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Site Update: DCUC Wave
17, Panthor, & King Hssss

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Mattel is at it again with Facebook updates! Giving us our first look at packaged shots of Panthor & King Hssss as well as our first glimpse of DC Universe Classics Wave 17 featuring the *yawn* Blackest Night Lantern deputies and a collect & connect of the modern version of the Anti-Monitor.

DCClassics.Com: Green Lantern
Kyle Rayner Review

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For a line based on Green Lanterns, it’s kinda funny that the first wave included only one. And an interesting one at that, with five Hals, 2 Johns, and 1 Guy already in the line, it was Kyle Rayner’s turn. The modern costume wouldn’t have been my first choice, but at least there’s crabmask.

Ask Matty
December 15th Edition

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In the last few waves, the figures that have visible eyes are painted to be looking up while older waves had the figures looking forward. Is this a design choice by Mattel or being done at the factory? At IAT, we’d prefer they look forward.

DCClassics.Com:
Low, Maash, & Arkillo Review

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The so-called Green Lantern Classics (it doesn’t actually say that on the packaging) is the newest subline of DC Universe Classics. The first wave is chock full of modern takes on characters from the GL mythos including the three Yellow Lanterns in today’s review: Low, Maash, & the Collect ‘N Connect Arkillo.

DCClassics.Com: TRU
Nightwing (Renegade) Review

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Just when I thought it was safe to stop going to TRU until after Christmas… there’s another exclusive. The TRU Single line showed up unexpectedly with no announcement from Mattel, so perhaps it’s fitting that it ended similarly. The TRU Singles are cancelled, but “Renegade” Nightwing managed to squeak out.

DCClassics.Com:
Wave 14 Zatanna Review

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Zatanna has been a favorite of mine since I was a wee tot. Her origin is one of the first things I ever read. And I don’t mean comics, I mean out of everything. As a toy collector, a good Zatanna has been a long unfulfilled wish – she’s been cursed with bad figure after worse figure. I had my fingers crossed for this one.

DC Classics Update: Wave 16 Packaged & Renegade at TRU

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On Facebook today, Mattel showed us our first packaged pics of DCUC Wave 16. I was expecting this delayed wave to be in the Super Power packaging (with buttons!), but it now serves as our first look at the 2011 packaging – the nice part? It’s bigger! Plus, some early TRU finds of that exclusive Renegade after all.

DCClassics.Com: Validus
& Ultra-Humanite Review

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This year, I’ve only had the opportunity to review two C&Cs – Darkseid in March & Trigon in July. That’s it for the whole year. After some serious delays, waves 15 and 14 came out virtually ontop of one another. That means this review has a double dose of C&Cs in today’s review: Validus & the Ultra-Humanite.

Ask Matty
December 1st Edition

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First, thanks for giving collectors the full complement of He-Man accessories in Faker colors! Looking ahead, has Mattel put any focus on producing more axes and shields to match the various swords already released with figures like Wun-Dar & Prince Adam

DCClassics.Com:
Wave 14 Tyr Review

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Even with being a lifelong DC Comics reader, there are portions of the DC Universe that I haven’t had time or, at least, made a point to get to. The Legion of Super-Heroes is one of those areas. I know the basics, the characters, the history, but I can’t say I’ve ever read a Legion comic that featured Tyr.

DCClassics.Com:
Kamandi & Alan Scott Review

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Today, I’m stepping in for Noisy to continue our DC Universe Classics Wave 14 reviews. In the spirit of the greatest Brave and the Bold comics, I’ve decided to throw two characters together that you wouldn’t normally see: Alan Scott, Earth’s Golden Age Green Lantern and Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth.

DCClassics.Com:
Wave 14 Hourman Review

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DC Universe Classics Wave 14 is a wave without variants, so that means one figure gets a solo review. I picked Hourman because he’s a favorite of mine and because he has a ton of comic potential. He’s a smart character, but he’s still a brawler at heart. Plus, he only has powers for an hour. That’s kinda cool.

