It’s that time again, in which I detail a bunch of replica power rings. I’ve got three offerings for you today, and in keeping with the holiday, one of these rings comes from a Halloween costume. Let’s go!
Our first ring is one included with Comic Heroes magazine issue #7. It’s solid plastic with a split back band, and it’s about a size 7. It’s a bit small, but kids will love it…especially since it glows in the dark!
Yes. That greenish blob is a glowing power ring.
Not bad for a freebie, huh? It’s hard to tell from a picture, but it’s actually got a slimmer design than most other Green Lantern rings out there. I dig that, as it’s a welcome change of pace from the chunky, often oversized rings that we’re used to.
Next, we’ve got a ring packaged as part of a Wal-Mart exclusive edition of the Green Lantern movie DVD. To the best of my knowledge, this is the exact same ring that the Noble Collection will be shipping in December. In fact, that’s the reason I bought this. I was going to buy the ring this winter anyway, and since the price after shipping is about the same as the exclusive DVD pack…why not get it now? I just gave the DVD to a friend of mine, as I already bought the Green Lantern Blu-ray Disc combo pack on release day.
Anyway, it’s about a size 10 with a split back band. While the internal electronics are clearly visible through the central jewel, it’s still got a nice bright green light.
The ring is switched on inside the band, and you can even replace the battery by removing a soft plastic panel on the top.
For a plastic pack-in, this is quite a high-quality item. The detailing is nice for a plastic replica, and the ring has a good solid feel. I definitely recommend it.
Last — and definitely least — is a ring made by Rubie’s for Halloween. It’s about a size 7, and designed to go along with their child-sized Green Lantern movie costumes (even though most of the latter include rings anyway).
This is one of those rings that I knew would be crappy, yet I only bought it for my collection. What’s so bad about it? When lit, the LED is visible inside of the thin plastic shell, slightly offset to one side.
I darkened the room a bit so you might better view the crappiness.
There’s no detail other than basic sculpting on the face, and the paint job on the band is absolutely terrible. The entire ring was molded in green, which is fine, but silver and black paint was haphazardly applied to the band in order to make it look like a different material. It’s uneven, blotchy, and some of the paint even ended up on the face’s edges! Whatever machine painted this needs to be retired.
Put simply…this ring is a piece of shit. Its one saving grace is that it’s a basic costume ring for kids, and most of ‘em won’t care if it’s any good or not as long as it lights up. (It’s activated by a button inside the band, and of course, the battery is not replaceable.) I plan to modify mine by cleaning off the slapdash black and silver and repainting it from scratch.
That’s all for today; until I acquire at least three more, you can await the inevitable part six of my power ring collecting series.