Advance Review: Todd McFarlane's SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS #1000 Figure

McFarlane Toys/DC Wave One
Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC
Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC
Credit: McFarlane Toys/DC

Similar to the case of the Batman: Detective Comics #1000 we reviewed previously, the Superman: Action Comics #1000 figure here is definitely something we’ve seen before, but it’s slightly punched up. The "S" crest has a metallic sheen to it that really makes it pop. Not really a chrome finish and more than a gloss, but it’s something extra that doesn’t make this a straight-up rehash.

The cape is nice and actually has some weight to it. There was some issue with trying to get it out of the packaging because it is extremely wide at the bottom. The best thing about this figure is the flight stand. DC and Mattel have made some shoddy flight stands in the past, but this is easily the most reliable one ever. You can angle it so Superman here can be displaying like he’s flying up, hovering, or flying right at somebody about to knock them into another planet.

Credit: Lan Pitts (Newsarama)

Like the Batman figure, this said to be based Jim Lee art here. It’s close, but it’s not really there. Definitely feels more like Jose Garcia-Lopez with the waves in his hair and facial structure.

Going back to the cape sculpt, it’s superb. It’s not flimsy at all and looks incredible if you have Superman in this hovering position with the stand. The stand itself, again a great accessory, comes in two pieces that you slide together. Previous flight stands are more peg-based and easily toppled over. Here, the design has been more refined taking a page out of NECA’s book and really sets the tone for hopefully things to come.

There was this feeling that it lacked something else, a piece of kryptonite, heat vision accessories, just something, but if you’re looking for some spectacular, albeit bare Superman action, this is your guy.

‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10

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