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First Look – JLU Three Packs

mattel_logoWe are wrapping up our cavalcade of Mattel First Looks with three of the upcoming JLU Fan Collection three packs. There is a nice balance of long-demanded show characters with a couple that did not make it to the broadcast stations. Come have a look at what is on the horizon for what has become one of the most extensive DC lines ever.

We are glad to bring you three separate packs: the first includes Heat Vision Superman, Silver Banshee and, for the first time, Metallo. The second set features a literal Rogues gallery with Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold and the Flash. The final set includes two characters never featured in the JLU show the Cyborg and Plastic Man, as well as a Fourth World mainstay in Mister Miracle. Let’s have a look at each set individually.

Set 1

Silver Banshee, Heat Vision Superman and Metallo
Silver Banshee, Heat Vision Superman and Metallo

Stuck in the middle with Supes
Stuck in the middle with Supes

Heat Vision Superman

In a set that includes two Super-baddies, you knew that Clark would have to be included. This figure features a new heat vision deco so he can blast his cohorts from here to the remains of Krypton.

Heat Vision Superman Close Up
Heat Vision Superman Close Up
Eclipsed Supes, Heat Vision Supes, Plain Old Supes
Eclipsed Supes, Heat Vision Supes, Plain Old Supes

Sliver Banshee

Featured earlier in a six pack, Banshee makes her return just in time he help Metallo gang up on Superman.

Silver Banshee Up Close
Silver Banshee Up Close
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Silver Banshee

Sliver Banshees
Sliver Banshees

Metallo

The star of the set, Metallo makes his JLU debut in this set and makes it totally worth it. Between some of the figures in the Thanagar pack, some from the other two three packs in this look and Metallo here, we have gotten some impressive JLU figures as of late. Corbin here is one of the most detailed figures in the line to date and he should make a lot of people very happy. His paint is clean and his torn shirt is very flexible so he retains his waist articulation. Very nice.

Metallo Up Close
Metallo Up Close

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Metallos
Metallos

Set 2

Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold, Flash
Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold, Flash
Flash and his Rogues
Flash and his Rogues

Captain Boomerang

Now this is what I am talking about! I am such a sucker for Flash Rogues and Boomer here REALLY does his cartoon counterpart justice. The has a very detailed head sculpt and his scarf looks great. I loved the Flash and Substance episodes when the rogues came together and his turn with the Suicide Squad was great too. I really hope he shows up in DCUC soon.

Captain Boomerang Close Up
Captain Boomerang Close Up

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Captain Cold

The second captain of the set is my favorite Flash Rogue. I have such a spot for Snart here and as defacto leader of the Rogues, he has some great characterization. I love how in the show he complained of his ulcer and had to order milk in the bar, great stuff. Now I needs me a Trickster!

Captain Cold Close Up
Captain Cold Close Up

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Captains Cold
Captains Cold

Flash

C’mon, you knew Mattel had to include Wally to beat up on the other two, you know this figure well by now.

Wally West Flash
Wally West Flash

Set 3

Cyborg, Plastic Man and Mister Miracle
Cyborg, Plastic Man and Mister Miracle

A Curious Trio
A Curious Trio

Mister Miracle

I love the New Gods/Fourth World stuff so much. So, so much. I want figures of every DC Kirby character ever, but you probably already have this one.

Mister Miracle
Mister Miracle

Cyborg

Because the Teen Titans show ran at about the same time as JLU, most of them never had a chance to debut on the latter. Well, that is not stopping Mattel from giving us Victor here in Timm-verse fashion. Most of the detail is painted on, but he has very nicely sculpted boots. The paint is done very well though and the black lines are extremely clean. Hopefully we will see more Titans in the line soon.

Cyborg Close Up
Cyborg Close Up

Cyborg
Cyborg
Titans Mash-Up!
Titans Mash-Up!

Plastic Man

While my preference for stretchy characters in the DCU falls with Elongated Man (I know, crazy right?) I am still a sucker for Eel here. He is just one of those great comic characters and he has a very unique look to boot. I suppose there was only room for one stretch man on the show, but not in this line, Plas has personality for miles in that head sculpt, Superman’s spit curl ain’t got nothin’ on Plas. Cool.

Plastic Man Close Up
Plastic Man Close Up

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Stretchos!
Stretchos!

Whew, lots of stuff to look at lately, eh? Thanks so much for checking out this First Look, these sets should be hitting your local Target very soon.

*Again, thanks to Matty and Toy Guru for making these First Looks possible, we always appreciate it!

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2 thoughts on “First Look – JLU Three Packs

  1. I just recieved these and I must say, What A Great Wave of figures!

    I really like the detail on Metallo. Obviously a lot of work was put into this sculpt since he looks just like his animated counterpart. I understand 5 of the original 7 are often needed to sell to novice buyers, but I’m also glad we didn’t get an exact same Superman again. The Red Eyed Heat Vision variant is a welcomed change. These figures sure made me happy! And Silver Banshee will help collectors who missed out of the shotty distributed Secret Society 6 pack.

    I loved the Flash villians in the show and am excited to see them get action figures in this line. I think the sculpt on Captain Cold is very well done. They did a good job on both “Captain”s actually. I just wish The Trickster was included instead of The Flash, but I understand why The Flash was included (to attract novice buyers).

    And as far as non-animated characters go, THIS is what I’m talking about! Plastic Man might not have been allowed to make an appearance (due to a potential movie and animated series) but he was mentioned in “The Greatest Story Never Told” as being a member of the expanded Justice League. It’s a shame we never got to see Plastic Man animated in the DCAU. Also in the “Static Shock” episodes “Hard as Nails” and “Romeo in the Mix” the Teen Titans were mentioned, but we never got to see what these characters looked like. Until now, thanks to Mattel, we finally get to see the DCAU version of Cyborg. The detail on this figure is well done. He’s even got some DCAU style eyes. I hope Mattel releases some more DCAU Teen Titans in the JLU line. Impulse, Miss Martian, Tim Drake Robin, or Static would be cool. I know teen Static (as well as the 65 year old Static from the future JLU) has been requested and including him Teen Titans set would have been a nice way to make figure from a character who has been cheated out of an action figure since his animated series ended. Now, if they had relased a Teen Titans themed 4 pack on Matty instead of The Doom Patrol, maybe they would have sold more JLU figures and could have kept the 4 packs going. Still, I’m for the most part happy with the way 2009 turned out and looking forward to some more new JLU figures in 2010.

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