Review: JLU 3-pack: Fire, Green Lantern, and Ice
Posted By Lindsay
Another week, another discount store with JLU figures. This pack we picked up at National Wholesale Liquidators. Often there is nothing interesting, or nothing at all, in their toy department, but I've found some of the best, weirdest deals I've gotten there. For example: Detective Chow.
Recent Cheap JLU figures:
GL and Sinestro
Cheetah and Galatea Three-Packs
This week I'm looking at the Fire/GL/Ice Three-pack. I remember that Fire and Ice were on the show, but I don't remember them that well, and don't really know them apart from that. But I'm generally in the market for more superpowered ladies.
Appearance and Construction: 7/10
This isn't a bad set, as these three packs go. The paint ops and sculpts are mostly clear and bright. I really like Fire's hair, and she even has some bright detailing on the back. Her face is well done, her earrings look quite nice.
I'm not really sure why Ice has gloss on all exposed skin. Particularly on her face, it's a very strange choice. But look! She has short hair, and a shorter neck than her partner, which, while perhaps compensating a bit too far, saves her from the giraffe look I complained about with Galatea.
They each have imperfections: Ice's lipstick is off the sculpt slightly, Fire's eyes are a bit uneven, GL has a weird mark in the plastic on the side of his face, and a molding line cutting right across his ring. But overall, they're decent figures.
Packaging and Accessories: ---
Standard JLU packaging. Shows the figures well, which allows you to pick out good paint ops.
Random Side Note: Here's something I didn't notice before: On the card back of these packs, you have a graphic of the 7 core Justice League members, fists together in the center bright spot. This looks okay if you don't think about it too long. Think about it too long and it starts to look like Captain Planet. I do find it amusing that almost everyone has both arms visible, except for Batman, whose other arm is under his cape. I like to think that Batman reacts to cheesy “group bonding” exercises the same way I do: by privately flipping off everyone else.
The lack of accessories is expected, although still annoying. You get two stands, one for each female figure. They work fine.
Play and Display: ---
These guys have all the standard JLU articulation: cuts at neck, shoulders and hips. Fire's neck is constrained by her hair. Happily, unlike the last three-packs I reviewed, these ladies are made out of the older firmer plastic. No bonus, no penalty.
Special: Discussion of Custom Potential:
Really, the reason I generally pick up these 3-packs, especially ones with two women, is because eventually I'm going to get around to making more 4-inch customs. I like the highly stylized animated style for particular projects. Since neither Fire or Ice has a facemask to work around, either could be very useful in future.
Price Tag and Final Analysis: 7/10
Nowadays, I either see JLU figures heaped in discount bins, or marked way up.
I recently saw the Legion JLU style figures in a specialty toy store, single-packed, for 12 each, and even considered it briefly.
In this case, I was looking at $6 for three figures. Even considering GL as a repeat, that would be $3 each for Fire and Ice. Sounds like a decent deal to me.
So good a deal I grabbed two, in case I want to use a pair for customizing and keep a pair as is.
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