Martian Manhunter review

posted Jan 29, 2011, 6:46 PM by Paul Wasson   [ updated Jan 29, 2011, 7:35 PM ]
I was happy to find Martian Manhunter today in my mailbox.  This is the first figure to show up of the fourth wave of Mattel's 8" Retro-Action DC Super Heroes.

This wave comes on nice light blue cards with the four members of the wave shown on the front:  "Shazam!", Black Adam, Darkseid and Martian Manhunter.  I thought having "Shazam!" is quotes with an explanation point is great since that is what he says, but his name is Captain Marvel.

The back shows all four posing in a similar style to the other waves.

I decided to open him right away since my Martian had a shoulder strap slipped off and wouldn't display well.  He looks great out of the package.  This wave is like wave 3 and uses the new improved body that has a ball joint between the waist and chest to keep him from flopping over.  

The cape is a shiny synthetic fabric with some gold elastic to hold it in place and hold the color up.  I wish the elastic was a bit tighter as the cape tends to spin to the front when handling him.  

He has orange straps that are hemmed, similar to the later Lex Luthor outfits with a gold painted belt buckle.

I was surprised to find that the straps and shorts are a separate piece from the green suit.  The shorts have a snap on the back to hold them on.  I really like the light green body suit.  The color is great:  the suit, head, body, and hands all match perfectly.  The suit is made of a very thin stretchy material that really shows off the body underneath.  It has a single snap on the back.  I really hope to see more body suits like this on future figures as its a great boon to kit-bash custom figures.

Overall I think Martian Manhunter is a must buy for any Mego collection.  He is a popular character that Mego never made that fits right in.  I can't wait to get the rest of wave 4 and hope this line of figures lasts a long time.

Update:  I just realized that the green suit is separate so people can decide if they would rather have the body suit or not!

I think he looks better with the body suit on, but its great that Mattel is giving us the choice.