REVIEW: The Green Lantern – Hal Jordan – TCF
Tonner Doll Company has continued adding characters to their DC Stars line with the recent release of the Green Lantern Tonner Character Figure. Like the previous figures in the line, they have focused on the Silver Age version of the comic book superhero.
While there have been several individuals who have portrayed the Green Lantern, the most well known is Hal Jordan (from the Silver Age). Jordan, a founding member of the Justice League of America, was a test pilot who was given a power ring by a dying alien.
The Green Lantern TCF comes packaged in Tonner’s DC Stars styled box. Since the figure uses their superhero style body, Tonner packages this piece in their slightly larger box. As with all of their TCF products, this figure is secured using Styrofoam and ribbons, has accessories packaged in separate bags, and has plastic and a hairnet protecting the piece.
The Green Lantern – Hal Jordan - Tonner Character Figure stands approximately 17” tall and features 14 points of articulation (neck, ribcage, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles). The piece uses the company's bulkier superhero body as well as a new head sculpt.
The character’s outfit consists of a one-piece black and green bodysuit with the Green Lantern logo emblem, green faux leather boots, a green mask, and white faux leather gloves that blend with his sculpted white plastic hands. Attached to his right hand is the Green Lantern’s special green power ring. As with every TCF, this piece is packaged with a display stand.
The Green Lantern – Hal Jordan TCF is limited to a run of 1,000 pieces.
It’s always difficult trying to compare Tonner’s DC Stars line to the original Silver Age comic book characters. Since you’re not really looking at a facial sculpt to compare to an actor, it’s more important to focus on how accurate the outfit and accessories are. And that becomes tough because you’re comparing the figure with illustrated characters popularized back in the 1950’s.
The Green Lantern has a fairly simple costume, which Tonner nailed perfectly. The turtleneck body suit is the same color (and pattern) as in the comics. And the emblem is the earlier, rectangular top and bottom design.
The section I’d like to focus on are the hands. First off, Tonner went with fists rather than the open hands, and I like this for their superhero figures. It just makes sense to have them a little more imposing. Nothing says superhero like an open hand slap? The fists are white plastic so that they didn’t have to use full faux leather gloves, which would have been impossible to pull off with fists. Then the bottom part of the white gauntlets is made of faux leather.
So where does this figure rank in our favorites of the DC Stars line? Right near the top. He’s actually my favorite male DC Stars figure released. The piece doesn’t have that old-old school look of some of the other Silver Ages characters, so it’s probably the same Green Lantern character that you remember from childhood.
You can pick one up at the following:
Green Lantern - Hal Jordan Grades:
Fun Factor: 9/10
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