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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Action Figure Review: Lex Luthor from DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel
Height: 6 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Grapnel Blaster "Collect & Connect" Piece
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Lex is about as articulated as your standard mass market 6 inch collector's figure which is a nice surprise for a guy in jeans and a sport coat. Overall the quality is pretty good and Lex feels pretty sturdy. There's one exception, which I'll mention below, but otherwise this guy isn't bad. The articulation reminds me of the DCUC or Movie Masters suited bodies.
* The biggest thing that jumps out at me is that this figure is really just dull. Mattel went with a fairly dull facial expression (rather than a scheming laugh or something), dull colors, and no accessories. He's just a hard figure to get excited about! A facial expression or gesturing hands can make or break a figure like this and this figure shows virtually no inspiration whatsoever.
* Looking at this, I really think Mattel should have left out the mid-torso hinge/ ab-crunch joint and made the torso one solid piece. It just feels unnecessary with a character like Luthor and breaks up the look of the outfit. Furthermore, while I love the untucked shirt detail, it should have been connected to the torso and not part of the waist. That would have actually looked pretty nice.
* Other than his BAF piece (sorry, I mean "Collect & Connect"), Lex comes with squat. Nothing. Zip. Nada. Anything would have been a welcome addition! Heck, he could have came with the kryptonite tipped spear from the film. That would have been a great inclusion, right? Or the painting from his office?
* As I was posing the figure I noticed that his legs above his knees are larger than below them, which made me think of the scene from Hot Shots where Lloyd Bridges talks about the problems with his pants. Not only did this look a bit off but it also seems to mean that the pegs aren't as secure at the knee hinges as you might think. This doesn't seem to really affect the knee stability much but it sure is awkward.
I haven't reviewed any other Lex Luthor action figures on this site (I think the only other ones I own is a Lego minifigure, the armored DCUC one that came packaged with Skeletor, and the old Toy Biz one that punches himself in the head). I have reviewed plenty of other Mattel DC Multiverse figures though, including:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Batman from Zero Year
Earth 23 Superman
The Joker from Batman: Endgame
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)