Thursday, July 16, 2009
This Eradicator figure was originally intended for release as part of Kenner's Superman: The Man of Steel toyline in the mid 1990s. Unfortunately the toyline petered out after two years, and so several figures from the line such as this (which actually was showcased on figure packaging as "The Kryptonian") were unreleased. However, a few years later Toyfare finally made this figure available as a mail-in offer.
Eradicator has the basic Kenner five points of articulation. The figure's pose is dynamic, but it doesn't get int he way of play value. The sculpt is great, although it's odd that he's bulkier than most Superman figures from the line, making my Power Flight Superman look skinny in comparison. Still, that's just proof of the great path the Superman: The Man of Steel line was headed on until it was prematurely folded. As a mail-in, the Eradicator has no accessories, but his hands are molded in see-through orange plastic to replicate his energy abilities. Also, if you take off the soft rubber cape, there's a diamond-shaped light-pipe on his chest that glows if you hold it up to the light.
It's a simple, straightforward figure, but it's tons of fun, and great for increasing the character ranks of your Kenner 5" scale DC Comics collection. It's basic proof that you don't need build-a-figure pieces or 30 points of articulation to make a figure worthwhile.