Friday, April 19, 2013

Movie Masters - Jor-El Review

April 16, 2013 the main trailer for Man of Steel goes viral over the net and takes the breath out of each Superman fan.  This third trailer shows the phase and how action-packed this re-telling of Superman’s Origin. Check out the Third and Main Trailer for Man of Steel here.

My quick thoughts for the trailer, as a Superman fan this got me riveted as each segment of the trailer is a hint and shown in ways that a fanboy would speculate and initiate what might be – that’s the fun of it. I have 5 points to raise:
1.  General Zod is fierce; the reinvention of the character is not something I expected. Michael Shannon executed Zod that would shun fear to humans as a conqueror and full of hate to the House of El longing for vengeance to Jor-El’s son Kal-El.
2.  Wonderer Clark, searching for this true purpose.  This is reminiscing of the graphic novel Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid.
3.  Action-packed movie with a heart, I got to admit I love how Zack Snyder imagination and how brilliant Goyer and Nolan with the story. I truly believe that this is NOT THE SUPERMAN MOVIE WE NEED but THE SUPERMAN MOVIE WE DESERVE since Christopher Reeve’s 1978 movie.
4.  Russell Crowe as Jor-El for me translates as the Marlon Brando of this generation.  The futuristic medieval look is great on screen.
5.  AMY ADAMS as Lois Lane is not how I would imagine it but seeing them for the first time is a re-invention of the 1st interview looks very promising. 

With everything said, I am very psych about the Man of Steel’s debut. My favorite part of the trailer is the crest or symbol defined “It’s not an “S”, in my world it’s the symbol of hope.”

Now on to the Review of the Mattel Movie Masters Man of Steel – Jor-El Figure. This is my second review from the new Man of Steel Movie figure.  Special Thanks to BIG BOYS TOY STORE for this figure. You can PRE-ORDER them at any Big Boys Toy Store Branches. BIG BOYS is one of the Philippines premiere source of collectibles, you can check out their FB page to know what’s the latest collectible available.

I had high hopes that that packaging would change much like the Green Lantern and Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters line but it’s the same with the Superman Figure and will be the same for all the Movie Masters Man of Steel Line.  I will not go through with the box further as it was already discussed in the Superman Figure Review ->

In the Superman Review I was asked to post the Bottom part which contains the serial numbers so here it is.  Since these are advance figures I can understand speculations.  Hopefully this will suffice the inquiries regarding this issue.

I still wish there was a collect and connect for this line but like the Dark Knight Movie Masters line, there was none.

The Figure:
It stands 6” tall and is in perfect scale with the other Movie Masters Line. It comes with an “S” Symbol stand with a color scheme similar or patterned with the figure. It does not differ in any way from the Superman Stand. The Armor and crest symbol depicts a mix of medieval yet highly advance technology for Kryptonians in this movie.  The figure itself is a teaser of how intricate and attention to detail was given.  It is well designed and crafted giving us a closer look of what to expect in the movie.  The figure depicts the armor over the costume with a lighter color from what Superman is wearing, same texture though. The head sculpt is just as presented in the promo pictures, it has Crowe somewhere but not as uncanny as Cavil’s headsculpt on Superman. I can live with the head not depicting Russell Crowe but I am very disappointed that it has no cape. I see how Mattel and the Four Horsemen wanted to boast about the intricate details put into the figure, but removing an iconic part of the character is something else. Man I would accept a clip-on cloth or rubber cape, if the reason is what I suspected. Aside from these 2 points, I like the figure a lot! I am thinking of making a custom clip-on or attachable cloth cape afterwards, I will add those pictures or will make a supplementary review with the cape. I am giving the figure a 4/5.

The articulation in this figure surprises me, I love how all the hinges and cuts of the figure are well concealed.  It features all the standard DCUC points of articulation. The Arms movements are constrained due to the cable like attachments due to the design of the Kryptonian Armor. The head as far as this figure is concern can tilt upwards fairly and is not hindered by the armor. Aside from the hindered arms I love the articulation and still no abs-crunch but its ok, also the way the arms are hindered Jor-El cannot make a flying pose. I really don’t mind because Jor-El doesn’t fly in krypton but the cape I really want. I give it a 4.5/5.

Paint is awesome for this figure, it’s not as bland as it thinks coz, the bronze armor has those little shadowing details, inner suit is lighter and details are distinguishable. The skin tone is better than my Superman figure and facial hair is well applied, no smudges, shadowing is also applied to a certain extent but does justice to the figure. I give it a 4.5/5.

Overall : 4.5/5
It’s a must have for Superman Collectors given this rare chance of having to own a Jor-El Figure. I really with a Lara, Lois and Perry White figure would come out but sources say these are the listings of Man of Steel Movie Masters Line.

That’s all for now, will be posting more picture when I finish the cape modification for this figure and some shots of them together.

Jor-El Crest Base

Copyright Njvelasquez 2013
Superman: Man of Steel and all related characters are trademarks of DC Comics & Warner Bros. Inc.
No copyright infringement intended in the making of this article.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Man of Steel Movie Masters Figure Review

The Man of Steel : Superman

It’s been quite a while since I posted the countdown for the upcoming Superman Film by Producer Christopher Nolan under the direction of Zack Snyder starring Henry Cavil as the new Man of Steel.  As a Superman fan, one can only assume the excitement as we wait for the said movie and along with the movie are the official merchandise and action figures.

