Greetings HeroClix Fans!
The subject of today’s DC HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set preview has gone through many changes over the years – he was even President of the United States at one point – but one constant has remained: Destroy Superman! Please welcome Lex Luthor!
Up first is a version of Lex Luthor that pays homage to his initial HeroClix appearance in the DC HeroClix: Cosmic Justice set. This Golden Age version of Lex Luthor even sports red hair, just as the character did in his early appearances in Action Comics!
Lex Luthor comes into play at 87 points and has the Superman Enemy team ability. A good mix of generic and named keywords ensures that Lex Luthor can be included on many forces. He begins his dial with Mastermind in his defensive slot on each of his five clicks. Offensively, Lex Luthor has a consistent set of attack values that never dip below 9 and feature two opening clicks of Poison.
In his damage slot, Lex Luthor begins with a click of Leadership as a nod to his time in the Oval Office. That’s followed by two clicks of Perplex, which depict Lex Luthor’s tendency to help others (as long as his own goals are furthered). On Lex Luthor’s last two clicks, he picks up Flurry in his movement slot and drops Perplex in favor of a Kryptonite Ring (Outwit) in his damage slot.
Like other figures in the DC HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set, #013 Lex Luthor has a Battlefield Promotion trait that allows him to upgrade into a Modern Age version of himself. When Lex Luthor hits one or more opposing characters you may place a Promotion Token on his character card after actions resolve. You may then roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled and add 1 to the result for each Promotion Token on the character card.
If the result is 8 or higher, #013 Lex Luthor is replaced with #020 Lex Luthor and the figure begins its dial a number of clicks from its blue starting line equal to the number of clicks #013 Lex Luthor was from its starting line. If the result is 10 or higher, replace this character on the same click number.
The Modern Age Lex Luthor (#020) depicts the Man of Steel’s nemesis in his green-and-purple battle armor and can be played at either 160 or 100 points. When played at 100 points, the figure begins its dial on click three. At 160 points, Lex Luthor hits the battle map with a trait, Part of My Personal Inventory. Once per game, Part of My Personal Inventory allows Lex Luthor to be given a power action to place a special object whose name includes “Kryptonite” from outside of the game in an adjacent square.
This version of Lex Luthor begins play with two clicks of a special power, Boom Tube Sneak Attack, which allows him to use Phasing/Teleport. When he does, he may be given a ranged combat action as a free action after actions resolve if he moved half his speed value or less. Mid-dial, Lex Luthor drops Boom Tube Sneak Attack in favor of his booster jets (Charge). Boom Tube Sneak Attack returns on his last two clicks.
In his attack slot, Lex Luthor starts with a pair of Penetrating/Psychic Blast clicks that make good use of his range of six. He then gains another special power at the heart of his dial, My Hatred Will Never Die, Alien! With this special power, Lex Luthor deals penetrating damage to characters that possess the Superman Ally team ability or the Kryptonian keyword. On his last two clicks, Lex Luthor ditches the special power in favor of Pulse Wave!
Defensively, Lex Luthor’s battle armor starts at 100 percent (Impervious) for two clicks but as he moves through his dial, the rating drops to 65 percent (Invulnerability) for two clicks, then 15 percent (Toughness) for his final three clicks. In his damage slot, Lex Luthor’s status as CEO of LexCorp is represented via three clicks of Leadership. On his last two clicks he gains Outwit to show that he is a genius who should not be underestimated!
Like his Golden Age counterpart, #020 Lex Luthor has an array of generic and named keywords that make team building easy. The Calculator team ability gives Lex Luthor further flexibility by making him a Wildcard. Finally, Lex Luthor’s steady attack values, special powers, and damage-reducing standard powers should make him a viable addition to any force.
Thanks for reading! Please join us for our next DC HeroClix: Justice League preview as we take a look at a pair of heroes who are full of energy on their own but are a force of nature when they work together! Until then, keep your Clix off their KOs!