Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Action Figure Review: Green Lantern from DC Primal Age by Funko

  It's time for another review from Funko's DC Primal Age and this time it's the Green Lantern! This is definitely Hal Jordan and, at a glance, he doesn't look terribly different from a standard Green Lantern figure, probably due to the colors. Look closer and you've got a version of the Green Lantern outfitted as if he were roaming around in a swords and sorcery adventure. Many of the figures in this line feel like they take inspiration from particular Masters of the Universe figures and it definitely feels like Hal has taken inspiration from Man-At-Arms. Remember that my DC Primal Age figures came from Target and are part of the 2019 second run of figures. Let's check out Green Lantern after the break...

 The Facts:

 Height: 5 1/2 inches

Articulation: Balljointed hips, swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck.

Accessories: Lantern necklace, pauldron, leg guard, shield, ax, and mace.

Non-Scalper Price: $12 dollars

 The Positives:

* Without any accessories on there are still a few cool things about the figure. First off is the green and black color scheme. While Hal's bodysuit is black, his cuirass is green. Not only is it green but it actually has dents in it to show off that the armor has taken a bit of a beating. The belt buckle keeping those furry trunks up is also pretty slick as it is sporting the lantern logo.

* The headsculpt isn't bad. Again, it's very much in line with what you might have gotten with a 1980s barbarian fantasy toyline. The green domino mask actually looks like it has been sewn together as the black stitching is clearly visible.

* Hal's lantern looks a bit more medieval and hangs around his neck on a giant silver chain. The lantern is a separate piece but it's not removable. The inside is translucent, which is a cool effect.

* Green Lantern is using his constructs to give himself the Man-At-Arms look: He's got translucent green armor on his left shoulder and thigh. These are removable but they stay on really well and feel quite durable. I love the look of these; they definitely make Green Lantern one of the most visually appealing figures in the first series for sure.
 * The DC Primal Age figures are definitely built in such a way as to look similar to a Masters of the Universe figure or any other similar barbarian fantasy figure from the 1980s, although the hip joints are more traditional ball joints rather than the rubber banded legs of the vintage MOTU figures. I know the Amazon releases of the DC Primal Age figures had some extremely widespread breakage issues with the hips but these newer releases feel very sturdy and well made.

* Green Lantern comes with a few construct weapons and first up is a mace (perhaps another cue taken from man-At-Arms?) This looks like a pretty traditional spiked mace but the translucent green plastic gives it a funky, cosmic vibe.

* Next up is the double bladed ax. Not only is it also all green and cosmic but the blades actually are sporting the Green lantern Corps symbol. Cool, huh?

* Last, and maybe kind of least but still cool, is the presence of the Green Lantern ring on Hal's right hand. It's pretty neat and clean for a fairly small detail.
 The Negatives:

* Black and white can look great next to each other but you gotta watch those paint applications! the separation between Hal's boots and legs is a bit messy.

* Green Lantern is also sporting a really cool shield, but guess what? The clasp snapped on mine! This has happened on both my Green Lantern and standard Mister Freeze. I guess the translucent plastic used here is thinner and more brittle. It's a cool shield so it really sucks that it broke.
  Despite the breakage, I really like this figure. While he still looks very much like a superhero, the figure is loaded with cool details paying tribute to Masters of the Universe and other barbarian fantasy lines of the ilk. The construct weapons are cool (though the breaking shield still sucks) as are the construct armored bits. Heck, I love the giant lantern necklace too. This guy really looks impressive and, so long as you dig the faux vintage toy aesthetic, offers a lot of coolness for your shelf. He's a Great and a 1/2 figure and another cool installment in this line. Funko has done a nice job with these and I really hope the line has some legs.

If you're looking for more of Hal Jordan I've also reviewed the single packed Nano Metalfigs Green Lantern DC11 and the figure from the 10-Pack. For more Green Lantern in general, check out my review of Jessica Cruz from DC Comics Multiverse.

For more DC Primal Age, check out the following:
Ace the Bathound
The Batcave
The Joker Beast
Mister Freeze "Ice Mode" 

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