Monday, September 26, 2011

SDCC 2011 Exclusive Martian Manhunter Metallic Variant DC Universe Pop! Vinyl Figure Toy Review

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Martian Manhunter Metallic Variant DC Universe Pop! Heroes Vinyl Figure by Funko

It’s hard to explain just how excited The Blot was for Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Martian Manhunter Metallic Variant DC Universe Pop! Heroes vinyl figure. True story: a friend asked if there were any Funko San Diego Comic-Con 2011 exclusives I wanted. At the time Funko had only announced their Disney exclusives and I replied “the only exclusive I’d have to get is if they release a Metallic Martian Manhunter.” Then on the first day of Comic-Con I got an email telling me Funko's DC Comics exclusives, which of course included a metallic J’onn J’onzz of Mars! I was beyond pumped, and it ended up being one of only two SDCC 2011 exclusives I purchased last summer.

The Martian Manhunter has always been one of my favorite DC characters and as you all know I’m a sucker for a limited edition SDCC exclusive colorways. I’d never actually owned one of Funko’s metallic colorways before, but I thought J’onn’s bold look would really be enhanced by metallic paint. I was so right! The Martian Manhunter’s green skill really pops in metallic paint, and it makes the red of his uniform stand out even more than before. There’s not much to J’onn’s uniform but I think that’s what makes it so timeless.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Martian Manhunter Metallic Variant DC Universe Pop! Heroes Vinyl Figure Packaging by Funko

I am so glad Funko did not go with the Martian Manhunter’s “Brave New World” look with the oval shaped head and military looking cape/collar. However they did use his Brightest Day look, which while not my favorite is way better than the horrible Brave New World look and his new look in the recently rebooted DC Universe (ala Stormwatch #1). There really is only one slight difference between Jonzz’ classic uniform and his Brightest Day uniform, the round Mars looking circle on his chest where his straps meet. But I guess beggars can’t be choosers right? I’m just glad they made a Martian Manhunter Pop! vinyl figure and decided to release him as a Mettalic Variant!

The only real complaint I have about this figure is the sloppy paint job. Sadly, this seems to be a recurring complaint with Funko’s Pop! and Blox toy lines. If Funko could get its quality control in check these toys could be huge! Then again, maybe that’s one of the reasons Funko has been able to keep its prices so long even with relatively low run sizes.

The San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Martian Manhunter Metallic Variant DC Universe Pop! Vinyl Figure by Funko stands 3.75” tall, has a rotating head and comes in a displayable window box. The figure has a limited edition run size of 480 pieces and can be purchased here on Amazon.com for just $15.99!
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