Hot Toys Evil Superman Sixth Scale Figure Review
The Evil Superman is one of those figures that just isn't critical to a DC Collection, especially at this price point. With that being said, the Evil Superman figure has a great sculpt, amazing paint, and awesome articulation. I would have liked more accessories, though.
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Way back at the end of 2011, Hot Toys released their first 1/6 scale Superman figure based off of the great Christopher Reeve. Everyone went crazy over the release of everyone’s favorite Superman. While he sold out fairly quickly, he can still be acquired for a half decent price on the secondary market. This year, as one of Hot Toys’ many ‘toy fair’ exclusives, they have brought back the great Christopher Reeve, but this time as a Hot Toys Evil Superman sixth scale figure.
The Evil Superman comes from Superman III, which if you can remember, there was actually 2 versions of Superman. Richard Prynor creates a synthetic Kryptonite, which causes Superman to split into a good and evil version. Join me as we take a look at the Hot Toys Evil Superman sixth scale figure in a full blown review.
As always, click on the images for a full size view.
Hot Toys packaging is generally done very well. The packaging that the Evil Superman 12 inch figure comes in is quite a bit different than we are used to seeing, which is nice since this is a ‘toy fair’ exclusive.
It comes in a pretty standard box that opens at the top end, but what’s different is there is actually a smoky colored plastic covering on top of the normal box. The smokey covering has all of the text, such as Superman Evil Version 1/6th scale collectible figure, Superman III, and all of the credits of who made the figure on the back.
If you pull off the smokey sleeve that is covering the very bright blue box, you will be able to open the front of the box to reveal the figure inside. This flap is secured nicely with magnets.
The inner flap reads:
IF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL COMPUTER CAN CONTROL EVEN SUPERMAN… NO ONE ON EARTH IS SAFE!
Once you get inside of the box you will find the Evil Superman 12 inch figure laying there on the first tray with his various interchangeable hands. In the second tray, below Superman, you will find the tray that holds the very cool base.
If you have the original Hot Toys Christopher Reeve Superman, then you probably already know what to expect here as far as sculpting. Hot Toys is usually pretty good about not straight up re-using their head sculpts, and it looks like the didn’t here. There are very minor changes to this sculpt from the original Christopher Reeve Superman that everyone loved.
Some of the differences that I have noticed are squinty eyes, an eyebrow modification, and possibly a slight lip modification. The hair looks identical, which is great considering that it was perfect the first time around.
So what really makes Superman go from good to evil? The amazing paint work that Hot Toys is able to accomplish every time. If you compare this figure to the original Christopher Reeve Superman, you will notice a darker skin tone, a 5’oclock shadow, all done with perfection.
Some people say that Hot Toys figure sometimes look like they are looking up, well the Evil Superman sixth scale figure really suffers from that this time around. It may be hard to tell in the images, but in person, you notice almost instantly.
The Hot Toys Evil Superman 1/6 scale figure is on a standard Hot Toys TrueType body, but with a modification to make him look more appealing in his costume. His upper torso actually has a PVC skin on top of it, which really beefs up his chest and hides the ugly neck joint that would stick out of the costume.
The articulation is pretty standard compared to any other TrueType body, even with the PVC skin.
For a $200+ figure you might expect it to come loaded with accessories, well I hate you break it to you, but the Evil Superman does not.
He comes with three sets of hands – one set of fists, one set of flat palms, and then one set of relaxed palms. With these 3 pairs of interchangeable hands, you should be able to get the perfect combination for most poses.
His only other accessory is the included display base, which is actually designed to look like the set for the final conflict between good and Evil Superman. The paint work and sculpting is fantastic. There is also an included clear pole that you can insert into the base as a stand.
Since I didn’t cover it in any other section, I’ll cover his cape here. His cape is actually removable via various plastic and metal snaps on his back. The cape features a very thin wire inside, which allows you to pose it very slightly. You can’t get extreme poses out of it, but you can pose it to a slight degree.
Coming in at $215, I think that many collectors are going to be able to easily pass on this figure. The Evil Superman is one of those figures that just isn’t critical to a DC Collection, especially at this price point.
With that being said, I think that the Evil Superman was a great choice as one of Hot Toys ‘toy fair’ exclusives for the year. While the figure is a little light on accessories, the base is still great and can easily be used for other figures (making it seem like you spent less on the Evil Superman himself).
The Hot Toys Evil Superman sixth scale figure is surprisingly still in stock at Sideshow Collectibles for a very affordable price. Other retailers have already marked him up in anticipation of him selling out soon.
UPDATE: This statue has sold out at retailers, so if you want one, your best bet is eBay. Click this link to search eBay for this Hot Toys Evil Superman figure.
This figure was provided for review by Sideshow Collectibles. All text and opinions are that of the reviewer.