DCClassics.Com: Gold
& Obsidian (Todd Rice) Review

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Before we get to DCUC15′s Validus, we’re going to jump into some DC Universe Classics Wave 14 reviews. Today, we’ll take a look at a character from one of my favorite teams, the Metal Man’s Gold, and a character from one of my least favorite teams, Infinity, Inc’s Obsidian… er, I mean Todd Rice.

DCClassics.Com
Sortable Checklist Added

In IAT’s ongoing efforts to update and expand the DC Universe Classics Checklist at DCClassics.Com, I’ve added a new page with a text checklist. I can hear you now… “text is so 2000s, Noisy”, but there’s more. This new checklist includes C&C information, accessories, and release dates, but the best part is… it’s sortable.

Ask Matty
November 15th Edition

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With DCUC16 being scheduled for early 2011, will it be considered one of the five 2011 waves or will Mattel now plan for six waves of DC Classics on the 2011 schedule

DCClassics.Com:
Raven & Jemm Review

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Our fifth DC Universe Classics Wave 15 Review focuses on the last two regular figures in the wave, Jemm, Son of Saturn & the New Teen Titan Raven. They’re an odd pair, they’ve probably never met before today, but they do have one thing in common. They’re both DCUCs that don’t have double fists. How rare is that?

DCClassics.Com: Sinestro Bats
& Golden Pharaoh Review

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Our fourth DC Universe Classics Wave 15 Review focuses on Golden Pharaoh and Sinestro Corps Batman. These two are alike in that neither has a true spot in the DC Universe, but their translation into DC Classics is a tale of two toys. One a fantastic update

DCClassics.Com:
Starman (Jack & Ted) Review

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Our look at DC Universe Classics Wave 15 continues with not one, but two Starmen figures – the Golden Age Starman and his son and successor, Jack Knight. As a big fan of the Golden Age and its legacy characters, I was excited for both figures, but only one really met my expectations.

Ask Matty
November 1st Edition

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Will the Wal-Mart 2pks continue beyond Fates Intertwined & Power Struggle or are those the only two currently scheduled?

DCClassics.Com:
OMAC Review

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Our DC Universe Classics reviews keep on trucking with today’s look at fan favorite OMAC! At IAT, we feel obscurity is in the eye of the beholder and if you’re us, lifelong DC fans, the line hasn’t gotten anywhere near obscurity yet. If you’re not familiar with OMAC, fear not, we’ll cover his history along with his review.

Mattel Non-NYCC Coverage:
MOTU & DC Classics Updates

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Even though Mattel couldn’t make it NYCC this weekend, that didn’t stop them from making a splash in the headlines. Amidst the great pictures being beamed back of DC Direct’s Batman, Inc line and MU Cable (complete with Baby Jean!) came a slew of pics and updated info on Mattel’s collector lines.

DCClassics.Com:
Martian Manhunter Review

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It’s been months since we wrapped up DCUC13, DCUC14 is still MIA, but DCUC15 has is starting to trickle in. Weird time to be a DCUC collector. Now, it’s been a couple weeks since my last review and I’m a little out of practice. Please bear with me as we look at Martian Manhunter & his variant.

Ask Matty
October 15th Edition

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Ask Matty October 15th Edition

Amusing Articulations:
Starman, Are You Crying?

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Ask Matty
October 1st Edition

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DCClassics.Com: Green
Lantern’s Light 5pk Review

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My long search for the GL 5pk is finally over. After striking out at Wal-Marts in Oklahoma, Ohio, Arkansas, and Florida, (I promise I wasn’t really looking as hard as that sounds) the rascally thing finally arrived at a Wal-Mart not twelve miles from my house. Toy collecting can be funny like that.

DCClassics.Com:
Starman’s got a… gun?

