Thursday, April 28, 2011
In Brightest Ebay...
Sometimes, I love Ebay. Most of the time, of course, I despise it. But that's because most of the time I lose auctions (generally because I use the laughable and baffling strategy of bidding the amount I'm willing to pay, then waiting for the auction to end - I know: weird, right?).
Once and a while, it pays off, and I wind up with something like this. It ran me $40, which is a good ten bucks less than I would have paid on Amazon. I'm assuming these are going for a whole lot less at Walmart stores across the country, but - as some of you may know - Walmart doesn't have any stores in New York City, so that doesn't do me a whole lot of good.
I wasn't expecting much from the set, but I was pleasantly surprised. All five figures have something going for them. The one that most surprised me was John Stewart. I expected to dislike this version based on the pictures, but in person he's kind of awesome. I'm not going to replace the one I've got, which I still like a little better, but I'll admit this one comes closer than I was expecting.
Hal Jordan, repainted with his "Parallax" hairdo, looks really nice. Unfortunately, this isn't exactly the right body for the figure, so it's not really something I'll be displaying. Sinestro's also great - I really love that they've given him emerald green eyes - but I prefer Sinestro with a yellow ring.
The only two figures from this pack who are going on display as is are Guy Gardner and Tomar-Re, two core Green Lantern characters who I didn't already have. I love Tomar's head: the Four Horsemen nailed it, as usual. Guy's also better than I'd expected. The outfit and boots look great, though his face really could have used a coat of paint.
The set also came with accessories: each figure has an identical lantern. These are done with a nice, metallic green paint, too. Granted, I'm not sure I need FIVE lanterns; plus, some constructs would certainly have been nice....
If I had bought this set for two figures, it actually wouldn't have been a horrible deal: $40 divided two ways is just twenty a figure. Wait... that IS a horrible deal. It's just that I'm already used to paying that much for a DC Universe Classics figure. Like a sucker.
Ah, but not this time. You see, while I'm only displaying two of the figures, I actually bought this for all five. These things were practically made for customizing....