S.H.Figuarts Superman (Injustice Ver.)
Series: Injustice: Gods Among Us
Material: ABS, PVC, Die-cast
Release: July 2015
Original Price: ¥6,264JPY
Height: 155mm / 6.10 inches
Being a Tamashii Web exclusive Superman comes packed in the usual brown shipper box. I really like these boxes as they are solid and helps to preserve the actual packaging inside.The packaging itself is pretty standard for a S.H.Figuarts release, it features a large window that wraps around on one side to allow a good view of the figure inside. On the back there are some photos of the figure showing posing options. The figure and accessoreis are sandwiched in between molded plastic trays, the cape is packed on a separate tray.
Superman comes with 2 optional heads, an angry screaming head and a heat vision head, and a pair of open palm hands. The heads are a bit of a pain to swap around as the neck peg is really tight. The hands are not as bad, but I still worry about the strength of the joints.
I haven’t played the game but with a quick google search I can see that the toy is a very good representation of the Regime Superman design from the game. Even the overall build of Superman’s body is very close so I’m quite happy with the sculpt. The build quality is as one would expect from any S.H.Figuarts releases to date, solidly put together with nice quality plastics, and it looks like die-cast is slowly working its way back into the line as Supes features die-cast feet. I’m not a huge fan of solid plastic capes but this one actually works relatively well and looks natural enough in most shots.
Superman has a ball jointed head with another ball joint at the base of the neck, forward butterfly shoulder joints, universal jointed shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, pivot and hinged wrists, hinge and ball jointed diaphragm, ball jointed waist, ball jointed hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees, ankle pivot and rocker, and pivot jointed toes. Additionally his shoulder pads are on two ball joints and each of the pieces of the cap is on a pivot joint with the two on the outside also having a hinge joint to splay the cap out. Initially I didn’t think Superman had bicep and thigh swivel joints from looking at the figure but they are actually hidden in the sculpt, this also means unlike Marvel Legends toys, the bicep and thighs cannot swivel a full 360 degrees, which I guess makes it more realistic from an anatomical point of view. With all those joints in the figure, this toy is an absolute hoot to pose and photograph!
The paint job is an absolute treat to look at. Most of the suit is matte or satin in finish but the shoulder pads, chest emblem and boots are painted in a rich candy apple metallic red which contrasts beautifully. The blue is very muted, and has a satin pearlescent sheen to it which I much prefer compared to the usual brighter blue that Superman wears traditionally. The one thing that I found a bit odd is the way the eyes have been painted, the execution is good but I feel like the pupils are too far apart and makes it look like Superman is staring blankly into the distance and never really focusing on anything in front of him.
As I mentioned before the solid plastic cap actually works quite well in this instance thanks to the way they are separated into 3 individual pieces, and how they are articulated.
Here’s a detailed look at the joints for the shoulder pads, by having two joints rather than the pads plugging directly into the shoulders it allows for a much better range of movement. The butterfly joint also moves quite far forward, it’s a really useful joint to have and I wish more action figures had these.
Lastly let’s have a look at how Superman sizes up against some other figures. With his series mate Batman, they are pretty much the same height but surprisingly I think Superman is a much better toy overall even though Batman is my favorite DC character. Compared to another series mate from another franchise, Superman is again about the same height as S.H.Figuarts Iron Man MK 43. Lining up against some Marvel Legends toys Supes falls short by about 1cm even compared to Cyclops which is based on the Bucky Cap buck.
I don’t usually collect Superman toys, in fact this is the only one in my collection at the moment and probably will be for some time to come. I never really connected with the character but I was really drawn to this toy when I first saw it online. Knowing that S.H.Figuarts always produce good quality toys this was an easy purchase, and I couldn’t be happier. I love posing this guy and flying him around the room when no one is looking, it’s just a good fun toy which still looks great on display in an adult collector’s shelf. I highly recommend picking up this toy before he is sold out!