Saturday, July 10, 2010
2007 DC Direct New Frontier Series 2 Martian Manhunter Action Figure
Released December 12, 2007, this was the second line of figures designed by Darwyn Cooke, based on his acclaimed mini-series.
J'onn J'onzz, Batman, Doctor Fate and the Flash joined series 1's Wonder Woman, Superman, Blackhawk, Green Lantern and Green Arrow.
It was a weird character selection both rounds, since the Clark and Diana were on the periphery of the main story, Ollie barely appeared, and I don't remember Fate at all.
The characters who stuck with me as the book's stars were the civilian versions of the Silver Age greats, as well as Max Faraday, the Losers, the Challengers of the Unknown... basically the guys who kept us safe in between super-heroic ages.
Shouldn't we have gotten a Hal Jordan, or a couple of very different John Jones/J'onn J'onzz figures?
At least this worked as a back door '50s line that looked the part, even if Manhunter's eyebrows are out of control.
I wasn't 100% behind this figure at first, but once I had a loose copy lying around, his sunny disposition became a joy to see.
Also, the figure is surprisingly articulated. The head and shoulders can pivot broadly on a ball joint. The Alien Atlas can bend at the elbows, hips and knees, plus rotate at the calves. His soft cape is flexible enough not to restrict movement, but solid enough to maintain nicely sculpted detail.
The New Frontier figures came with a fantastic period-styled base. It's a metallic aqua color in the shape of a painter's pallet. At the center is a translucent cover with lettering made to resemble an old style DC Bullet, which casts shadows into a hollow gray portion beneath. There are two indentations for the clear plastic pegs used to stand a figure. The base stands about an inch tall, allowing for a deep ridge leading to a second, smaller pallet.
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base. The original retail price was between $14.95-$19.95, but you can easily find the Martian Manhunter ones for under ten dollars.