We have been riveted with the teaser and initial trailer that were released, teased by the production pictures and wait for the actual products as teaser pictures of statues, figures and other merchandise.  It is my honor and privilege to review one of the official action figure; the Man of Steel’s Movie Masters 6” Figure.  This is one of the most anticipated figures for adult collectors that have patronized the Movie Masters Line from Batman: The Dark Knight to the Green Lantern.

Looking at the promotional pictures of the figure that surface the net, this figure indeed capture the likeness of Henry Cavil as Superman taking on the image of DC’s New 52. This time we get to see Superman in the big screen along with the Action Figures without the iconic briefs outside the costume.  Here are side by side pictures of the classic Superman from the New 52 both on comics and for the upcoming movie.

The Box:
The Figure is presented in this large “S” Shield box which is different from the previous Movie Master Box.  The new logo is very much showcased and well presented.  The Box has a little biography of the character as well as preview for the other characters of Wave 1 – Jor-El and Zod.  I was hoping for a build a figure or collect and connect like the Parallax from the Green Lantern Movie or The Bat Signal from The Dark Knight Rises; sadly the advance figure has non of that gimmick.  Hopefully this will change for the official release, I even bet the box design and art will change to a more space friendly and similar to previous Movie Masters Box. Superman is majestically presented in the box bearing his iconic pose and comes with a small “S” shield base.  The box although I think, it will greatly change on its final and official release; for now it's given a 3/5.

The Figure:
There are two (2) things that will astound you in this figure. First – The Head Sculpt. The minute I saw the promotional picture of this figure I was amazed but actually seeing it in person in the box, I said to myself “Bummer, the pictures were better than the actual figure” but after opening it and taking it out of the box; man, it’s head-on likeness to Henry Cavil was uncanny.  Second – The Suit. As I mentioned earlier it’s based on the New 52 series of DC Comics but crafted for the big screen and I love it a lot.  The lining on the suit makes it alien enough and although it’s not visible from a far, it compliments and adds depth to the plain blue suit and the figure captured that. Even the slight difference of color tone and metallic touch to the lining is great.  This time Superman is presented not with a yellow background for the “S” Shield but gold, a darker tone of blue (darker than Dean Cain’s) and darker red (Maroon) almost like Brandon Routh’s Red, again no “S” Shield on the cape.  The cape this time is significantly longer than previous incarnations.  The figure is based on the digital copy of Cavil which was used for some of the special effects for the movie, its likeness and execution was well done giving it a 4.5/5.

Movie Masters Superman features the standard DCUC articulation without the abs-crunch.  Ball-jointed Head that can turn 360 degrees and can slightly look up and down.  Shoulders rotate and move side to side, upper bicep rotation, elbows, rotating fist.  Waist rotate, legs move forward, can slightly be adjusted to move back for flight pose, it can move side to side for the split, upper leg rotation, knees and ankles for flying pose that moves up and down; making the figure move with 21 points of articulation. The elimination of the abs-crunch is a big minus factor for the over-all rating of this figure.  It hinders a more accurate flight pose but over-all still a great figure making it a 4.5/5 for me.

Paint features the “darker” tone of Superman which is executed nicely considering it’s a mass produced figure but since is for the mature collectors and the price tag, I give it a 4/5 considering there are some paint shadowing that I feel unnecessary or this is a variant of another figure that will come out later on.

Size Comparison:
Side by side comparison from the DCUC shows the standard DCUC slightly taller than the MM, while there is perfect harmony and balance to the DK making Superman slightly taller than Batman which should be the case.

After considering all the aspects, my final rating is 4.5/5.  That absence of Abs-crunch as well as some issues on the box was the reason for the .5 margin otherwise it's a must have especially if your a big Superman fan.

After the Christopher Reeves Superman Movie of 1978, this is the 1st Cinematic Reboot for the Man of Steel and with all the hype and anticipation having 2 brilliant film makers on board (Nolan & Snyder) and awesome team of creative writers (Goyer is one of them) we can only hope for the best. The Counter for the Man of Steel : Superman has been up since last year, this makes the wait even thrilling as days past by. The Teaser Trailer and 1st Official Trailer is up on Youtube and the 2nd and hopefully not the last trailer before the actual showing will be released on April 15, 2013.

As a Superman Fan, I expect a lot and hopefully a winning streak like what Nolan did to The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Special Thanks to BIG BOYS TOY STORE for this figure. You can PRE-ORDER them at any Big Boys Toy Store Branches. There are also the 3.75 lines and for the Movie Masters Jor-El and Zod (Not-Armored).

This Figure will be the centerpiece of our group's Display Cab (DC-MOTU Collectors Philippines check our group at for the 7th TAGCOM on April 5-7, 2013 at the Robinson's Place - Ermita Manila.

If you want more, check out the Movie Master's Jor-El Figure here --->

Ready to take flight!

The World's Finest

Copyright Njvelasquez 2013
Superman: Man of Steel and all related characters are trademarks of DC Comics & Warner Bros. Inc.
No copyright infringement intended in the making of this article.