Collector's Corner - Bizarro

Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:08:00 Europe/London

Welcome back to Collector's Corner and the first review from the recently released Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes (SLOSH) set! Today we're taking a look at the evil dopplegänger of the Man of Steel himself, Bizarro.

There have been many iterations of the character throughout the history of DC comics but there's no doubt that this is the Bizarro created during the Emperor Joker storyline. Brought into being by the Joker with the powers Mxyzptlk, Bizarro was originally created to be the greatest hero of the Jokers twisted new world. After the Joker was defeated the world he made was destroyed but Mr. Mxyzptlk rescued some elements, one of which was Bizarro. Now set loose on the DC universe proper Bizarro usually sets out to do good, but using his childlike logic often ends up creating even more trouble for the heroes. His erratic behaviour is especially dangerous because he possesses many of Supermans powers!

Set: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes (2014)
Number: 039
Rarity: Rare
Points: 25 - 300

Sculpt: This sculpt is clearly based on Ed McGuinness' time drawing the character. Bizarro is presented with McGuinness' signature exaggerated muscles, hulking stance and there's just a hint of a smile there too. Bizarro looks like he's about to fall down while 'fist bumping' the air, clearly not aware of the sheer power he possesses. His pose even looks zombielike, perfect for a character who seems to stumble through his adventures.

The sign he wears around his neck, indicating he is the origin clone of Superman, is slung over his back to show off the inverted 'S' symbol on his chest. I would have liked to have seen the #1 inscription on the sign, but I suppose we can just pretend it is facing the other way this time.

The colours Wizkids have chosen are spot on, it's a weird shade of blue and red that are clearly inspired by Superman but not quite right, like if the colours had been imperfectly cloned as well. The backwards 'S' stencils on Bizarro's chest and cape are applied perfectly, and he even has his bright orange eyes as the opposite to the blue eyes of Clark Kent.

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Bizarro's erratic behaviour is represented by an interesting trait forcing you to turn his dial at the beginning of your turn, revealing different powers and stats every time! There really is no way of predicting what will show up on his dial as its up to your dice roll how many clicks Bizarro will travel.

What you can control however is how many points you want to play Bizarro at. For every 25 points you assign to Bizarro, up to a maximum of 300, he gets a token added to his card. These tokens act as his 'health' and every time he is dealt damage you remove one, meaning your opponent might have to hit him 12 times in total just to take Bizarro down!

With high defence stats, and at least one defence power on every click, Bizarro won't be KO'd easily. Every single click includes at least one way of avoiding damage all together be that through Shape Change, Super Senses or Impervious, with a lot of them including more than one of these powers.

The offensive capabilities of Bizarro are lacking in comparison, his attack can go from a solid 12 right down to 8 meaning he will have trouble hitting most heavy hitters. When he does hit Bizarro is almost guaranteed to do a lot of damage though, he has Super Strength to pick up objects (though this is risky considering he could loose the power at the beginning of your next turn) as well as Exploit Weakness to make sure the hits that do connect really count.

Bizarro won't be staying in one place either, with Charge and Hypersonic Speed showing up on his dial, along with Sidestep whenever Ranged Combat Expert shows up to get him away from danger and dealing some major damage.

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Overview: Bizarro throws logic out of the window in exchange for a really fun trait that lends a lot of flexibility to the character. His token system means he won't be brought down easily, especially with all those damage avoidance powers on his dial, and every turn you'll be thinking of new ways to use him in battle. If you want a figure just to have fun with but still has a competitive edge Bizarro is definitely the one to pick up.

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Paul started collecting Heroclix over a decade ago when he picked up a Hypertime booster at his local comic book store, he was instantly hooked by the idea of detailed collectible figures that you could also play a game with. Check out his blog where he posts comic book news and reviews here: Impulsive Reactions

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Paul Lightfoot

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Ian King

posted on Sunday, 30 March 2014 18:33:45 Europe/London
One of my 3 must haves from the LOSH rares (the others being Riddler for being awesome and Computo for being ridiculous!). For Legion of Doom and Metropolis teams being able to take him in increments of 25 is incredibly useful for team building. Personally I like him at either the full 300 (or 250 with a little supporting perplex) or at 75 as an annoyance. Have promised my friend a Grundy vs Bizarro match at some point to see which is the most powerful I'll post the result if I remember. Go team Bizarro! me am not going to win as me am not better at all! (How could you not include Bizarro-speak in your review! For shame ;)

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