Review: 30617 Green Lantern Jessica Cruz

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Numerous characters have taken up the mantle of the Green Lantern during its long history and LEGO has produced figures that take inspiration from a few such members of the Corps. 30617 Green Lantern Jessica Cruz is the latest addition to the selection and this minifigure is currently available with both DVD and Blu-ray copies of Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis.

Past versions of Hal Jordan and John Stewart in their Green Lantern guises have been excellent so my expectations for this minifigure are high.

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The character of Jessica Cruz was only introduced in 2014 and there are other members of the Green Lantern Corps who are better known but have not yet appeared in minifigure form. Nevertheless, this is an impressive design. The black hair piece looks superb in relation to the source material and I love the Green Lantern emblem printed over Jessica's right eye.

30617 Green Lantern Jessica Cruz

A matching symbol decorates her torso, which is predominantly bright green rather than the standard shade of green that has been used on past Green Lantern minifigures. I appreciate this alteration but am disappointed that the legs are not dual-moulded as that would be far more effective than printing black sections onto a pair of white legs.

30617 Green Lantern Jessica Cruz

Overall

30617 Green Lantern Jessica Cruz is probably my favourite minifigure incarnation of the Green Lantern yet. Her bright colour scheme looks brilliant and I like the expressions printed on the double-sided head too. Unfortunately, the absence of dual-moulded legs continues to detract from these figures so I hope that will be resolved as the gallery of LEGO Green Lanterns continues to expand in the future!

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20 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Has that transparent handle piece been molded in transparent green yet? It seems like it would be a natural fit with any Green Lantern figure; maybe even one of those tile/stud things with a lantern print on it. I'm not much of a DC Comics fan, but I recognize the iconography of the Lantern's and their rings.

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By in France,

Nice minifig and rendition of this character, but as mentioned dual moulded legs would have been welcome on this one IMO. I have checked all my minifig collection and noticed that this process is pretty rare, and when I see for instance the wonderful dual moulded helmets made today, I wonder why Lego does not want to make more legs like this. Must be more expensive of course but prices are already quite high anyway...

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review, and I appreciate your decision of reviewing the minifig. However, I was close at buying it 3 weeks ago but decided against it. I don't like it exactly. Not the legs, and I can't stand that head. For me, that GLC tattoo is just ugly.

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By in United States,

^Well, it’s not actually a tattoo. Jessica’s blind in that eye so the ring created a lantern-themed eye patch which hovers in front of her eye. It actually looks pretty cool in the comics.

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By in United Kingdom,

Now for an atrocitus minifigure please!

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By in United States,

And of course no discussion of the movie that the fig was packaged with. :-P

I managed to pick up this one a couple of weeks ago, and I'm fairly pleased with it. In general, the lack of dual molded legs doesn't bother me, but if you're essentially buying a $20 DVD just to get this fig, I can see why there'd be a higher expectation of quality for it.

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By in Canada,

I'd really like a G'nort minifigure.

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By in Australia,

It's nice to get a wide variety of figs, and I was really happy to add Jessica to my collection (which obviously already had Hal and John) ...

... but for real, Lego. Kyle Rayner or GTFO.

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By in United States,

This is one of the first times I must disagree with you captn. Jessica Cruz is by far the worst of the Green Lanterns. Although I have her, the printing seemed cheap, as the printing on the legs doesn't match up with hur torso. Would have rather had an atrocious which he was in the movie.

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By in United States,

LEGO seems to be producing all the characters in the DC Bombshells line.

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By in United States,

Really dig this minifigure. The Green Lantern Corps in the comic books is an absolutely massive organization with thousands of Lanterns, so it seems only right for LEGO to create more Lantern figures. However I would like to see them eventually make Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like this minifig, now bring on Guy Gardner and Kyle Reyner.

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry for the stupid question: what are dual moulded legs?

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By in United Kingdom,

@windjammer: It's just a pair of legs with the top half cast in one colour and the bottom half in another.

