We're doing 1/12 scale stuff only? Several figures come to mind:
Figures already mentioned:
- DC Direct Superman from 2003. This one, for some time, was probably the best "generic" comic style Superman figure (and I don't mean generic in a negative fashion...more like "regular"). I love the V shaped body and large S. As mentioned there are many reissues of this one. Don't get the "Reactivated" version from 2006; many reports of broken off hands in package.
- DC Essentials Superman. This may be the current generic one to get, based on price and availability (inexpensive and easy to find). Description says its based in Jason Fabok designs, but I don't see it, really. The articulation is fantastic (much better than the 2003 figure). Loses points for sculpted on but unpainted belt loops and awkwardly articulated ankles.
- NECA SDCC 2019 Exclusive. I can understand the arguments for this one being the best. The sculpt and paint apps are top notch. The articulation points plentiful. Nice heat vision accessories. A fabric cape that drapes beautifully. One ding: the material. NECA uses a rubbery plastic that I really dislike. Joints are super stiff to start. I used a blow dryer to soften them up a bit. Still feels like it's gonna break when posing it.
Another ding is more of a personal thing, but applies to all three of these figures...no sculpted S; the S shield is just painted on. I'm a sucker for a raised S shield
Figures not mentioned that I really like:
- Mezco One:12 Collective Classic Superman. Man I love this one. The face sculpt is fantastic. Actual fabric outfit. Great articulation with double jointed knees and elbows. This is the one 1/12 scale Superman that catches my eyes the most in my cabinet. Unfortunately, long sold out and very expensive to get on the secondary market.
- DC Collectibles Jim Lee Cel Shaded Superman. Just came out and exclusive to GameStop. Based on the New 52 costume. This is actually a repaint of a figure that has been released several times. This version, which looks like it just popped off of a comic book page, is my favorite. Limited articulation though, so your miles may vary.
- DC Collectibles Lee Bermejo Designer Series Superman. If you like his art, check this one out, because it is a great 3D representation of what Bermejo does on the page. The wrinkles on the suit, the shading effects, the sculpted S. Just a beautiful figure. Works both as a classic and stylized Superman figure at the same time. Again, like the Jim Lee one I just mentioned, limited articulation.