And then there's Sinestro...once the most powerful,
insane villain in the DCU, he's currently dead, for at least the second time in
the comics. Sinestro started off as a Green Lantern (the galactic police-men in
the DCU powered and founded by the Guardians of the Galaxy based on the planet
OA. Yes, the Guardians are the little blue guys with god-like powers. Yes, the
Guardians let loose the entire concept of evil in the universe, and yes, the
guardians tried the galactic cop thing once before and failed [the Manhunters].
And yes, they do remind me of Yoda...just a little.
Anyway, Sinestro was a Green Lantern, in fact he
was the greatest Green Lantern. BUT, as these things often do, he kind of
clashed with the politics of the Guardians, and decided to go rogue. His evil
was thwarted and he was sent into an alternate universe, where he met up with
the infamous Weaponsmasters of Qward who agreed with Sinestro's philosphy and
made him an exact copy of the Green Lantern's ring, except for two things: one
it has no weakness (like the Green Lantern's rings won't work on anything
yellow, though that has been removed from the storylines lately); and two, the
ring is yellow. Sinestro wreaked havoc on the DCU for years and years, until Hal
Jordan figured out a way to kill him and did so. He was briefly revived and
empowered by the Guardians when Hal Jordan went rogue. Sinestro was killed a
second time after Hal drained all the energy from the central power battery on
OA and became a god renamed Parallax.That's a who 'nother story though.
The Sinestro Heroclix is a "construct" figure, meaning that the character
Sinestro is inside the figure, and the figure itself is an energy construct made
from Sinestro's ring. Like the Sentinel you can start Sinestro with a 100, 200
or 300 point value, and how many health clix and powers you get depend on the
Suffice to say, his stats are AMAZING. At the start the 300 point version does 5
Damage with Outwit! He's got a ranged attack of 10, which means he could take
out scrubs with one turn. Later he gets ranged combat expert for several turns
of the dial, but he's not done at the end either, he gets outwit back for the
last two clicks.
I'm not going into depth on the rest of his stats, but it's quite easy to gush
over them. His other powers include Impervious, Tougness, Barrier and Energy
Shield on defense and Super Strength and Telekinesis on his attack dial. If
Sinestro has a flaw, it's that he gets no movement powers, so unlike the
Sentinel, he doesn't get the Running Shot.
Oh, and he also has a bunch of special rules (which I'm not going to spoil) that
make him even better. Oh and he's always arch enemies with any member of the
Green Lantern Corps (a statement in the rules which makes me believe they are
planning on producing large numbers of corpsmen and women. That sits well with
The figure itself is simply gorgeous. The scuplt is even better than the
Sentinel, although he doesn't come with the interchangeable hands that the
has. He's got one point of articulation (his right hand rotates), which is a
shame, since they could have easily built a couple more in. The piece is made
entirely of clear yellow vinyl, and there's a sinestro painted figurine embedded
in the middle. Unfortunately there's no way to take Sinestro out of the
figure (I think it would have been cool to have a standard Sinestro [he could
have a flying base] that was removable, but I guess that would have been too
One drawback is the material used to create the figure is kind of brittle in
spots. Make sure you don't drop yours, because the lighting bolt horns break
very easily. The left arm is also a little weak, mine broke off with the same
drop that broke off the right horn.
Like the Sentinel these are still available in retail stores for the original
price of about $17, you might be able to get it for cheaper on Ebay, but you'll
have to pay postage. My guess is they didn't produce as many of Sinestro as they
did of the Sentinel, BUT he's also not as popular as Sentinels (and there's no
reason to own multiples, since there's only one Sinestro in the DC Universe).
Sinestro rates higher than the Sentinel in my book for several reasons. First,
Sinestro is just so much cooler than a stinkin' robot Sentinel. Second, he's
frikkin Sinestro for pete's sake, he's a Green Lantern gone bad. With great
power comes great responsibility my ass, with great power comes INSANITY. And
finally, if they make Sinestro, they have to make a ton of Green Lanterns to
take him out, and like I said earlier, that's just fine with me.
Playability 5 of 5
Collectability 4 of 5
Next time, the Super Skrull, or what happens when you put the Fantastic Four in