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At SDCC, the DCUC15 Starman from was a little off. Due to logistics, he was temporarily sporting Obsidian’s cape. He was also holding a pistol which many of us assumed to be a case of ‘booth error’. Now though, Starman has arrived and he’s still got that pistol. We weren’t sure of its origin, so we turned to the Four Horsemen

Ask Matty
September 15th Edition

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Amusing Articulations: Finally, a Use for Shiny Repaints

DCClassics.Com:
Walmart Exclusive 2pks Review

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Sometimes I do reviews right away. I’ve turned around some MOTU figures within hours of their arrival. Other times, I get a little behind. That’s the case today. I didn’t pick up the Walmart 2pks at first. I finally got them as a birthday present, but even that was a month ago. Not the most exciting release, but they do warrant a brief look.

Ask Matty
September 1st Edition

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Can you clarify where the line is being drawn for 200x influence? Second heads are out, but 200x weapons, redesigns like Sorceress, and characters like Carnivus & Dactus are still safe? From the outside, this rule appears hard to follow.

DCClassics.Com:
CherryBarry Review (TRU Flash)

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We picked up the TRU Flash a few weeks ago, but I’ve been putting off his review. I just find that I don’t have a lot to say about him. Still, he needs his DCClassics.Com entry and so we’re giving him a pint-size review. Four pics, a few paragraphs, and everything you need to know about CherryBarry.

Upgrades to DCClassics.Com
& MOTUClassics.Com

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Some of you might have noticed that we were a little light on the updates last week. There were a couple family birthdays and some crazy wedding preperation adventures, but mostly, I was neck deep in photographing all of my DC Classics and coding CSS/HTML for the biggest updates to our checklists yet.

Ask Matty
August 16th Edition

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Since GB2 Winston (w/ slimeblower) appears to be a WIP can we expect to see the full chest harness for the slimeblower on the final figure?

DCClassics.Com: SDCC
Plastic Man & Starro Spores

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If asked to name my favorite DC Heroes, Plastic Man is on the list. He’s a been favorite of mine since I was a wee tot, largely because of his cartoon & Super Powers, but I appreciate the comic character too. I couldn’t wait to see him as a DCUC and I’m ecstatic that he’s finally here.

8 Things… I’m looking
forward to seeing at SDCC

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We’re just days away from San Diego Comic Con 2010 – the closest thing to Christmas in July (if only we could figure out how to incorporate gift-giving). For our second installment of 8 Things, I’ve made a short list of what I’m looking forward to seeing & hearing about from SDCC.

DCClassics.Com: Fourth
TRU figure to be… Nightwing?

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Toysrus.com has listed the Hal Jordan and Flash exclusives on their website as of today, but with that update TRU possibly revealed the identity of the fourth figure: Nightwing. While there’s no picture yet, if you toss in an eBay leak from a few months back, I believe we can hazard a guess.

DCClassics.Com:
Trigon Review

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It’s finally time to cap off our DC Classics Wave Thirteen reviews with the C&C himself: Trigon. Upfront, I should admit I’m not his biggest fan, but that’s probably more about my lack of familiarity with him than it is the character himself. It helps that he ended up with a nice C&C with just one unfortunate drawback.

Ask Matty
July 15th Edition

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We enjoyed many of the Starro accessories we saw at SDCC 2009. Has anything new been decided on the future of non-Batman Brave & the Bold figures? If we can’t expect to see Captain Marvel soon, will his Starro accessories be repackaged somewhere else in the line

DCClassics.Com:
Cyclotron & the Negative Men

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This review features a false face, a robot face, a bandaged face, a translucent face, and a skull face. Not impressed? What if we told you this review only features three figures? It’s time for Cyclotron, Negative Man, and his unbandaged variant.

DCClassics.Com:
Beetle & Devil – The Blue Review

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This review has got the blues. No, it’s not that kind of review. It simply features two of DC’s azure-clad characters, Blue Devil & Blue Beetle III, in a tale of extra articulation, the inequities of yellow paint, and a hard decision for our favorite trident carrying blue hero.

DCClassics.Com:
Superboy & Donna Troy

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If you follow Mattel rumors, DCUC13′s lineup had to be rearranged early on. Some say it was because DC asked for certain characters to be held back, but we’ll never know for sure. Still, the lineup seems devoid of an A-list play pattern. Superboy has the top spot, but I’m not sure how Donna Troy is supposed to pair off with him.

