I was surprised to see these 5" Justice League figures appear suddenly, obviously styled after the Batman Brave & The Bold figures that seemed to be on their way out. If you've read this blog for awhile, you know I'm a big fan of that line of Mattel toys and have a nice collection, several of which I've yet to open & photograph. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see a Flash and Green Lantern in this style!
The first thing you will notice is the lack of hexagonal accessory slots prominent in the Brave & The Bold figures. I am certain this is welcomed by most everyone, but I have mixed feelings about it. I actually liked that play feature, and can imagine this Flash figure with some cool lighting bolt accessories that could have been a lot of fun. I can't argue that without the slots these figures have a cleaner appearance, but some of the fun factor is lost in my humble opinion.
These don't have any additional articulation- swivel head, waist, arms and legs, the latter restricted by the posterior sculpt, and hinged elbows. What he lacks in articulation Flash makes up for in his dynamic paint deco, lightning bolts running over the torso and head like the New 52 Flash. The eyes are very well detailed, giving his tiny face a lot of personality- a trait only seen in a handful of the previous Brave & The Bold line. The ears are of a softer rubber so the won't poke or chip, and he's of generally sturdy construction like the Brave & the Bold toys.
Flash comes with a funnel accessory- it doesn't fit over his hands, but he can hold it well enough. It works. Seems like I've seen this included with some other Mattel toy line though, but can't put my finger on where I've seen it. I say this because one of my Justice League Unlimited figures has the same accessory Mattel gave the Green Lantern from this series! This is a fun Flash I'm glad to see produced in the Brave & The Bold style, even if he's missing missing the unique accessory capability the previous line was known for.
I enjoy the contrast between Flash and Green Lantern's costumes- rattles my cones and rods, dazzles the eye. I appreciate the characters a lot more after I read Blackest Night a couple years ago, and later Flashpoint last year, and I feel they've come closer to the forefront in the last few years, alongside the Trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
This is actually my second Justice League GL, the first one having a faulty arm peg the promptly broke off upon unpacking, the first to be opened! I was bummed, but returned him for a replacement. Like Flash, Hal has a spectacular head sculpt, a little less doughy than the Brave & The Bold figures. His angular face and mask create great depth and shadow!
Justice League Green Lantern and Flash with Brave & The Bold Sea Spear Aquaman, Trap Hand Plastic Man, and Rocket Blast Firestorm:
More Later- Make It FUN!