Collector's Corner - COMPUTO

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:08:00 Europe/London

Welcome back to Collector's Corner, I hope you're all having fun with the new Superman and the Legion of Superheroes 'clix! Wizkids have been adding a lot of new and interesting special powers in the set and this time we're going to take a look at a figure with a really fun trait the Legion of Super Heroes villain COMPUTO.

Originally created by Brainiac 5 as an automaton to help the Legion of Superheroes COMPUTO (Cybercerebral Overlapping Multi-Processor Universal Transceiver Operator) went rogue and became one of the legions greatest enemies. Using it's knowledge of the legionaries powers COMPUTO created a weapon to turn their powers against them and turn their clubhouse into a giant walking robot. It even managed to kill one of Triplicate Girls bodies resulting in her becoming the Duo Damsel, before Brainiac 5 used an anti-matter weapon to disable COMPUTO and reprogram it. After this COMPUTO was an occasional friend of the Legion once more.


Set: Superman and the Legion of Superheroes (2014)
Number: 045
Rarity: Rare
Points: 144
 
COMPUTO


Sculpt: COMPUTO is a really great 1960s style robot that must have looked futuristic at the time it was created but now it evokes retro charm. The figure manages to capture the design from the comic perfectly, COMPUTO has it's trademark wheels, bright green flashlight eyes and waving arms that make it look like it stepped out of the Jetsons. It's such a great design that you can almost hear the buzz, clicks and whirs coming from it's mechanical insides.

COMPUTO is a huge figure and rightly towers above its human friends and enemies, after all one of its greatest stories involved it becoming as big as a skyscraper.
 
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Playability: If you've ever been playing a game and desperately needed that Outwit or Perplex but been just out of range COMPUTO is the figure you need. It's trait allows you to put an ID token on an opposing characters card as long as it's within 8 squares and either holding an object, within one square of an object or assigned a relic or resource. Once a character has one of these tokens COMPUTO can target it with Outwit or Perplex anywhere on the map, freeing COMPUTO up to run around dealing out damage or supporting other characters.
 
COMPUTO also deals with the usually annoying 'activation click' at the beginning of it's dial in the best way I've seen so far. It's defensive power on the first click not only let's COMPUTO use the Legion of Super Heroes team ability, which in turn lets it copy another team ability, it also means COMPUTO ignores all damage dealt instead taking 1 unavoidable damage instead. Wizkids have also put Earthbound at the top of the dial meaning you can transport COMPUTO despite it having the giant symbol.

The Giant Size on COMPUTOs dial also synergies really well with its Large Robotic Arms special attack power granting it Flurry, Precision Strike and Quake. When you hit with Quake it means all opponents within 2 squares and not hiding behind a blocking or elevated terrain will be hit and knocked back by COMPUTO. It's solid attack values mean hitting opponents will be easy, these numbers only drop near the end of COMPUTOs dial where Regeneration appears for the last 2 clicks giving it a late game second wind.

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Overview: COMPUTO is a really great retro looking figure with an interesting trait that is sure to annoy your opponents as well as a great mix of powers that mean he'll be dealing out damage while supporting other figures.

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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 Monday, 19 May 2014 20:17:12 Europe/London
Love Computo! One of my 2 must have Rare figures from the set. I'm not sure how effective he'll prove but he sure is fun. Thanks for including the original comic pic with this article Paul. Makes it easier to see why you rated the sculpt so highly. Taking clix down with a dodgy 1950's robot, pure bliss!

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