Well, its happened, the first glimpse at the Man of Steel figures… feast your eyes and consume what you will… This is it, I'm assuming the standard 3.75" figures we will be seeing come to market this spring. I was doing my usual ebay scan when I ran across this gem. Immediately I knew what it was. Have a look!!
This being the 3.75" figure we wont see the complexities of articulation and such that we will be waiting to see with the Movie Masters line but we do have a very nice sculpt. It looks like at most we will have 2 ball jointed shoulders and the rest looks like cut/swivel and not that many. About as much as the later Kenner Batman figures plus elbows. It nearly starts to take on that look the more I look at the carving and linework. BUT any way... I know this line is going to be set out on its obligatory MULTI COLOR SUPER TEK 12 Shades of Superman tour BUT just seeing this simple unpainted "proof" is a great reminder of what we have to look forward to here shortly.
The sheild itself looks to be a flattened version so I guess the "S" will be printed after the fact to accomodate the number of symbols we should be seeing; since we already know that Superman and Zod (if not also Black Zero) wear similar bodysuits. I just hope this component averaging doesnt find its way into the 6" line. This new iconc "S" needs to be realized in sculpt, and NOT in different layers of pad print, so please Mattel, throw us a bone.
I'm a little confused on how exactly we are seeing this cape function. I'm not sure if we are looking at cape on the shoulders or undersculpting to attach possibly a sculpted cape top??? Something bugs me about that region BUT these are hardly my focus going in once these hit shelves. I'll be putting my sites on the 6" Movie Masters for sure.
While these are being slipped out per customary of China there is no doubt we will be seeing too many of these floating around as "Prototypes" but in reality they are mostly unpainted figures and usually toss outs… SO as you get ready to commit and hit "Buy it Now" just remember these may just hit the shelves before yours arrives from China and they will look MUCH better.
Thanks again China!!!
THIS JUST IN!!!!!!
A Second prototype has surfaced!!!
This one looks to jump straight into the gear mode. I'm assuming… or only hoping this piece would be more common on the villain figures BUT we can only guess this is the first glimpse of the "TEK" filled Man of Steel line we've all… no… basically… Forecast calls for 2 summers of these little guys hanging out at your local WallyWorlds, hopefully in smaller droves… They just block my views of the Movie Masters' pegs. It's sad that the Nolan Batman is on its way out just as his guided Superman is coming up. Seems like it'd be a great time to connect the two over a toy line. World's Greatest… just missed it… Damn you Superman Returns… and Hopefully Thank You...
UPDATES!!! Zod Figure REVEALED!!!
For GeekSummit's take on Man of Steel Movie Masters:
And for a more "Classic" take on the Man of Steel:
And Special thanks to Daniel Pickett @ Action Figure Insider & ComicBookMovie.com for passing this info on to you guys!!!