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Brainiac - Hypertime

Reviewed 09.02.2004

Rank Veteran
Point Value  133
Collector's Number  120
Rarity  5

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Godwin The Rookie Brainiac 13 starts off already over 100 points. Well 101 points to be exact. His Speed of 8 with Flight gives him solid movement ability and you might as well taxi someone forward with it and save an action. His Attack of 10 is almost exactly par for a figure of 100 points, but the Range of 6 is fairly limiting. He can do damage in two different ways. With Ranged Combat Expert (RCE) he can do 3 clicks of damage. His other option is to use Psychic Blast, but it would only be effective for 1 click of damage. Under the old rules you cannot use RCE and Psychic Blast at the same time, but with the Universe rules Iím not sure if this still applies. I believe so because RCE is a power action and Psychic Blast a Ranged Combat Action. Itís a shame because if you could use both at the same time it would greatly enhance the ability of this figure. To round out the Rookie he has a mundane starting Defense of 15, but does get a click of Impervious. After that he only gets 2 clicks of Toughness before he is on his own with a 14 Defense that just gets lower.

Overall I want to like this figure, but I canít. For 101 points he doesnít cut it for me. He has a very cool sculpt that looks very intimidating, but this figure doesnít scare me. With Rookie White Queen (my gorgeous blonde) I can do 2 clicks of Psychic Blast with a Range of 8 for 41 fewer points. Also with Superman Enemy just carry around a Lexcorp Security chick and use Outwit to take out your opponentís Defensive power and peg them for 3 clicks. That makes Psychic Blast an expensive waste in my opinion.

The Experienced Brainiac 13 goes up to 122 points. He starts off with 2 clicks of Mind Control, which can be helpful in certain situations. His starting Damage goes up to 2, but you canít use it with Psychic Blast because he now doesnít gain that power until his 3rd click. So you can use RCE to hit for 4 Damage, but with your range still limited to 6 you canít really hit much. His Defense doesnít really change so knock him off his first click and heís easy to take down.

The Veteran Brainiac 13 goes up to 133 points. His starting Speed, Attack, and Defense all go up 1. He now has 2 clicks of Impervious and has a natural Damage of 2 for 2 clicks instead of 1 click. He also now doesnít get Psychic Blast until his 4th click. His range does go to 8, which is much better. The only other major difference is he loses the Superman Enemy ability and gets Injustice League, which is not a very useful team ability.

Overall before this review I always thought this was a good figure, but I donít have one and havenít played against one. I was disappointed. For the price he is very limited. No close combat capabilities at all. He is a pure ranged figure, but his actual range is very limiting. Psychic Blast is almost useless since it can only do 1 click of damage. Get him past Impervious and he is easy to hit and his last couple of clicks on each of his versions are useless. Still if you can surround this guy with Perplex he could be quite useful, but then again I feel there are better Psychic Blast figures out there for cheaper aka my lovely White Queen.

Overall Score: (Out of 10. Score of: 4 = horrible, 5 = below average, 6 = slightly above average, 7 = great, 8 = outstanding)

Rookie Brainiac 13 Ė 5.76
Experienced Brainiac 13 Ė 6.06
Veteran Brainiac 13 Ė 6.26
 

 

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