Ask Matty
July 1st Edition

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DCClassics.Com: DCUC15′s Jack Knight looks like it’s going to be a standout figure for the wave… from the front. Will the back of his jacket feature his star emblem?

DCClassics.Com:
Three Cheetahs Review

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It took a little longer than usual, but DCUC13 has arrived at IAT! It’s been nearly five months since I snagged DCUC12 online. That’s a long gap for a line that’s supposed to go through five waves a year. Sadly, some of the figures weren’t worth the wait. Let’s get three of out of the way today: the Cheetahs.

Ask Matty
June 15th Edition

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DCClassics.Com Retro
Review: Wave 3 – Solomon Grundy

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As we work to make DCClassics.Com a complete review archive, we occasionally have to turn back the clock and review figures that were released before IAT was founded. This week, we’re taking a look at the third wave of DC Classics, the Solomon Grundy wave. I pieced

Ask Matty
June 1st Edition

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ItsAllTrueReview:
TRU Exclusive Hal Jordan

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Back in February, IAT broke the story on the Toys R Us Exclusive Batman that had magically reached retail shelves before collectors knew it existed and it was in our April 15th Q&A that Mattel let us know the TRU program would continue with new versions

Most Requested Figures: DC Fan Poll Results

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DCUC15 Added to the Checklist! (Large Images)

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After months of rumors and speculation, Mattel has revealed the details on DCUC15.

Retro Review: DC Classics Wave 4 (Despero)

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Continuing our efforts to complete our DC Classics Review Archive, we’re making the Retro Review our regular Wednesday feature. This week we’re taking a look at DC Classics Wave Four, the Despero Wave.

This wave was released in late 2008. And, at the time, was one of

DC Classics 16 Pre-Orders & Green Lantern Classics??

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BBTS and ETC are were taking pre-orders for DCUC16 (DCUC15 will be unveiled in a few days). Interestingly, these pre-orders are for a set of 7 or a case of 8 with one All-Star, so we’ll be seeing some changes to how the waves are constructed.

DCClassics.Com: Wave 7
(Atom Smasher) Retro Review

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We’ve been a little busy lately and one of the projects that has fallen by the wayside is the completion of our DC Classics Review Archive. For the next few weeks, barring a few current reviews to keep us relevant, we’re bringing back our Retro Review as

DC Direct Blackest Night Series 7 & 8

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As part of Monday’s DC solicits, DC Direct announced two new waves of Blackest Night figures, wave seven in November and wave eight in December. With wave six already on the schedule for November 3rd, that’s going to make for an avalanche of new figures

Attack of the Show - Mattel SDCC Exclusives, Part I

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Attack of the Show’s Blair Butler visited Mattel to find out what they have in store for Comic-Con 2010 and it’s a doozy. Part I of that exclusive is available now…

Ask Matty – April 2nd Edition

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ItsAllTrueReview: Public Enemies Wave 2 (Brimstone)

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Remember that movie? It came out in September 2009. Six months ago. And roughly six months ago, we reviewed Wave One of the figures from the movie. Mattel wasn’t exactly clear about the figures being split into two waves until around the time

ItsAllTrueReview: DC Classics vs. MOTU Classics 2pks

Joe vs. Cobra. Optimus Prime vs. Megatron. Ninja Turtles vs. The Foot. Marvel vs. Capcom. All great battles that fans have long taken sides on. Thanks to Mattel, we can add a new one to the mix: DC Universe Classics vs. Masters of the Universe Classics.

ItsAllTrueReview: DC Classics - Spectre(s) & Eclipso

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Between filled online pre-orders and store sightings, DCUC12 has been out for nearly two months, but many fans got their first opportunity to order it just a week ago via MattyCollector.com. If you’re still without, the set is still available. With the early waves, Mattel strived

Ask Matty - March 15th Edition

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