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AFJ’S 10 GREAT GREEN LANTERN FIGURES

 

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Posted May 22, 2017 by

There has been a lot of talk about the Wonder Woman and Justice League films this year. I wanna take a break from them and focus on the forgotten hero of the DCU, the Green Lantern. I have a lot of issues with how Warner Brothers and DC Comics have pretty much abandoned the idea of either a Green Lantern in the new JL film or even relaunching the film series. Yes, the 2011 film was that bad. However, Hal Jordan is not the only Green Lantern out there. I feel as if my pleas are falling on the chorus though. Especially if you are checking out “AFJ’s 10 Great Green Lantern Figures”.  Anyway, sit back and check out 10 figures that further highlight there is some rich comic book history for the Green Lantern. Hopefully, a new film franchise will find the proper guidance. 

10. Hard Traveling Heroes: Green Lantern Hal Jordan
Way back in 2000, DC Direct released the “Hard Traveling Heroes” line. It included the Black Canary, Green Arrow, and the Green Lantern. The figure is not much on articulation but has the classic appeal.

9. Green Lantern MattyCollector Exclusive
This will be both the only 2011 movie figure on the list and the only one to bare a likeness to Ryan Reynolds. The MattyCollector exclusive not only lit up with the power of the Green Lantern it also recited the oath as well. We like the figure because it reaches further than the movie ever did.

8. Green Lantern and Zodac 2 Pack
Being both a fan of the Green Lantern and Zodac (who was my all-time favorite Masters of the Universe figure) this 2 pack is a no brainer. Just imagine the cosmic adventures they would have.  

7. Red Son: Green Lantern
Despite how cool looking this figure is I still feel sorry for this Green Lantern. He never really stood a chance against a communist Superman. DC Direct brought this entire comic to life with these figures. This is a must have figure for any collection.

6. Green Lantern: Series 1: Kilowog
Here is Kilowog back from the dead in all his glory. In searching for 10 great figures this one kept coming up again and again. It is hard to deny the sheer awesomeness of Kilowog. Did you ever see the 2011 movie version? It portrays Kilowog as a lumpy Shar Pei.

5. Emerald Twilight Parallax
Okay, so Hal Jordon went mad for a while. He did redeem himself in the end though. This figure from the Total Justice line by Kenner is all about one thing… the cape. Damn.

4. Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern
Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern, by DC Direct is sweet. There are a few other renditions of Alan Scott’s Green Lantern out there but this is easiest, best and most affordable. Just search for Alex Ross’ Justice Society of America figure.

3. DC Direct Blackest Night Action Figures
These fully articulated DC Direct action figures feature Hal Jordan not only as a Green Lantern, but as a member of the Red, Orange, Blue, and Yellow Corps as well. These were available at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. Each figure came with its own lantern and a wearable power ring customized to specifications of each Corps.

2. Green Lantern Super Powers Collection
The Super Friends had been on forever in syndication. Thankfully a new series called the Super Powers brought new characters to the series and toys. This Green Lantern pointed his ring at you. Well, when you squeezed his feet together. Back in the day, this made our Star Wars figures seem dull.

1. DC Direct Deluxe Green Lantern Corps
Part of DC Direct’s 13″ Deluxe series. It is actually 1:6 the scale of a real Hal Jordon, if there ever was one. In this set you got Hal Jordon, Abin Sur (red head), Tomar Re (bird beak), and a new character, NautKeLoi (fish dude). It retailed at $90 originally. I was fortunate enough to get for one $14.99 when a Suncoast Video was closing. Some days it pays to go toy hunting at run down malls.


Robert Trate

 
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Columnist and Critic for Action Figure Junkies and Cinema-Stache. Jedi Knight and friend to Captain Solo. Co-Host on Megapodzilla.


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