By Hervé St.Louis
September 6, 2003 - 12:57
Critics have dubbed Kyle Rayner the Generation X's Green Lantern. If that is so, then I am honoured to have his action figure. It is quite spectacular. This is not the first action figure of this character but it is the first by DC Direct.
One thing is certain it is the best one ever made based on this design. Kyle Rayner does not look like traditional Green Lanterns. He sports a modern design. So does the action figure. It was released just when DC Comics began featuring the updated look. Another figure based on the new more traditional Green Lantern uniform is coming very soon.
Artists often portray Kyle Rayner as a smaller build than other characters. This figure captures this character's traits very well, although, the figure has comparatively as much muscles as Superman or Batman. However, that's also the way he is drawn in comics.
The paint job is simple but clean. Kyle's gloves, mask and boots are metallic green. There are highlights in his coarse black hair.
Green Lantern Kyle's scale fits well with other Green Lantern characters such as John Stewart, the first and the second Hal Jordan figures from DC Direct, Guy Gardner and even Alan Scott. The figure also fits well with the first modern Superman action from DC Direct. He is a little thinner and shorter than the other DC Direct action figures.
This figure is usually stable but will fall occasionally. You must bend his knees a little to stabilize him. Fortunately, his is not much top heavy like other DC Direct figures.
The plastic is some of the best from DC Direct. It is the usual stinky type, but it seems very solid on Kyle.
Green Lantern Kyle comes with a translucent green power battery and a life size power ring modelled on the one he owns in the comic books. Many have commented that a darker green or a painted lantern would have been better. The power ring is the best one I have received from DC Direct or other vendors. It will fit well in an adult male's hand, unlike most of the others. It will not stop your blood from flowing.
Kyle Rayner came in a blister package. It was one of the first DC Direct action figure, after the Captain Marvel and Black Adam wave to have the plain, checkered pattern. Many fans prefer front art on their action figure cards.
Kyle Rayner retails for the usual DC Direct single action figure prices. Obviously, DC Direct products command a steep price that has discouraged many potential collectors and fans from starting a collection. Also, the irregular price distribution does not help consumers. DC Direct should fix this problem quickly.
However, the new version, designed by Jim Lee is less streamlined and more respectful of the traditional Green Lantern look. Several hardcore Kyle Rayner fans may see this as too conservative. It really seems like DC tried to graft Hal Jordan's look on Kyle, in an attempt to quiet his detractors. The new version looks great, but several fans are happy with the first.
All of this means that though there are lots of Kyle Rayner toys available, this figure will probably be in demand by many fans. Watch as scalpers try to market the first Kyle Rayner as a rarity once the second figure arrives. So far, this figure has not sold out.
Update February 6 2005:
This figure has sold out from Diamond Comics, the exclusive distributor of this action figure.