Diamond Select Toys Superman Gallery review
The Man of Tomorrow of Yesterday
The trunks—and really, the rest of the classic suit—are controversial with some fans. They call them a thing of the past, outdated, ridiculous.
Well, I call those people monsters.
Not really. But I do respectfully disagree with them. The whole notion of a man donning colorful clothes to fly around and punch powerful villains is a silly, childish thing to the wider world, and it’s always been that way, I think. If we’re going to take pot-shots at the trunks and colors and what-not, then we may as well take pot-shots at the whole thing. And then where will we be?
Anyway, that’s a long preamble to get to what I love most about the new Superman from DST: it’s unabashedly classic in its stylings. When most people think of Superman, this is what his costume looks like, and I appreciate Diamond putting this out there. The “S”, the cape (also with “S”), the notched boots, yellow belt, THE SPIT CURL—all of the right boxes are checked, and they’re executed beautifully, both in sculpt and paint.
The pose is also an excellent choice, though I find it can be a little challenging to get a viewing angle that I really love. It’s easy for his head to look too big, his legs too small. Whether this is because some of the proportions are actually incorrect, or because his crouched pose is more prone to proportional illusions, I cannot say; I just know that it took me a bit longer to situate this in a satisfactory position than it normally does. That said, once I found the positions I liked, I really liked them. Just have a look at some of my pictures, and I think you’ll agree.
The base’s fire-accented, industrialized look suggests Apokolips, which is really cool—Darkseid is about as a big a bad as you can think of in the DCU, so even the suggestion that it’s him that Supes is training his stern gaze upon makes me giddy for the uncoiling of that punch. If Diamond wants to make a Darkseid companion piece, then I’ll happily snatch it up to display right along with this one.
What’s in a box?
The box is pretty cool, and I love the color and logos on the front. The biographical blurb on the back is a winner, too, but there’s just one glaring, odd choice—really the only gaff in the whole product. Look at the image of Superman—not the photograph of the actual statue, but the drawn image on the right. Notice anything about that costume? No? It’s the New 52 version of the suit—in fact, it’s the New 52 version of Superman, hair and all. This is absolutely not a big deal, because it has nothing to do with the statue itself, but it is a bizarre slip, considering how particular some people are about their Superman costumes. You know, some people. Some people who aren’t me. It’s not just me, okay?
A Superman for all seasons
Box silliness aside, this is a Superman statue that’s hard not to love (unless you’re one of those monsters I described in my opening paragraph). Sure, it can be a little tricky to find the best viewing angles, but once you do, you’ve got a fantastically-posed Man of Steel that looks great in isolation or with the rest of your collection. And at a price point of only forty-five bucks, you don’t have to be Lex Luthor to get this Superman right where you want him. Find it wherever Diamond Select’s products are sold.