DC Action League
Superman and Bizarro
2 Inch Scale
By: Mattel

I’ve been on a bit of a mini figure kick as of late and today’s review just reiterates that. The Action League started out as an expansion of the Batman Brave & The Bold line, but this year is being rebranded to include all of the DC Universe. Gone are Brave & The Bold designs, but in their place is the entire DC Universe to choose from. Wave 1 has many heavy hitters that didn’t appear in the Brave & The Bold cartoon and gives us a chance to get some new pack-in figures aside from Batman. Today’s review is of Clark Kent’s alter ego and his botched clone. Let’s dive right into the review of these little dudes.

The package is a nice little window box with hanging tab. It’s similar in shape to the Batman Brave & The Bold Action League figures, but lacks some of the charm. As with all other DC Universe products, this shares a similar deco to the Mattel DC Universe core lines.

I’m not a big fan of all the packages more or less looking the same. I think it confuses the consumer and doesn’t make the individual lines stand out. If these were all the same line, that’d be one thing. However, this package does have a few bits of Action League branding that sort of help differentiate it.

The back includes cartoon pictures of the figures in this set and shows off the rest of the guys who came out in this assortment. We also get a little story/bio, but it’s not very good. At least it’s a start of something and will help kids who may not know about them out a bit.

Right out of the gate Mattel wanted to inject some new life into this line and they gave us some homerun figures. Superman is arguably the face of DC comics and the entire DC Universe, so his presence is an important one.

Superman is sculpted in one of those Christopher Reeve majestic flying poses. The good news is that he fits into the same style as the previous Action League offerings. This is something I was worried about, but he looks just as animated as the others. From his box-like head to his three fingers and a thumb.

Super definitely looks ready to fly into action and kick some major butt. There are a few noticeable paint splotches or uneven areas, though. I noticed this across the board on the new series of Action League, which is something I never really saw with the previous Brave & Bold Action League.

Superman has a couple of issues that I don’t love. He’s sculpted into that flying pose and without his stand, he can’t stand up. I do like that the stand is removable, but aside from hanging him on a string, he’s not going to get vertical.

The back of his cape is also missing his insignia. While it’s only a minor deal, it’s a missing piece none the less.

Bizarro looks really good and definitely seems to be channeling his animated JLU appearance. The face is more kid friendly than many of the Bizarro figures we’ve seen in recent years. He still retains a certain monstrous look however.

His body is big and bulky and really help him stand out as a massive mound of miscreant. He’s got a good color to him and a fair amount of detail in his backwards S symbol.

His cape also has some shredded parts which really help to show him off as the anti-version of Superman. It’s a nice figure and perhaps, one of the nicest in the DC version of this scale.

The new figures have all the standard Action League articulation that we’ve come to expect, which is simply cuts at the neck, shoulders and waist.

It’s enough to get a few poses out of these desktop warriors, but not enough that you could really play with them. Maybe on a car trip to grandma’s or something.

Up until now, almost no Action League figures came with accessories. A couple of the Deluxe packs had removable elements, but we get a couple of honest to goodness accessories here.

Bizarro has a big ol’ chunk of Kryptonite. I mean HUGE! It’s painted, not translucent like more Mattel green rock. It’s a free moving piece and not attached to the figure in any way, although Bizarro can hold it well.

Superman also gets his stand. It’s necessary to get him to stand and works pretty good.

The Brave & The Bold versions of the Action League used to run about $6.99, but for whatever the reason these have been bumped up to just under $8. I’m not super pleased with that and I’m going to be selective in my purchases as a result. I think this set and the Green Lantern set are worth it, but the others are getting a pass for now.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 5
Accessories – Kryptonite, Stand
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10

The expanded DC Universe Action League figures aren’t any better than the old figures, but they aren’t any worse. It’s really just a continuation of the same line. That’s definitely a plus for folks who have been building up a collection of these small fries.

I do wish the QC was a little tighter and the price was a tad cheaper, but that’s pretty much the case with everything that Mattel produces. It’s good to have Superman in the mini figure scale on the desk and Bizarro is a great colorful addition to the villain shelf. I just hope that the Action League continues to produce the obscure villains like Bookworm as they seemed to be trending towards in the Brave & The Bold line.

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