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By in United States,

@windjammer:
TLBM Robin is a great example of dual-molded elements. He's got dual-molded legs, arms, and hair. There are two types of dual-molded elements, however. Early on they did it by injecting two different colors, or even two different materials, at the same time. Bionicle was an early source of these, with the Bohrok faceplates, Poisoned Hau Nuva, and Kraata slugs. The modern Technic dart and the long, skinny triangular piece from Exo-Force are some of the earliest examples where they molded two different materials into one part (the dart was probably done because it was possible to remove the rubber safety cover from the old darts, and the Exo-Force part was definitely done to prevent it from puncturing skin). The upside to doing this is it's a single-shot part. The mold closes empty, and you get finished parts when it opens. The downside is you have zero control over how the material blends together, and you can even tell which cavity a part came out of based on some distinctive pattern variations that can be caused by even the most minor mold variations and changes in pressure due to where they're located. So, you get swirly blends that are 100% unique to each individual piece.

The modern dual-molded parts are done in two shots. You mold one portion in one color, load the half-formed parts into another mold, and form the other portion around it. Production time more than doubles as a result of this, but you get nearly 100% control over how the two materials match up. The earliest confirmed example I can think of for this is probably Superboy's arms from the first Target cube. For the arms, they form the forearms first with a stem on the end. The shoulder is molded over this because that's dead space (the forearm has to accommodate the wrist socket). For the legs, the "boot" portion hugs the bottom hole on the back of the leg, so the feet must be formed first with a peg that sticks up for the thigh to be molded around. For Robin's hair, I'm thinking the glasses are formed first because it's easier to extract that portion from a mold than the hair, but either would actually be possible. So far, hands, torsos, and hips have not been dual-molded, but there are some non-standard heads that have been (like most of the Simpsons line). There are a couple of parts that predate Superboy that _might_ be dual-molded, or even triple-molded. Superboy came out four years ago, and dual-molded parts were so unexpected at the time that I remember someone who reviewed it commenting on the "low quality" of the paint job based on a tiny defect that repeatedly happened where the two colors. Four years earlier, Toy Story sets came out. If you look over most of the minifigs, all the deco is done purely by traditional methods. Individual pieces are molded in the most appropriate color, and the rest is done by paint. There are two notable exceptions, however: Woody and jessie. Woody's hair is painted, but his hat is clearly molded in a different color plastic. The head is clearly molded in the face color, because you can look inside and see the entire neck socket matches. The hat would be crazy difficult to paint once the entire head/hat is molded, and you can see a defined seam between the head and hat, so that's clearly molded in two steps. Jessie is even more complicated, because the hair in her case is rubber. The head, like Woody's, can be verified as being molded in that color because you can again look up the neck socket to see it matches. The hat would be even harder to paint in that color, and the hair clearly encircles the entire top of the head. So, again, Jessie's head has to be molded in three shots. But this doesn't mean that Woody's head is dual-molded, or that Jessie's is triple-molded. Go back far enough in LEGO history, and you get windows that had clear "glass" permanently installed. It was either solvent-welded or sonic-welded, but the point is it was molded in two different shots and the two parts were combined later. Woody and Jessie might have heads that were molded in 2 or 3 sh

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By in United States,

@legomaster761:
I was curious about that, so I ran a search, figuring I'd find some explanation about how it acts as a substitute eye and feeds the info directly into her brain or something. The only return I got that had a clear reference to her being blind in her right eye was a comment on an article about a Jessica Cruz LEGO minifig on Brickset. I did find another reference that suggests it's a blending of her powers from her current Green Lantern power ring with the Ring of Volthoom that she wielded previously, and that the ring icon in front of her eye gives her a new "Lantern Vision" power. It's not really defined very well, but based on how the power manifests and the little hint they give about what it does, it sounds kinda like Google Glass for Green Lanterns.

https://www.deviantart.com/roysovitch/art/Oracle-Files-Jessica-Cruz-3-677811253

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By in United Kingdom,

The legs do look crap. If they couldn't stretch to dual molding, even white printing on black would have been better than the black on white here. The black print looks like a little skirt or loin cloth, especially with the gaps at the edges.

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By in United States,

@CCC: I don't think white printing on black legs would have looked better. Even besides the way light-colored printing on dark-colored parts tends to lack the richness of color you get with the reverse, there's the additional issue that LEGO doesn't have a way of printing the tops of minifigure feet… meaning that the color of the white boots would not be continuous, and if anything would make the character look like she's wearing black sandals over white socks.

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By in United States,

I would enjoy to have the Ring design used in the Movie, however, LEGO still has time to release the two Bricks, in the meantime, a Green Gem is a good alternative.

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By in United States,

@ BuildTheBrick I find that element 25893 makes an excellent ring as I have used it on all three my Green Lanterns and my Sinestro. The peg hole in it allows for transparent green energy rods to come out which looks cool

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