the first Batman movie starring Michael Keaton or from a time when Batman did wear an entirely black outfit for a short time. Either way it's a very striking out especially when his logo (utilizing the yellow oval with bat emblem) and yellow utility belt really stand out. He comes with a bigger sized Batarang/grappling line that looks mighty impressive. Between the two Batman figures, thsi is the one I would get.
Deadshot is repackaged as a single unit. Many don't realize he is a Batman villain but is more known for his association with the Suicide Squad. I personally lobe this character and glad to see him again for those who missed him. His accessory is pretty lame as he comes with an energy blast that fires from his wrist guns. But this is a great way to obtain this figure if you missed him the first time.
The first three-pack features Batman, Amanda Waller and General Eiling. While it features two new figures, it is also a three-pack that contains two civilians but very important ones involving the Cadmus Project. The storyline has a secret U.S government faction to deal with the Justice League in the case that they go rogue. Batman plays heavily in this situation as he actually understands why such a faction is created though he doesn't approve of their methodology. Amanda Waller heads up Cadmus and is an entirely unique sculpt. General Eiling follows the mold of those outfitted in a suit.
The second three-pack features Superman, Wonder Woman and Blackhawk. Superman and Wonder Woman are the staple 5-point articulated figures. Blackhawk is a great insertion into the mix. The details are great. Even though there are two repeat figures in this set, it shouldn't be ignored because Blackhawk is a great addition.
The third three-pack is the most surprising featuring Black Vulcan, Apache Chief and Samurai from the Super Friends days. This is by far the most exciting array of characters just because I never thought this was a reality in the making. But seeing these three characters rendered in this animated style is absoultely breathtaking. This is definitely worthy of the name Fan Collection.
The first six-packs is taken from the "Starcrossed" storyline when Thanagar invades Earth. "Attack from Thanagar" features three new figures—Hro Talak (a Hawkman counterpart), Kragger and Paran Dul (made from a repainted Justice Lords Hawkgirl figure). Shayera Hol (Hawkgirl) is maskless but is outfitted in her Thanagarian garb. Green Lantern and Batman round-up the set.
"Justice League Eclipsed" is the second six-pack revolving around the story involving Eclipso. He is basically the star of this set with Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Flash and Green Lantern acting as supporting cast members. However, there is a slight difference as Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are slightly modified to look like they are possessed by Eclipso with shards of his gem painted all over their bodies and the vacant, white eyes. Flash is the only one who is normal since he was the one rescuing his teammates.
This wave is both good and bad—good because characters like the Super Friends, Blackhawk, Eclipso and Firestorm are created; bad because some of the sets in the way it's marketed could be better. The Eclipso set in particular feels like a waste even though I understand the logic behind it. Fans are going to get it only for one reason—Eclipso. The rest is just dressing that has been seen many times over.
This whole series, however, can only be found at Target or specialized comic book and online stores. Target has been selling the single-carded figures at $8.99, the three-packs at $15.99, and the six-packs sold at a reasonable price of $29.99. Already these figures are sold in secondary markets for ridiculous prices.
With new characters in this mix, it's no wonder that this is called the Fan Collection.
DC Universe: Justice League Unlimited (Fan Collection)
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