The Martian Manhunter Action Figure
By Hervé St-Louis
September 21, 2003 - 11:29
The Martian Manhunter has had a variety of depictions in comics. There are two interpretations of this character, the modern and the Silver Age version. The modern look can encompass the Bronze Age, the 1980s, the 1990s and the millennium versions. His is a large man with overreaching eyebrows. He is taller than most. The action figure captures this very well. It is large with a strong built.
The Martian Manhunter looks like he is calmly waiting for an opponent's next move. His face looks down, as if caught in his thought and feeling the pain of the world on his back. This figure is one of the most beefed up one from DC Direct. He's got more muscle toning than the modern Superman's action figure and more bulk than the Eclipso action figure. His forearms are strong and nails are sculpted in his hands.
Many collectors have complained that this figure is too tall. Considering that Martian Manhunter is an alien, his height is questionable. This figure's scale, in my opinion, is just right. He towers above every Justice League character, modern or from the Silver Age, including the modern Superman. J'onn, the Martian Manhunter, is as tall as a basketball player but as bulky as a football quarterback.
This figure is extremely stable, considering he leans forward very much and that his feet are too short for his body. Bending his knees to adjust him is not even necessary. The figure is top heavy. His cape is also heavy. Yet everything balances well. Collectors have often used J'onn J'onzz to anchor other figures with stability problems. This is a sturdy alien. J'onn has but one peg hole in his right sole.
This figure has nine articulations at the neck, the shoulders, the elbows, the hips, and the knees. Because of his sculpt, more would have ruined the character. Fortunately, DC Direct did not give the figure ankle articulations like other flying characters. However, they did give J'onn movable ball-jointed shoulders. The wide gap in the T-crotch articulation and the cut at the neck articulation ruin the sculpt.
The figure was packed in a blister pack featuring the Red Tornado on the front card stock. The same sculptor who designed the Red Tornado figure sculpted the figure. The name is not available now, but I will update it soon.
Stores sell the Martian Manhunter action figure as a single action figure for the regular over priced DC Direct price. Perhaps one day DC Direct will listen to its fans and adjust its prices. Another version of the Martian Manhunter action figure is available with a five pack of the original Justice League's founders. The figure's green skin tone is lighter.
Update February 6 2005:
This figure has sold out from Diamond Comics, the exclusive distributor of this action figure.
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