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    Awesome Toy Picks: DC Universe 'Action League'

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    Edited By gmanfromheck

    Each week we like to check out comic book collectibles, take them out of their package and see how cool they really are. This week we're going to look at a bunch of DC Comics characters. They're a little on the small side but they're full of style. DC Universe 'Action League' sets give you a variety of characters to collect and you can find a lot of your favorites.

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    I've been picking up random sets from time to time. I haven't actually opened any of them (until now). These figures are reminiscent to the Marvel Super Hero Squad figure. They're in the same scale (besides having large hands and feet) so if you have any of those, you can mix them up for the kind of crossovers we'll never actually get to see.

    The reason I finally got around to opening these was I came across a five pack at Toys 'R Us (for about $20, I think).

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    If you're looking to get started picking these figures, this is a great way to start. The two packs usually run $8-$10 so for $20, five figures is a great deal. Plus check out how cool they are out of the package.

    Each figure has some limited articulation. Most have about four - head, arms and waste. For the size of them, that's all you really need.

    First we'll take a look at Batman. He comes in a ready-to-fight pose and is holding a batarang.

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    The costume is more in the style of the pinstripe version he had before the New 52 started.

    Next we get an interesting looking Wonder Woman. You can see she's wearing pants but not quite the same pants she recently wore. They're a little darker but it makes for a cool looking version.

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    It's interesting that this set refers to Billy Batson's alter ego as Shazam! rather than Captain Marvel. That's his name now and what most people call him. This might be one of my favorites from the bunch. His expression really captures who he is. Or at least, who he was before.

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    The Martian Manhunter included here is supposed to be in his transparent state. It looks pretty cool and has a different feel depending on the lighting.

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    The final figure in this box set is Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle. It's a little weird that he's included here with the others and unfortunately his head has an odd shape.

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    The first two pack we'll look at contains Superman and Wonder Woman. Almost as if they knew what was coming since this was released before the big kiss.

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    Superman is in a flying position. The problem with that is he cannot stand on his own. These figures do have holes in their feet for stands. This set did not include a stand but a couple of the others did.

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    This Wonder Woman is in her traditional costume. It's the same head sculpt except the hair has less of a shine to it.

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    The next two pack contains John Stewart and Atrocitus.

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    John Stewart is the Green Lantern that most of the general public knows. He's ready for action against Atrocitus.

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    When I saw the Flashpoint sets, it seemed odd to make figures based on a single story arc that likely wouldn't get referenced again in the comics. But seeing this version of Batman, I had to get it. The "Project" Superman figure is still kind of weird.

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    Larfleeze and Glomulus in a two-pack? How could I pass this one by?

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    These newer sets are geared more to contain a figure and some sort of item. The last one is Atom with Plastic Man, as a hang glider.

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    As with the Super Hero Squad figures, these guys are the perfect size. They're small enough so you can get a whole bunch of them without it taking up huge amounts of room. You have to admit they are a bit cute. I'm sure these won't be the last that I'll be getting.

    Here's a few random parting shots.

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    #1  Edited By papad1992

    First...

    They're so cute!!

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    #2  Edited By modunhanul

    Plastic man as a hang glider looks awesome.

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    #3  Edited By ARMIV2

    I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

    (It is a reference.)

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    #4  Edited By CitizenJP

    Quite the variety! I was surprised they got Flashpoint Batman and Project: Superman! Cool art style too. Blue Beetle and the Atom look neat. :p

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    #5  Edited By Ash The Flash

    Love The Atom! Hope Flash and Green Arrow comes in the next wave.

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    #6  Edited By sethysquare

    cute!!!!!!!!!

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    #7  Edited By longbowhunter

    I never got into collecting these. Really like the Martian Manhunter and Larfleez.

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    #8  Edited By Dark_Vengeance_

    Dat Thomas Wayne.

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    #9  Edited By jesusdisciple001

    Action heroes cartoon.

