First things first: while the movie and Indigo Tribe rings I’d received were provided free of charge for review purposes, I shelled out the money for this latest batch. In fact, I absolutely insisted upon paying, as I didn’t want to seem like a freeloader, and I have no qualms about supporting quality craftsmanship with my hard-earned cash.
Was it worth it? Let’s take a look.
We’ll start with this sterling silver Green Lantern ring. It sports the symbol seen prominently in the Superman: The Animated Series episode “In Brightest Day,” which became widely known when it was adopted by John Stewart in both the Justice League cartoons and the comics. Beyond that, plenty of artists have used this variant with other Green Lanterns.
Anyway, the resin on the face appears off-white, but glows a brilliant green in the dark. The downside is that the glow doesn’t last very long. The ring’s wide band makes for a nice fit on my mutant fingers, but it doesn’t seem too chunky. This same style of ring is offered in Batjeepster’s Shapeways store; all nine Corps are represented, and in a variety of materials. (The glow-in-the-dark resin is no longer available, though. Blame me for getting the last one.)
Next is a translucent resin fear-powered ring, as seen in the Green Lantern film. (Yes, wiseass, I know it looks just like a Sinestro Corps ring…but they didn’t have that organization in the movie, now did they?) While not as detailed as its Green Lantern counterpart, it still looks pretty cool. (In fact, the detail on the ring is hard to capture with a photograph; it’s got a lot more texture in real life.) The symbol is a separately cast enamel piece attached to the face, rather than being haphazardly drawn on. The translucent resin almost gives it an otherworldly glow under natural light…which is exactly the point, I’d wager. If a highly detailed replica is out of your price range, then this cheaper version is a good alternative.
Finally, we’ve got a stainless steel Green Lantern ring in the style popularized by Kyle Rayner in the 1990s. This one was produced using Shapeways’ 3D printers, and the green enamel was added by hand. For a steel ring, it’s surprisingly light! This one’s actually a bit smaller than Kyle’s ring (which was often drawn slightly larger than the previous Corps rings to make it stand out a bit more), but it looks more realistic on a real human being this way. It retains the rough texture from the 3D printing process, giving it a battle-worn look. I personally dig that, but your mileage may vary.
So that’s the latest trio of rings in my collection. What did you think of them? Got any Batjeepster rings of your own? If so, feel free to sound off in the comments!
Batjeepster has been working on custom power rings since early 2010. He started by modifying a Green Lantern: Mosaic promotional ring, then worked his way up to resin casting, metal/resin hybrids, silver designs, and 3D printed rings. Be sure the check out his brand-new website, as well as his fan page on Facebook. You can see all of the various rings he’s created, plus tons of of fan and celebrity photos. If you want to get in touch with him and acquire a ring for yourself, that’s the best way to do it!
Alternatively, you can find Batjeepster’s work on eBay. Bids tend to get pretty high for his work, but you might just find some rare pieces there.