In what must be one of the biggest screw-ups in pre-SDCC history, Digital River has inadvertantly leaked the names of several figures included in the 2012 subscriptions, including the existence of a possible DC subscription. It has to be real, but the names are going to have you doubting the authenticity.
Okay, I don’t know if there can really be Spoilers for a convention panel, but for the sake of argument, if you want to enjoy this weekend unmarred by the poor soul at Digital River who’s guaranteed to have a bad day at work tomorrow, then turn back now. Seriously, it’s your last chance…
Here’s a screenshot of the Club Eternia Page if you’d like to see it for yourself. This page specifically reveals the identity of the first three 2012 figures – Sorceress, Fisto, & Kobra Kahn – as well as giving us the identity of the $60 item, a Star Sisters three-pack that will include Tall Star, Jewel Star, Starla, & Glory Bird.
But the real shock is easily the Subscription Exclusive: Shadow Weaver! Not only does that indicate some development on the Filmation Rights front, but it’s also sure to make even the most ardent subscription naysayers quaking in their boots. Shadow Weaver will include a Preternia Map – which may be an indicator that she was present at that time instead of her being a later addition to the Horde as per the POP canon.
UPDATE: Things have gotten really juicy this morning with a lot of [expected] changes coming to the Mattycollector site. The pages listed below for Infinite Earths, Voltron, and Ecto-1 have disappeared, but in a strange twist the MOTU one is still available. It appears though, that the names were changed to protect the innocent. Sorceress is now listed as the sub figure with the first quarter rounding out with Frosta, Clamp Champ, & Rattlor. Granamyr is now listed as the $60 item.
So which is the real list? Maybe neither, but definitely not the second one. Mattel wouldn’t “correct” the list two days before the Panel. Everything is far enough in the future that some changes may be afoot though and the slip-up at DR may indeed cause Mattel to jig things up a bit before the panel.
Click here for the Club Ecto-1 screen shot. There’s not as much information revealed and it sounds as if it some of may be incorrect.
First, it appears the subscription exclusive will be “The Rookie” from the recent video game and will come packaged with the Taxi Cab Ghost (which was really more of a zombie). The only regular figure it mentions as shipping in the first quarter is the “Ready to Believe You” (more commonly referred to as Labcoat) Peter, but it also mentions that he will also come with the Taxi Cab Ghost. I haven’t played the game, so I don’t know if there are two possible decos for the Taxi Cab ghost or if this is a misprint.
Next up is the screen shot for Club Lion Force.
This is the one that I knew the least about going in, but from the screen shots, it would appear that Mattel intends to complete a 23″ tall Classic Voltron in one calendar year which is really cool! The subscription includes the 5 Lions and 5 Pilots all sold separately. While the lions will combine to form Voltron, each pilot will include a piece for a collect & connect, light-up sword. The prices will vary based on the size of the lion, but, in all, it sounds like a great deal. I don’t know much about Voltron, but it’s a mighty tempting subscription deal.
Finally, the sub exclusive will be Sven, the original pilot of the Blue Lion.
Of all this information, perhaps the most surprising is a DC Subscription called (DC Universe: Club Infinite Earths). There were rumors of this, but I’d dismissed them since Mattel had previously announced the Voltron sub. Looks like I was wrong, but this subscription sounds up in the air.
If you take a look at the larger screenshot, it explains that this subscription will be contingent on people signing up. If not enough folks sign up, then nothing happens. Think Kickstarter.
To help encourage interest, Mattel appears to be borrowing a page from the Four Horsemen’s successful Fantastic Exclusive program. The subscription exclusive figure will be chosen by fans through online poll. Now, you know my feeling about online polls, but this program does sound cool… though I start to wonder how much money I’ll be giving Mattycollector next year… ouch!
This subscription page doesn’t name names, but it does state that Mattel intends to release 12 DC figures starting in April 2012. There will be nine regular figures and three oversized figures, in addition to the oversized subscription figure. So that’s thirteen figures coming to us direct from Mattel should they get enough subscribers.
Okay, I think that covers it. My brain is about ready to explode trying to sort it all out. If the pages aren’t removed as of your reading this you can see them at these links: Club Eternia, Club Ecto-1, Club Lion Force, Club Infinite Earths.