Welcome to the first of our reviews for Mattel’s Green Lantern Classics Series 2 action figures! Today we’re taking a look at a pretty sweet deal in the form of getting two blood-puking, rage-filled, s.o.b.s in one convenient package – Skallox and Nite-Lik of the Red Lantern Corps! While Skallox is a new addition to the DC Comics’ universe, appearing in only a handful of Green Lantern books; Nite-Lik is an all new creation, made specifically for this line (and named after Mattel's Scott Neitlich) by the Four Horsemen and is set to appear in the comics soon. Let’s start this review off with the bio for these two belligerent Corpsmen from the back of their package:
The Blackest Night introduced the world to the rage-fueled Red Lanterns. Skallox, a hulking presence with a skeletal visage, was often on the front lines of battle. An enigmatic monster and macabre collector, Nite-Lik is adorned in the bones of his vanquished foes. In a Corps awash in burning blood, Skallox and Nite-Lik still stand out for their horrific appearance and murderous ways.
The sculpt for this figure features more new pieces than we first realized. While at first glance it appears to utilize a basic Sinestro Corps buck, that’s not completely the case. The forearms and boots are all new sculpts and match the familiar shape of the Red Lantern Corps. Skallox’s head is very well done and accomplishes the correct look of this skeletal monstrosity. His hands are three-fingered, and the red ring is sculpted on one finger with the Red Lantern Corps symbol clearly visible. Nite-Lik is where the creepy factor of the Four Horsemen’s abilities really shines through. He features a uniquely sculpted head, hands, and a collar piece that fits over the existing body. Nite-Lik is heavy in detail, including the long tongue-like pieces that wrap around his torso which are covered in the bones of his victims, and his clawed hands complete with pincher-ended tentacles. Still, he fits in style-wise with the rest of the line and gives a different look to the buck thanks to the bulk added to his torso.
The paint on these guys is pretty well done and we don’t really have any complaints. Skallox head is nicely painted, with a lot of detailing in his horns and skull and clean paint on his teeth and sunken eyes. An odd thing though is that his head is molded in powder blue like NIte-Lik’s. Having the entire head painted has caused a little to be rubbed off from the inside of the head and we’re hoping it doesn’t occur on the head anywhere else as it will be extremely noticeable. Nite-Lik has clean apps as well, and that’s a bonus considering how much goes into his pieces. The bones really stand out thanks to the dark paint uses to show off the sculptural details. The tentacle ripping from his palms also have a nice fade effect – getting darker the closer they are to his hands. The body is done up in the same clean style as the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps uniforms, but feature the deep red of their respective Corps. The symbol is tampographed cleanly, and the “belt” is painted in a metallic red.
The figure features the usual DCUC articulation with a ball-joint neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged torso, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, hinged knees, and hinged ankles allowing the Red Lanterns to tear their way through battle. All of the joints on our figure moved smoothly and the neck has a full range of movement for Skallox, while Nite-Lik’s is a bit hindered due to the collar piece and the sheer width of his massive head.
Accessories for this set are relegated to the extra character body parts and the Collect & Connect piece. No lantern or bloody napalm vomit (an add-on you’ll see in a later review) to be seen for these two. However, Nite-Lik’s torso pieces really fill up the blister card. Stel, the C&C figure the wave, has his Right Leg stowed away in the bottom of the package as well, and we’ll show that puppy off during his review.
Skallox and Nite-lik are available packaged in each persona, but still come with the parts for both figures. Thanks to their unique looks and importance in the current Green Lantern mythos, we recommend buying them both in order to bolster your ranks of Red Lanterns, cause everybody loves those crimson psychos! Now where’s our DCUC Atrocitus to lead them into battle? Where Mattel?! Green Lantern Classics Series 2 is hitting stores now and will be available on Mattel's Matty Collector website in May.
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