Thursday, March 24, 2011

DC Universe Classics Thaal Sinestro

DC Universe Classics wave 3 probably has, in my opinion, the best line up of DC comic book characters compared to any other of the other 16 waves released to date.  That being said one of the action figures from that wave also has some of the most complaints of inaccuracy, more than any other action figure in the entire DC Universe Classics toy line.  That complaint was, "Why is Sinestro so damn short??"  Well, Mattel has now corrected that and released a new Sinestro action figure in a 2 pack.  Unfortunately we are only getting a Thaal Sinestro version and not a Sinestro Corps variant this time around.  So lets take a look at Thaal Sinestro. 

Wave 3 Sinestro was quite short.  Sinestro is suppose to actually be a bit taller than his nemesis, Hal Jordan.  I believe DC has him listed as 6 feet, 7 inches.  Mattel is still using some of the same body parts from the original Wave 3 Sinestro.  The head sculpt, forearms and hands are all still the same.

If you have the DCUC wave 3 version of Thaal Sinestro you will notice that the look of this action figure is practically idential.  The only change really is the size.  Does that warrent a new purchase?  Your choice.

In general, Thaal Sinestro has a slimmer build than Hal Jordan. Most of the other body parts used here look of similar size to the ones used for Deadman from DCUC Wave 11.

The torso, upper arms and legs are very comparable to Deadman.  You can see that, aside from the different details between the two action figures, they are basically share the same body frame.

The paint job on Thaal Sinestro is pretty good.  The eyes are yellow with a black pupil which is different than my Sinestro Corps version from wave 3 which were just pure yellow eyes.  The rest of the paint job is near perfect.  No slop or weak lines to speak of.

If you buy Thaal Sinestro in the Hal Jordan vs Thaal Sinestro two pack, you'll be lucky enough to get a few constructs included with the set.  One of the complaints about these accessories is, we've seen them before.  They are for the most part, just re-colored accessories used previously on the Metal Men, Iron and Gold as well as Hawkman's mace.

The wrench accessory in the picture above is pretty cool and can actually be loosened or tightened like an actual wrench.  The problem is, it does not fit over Sinestro's forearm or hand very well.  Since it was originally made for Iron in wave 12 who has a thicker forearm sculpt than Sinestro, it sits on Sinestro's forearm quite loosely and will not stay on properly.

The pick axe accessory, which was originally used on the Gold Metal Man action figure in wave 14 fits perfectly on Sinestro's hand.  The mace does fit into Sinestro's right open hand but it is a loose fit.  The staff of the mace needs to be a bit thicker for a perfect fit.  The good thing about these constructs is they can be used with other Sinestro Corps members if they have the proper hand sculpts.  The wrench for example fits perfectly on Maash's ring hand. 

Thaal Sinestro's articulation is exactly the same as the Wave 3 version.  You get all the standard DC Universe classics joints that we've all been use to.  Joints in the neck, shoulders, biceps, elbows wrists. abdominal, waist, hips, thighs, knees and ankles.  All joints were in fine working condition and were not too loose or tight.

Overall, Thaal Sinestro is a great action figure.  It does depict the character's classic look quite accurately however, I would probably much rather have an updated Sinestro Corps version.  I was contemplating using Sinestro's head and hands on the torso of a Maash or Low body but Thaal Sinestro's hands are too small and just doesn't look right on the more muscular body frame.  So I suppose I'll have to wait for a proper Sinestro Corps version to come out.  Maybe Mattel is saving that for the Green Lantern toy line. Anyway, at the end of the day, Thaal Sinestro corrects the height error made in DCUC wave 3 Sinestro and that is what most people were asking for.

Sculpt/Design - 9, Paint - 9, Accessories - 7, Articulation - 9, Fun - 8

Thaal Sinestro naturally comes in a vs Hal Jordan two pack but there are tons of auctions on eBay for just Sinestro, if you're looking to update him in your collection.  If you're not buying the 2 pack, you may find it hard to get a 'loose" Sinestro with the accessories.

To find Mattel's DC Universe Classics, Thaal Sinestro action figure on eBay, click here.   

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