Green Lantern Classics Wave 2: Green Lantern Sodam Yat by Mattel

Moving right along, we’re up to the fifth figure in my jaunt through Mattel’s second wave of Green Lantern Classics figures. This time around it’s Sodam Yat. Ok then. Sodam Yat. Yep. I tend to read a lot of the Green Lantern funny books, but Green Lantern Corps isn’t one of my regular reads so I really don’t know a lot about Sodam Yat and I can’t say as I would have picked him up if it weren’t for the C&C piece contained within the package. Nonetheless, I’m always happy to build up my forces of Green Lantern figures so I wasn’t at all peeved about having to buy him to build my Stel. Let’s see what he’s all about.

Once again, its the DC Universe Classics package with a twist of lime. Sodam Yat is packaged in a pretty dynamic action pose, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn’t wreck his joints too badly. He’s also posed with a terrible looking green funnel of energy shooting out of his ring, but fear not, if you look closely enough you can see a replacement hand in the package.

Out of the package Sodam Yat is exactly what you should expect: A standard DCUC buck painted with a Green Lantern costume. The head sculpt is pretty good, and while this guy is an alien, its only really hinted at buy his eyes. The costume itself is well painted, but I’m not a fan of this deco at all. I definitely prefer the old school look with a little white to break it up. The emblem on his chest is pretty blah too. Still, for what he is this figure is a solid effort.
The energy blasting ring hand is just terrible. Its not at all convincing and it just droops down toward the ground. Its disappointing since other Green Lanterns have come with cool constructs and Sodam Yat here just got robbed by getting this ridiculous thing. It reminds me of those phasers that came with Playmates’ Star Trek TNG figures that had the terrible orange “beam” emitting from them. I used to snip those things off as soon as I got the figures out of the package. Fortunately,  you don’t have to do that here, as I just swapped on the regular ring hand and tossed the energy ring hand into my bin of extra DCUC figure parts and accessories and re-buried it in the backyard.
Sodam Yat features standard DCUC articulation, which everyone should have memorized by now, but just in case you don’t let me cut and paste it in here and have a sip on my adult beverage while y’all get reacquainted with it. You get ball joints in the neck, shoulders and universal movement in the hips. The elbows, knees, and ankles are all hinged. You get swivel cuts in the biceps, wirsts, and thighs, a swivel in the waist and the usual ab crunch hinge in the torso. …and I’m back.
Its not uncommon for me to fall in love with DCUC figures even when I’m not terribly familiar with the character, but this isn’t one of those cases. Sodam Yat is a perfectly fine figure, much better than G’Hu, and I’m more than willing to add him to my Green Lantern shelf, but I can’t say as I would have bought him if not for the C&C piece. Granted, if you’re a regular reader of the Green Lantern Corps comics, your mileage is likely to vary.

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