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    #10  Edited By Dbennett6684

    Ummm...I would maybe have given a second thought to new 52 batmans graphics-too much detail can lead to confusion

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    "Action League?" I see no Meltman or any of the Action Leage Now team.

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    #12  Edited By Stormbox

    @Dbennett6684 said:

    Ummm...I would maybe have given a second thought to new 52 batmans graphics-too much detail can lead to confusion

    What are you talking about, new 52 batman isnt here

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    #13  Edited By DoomDoomDoom

    I have a couple sets of these and really enjoyed the cartoon like proportions. You might want to check your trash can though, the Superman/Wonder Woman set I got did come with a clear stand for Supes.

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    #14  Edited By BatteredArmor

    @ARMIV2 said:

    I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

    (It is a reference.)

    Action League Now?

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    #15  Edited By GothamRed

    So it's the DC equivalent of the Super Hero Squad

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    #16  Edited By Icon

    Fun! ..Except batman looks like he has camel toe.

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    #17  Edited By Metric_Outlaw

    Why'd they put that gross design on Batman's crotch?

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    Now this is a treat. I really enjoy these figures!

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    #19  Edited By The Average Bear

    Batmans suit could've used a different artist

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    #20  Edited By Captain13

    I must get the John Stewart and Atrocitus set!

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    #21  Edited By gmanfromheck

    @DoomDoomDoom: I thought about that as I was typing. Yes, it was in the packaging. Luckily I was able to find it before it went away.

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    #22  Edited By ARMIV2

    @BlackArmor said:

    @ARMIV2 said:

    I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

    (It is a reference.)

    Action League Now?

    Bingo.

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    #23  Edited By alanfrancis

    I must get the Larfleeze one. These are awesome.

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    #24  Edited By pedroescamoso22

    OMG these are very cute.

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    #25  Edited By shikatema88

    Found the Larfleeze and glomulus set at Ross for four dollars could not say no to that

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    #26  Edited By GR2Blackout

    Super Hero Squad!

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    #27  Edited By Clark_EL

    John Stewart is not as well known to the general public. Hal Jordan has had his own movie, two animated movies, and his own animated series!

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    #28  Edited By BatteredArmor

    @ARMIV2 said:

    @BlackArmor said:

    @ARMIV2 said:

    I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

    (It is a reference.)

    Action League Now?

    Bingo.

    Good memory even with the name "Action League" this didn't remind me of that until you mentioned it

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    #29  Edited By ARMIV2

    @BlackArmor said:

    @ARMIV2 said:

    @BlackArmor said:

    @ARMIV2 said:

    I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

    (It is a reference.)

    Action League Now?

    Bingo.

    Good memory even with the name "Action League" this didn't remind me of that until you mentioned it

    Thanks. I'm rather surprised I still remember it myself.

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    #30  Edited By BatteredArmor

    @ARMIV2 said:

    @BlackArmor said:

    @ARMIV2 said:

    @BlackArmor said:

    @ARMIV2 said:

    I could use some of those Action League figures...NOW!

    (It is a reference.)

    Action League Now?

    Bingo.

    Good memory even with the name "Action League" this didn't remind me of that until you mentioned it

    Thanks. I'm rather surprised I still remember it myself.

    Yeah I haven't thought about that show in years

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    #31  Edited By yo_yo_fun

    Sweet.

    The Martian Manhunter figure is my favorite!

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    #32  Edited By DoomDoomDoom

    @G-Man: Awesome!

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    #33  Edited By cjf28

    unfortunately, you just reviewed a toyline that has already been cancelled.

    Which is unfortunate, because there were alot more figures that deserved to be made, and would of looked great in this line.

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    #34  Edited By TheBlackestNight

    I Don't Really enjoy the wal-mart brand of Dc's Toys but it sure is nice to see 'Larfleeze' and 'Atrocitous' but all the same i say no to these toys

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    Actually Hal is the Lantern the general public knows best.

    Glad to see Captain Marvel here, not happy about the name

    Also it's really cool to see the Atom as well

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