Green Lantern Classics
Naut Kei Loi/Medphyll
6 Inch Scale
As DC Universe Classics comes to an end to be replaced by something totally the same but totally different, I decided to take a look back at my favorite DCUC figure. Okay, that’s not really true at all. The truth is, I picked this guy up a while back on clearance and he’s a fun figure.
DCUC spun off the Green Lantern Classics in anticipation for the blockbuster that wasn’t Green Lantern. Yes, Green Lantern was a gigantic flop, but if anything it did get a lot of Lantern toys onto the shelf. Mattel must have known that the movie was going to be a turd, so they created this non-movie line to help sell GL toys before everyone saw the feature film.
The best part of this little gimmick, was that in many cases they included two figures for the price of one. Taking characters that were mostly similar design-wise and giving them one body with two sets of heads. It’s a great idea, although it does create a problem if you want to display both.
Ultimately, both Medphyll (broccoli head) and Naut Kei Loi (fish spaceman) are pretty much Z-list Green Lantern corps guys. I’d be lying if I told you that I cared abut either one or that they’re important characters in the DC Universe. The truth is, one guy has a cool fish head with a matching fishbowl and the other guy is a cycloptic piece of broccoli in a Lone Ranger mask. What’s NOT to love?!
The package is pretty nice, as it’s a green version of the typical DCUC card. It looks quite nice and had the aisles not soon been flooded with horrible Green Lantern movie toys, I would have really enjoyed seeing these on the shelves. Mattel offered this character pack in two assortments, one with Medphyll and one with Naut Kei Loi. They are the exact same figures and the package is mostly the same, but one guy is technically carded while the other is an accessory.
Mattel caters way too much to MOC guys in my view and they focus way too much on their packaging in general. That said, it’s hard to complain much about this and it looks nice, so I’m cool with it.
The body sculpt here is pretty generic, with only the two toed feet really making is stand out from the basic DCUC body type we’ve seen many times over. This is the “lean” body, but it’s a nice little bod.
One of the legs on mine is warped, but it wouldn’t be a Mattel toy if the dynamic posing in the card didn’t warp at least one body part, right? The best part of the body itself is the sculpted Lantern ring. It has good detail on it.
The real gimmick here is the ability to pop the heads off with ease and display him two ways. I really love figures that allow you to pop the heads off. Kudos to Mattel for playing this feature up.
The fish head guy is really cool and probably the easiest choice to display. The details are really pretty fantastic for this piece.
The fish head breaks down into three pieces. You can take the bubble off and even the collar. The head itself can be used separately, should you so desire.
However, that head is a bit small on it’s own.
There is some nice detail and paint work on it, however.
Truth be told, the best part is putting these heads onto MOTUC bodies. It’s a tight squeeze, but I think they look pretty funny on there.
I had way too much fun with it. Took me back to an era when Remco was making MOTU knock-offs like crazy.
MOTUC heads don’t really fit onto the DCUC bodies, but whatever. I now have a broccoli head He-Man. All is right with the world.
The articulation here is the standard DCUC articulation. I did find that this guy was really easy to pose, moreso than many of my older DCUC figures. I don’t know if that’s because of some production change or just because I was handling him more.
You should be able to get a nice assortment of poses with the body.
These figures all had a BAF piece of Stel, some robot Lantern dude. He looks huge judging by the size of the leg alone.
One of these days I’m going to piece together all my leftover BAF pieces into one giant monster. It’s gonna be awesome.
With the pop apart heads and the BAF piece, it feels like you’re getting quite a bit here in comparison to the normal DCUC.
This probably isn’t a $16 figure, but he doesn’t feel too bad of a value. Of course, I picked mine up for $5 so I’m not really a great judge in this instance. However I must admit that I almost picked him up at full price a few times as well. So there’s that.
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 8
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Spare Head, Stel BAF Leg
Value – 7
Overall – 7.5 out of 10
I got nothing to complain about here. The QC with the warped leg sucks, but it’s so par for the course from Mattel at retail these days that I don’t even bat an eyelash over it. The extra heads make for fun swapping if you have extra bodies laying around. Beyond that, nobody really needs this guy, but you probably won’t hate yourself for picking him up, either.